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A multi-family home at 46 Elm St. in Sanford was severely damaged by fire late Tuesday night, but no injuries were reported. 11-year-old Matthew Perkins smelled the smoke even before smoke detectors went off, and quickly alerted his family. The property has been condemned, but the residents have all found new apartments through the building owner, White Bark Properties, which owns many multi-families in southern Maine. In addition to the Sanford Fire Department, several other Departments responded to the three-alarm blaze, including North Berwick, Lebanon, Shapleigh, Kennebunk, Wells, Acton, Rochester, Waterboro and Goodwin’s Mills. At least one firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury.

The American Legion TW Cole Post #19 is hosting a New Year’s Day dinner on January 1, open to the public. Enjoy turkey and all the trimmings for just a $8 donation from noon to 2:00 pm.

Deputy Cody Frazier and K-9 Rebel of the York County Sheriff’s Department did a demonstration for campers and the public at Carl J. Lamb School during Vacation Camp. Deputy Frazier spoke about the K-9 program and how K-9 Rebel serves our communities. (Rebel made another successful detection this week in Waterboro which led to two people being arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. Good boy!)

Goodall Library is expanding its hours. The Library will be opening at 9:00 am Monday through Saturday beginning January 3.

Goodall Library will also have guinea pigs visiting the Children’s Room! Winnie and Wilbur will visit for part of the week and their schedule will be posted on their habitat. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to visit with them, read books to them, and learn about these delightful little piggies. They are mostly hypoallergenic and can’t wait to meet you! If you would like to donate any food, toys, litter, or other items to Winnie and Wilbur’s library home, please email Assistant Director Nicole at

The Sanford Elks had a great turnout for their free Christmas dinner. 86 meals were served and there was plenty of conversation. The Elks wish to thank all the volunteers that made this special day possible.

The latest edition of the Main Street Memo is out now. It includes some final thoughts from Mayor Anne-Marie Mastraccio, FAQs (What happened to the ice skating rink?), a poll on your Favorite Sanford Moment of 2022, and more. Read it here:

Get some of the good news from Sanford schools in the latest issue of the Sanford Spotlight here:

Learn a new craft at Sanford Community Adult Education with some great courses starting in January, including basic soapmaking, beginner crochet and quilting, pottery and recycled paper making. You could also learn to the play the ukulele or get hooked on fly fishing! Want to get stronger in 2023? Yoga starts January 18. More organized? There’s a class on Taming the To-Do List January 30. Visit for all the details.

The Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club’s January Thaw Fundraiser will take place Monday, January 23 from 5:30 to 8 pm at Kai Asian Fusion in Springvale. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary sampling of all food choices plus one signature drink. Please bring at least one warm clothing item such as hats or mittens. EXIT Realty will match the net proceeds to a maximum of $4,000. All donations and proceeds benefit Sanford’s unhoused population through the Mental Health Unit of the Sanford Police Department. Email for tickets.

Custodian Al Phillips has retired after more than 20 years of service to the City and the Police Department. Thank you and best wishes for the future Al!

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