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Hertel leaves for Dallas

Fred Hertel, deputy chief of Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69, will leave Estacada to become the fire chief of Dallas, Ore., in December.

Scott resigns

Jodi Scott has resigned from the Estacada City Council.

Scott was appointed to the council in September 2011. Her term was set to end Dec. 31, 2014.

Scott has not attended a council meeting in several months.

Mayor Brent Dodrill publicly announced Scott’s resignation during the council meeting Monday, Nov. 25.

Can you save the Fourth?

The Estacada Area Community Events (EACE) is still searching for a location to hold the Fourth of July celebration and Timber Festival in 2014.

Event organizers will have to secure a location by the end of 2013 if the festivities are to go on as planned.

EACE member Dan Skoog said organizers have secured sponsors for the event, all that’s left is to find a place to hold it.

“We’re good to start up anywhere we have a place to,” said Sean Drinkwine, EACE president.

For the past four years, developer Mike Park has donated the use of his land on Southeast Eagle Creek Road for the Fourth celebrations.

“Mike Park has been dynamite,” said Dan Skoog, Estacada Area Community Events board member. “We want to thank Mike for stepping up, and someone else can step up (now). Estacada’s always stepped up, and we’d like to keep the Fourth of July.”

Drinkwine said anyone who donates the use of his or her land for the festival will be able to deduct the value of renting or leasing that land from his or her taxes. Forty to 50 acres would be ideal.

Drinkwine and Skoog don’t care if the new festival site is in Estacada, Eagle Creek or as far out as Springwater as long as it has access to a road.

There even could be some added benefits if the new festival grounds are outside of the Estacada city limits. Vendors wouldn’t have to purchase a city business license to have a booth at the festival, for instance. This could attract vendors who would have shied away from that expense.

Finding a new Fourth festival location is the main endeavor of the Estacada Area Community Events members for the remainder of the year.

If you are interested in donating the use of your land for the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration and Timber Festival, contact Drinkwine at 971-276-0405.

Adopt-A-Family needs sponsors

The Adopt-a-Family program is in need of sponsors to help brighten the holidays for local families in need.

The program matches sponsors with families in crisis to help provide necessities during the holiday season.

Adopt-A-Family organizers expect more than 100 families to apply for assistance.

With that in mind, organizers are seeking more sponsors to help needy families from Estacada, Eagle Creek and Colton.

If you would like to be a sponsor, call Janet Kiger-Hellard at 503-630-7433.

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