News Notes: December 6

On Thursday, December 3, fifth graders at Sanford Middle School were out enjoying their new playground equipment. Students collaborated with staff to develop recess rules to keep everyone safe when on the equipment.

The Trafton Center is partnering with the Sanford-Springvale Altrusa Club to provide a drop off spot for Sanford Vet Center’s Point in Time donations. Altrusa is looking for hats, gloves, cereal bars, blankets, etc. to be donated to homeless veterans. Donations may be dropped off at the Trafton Center Monday-Friday from 8:30-3:30 through December 11.

Southern Maine Health Care has new rules in place for all its locations and medical practices, including the Goodall campus in Sanford. The new rules severely limit visitors and family members accompanying those who are seeking medical care or services. Read the full post on their Facebook page for all the details.

New classes at Sanford Community Adult Education start right after the holidays. One of the courses available is four weeks of training to become a contact tracer. The Adventures in Homesteading classes include Homesteading 101, Raising Your Own Meat, Raising Goats, and more. Visit SCAE’s website at sanford.maineadulted.org for more info.

Father Michael Sevigny, a native of Sanford, has been named the new Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Portland. Fr. Sevigny is a Franciscan with the St. Mary Province of the Order of Friars Minor. Since coming back home to Maine in August, he has served the Hispanic community through celebrating Masses and holding Holy Hours in Spanish, organizing sacramental preparation classes, and finding new ways to connect despite the ongoing pandemic.

Check out the YMCA’s new Science Sunday programming, for a fun and educational video series every Sunday. Science experiments and projects that can be done at home, with adult supervision, will be taught by Sci Guy as he adds his upbeat personality to keep youth engaged. Videos will be posted and remain on the Y’s Facebook page and their website. The first video is here.

There’s still time to register your K-Grade 6 kids for the Sanford Parks and Recreation Department’s Vacation Day Camp, to be held at the Memorial Gym during school vacation week from December 23-31. The cost is $85/week. Socially distanced arts and crafts and games are planned. The school district must stay out of the Red to make this a go….refunds will be given if needed. More info and registration link here.

A free Matthew Meal, provided by the youth ministries of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish of Sanford-Springvale and Holy Spirit Parish of Wells/Kennebunk-Ogunquit, will take place Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in front of the St. Ignatius Gymnasium, 25 Riverside Avenue. Dinner is take-out only, no dine in. This FREE meal consists of pasta (gluten free available) with meat sauce or marinara sauce, salad, bread and pre-packaged desserts. Open to all.

High school seniors and parents of seniors… thinking of applying to college? It’s time to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now. Here’s the link: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Need help with the FAFSA? The staff at FAME (Finance Authority of Maine) are available to help for free! Join FAME for a free Virtual FAFSA Help session. At these sessions, a brief FAFSA overview is provided to answer the most commonly asked questions, followed by private, individualized virtual help from FAME staff. These virtual help sessions are coming up on December 8 and 12. To register, visit Fame’s website at https://www.famemaine.com/education/topics/filing-the-fafsa/in-person-help-sessions/. If you are unable to attend one of the help sessions and need assistance, contact FAME at 800-228-3734.