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The St. Ignatius Gym (pictured above) and Convent (shown below) will become the new campus of Sanford Christian Academy after the properties were purchased by Calvary Baptist Church this week.

Smitty’s Cinema is now showing The Polar Express through December 15. Admission is just $1. Gear up for the holidays with a special cocoa & cookies menu and free crayons and coloring pages at each show. Regular menu also available. Purchase tickets here.

The US Army’s 3rd Infantry, traditionally known as Honor Guard Company or “The Old Guard” recognized SPC Ball of Sanford as its Honor Guard Soldier of the Week last week. Joining the Army in 2020 as an 11B infantryman, SPC Ball was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Honor Guard Company. While in Honor Guard Company he has been in several high visibility ceremonies such as The White House State Arrival, the State Dinner, Department of the Army and Senior General Officer Retirement ceremonies to name a few. SPC Ball’s hobbies include snowboarding, fishing, and riding his dirt-bike. The Old Guard is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the President, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance. It is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784.

Be prepared for winter parking bans by signing up for E-Notify Email/Text Alerts. If you sign up for DPW Notices via the link below, you will receive an alert when a parking ban is announced! Go to to sign up.

Did you miss the Holly Daze Parade and Tree Lighting? If so, or you just want to see it again, you can watch it here on YouTube:

Some local businesses are moving! Fred’s Finds, which recently opened in Springvale, has moved to the old Raz’n Cash building at 840 Main St. in Sanford. Maker’s Way Studio has closed its retail store at 6 Washington St. while they prepare to move to a new downtown location. The Tuesday Night group and classes will continue at the old location while the new one is being readied.

The City Clerk’s office will be closed Thursday, December 15 for an upgrade to their accounting software. Unless your business is pressing, you might want to also avoid the office on Monday the 19th just in case there are any bugs that need to be worked out.

The Keeping You Warm This Winter entry at the Spree of Trees took home the prize for earning the most raffle tickets. The tree was sponsored by True Comfort Heating and Cooling of Alfred. The value of the tree and all the items that came with it totaled $1,400.

Film Fridays are back at Goodall Library for this month only! Check out any of their DVDs (includes tv shows as well as movies) on Fridays and receive a free bag of popcorn and large box of movie candy to go with it.

Proud of your Christmas lights? Sanford Recreation is compiling a drive-by list. To have your home or business address added to the list, sign up here:

Sanford Community Adult Education’s winter brochure is online now. You can view it here or look for a copy in your mailbox soon.

The basketball court at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA is closed for maintenance. The expected date for reopening is December 26.

Looking for fun and unique gifts or stocking stuffers? Students in the art and wood shop classes at the BRIDGE program have been busy creating some fabulous items to sell to raise funds for extra activities and field trips. Read more here:

Sanford Mainers 2023 season tickets are now available for preorder. Visit to purchase. Orders will be mailed out once the tickets have been printed. Want a physical item for a holiday gift? The Sanford Mainers store at 917 Main St. is open Fridays noon to 4, and Saturdays 9 to 1 with gift cards and Moose gear.

Congratulations to SHS athletes Audrey Payeur (field hockey) and Kora Ekelman (volleyball), who were selected for All-State teams! Great job, ladies!

The Sanford Family Medicine team at Southern Maine Health Care recently answered the call for much needed toiletry items for York County Shelter Programs. A one-week toiletry drive brought in over 400 items!

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