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After having a couple of months “down” time, Sanford Maine Stage players are deep in plans for this year! Their first ZOOM production will be Tragedians Anonymous by Rebecca Salomonsson, and will be performed April 30 and May 1. In this play, four tragic characters who are forced to remain in isolation until further notice (due to the pandemic) join a self help group, virtually of course! Tragic characters Ophelia, Lady Anne, Romeo, and Juliet seek support from the Tragedians Anonymous group led by Prospero, where the meeting’s theme is “Identify those who wrong us and those who we wrong.” In this laugh-out-loud comedy, they are forced to face their fatal flaws in therapy sessions with each other. If you think you’d be interested in being in this production via Zoom, contact marya.troopstair@gmail.com for further information and the cast of characters list.

Has your cable internet service gotten faster lately? Breezeline, formerly known as Atlantic Broadband, announced last week that it has upgraded residential internet speeds at no additional cost for customers in select packages.  

Love cats, but your partner or family member is allergic? Get your kitty fix at Another Chance Animal Rescue. They are in need of a few volunteers to help with Saturday morning cleaning. Give them a call at (207) 490-2855 or message them on Facebook for more info.

Catholic schools in Maine, including St. Thomas School, will no longer require students and staff to wear masks in school as of March 7. As of now, Sanford public schools have not lifted the mask mandate, but that is expected to change soon.

Superintendent of Schools Matt Nelson issued the following statement on Friday, February 18: “Families in eligible locations within the state now have access to COVID-19 tests through the Project ACT Website; families can also access free test kits through COVIDtests.gov. We encourage all families to take advantage of this program and test students prior to returning from February break. This measure will serve to decrease the impact of additional cases on our students and staff as well as hopefully continue the downward trend in the total number of positive cases in Southern Maine.”

Southern Maine Health Care has updated its visitor policy, which applies to the Walk-in Clinic and the rest of the Goodall campus here in Sanford. Read it here.

Classes are back at Sanford Sewing! Their HQ Club kicks off February 22 with the basics of long arm quilting. More info here.

Mark your calendars for the Sanford Middle School’s Sanford’s Got Talent show, March 25th at 5:00 p.m. in the SMS cafe. There will be dress rehearsals after school that week. To attend the show, it costs $5 per person over the age of 8. Staff are invited and encouraged to attend! The School may be doing pre-purchase Eventbright tickets to help with COVID precautions… they are working on the details.

Registration is open now for the Sanford-Springvale YMCA‘s next session, starting February 28. View the Program Guide HERE: https://bit.ly/3gIddLE.

Do you live in a home that was built before 1950? And do you have young children, or are you expecting a new baby? If you answered yes to both these questions, order a free lead dust test kit from the state’s Division of Environmental and Community Health. This easy test is a great way to find out if you have dust from lead paint in your home. Get yours here.

There are more than 6,000 senior citizens living in poverty in York County. If you or someone you know needs help with applying for Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS), the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), MaineCare Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Southern Maine Agency on Aging can help. Their resources specialist can be reached at (207) 396-6500 or referral@smaaa.org.

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