1952 — “Oh Boy! No school today and ice on our pond,” were the thoughts of the Meeker children, Merton and Nancy, and their playmate and neighbor, Charlie McLoughlin, who lived 5 miles east of Sandy on the Loop Highway 60 years ago. They proceeded to the pond and were having a fine time until Nancy and Charlie broke through the ice into the 15-foot-deep pond.

Merton, who hardly went anywhere without his rope, had decided that was one of the times he should have it handy. He was just returning to the pond with the rope when he saw his playmate and sister go through the ice. He ran to the edge of the pond and tossed 9-year-old Nancy one end of the rope. After pulling her to safety, he tossed the rope to Charlie, 15, and pulled him out.

1962 — The Sandy Rural Fire Protection District arranged with Ed Perrin to start construction on the new fire truck building 50 years ago. The board planned to start the building and construct enough to house the trucks that were then left on the grounds in all weather. Plans called for adding to it when money was available.

1972 — The $15,000 upgrade of the roof at Welches Grade School, to ensure it would not collapse in the event of a heavy snowfall, was almost completed 40 years ago when snow fell. The snow had no impact on the project’s construction, which was paid for by the architect who designed the school.

1982 — The city of Sandy was going for broke in its attempt to recoup costs of the Heritage Square parking lot 30 years ago. by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - The Heritage Square parking lot was in the middle of a dispute between property owners and the city of Sandy in 1982. ARCHIVE PHOTO

At the same time, city staff members were considering alternatives if adjacent property owners didn’t accept the city’s new assessments. The city mailed the new assessments to the seven adjacent property owners based on a new engineering report that billed them for the entire project, excluding the city’s legal fees and a part of its engineering cost. Preliminary assessment for the project was $141,449.49. The city would kick in $23,047.98 on the project under the new plan.

1992 — A Sandy landmark took on new life as a result of the purchase of the old Sunset Theatre on Proctor Boulevard 20 years ago. Preliminary plans had been drawn to convert the theater into a combination of community meeting rooms and additional office space for its owner, Clackamas County Bank.

Ed Storey, senior vice president and cashier, unveiled the plans, which included renovation of the entry and lobby of the theater.

“We will come as close to being historically correct as we can afford,” Storey said, speaking about restoration of the marquee, lobby and snack bar. The bank intended to return them to a condition similar to when the doors first opened on Christmas Day 1945. In addition, the rear third of the theater seats were to be preserved as a community meeting area.

2002 — There was a lot of trash talk at the Sandy City Council meeting and it was not good news for Waste Management 10 years ago. The council voted 5-2 to deny a request by the city’s sole franchise garbage hauler for a rate hike, with several councilors saying the company was already making enough profit from Sandy residents.

Waste Management officials told the council the company needed to generate about $70,000 more that year to have a 10 percent profit, which they said was in line with similar companies across the nation. Councilor Dick Steiner, a certified public accountant, countered that the company was already making at least a 4 percent profit, which was much more than most of his clients were earning during the 2002 downturn in the economy.

— Compiled from Post archives.

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