1977: High school cracks down on drug use
Portland General Electric shared a list of holiday gift ideas for the home. Included on the advertisement's list were an electric water heater, a popcorn popper, both portable and color televisions, a hydromassage and a home intercom system.
Advertisements from Tommy May Coffee Shop and Grimm's Texaco Station wished the community happy holiday season. "Greetings and a merry Christmas to everyone," Tommy May Coffee Shop's ad read.
The News reported that drug use on the Estacada High School campus had gone down within the last year. "A year ago a student might smoke a joint in view of school teachers 50 yards away and not be bothered. School officials without a keen sense of smell might have overlooked the incident," The News reported. Now, students said, "you can't go to class stoned this year."
One lucky winner at Granny's Restaurant would win a giant teddy bear. The prize would be given away by "Mrs. Santa Claus" several days before Christmas. Patrons earned a chance to win with every $5 they spent at the establishment.
New checkstands were being installed at the Estacada Thriftway, and frozen food cases were on the way as well. "This will provide you a greater selection of frozen foods and ice cream," an advertisement for the store read. "We are moving forward."
Young Estacada residents wrote letters to Santa, which were then printed in the newspaper. "Dear Santa and Rudolph, I hope you do not get lost," wrote Megan. "I want a Hannah Montana doll. I want a i-dog and a i-pod. But I can find you." Jennifer told Santa "All I want this year is, five Bratz dolls. I want a Bratz house to. And an IPod. And a Jasmin doll. I also want, my little pony. And I would want a little pet shop." "I would like your phone number," Kevin Smith requested."
A new program in Estacada was promoting literacy on school buses. Organized by school outreach coordinator Robyn Beisel, the program featured books on extended loan that were held in special poches on the seats of the bus. "The kids love it. . .it's already been very impactful," school district operations manager Marcia Hahn said of the program several weeks after its launch.