News Notes: August 1

The 20 horses that were seized recently from a home on Deering Neighborhood Rd. are in need of extensive medical care. They are currently being cared for at the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals farm in Windham, and will be available for adoption when they are back to good health. To learn more about these horses and how you can help them, visit msspa.org. The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk will also have dogs, cats and other pets from this seizure available for adoption soon. They ask that you please not call and tie up their phone lines, but check their website instead, as the pets will be posted as soon as they are available.

Have a reluctant reader at home? How about an animal lover? Sign them up for Goodall Library’s Kids Read to Dogs event where they can read to a certified therapy dog! Dogs and handlers from Golden Love Therapy of Wells are back again for this free, outdoor event. Sign up for a private 15-minute time slot to read. Two dogs will be available so two slots are available for every time between 11 and 12:30. The event is on Wednesday August 11th and will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Call 324-4714 or stop by to sign up.

Citizen Advisory Group: The Sanford Police Department seeks to organize a diverse group of citizens, business owners, and community stakeholders to meet in person at the Sanford Police Department and work to identify community policing strategies for the department, and develop ways to implement the strategies to meet the goals. The Sanford Police Department believes community input is a crucial part of developing this program. This group will be comprised of 10-15 citizens, and representatives from the department. They will meet for one hour beginning on September 14 at 6:00 p.m. Anyone interested in applying can complete the online submission form. Selected group members will be contacted by August 31. https://www.sanfordmaine.org/citizenadvisorygroup

Jenni Roberts will be inducted into the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in October. When Ms. Roberts raced for Sanford High School, she earned seven individual titles at the Class A State meet and set four state records. Before transferring to the University of New Hampshire, she earned Honorable All American honors as a relay swimmer at the University of Maryland. In 2010, she won the 100 yard fly with a 54.2 at the Y Nationals. At UNH, she was titled the 2013 America East Swimmer of the Year with multiple America East and ECAC gold medals. A year before being named swimmer of the year, Roberts qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Sanford native Rachel Schneider, competing in the 5000 meter race at the Tokyo Olympic Games, didn’t make the finals but finished in 17th place on Friday.

Mask update: Springvale Library is requiring all patrons to wear masks again at this time, whether vaccinated or not. North Parish Congregational Church is also requiring masks. At Goodall Library, masks are strongly recommended but not required. Based on the number of cases of community transmission of Covid-19 in the past seven days, York County’s rating is “Moderate,” according to the US CDC. The data is updated daily on this site.

Sanford-Springvale YMCA will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/3 so staff can attend an all staff event. They will reopen at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.

There’s still time to sign up for the 7th Annual Stepping Out for Seniors Walk, Saturday, August 21, but T-shirts are going fast! Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., walk starts at 9:00. Register today by calling the Trafton Center at 207-457-0080 or stop by. Proceeds from this walk help support the Trafton Center and their programs for local older adults.

MaineHousing has just announced expanded eligibility for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, increasing both the potential number of Maine people who can receive help paying their rent and utilities and the number of months they may receive assistance. Effective at noon on Monday, August 2, you may be eligible due to having financial difficulty during the pandemic, not necessarily because of the pandemic. The total number of months a household can receive assistance has increased from 15 to 18. York County Community Action has more details on their website.

How fortunate are the Grahamtastic Superstars to receive one of these beautiful quilts along with their new laptop or iPad? The quilts were made and generously donated by Darlene, Verna and Marilyn at Burns Quilted Memories in Springvale.