1950 — While nowadays our Sandy-area Sportsman's meal is pancakes serves up by Sandy's volunteer firefighters, this time 70 years ago there was a Sportsmen's club serving an annual turkey dinner. The proceeds of the 1950 event, which brought in 200 guests, went to purchase a new stove for the Masonic temple's kitchen.
1970 — After a 17-game losing streak by the Sandy Pioneers basketball team this time 50 years ago, the Pios came roaring back with a win against Molalla. They defeated Molalla 67-57.
1980 — If you attended Welches Schools 40 years ago your school lunch may have been different than it would have been today. On the menu at Welches was chili con carne, crackers, carrot rings, bread with butter, pears and milk.
1990 — This time 30 years ago the Hoodland and Sandy Chambers of Commerce made a pact to work together "for the good of both communities." Directors Bill Conerly and Jill Willey made a joint calendar to promote both communities and not have the Mount Hood communities compete with Sandy.
2000 — Highway 26 has long been seen as not only the route to Mount Hood, but a problematic and dangerous road. This time 20 years ago people were still referring to it as "Blood Alley," based on how many fatal accidents have occured in the stretch of highway running through the Sandy area. A Sandy resident wrote a letter to the editor in 1990 asking, "How many fatalities and serious accidents will it takefore more is done to improve the safety of this stretch of highway?"
2010 — The stone fountain that sits prominently in the Centennial Plaza was just artistic renderings this time 10 years ago. The functional sculpture featuring fish among stone columns was dreamt up to not only add some art to Sandy's public areas, but to also celebrate Sandy's centennial in 2011.
2019 — After 42 years of first dates and anniversary celebrations, as evidenced by hand-carved initials and names still visible in the restaurant's thick wood tables, it looked like Paola's Pizza Barn was destined to close and stay closed this time last year. But new owner Denise Overton, featured in The Post, kept that from happening and brought some new and old recipes with her. The restaurant at 38015 Highway 26 is still serving Sandy families.
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