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SandyNet announces speed boost

The city of Sandy recently announced a speed boost for SandyNet Fiber customers effective July 4. All subscribers to SandyNet’s 100 mbps package are being permanently upgraded to 300 mbps. The monthly subscription price of $39.95 will remain the same. Residents can also subscribe to gigabit speeds of 1000 mbps for $59.95 per month. SandyNet is a utility of the city of Sandy. For questions, call 503-668-2923.

Free discussion Aug. 2 about food choices at Sandy Library

The Oregon Food Bank and the Sandy Public Library will host Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice, a free conversation with Kristy Athens at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Sandy Public Library. Athens is the author of “Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living.” In 2014, she received an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts. She completed a master’s degree in food systems and society from Marylhurst University in June 2015. She lives in Wallowa County, where she works at the NE Oregon Economic Development District as outreach specialist. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, contact Tracy Gagnon at 503-853-8755 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Annual Boring & Dull Day set for Aug. 9CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Boring, Oregon Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Boring & Dull Day Community Social In The Park at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Boring Station Trailhead Park in Boring.

The Boring, Oregon Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Boring & Dull Day Community Social In The Park at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Boring Station Trailhead Park in Boring. An ice cream social, the event celebrates the pairing of Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland. Free ice cream will be served by volunteers from the Boring, Oregon Foundation, Hollyview Family Church, the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Country Cutups Square Dance Club from Boring. Also, the Boring-Damascus Grange will have food for purchase in the south end of the park, and there will be live entertainment including Scottish Highland music by a pipes and drum ensemble as well as the music of Ron Ruedi and the Hurricanes. Chairs will be provided for dignitaries, seniors and handicapped, and all others are urged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for sitting on the ground. Among other items, Boring & Dull shirts and hats will be on sale. Donations will be accepted by all of the serving organizations. In 2012, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed that every Aug. 9 should be Boring & Dull Day. In 2013, the state of Oregon passed a law stating this is “A Pair for the Ages,” and every Aug. 9 will be Boring & Dull Day. For more information, call 503-663-6271.

Flag Point closed for winter rental based on safety concerns

The Barlow Ranger District recently removed Flag Point Lookout from the rental program because of employee safety concerns related to re-occurring instances of vandalism that made it increasingly difficult to keep the facility open during the winter. The Flag Point lookout is a working fire detection facility in the summer months and has been available for recreation rental use in the winter. In order to keep the facility functional for use as a rental, employees accessed the site via snowmobile and trailer. During instances of high winds and heavy snowfall, this made travel difficult to impossible to make repairs in a timely manner. Clear Lake and Five Mile Lookouts remain available for rental during the winter. Access to these sites is not as difficult, and they have not experienced the same level of vandalism. Five Mile Lookout is available year-round and both sites are available at Recreation.gov. For information about these lookouts and other recreation opportunities, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mthood.