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On Thursday, January 19, the Rotary Club of Sanford-Springvale celebrated its 100th birthday!  The Club will dedicate this entire year to honoring a century of service to the community and the world, through observances of many projects which have benefited those in need all over the world.

Speaking of the Rotary Club, their January Thaw fundraiser to benefit Sanford’s unhoused population was postponed last week due to the weather. It will take place Monday, January 30 at Kai Asian Fusion from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Last week’s School Committee meeting was also postponed. They will meet Monday, January 30 at 6:30 pm (NOT the usual 6:00 pm time). See this week’s Community Calendar for the agenda link.

SSYAA is restarting its lacrosse program for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Players that live in Sanford/Springvale or attend Sanford schools are eligible, including homeschoolers, those in private school, and those from other school systems whose players feed into the SHS system. Jerseys and shorts are included in the registration fee. The 8-week program will begin in April depending on field accessibility. Contact Kim Chatfield at 207-357-6017 if you need assistance with signup, or email Jon Brackett at jrbrackett77@gmail.com. Log in to https://www.sportsoffice.com/ to create a family account and register.

Congratulations to Annora Ferris, who won the Sanford VFW’s “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest, then the District 11 contest, and last week the contest for the state of Maine! The theme was “My Pledge to Veterans,” and in her essay, Annora pledged to bring more awareness to the healthcare needs of veterans and they delays and difficulties they face in getting treatment. She will now go on to compete at the national level.

The York County Pet Food Pantry’s hours have changed. It is open the first Tuesday and third Friday of every month, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The pantry is held in the same location as the (human) Food Pantry, just off Route 4 in Alfred, near Swett’s Bridge Road.

Springvale Library wants your input! Take their survey on adult programs at bit.ly/3wydsAQ.

Interested in vending at the Sanford Farmers Market this summer? They are now taking applications at www.sanfordfarmersmarket.org for the upcoming season!

Sanford Community Adult Education is currently seeking community members who love to cook, and would like to share their favorite budget meal for a one-night workshop. You’ll be part of a series this spring. Email Margie at mgenereux@sanford.org for more information.

Sanford Elks donated 5 Jack Traps for ice fishing to Operation Ray of Light (OROL) to take veterans and their families ice fishing. These 5 traps will help one more veteran be able enjoy a day on the ice with other veterans from Operation Ray of Light. Pictured below, left to right: Cam Kessler (assistant ice fishing coordinator), Sooz Roberts (Sanford Elks Veterans committee chairperson), Jim Martel (ice fishing coordinator/president), Linda Martel (OROL Treasurer), Bob Fortin (Vice President OROL).

The Sanford Middle School PTA is seeking new or used board or card games, puzzles, dominos, jenga etc, for the new Activity Closet at SMS. Email sanfordmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com if you can help.

The MCS/Pride PTA’s annual Teacher Wish List Drive is live! They worked with teachers on a list of school supplies that they are wishing to replenish to help get them through the second half of the year, and would love your support. View the list and sign up to donate items here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aa9aa2eaafece9-teacher1. If you would rather make a monetary donation, the PTA will use this to purchase any remaining items when the drive ends on Friday, February 10th; you can do so here: https://margaret-chase-smith-pta.square.site/product/teacher-wishlist-donation/41. Donations may be dropped off in the front office at either SPE or MCS by Friday, 2/10. The PTA will distribute the supplies on or around Valentine’s Day.

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