Police seek fence thieves

Approximately 20 sections of metal screen fencing along Highway 224 near milepost 36 has been stolen.

The fencing was used to protect the highway from falling rock.

The missing fence is about 12.5 feet long and 45 inches tall. It consists of two-inch square metal framing and chain link fencing.

Authorities believe the theft occurred sometime between Oct. 14-24.

Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation are seeking public help to identify a suspect or suspects.

Contact Trooper Tyler Bechtel at 503-731-3020, ext. 416, if you have any information that could assist the investigation.

Reliance Connects to receive award

Reliance Connects & Wireless Systems of Estacada will be honored at the 2013 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program gives out the awards for achievements in entrepreneurship, community involvement and multi-generational planning.

Reliance Connects won the award in the large business category.

Eleven other Oregon family businesses will be honored at the ceremony.

Estacada woman wins award

Melody Lowe-Spieler, owner of Enviro Clean Equipment, received a Key4Women's Achieve Award at the annual Key4Women Forum on Oct. 8.

According to a press release issued by Key Bank, the award recognizes female business leaders for their “entrepreneurial and community spirit, their financial and management acumen and the challenges the leader has met and overcome.”

Lowe-Spieler and her husband opened Enviro Clean Equipment, a dealer of street-sweeping equipment, in 1995.

Despite her husband's death in 2005, Lowe-Spieler's business has continued to grow successfully.

According to the press release, Enviro Clean Equipment has turned a profit every year of its operation.

Guest librarian coming to Estacada

The Estacada Public Library is welcoming a guest librarian from Gothenburg, Sweden Monday through Friday, Nov. 18-22.

Adopt-A-Family Program needs sponsors

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

An Adopt-A-Family volunteer will be accepting applications for families who wish to be adopted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 is the last day to drop off an application for holiday assistance but families are encouraged to do so sooner.

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

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

If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer or would like information on the Adopt-A-Family Program call Janet Kiger-Hellard at 503-630-7433.

Local church a drop-off site for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collects shoe boxes of gifts for needy children around the world.

For information on Operation Christmas Child and how to properly fill and package the shoe box visit and follow the Operation Christmas Child link or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Collection Week is Nov. 18-25.

Shoe boxes of gifts may dropped off at Clackamas Valley Baptist Church, 29275 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.

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