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Centennial activities and a new mural brought hundreds to Centennial Plaza

by: Jim Hart Former Mayor Linda Malone and City Attorney David Doughman react to the fact Malone’s husband and mother (not pictured) were able to witness the dedication of a 60-foot mural to Malone in recognition of her service to the community for more than two decades.

City Manager Scott Lazenby told the hundreds of local residents gathered under sunny skies in Centennial Plaza on Saturday morning the theme of the event was 'how the community comes together and makes things happen.'

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sandy's incorporation, two bronze plaques were unveiled along with a huge mural depicting the early and mid-century as well as current and future images for the city of Sandy.

The mural was painted during the past six months by Gresham artist Lee Lauritzen, with help from his son, Craig.

The 12-by-60-foot painting's dedication was revealed at the ceremonies with a bronze plaque, when Mayor Bill King announced the mural was dedicated to former Mayor Linda Malone for the more than two decades of volunteer service to this community, including 16 years as mayor.

'She's done a lot for this community,' King told the crowd, 'and the City Council wanted to do something to acknowledge that. Thank you Linda.'

Malone was visibly moved by the dedication with her name on the bronze plaque, to be mounted in the center of the mural.

With a fanfare provided by a drumbeat from Rob McGlothin, band director at Sandy High School, several volunteers ripped off the black cloak covering the framed painting.

There were many oohs and aahs and lots of applause, giving Lauritzen the credit for researching and recreating the images of Sandy's past, present and future.

The Centennial Plaza, created by local companies, also was dedicated with a bronze plaque attached to a large rock near the artistic fountain.

To conclude Saturday's ceremonies, artist Lauritzen described the significance of the images he had collaged in the mural, which is likely to become an icon for the city of Sandy and its nearly 10,000 residents.