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It takes a village! The team at Waban assembled a delicious dinner assortment for the entire Waban staff as a show of appreciation for this year's hard work and dedication.

Last week Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced their nominees to the United States Military Academies. Among the Maine students nominated was Laila Adawadkar of Springvale, a graduate of Sanford High School who will attend the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.

The Sanford Elks’ Giving Trees fundraiser was an incredibly successful event this year, raising $4,000 for the Elks National Foundation. Local businesses that participated included Back Street Sanford, Brock Orchards, Burger Budz, El Mexicano, Frannie’s Mini Donuts, Green Tea, Sanford House of Pizza, Lowe’s, Loyal Companion, Pho Saigon, Smitty’s Cinemas and Sweet Memories. The Elks also thanked the members who worked hard on the event as well as members of the public who attended.

Don’t forget to renew your dog license! State Law requires all dogs over the age of six months be licensed before January 1 each year. There is a 30-day grace period until January 31, after which a $25 late fee will be charged in addition to the dog license fee. The fees this year are $11.00 for an unfixed Male/Female dog; $6.00 for a Spayed or Neutered dog. Click the link to license your dog online:…/online/dog_license/

WasteZero, the orange trash bag manufacturer, informed the City of Sanford that production of 8-gallon trash bags has halted. Due to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, the bags will not be available for purchase until the middle-end of March. If you have questions please call the Public Works Department at 207-324-9135.

Sanford High School’s Treble Choir performed Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the Rotary Club at the Sanford Performing Arts Center recently. Watch the video here:

Friends of Downtown are putting together a map of Christmas lights and displays in town. Want to have your home or business on the map? Sign up here.

Sanford ATV Club has announced that trails are closed to ATVs for the season.

The Salvation Army of Sanford is asking for the community’s help to reach its fundraising goal for the season. If you can, please donate at the kettles at Walmart, Walgreen’s and Shaw’s, or text SANFORDME to 41444.

Kennebunk Savings has been recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for outstanding work with the small business community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank was honored with the District Director Award due to their exemplary lending practices to bolster local businesses at a critical time. “Kennebunk Savings has consistently been among the SBA’s top 10 lenders in Maine,” said Diane L. Sturgeon, District Director at the SBA. “But from 2020 to 2021 they showed significant increases in loans for small businesses in Maine.” The SBA District Director Award is given in recognition of lenders who greatly increase their use of SBA programs in lending portfolios and make dfforts to increase access to programs like the Paycheck Protection Program. Kennebunk Savings’ PPP Portfolio reveals a continued dedication to small and local businesses, as 89% of the first-round loans from the bank through the program were under $150,000.

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