Ten years later, the Timber Festival court returned after a hiatus. Members of the court included Irene Cordell, Kelly Stapleton, Mary Cole and Miriam Beguilin.

ARCHIVE PHOTO - In 1977, Irene Cordell, Kelly Stapleton, Mary Cole and Miriam Beguilin were appointed to the Timber Festival court, which had returned that year after a hiatus.


Estacada residents had been keeping busy. "Mr. and Mrs. Josh Courtain attended the rodeo at Molalla on Monday," The News reported. "It was pretty hot but they enjoyed the show." Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reed "had just returned from a vacation trip to various cities over the United States" and would end their travels by visiting Mr. Reed's mother, Iva Goodman, in her Portland home. "(They) wanted to share their trip with his mother by telling her all about it," The News reported.


After going several years without a Timber Festival Court, the tradition was reinstated. "The festival committee this year decided it was time to add some additional local talent and beauty to the Timber Festival parade by having a court and queen again," The News reported. Members of the court included Irene Cordell, Kelly Stapleton, Mary Cole and Miriam Beguilin.


Christine Schmidt had recently opened Christine's Unique Boutique on Fourth Street in Estacada. The shop showcased many of her art and craft creations and gave other artists the opportunity to do the same. "It's just a dream I've always had," Schmidt said, discussing her decision to open the store.


Community events from twenty years ago included a meeting of the Estacada Citizens for Fairness, Estacada Lions Bingo and a Taize prayer service at Springwater Presbyterian Church.


Josie M. Gibler, an Eagle Creek native who was studying crop and soil science at Eastern Oregon University, won a $750 scholarship from the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation. Gibler was one of 16 students to receive the group's Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship. Any Oregon high school graduate preparing for an agriculture or forestry-related career was eligible to apply for the award.


The Estacada Relay for Life Team was preparing for the 2016 event, scheduled for later in the month. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that seeks to spread awareness of the disease, celebrate those who have survived and honor those who did not. During the 24-hour event, team members take turns walking laps on the track. Typically, there is at least one person on the track at all times. The relay starts with a survivor lap, during which survivors celebrate their victory over cancer. A luminary ceremony in remembrance of those who lost the battle with the disease is also featured.

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