1952 — “Will there be a Sandy Strawberry Festival in 1953?” is the question plaguing members of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce. The latest series of discussions on the question has left the problem more or less exactly where it was when the subject was broached some months earlier concerning a place to hold the horse show and field meet.

When the board of directors of Sandy Union High School district gave the festival committee permission to use the football field for the festival this year, it was with the understanding that it would be for the last time, the reason being that efforts are being made to turf the field, and the presence of horses on the field is not particularly conducive to a project of that nature.

The festival was held in 1951 without the horse show, and indications were that too many people missed the horses for them to be left out again.

1962 — At the Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Sandy, a 3-pound jar of Nut Lunch Peanut Butter cost 89 cents. Oranges were 10 cents per pound. Ten 4-1/2 ounce jars of baby food were on sale for $1. T-bone steaks were sold for $1.09 per pound. A 1-pound tin of Folger’s Coffee cost 59 cents. And a package of Italian style Jeno’s Pizza cost 39 ARCHIVE PHOTO - The Piggly Wiggly in Sandy was selling T-bone steaks for $1.09 per pound in 1962.

1972— Five-year Sandy resident Carl Hatfield was hired 40 years ago as Sandy’s first city administrator. The public relations director for the Agri-Business Council of Oregon was to start his new job in January 1973.

1982 — The property owners adjacent to Heritage Square parking lot told the city of Sandy they don’t want to pay for a project that would create a 63-space lot.

Without a means to pay for the lot in the heart of downtown, the Sandy City Council took steps to declare the area surplus city property and begin investigating ways to realize the $141,449.49 still to be collected for the lot.

After all adjacent property owners told the city they do not want to participate in the project, City Attorney Jack Hammond told the council, “You don’t have any choice but to abandon the Local Improvement District as it’s now proposed.”

The council did that unanimously and instructed City Manager Tom Reber to study possible alternatives for the lot that has been a point of contention for the past five years.

1992 — Tom Bennett was voted “officer of the year” twice by the Sandy volunteer firefighters, so he knew he had the respect of his peers.

In 1992 he got some recognition outside his circle of acquaintances when the Clackamas County Board of Realtors honored him as firefighter of the year in Clackamas County.

Bennett, who did not know he had been nominated, thought he was being teased when he was presented a letter by Chuck Hanson, assistant chief, saying he had won.

Hanson said Bennett was the perfect candidate for the award. He described Bennett as a good leader who is conscientious and cares about people.

2002 — Volunteers donned their rain gear and grabbed their rakes to attack the invasive, non-native English ivy that covered some trees and slopes in Meinig Park. Participants included several Friends of Tickle Creek, members of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council and other community members. The city of Sandy provided some tools and hauled away the small mountain of English ivy and holly that the volunteers cut and moved to the parking lot.

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