Sanford firefighters past and present gathered to celebrate the life of George Driscoll, retired Chief of the Sanford Fire Department, following his funeral on June 19. He became a firefighter in 1961, Chief in 1970, and retired from the Department in 1982. He was also a devoted member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. He passed away on June 12 at the age of 92.

July 6 will be Military Appreciation Night at the Sanford Mainers game, with free admission for all veterans and service personnel. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a special presentation at 6:00, with Jim Bachelder introducing veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, War on Terror and Cold War. The game will start at 6:30.

Each year, gas and electric company Unitil recognizes five high school seniors pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) from Unitil service territories in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts by awarding them with $5,000 toward their first year of undergraduate study. This year, Dawson Knapp, a 2021 graduate of Sanford High School, was one of the five winners. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.

Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms are gearing up for the 21/22 school year at York County Community Action. They are accepting pre-signup applications around the clock via their website (www.yccac.org). YCCAC’s classrooms provide safe learning environments for children six weeks to five years old. All children receive well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks while in their care Monday thru Friday, and families have the opportunity to make peer connections and engage in their child’s learning along the way. If you have questions, please reach out to Melissa Coreau at 459-2965 or Stephanie Lefebvre 459-2980.

Caring Unlimited has received a grant of $3,998 from the Maine Community Foundation to update and expand its mobile advocacy, increasing the availability and accessibility of critical domestic violence support services. The grant awarded from the Maine Community Foundation will enable CU advocates to provide safe, confidential services beyond the physical walls of CU’s Sanford domestic violence resource center, and in the places where survivors need to be present, like court, hospitals, or police station; and the places where they can most safely access help, especially in rural areas. Mobile advocacy will make it easier for individuals throughout York County to access Caring Unlimited’s programs and services, strengthen the community’s network of resources, and make community resources more accessible to individuals experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

Southern Maine Health Care has eased its visitation restrictions enacted during the pandemic, to allow more visitors for in-patients, and to allow out-patients to have people accompany them to appointments and emergency room visits. Read the updated policy here: https://www.mainehealth.org/Southern-Maine-Health-Care/Patients-Visitors/Visitor-Policy.

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