1963: Worst on record for Oregon traffic fatalities
n The musical event of the season was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church during the evening of Easter Sunday and was so well attended that the Sunday School Annex had to be thrown open to accommodate the overflow.
n J.C. Compton of McMinnville was awarded the $118,398 contract to construct the Barton-Eagle Creek-Estacada market road.
n In response to a speech by Field Marshal Von Hindenburg to the German Veterans League, the National Director of the American Commission of the American Legion requested the Oregon Department Headquarters to warn its 112 posts to be prepared to combat German propagandists attempts to divide patriotic loyalties. Director Powell stated, There are 30,000 Americans buried in France who fell in breaking the Hindenburg line in 1918. The American people will not forget this in reading von Hindenburgs new threats of war.
Because of 56 traffic- related fatalities, March 1963 was the worst on record for Oregon according to safety officials. A preliminary study conducted by the department of motor vehicles indicated that at least 15 victims were thrown from their cars.
In a poll conducted by the traffic safety division of the department of motor vehicles, Oregonians expressed strong support for legislation requiring chemical testing for arrests for driving while intoxicated, maximum speed limits and mandatory seat belts in new cars.
At an open house held at the River Mill Elementary School, community members were given the opportunity to meet the eight candidates being considered for the position of River Mill Elementary School principal by the Estacada School District.
Attendees including staff, parents, and members of the school board could submit a form with input on each candidate. The forms would be taken into consideration during the selection of the new principal.
Oregon health officials were making preparations to respond to a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, though no cases had been identified in Oregon. Dr. Paul Cieslak, manager of communicable disease programs in the Department of Human Services, advised postponing travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam until further notice.
Estacada High School case manager Cathleen Sharpe and three educational assistants received a $5,000 grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation to attend the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals conference in 2013.
This conference is all about the educational assistants and the impact they make in schools. They work side by side with kids, helping with homework, reading, monitoring their grades and communicating with teachers, said Sharpe, who also teaches special education at the high school.