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Post earns awards in statewide contest

The Sandy Post received five awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The results were released Friday, July 19.

The Post is part of Community Newspapers, a division of Pamplin Media Group.

“I’m proud of my staff at The Post, Gresham Outlook and Estacada News,” said Executive Editor Steven Brown. “This recognition helps demonstrate our commitment to community-based journalism.”

Here’s a look at the awards won by staff writers at The Post.

Best Education Coverage

n Second place: Lisa K. Anderson, “A new place to call home.” “A dream realized.” “Breakdown forces closure of aquatic center.”

Best Enterprise Reporting

n Third place: Jim Hart, “Regaining (and maintaining) a rural feel in Boring.”

Best Feature Story

n First place: Lisa K. Anderson, “Remembering Taylur.”

n Third place: Lisa K. Anderson, “100 years of Girl Scouts.”

Best Page One Design

n Third place: Tiffaney O’Dell.

Chamber, artists work together

A relationship is building between the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wy’east Artisans Guild, said Karey Milne, chamber office manager.

One expression of that relationship will be seen by anyone who visits the chamber’s visitor center. On any day of the week, they will see an exhibit of art from guild members.

The current exhibit is from former guild president Becky Hawley. An artist reception is planned during First Friday, from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 2. Other exhibits will follow, produced by other guild members so that an exhibit is on display at all times.

The chamber’s visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and is at 38963 Pioneer Blvd. For information, call 503-668-4006.

Here are ways to use social media

A class on the use of social media for online marketing will be taught in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

The class, which has a $35 fee, will teach participants how to use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and YouTube to promote a business and attract new customers.

The chamber office is at 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

To register, call 503-491-7658.

Beer and wine tasting fundraiser

The third annual beer and wine tasting event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden, 9965 Orient Drive.

This year’s beneficiary of the fundraising event is Sandy Kiwanis.

The event includes beer and wine tasting, and food is available, with a car show, raffle prizes and live music.

Admission is free, but no minors will be admitted.

For information, call 503-663-5483 or visit creativevisionslandscape.com.

Connect with Sandy business owners

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will have its Good Morning Sandy Oktoberfest networking event at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 Langensand Road.

The event is held to give opportunities for local entrepreneurs to meet people from other businesses, while enjoying some fun and door prizes.

Bring a dollar to enter a drawing, which gives prizes to the winners and saves 50 cents from each entrant to pay for gifts and food for a needy family next Christmas.

For more information on this networking event or how to connect with local business owners, call 503-668-4006.