Guide Dogs for the Blind holds graduation ceremony

To commemorate the efforts of students and their dogs, Guide Dogs for the Blind will be holding a graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at its Oregon Campus, 32901 S.E. Kelso Road, Boring.

As it is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the program, guests are welcome at the event with reservations.

Guests are encouraged to bring tissues, as it is a moving event.

For more information, call 503-668-2100.

Nutz-n-Boltz builds holiday fundraiser

As a fundraiser for itself, Nutz-n-Boltz Theatre Company will present a one-night staged reading of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.”

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 Grange St. It will feature a raffle and other holiday treats.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or online at

Sandy Area Metro adds new routes

The Sandy Area Metro bus system has added to its schedule. Not only does it now run early Saturday mornings, but Sundays as well.

The Saturday morning route begins at 5:30 a.m. from the Sandy Transit Center and continue hourly, ending at 10:30 p.m.

On Sundays, SAM operates five runs to connect with the newly expanded Mountain Express service to Timberline Lodge. Effective Dec. 1 through March 31, a sixth run has been added. The new Sunday schedule is available on the city of Sandy website.

SAM runs during holidays, with the exceptions of Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Sandy Public Works keeps busy in winter weather

During the recent cold weather, Sandy Public Works responded to more than 40 calls regarding frozen and burst pipes.

Most of the pipes were from homeowner lines. A few water meters serving mainly vacant dwellings froze.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the fire sprinkler system for the former Bank of America building, 17500 Strauss Ave., froze and burst, causing considerable water damage.

Council appoints new Library Board member

Sandy City Council members appointed Linda Layne to a four-year term on the Library Board at the Monday, Dec. 16, council meeting.

Layne is from the Hoodland library service area, allowing the board to fulfill the municipal code, which states: “Seven members will be from the Sandy area, and three members will be from the Hoodland service area.”

Layne, who has a bachelor’s degree in English literature, served on the Sandy Library Board from 2009 to 2010.

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