Sandy Post History

1953 — Residents of the mountain communities were getting serious about disaster preparedness 60 years ago. Volunteers gathered at the Zig Zag Ranger Station for a three-day “school,” where they learned sanitation and water purification techniques, as well as food preservation and preparation methods. The event was sponsored by the American Red Cross, Federal Civil Defense Administration and U.S. Army.

by: POST ARCHIVE PHOTO - An architectural rendering showed plans for the soon-to-be built Community Presbyterian Church in Sandy.1963 — Ground-breaking festivities were held 50 years ago on a 7-acre site that would become home to the Community Presbyterian Church of Sandy. In addition to a worship sanctuary, the church’s architects included plans for a church school and multipurpose areas in the daylight basement. (see photo)

1973 — Even 40 years ago, parents and schools were looking for safe alternatives to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Sandy Grade School’s PTA was sponsoring a Halloween Fun Night that featured a haunted house, cake walk, white elephant sale and carnival games and treats.

Admission was free, but tickets for the carnival cost 10 cents each.

1983 — The city of Sandy was looking for creative ways to fund local road maintenance 30 years ago. A proposed 2-cent per gallon gas tax, on the table for discussion at the City Council meeting, was not met with favor by service station owners.

“Your own mother will drive by if it’s a penny cheaper down the street,” said Bill Granstrom, owner of the Sandy Arco. Because public comment against the tax at the meeting was overwhelming, council members voted unanimously to “table (the issue) indefinitely.”

1993 — Remember these television shows from 20 years ago: “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergen; “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” with Will Smith; and “Night Court” with Harry Anderson. And remember when Showtime and HBO were the only games in town for subscription movie channels?

2003 — Longtime Sandy resident and colorful car dealer Pete Carlson died 10 years ago. Carlson, who opened Suburban Chevrolet in 1967, was best remembered for dressing up as Santa Claus and skating across the not-yet dedicated Glenn Jackson Bridge in December 1982. Washington state law enforcement officials weren’t amused, however, and stood glaring and staring when Carlson reached the other side of the river.

They relented when Carlson quipped, “You wouldn’t give Santa a ticket?” Carlson was 79.

2012 — Members of Gresham’s Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall helped police in the search for Whitney Heichel, at this time last year, when they found personal belongings of the young woman’s in Dodge Park. Heichel’s disappearance early in the morning Oct. 16 captured the community’s attention, as well as the country’s, as efforts to locate the spunky 21-year-old unfolded.

Heichel’s neighbor, Jonathan Holt, was arrested and charged with the murder of Heichel, whose body was found Oct. 19 on Larch Mountain.

Compiled from Sandy Post archives.

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