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Don’t commit any crimes in this city if you plan on escaping on foot. Our cops can RUN! Members of the Sanford Police Department completed the first leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run on Tuesday, June 7. Officers Andrew Raymond, Sarah Howe and Matt Begin, and Detective Everett Allen ran seven miles from the PD headquarters on Main St. all the way to Waban Projects on Country Club Rd. Lieutenant Matthew Gagné drove the pace vehicle. They were met with supporters and well-wishers at Waban, and the Torch was handed off to the North Berwick PD to continue the relay. Members of the Sanford PD have been long-time supporters of the athletes that participate in the Special Olympics and were honored to be the first leg of the relay.

Five graduating seniors from the Sanford High School Varsity Football Team have enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Congratulations and thank you to Jake Beninati, Damian Oso, Korbin Robertson, Preston Brown, and Jack Callis.

The Sanford Mainers have some fun promotional events scheduled over the next few weeks. Games start at 6:30 unless otherwise noted.

  • Saturday, June 11 is Little League night – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 12 is Halloween night – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15 is Waban night
  • Friday, June 17 is First Responders night
  • Sunday, June 19 is the Father’s Day game and Kids Kove night – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21 is Hawaiian Luau night and VIP Service night
  • Thursday, June 23 is Broose’s Birthday and Back to Health Chiropractic night
  • Sunday, June 26 the Sanford High School wrestling team will be honored
  • Thursday, June 30 is 80’s night and Grahamtastic Connection night

When the school year ends, the Sanford Backpack Program keeps right on going all summer long! They will have free food distributions each Thursday beginning June 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The giveaways are open to anyone in the community, and will be held at Willard School and the Main St. entrance to Sanford High School. Contact with any questions.

Sanford kids with disabilities can experience the freedom and fun of Pine Tree Camp this summer right in here in town. This August, Pine Tree Camp of Rome, ME, is bringing “Camp on the Road” to Sanford with a safe, adaptive camp experience for children with special needs. This summer camp will take place August 5–7 at Waban, 5 Dunaway Drive. Daily schedules are planned to accommodate extended school year hours. Campers ages 5-16 with a disability and their siblings are welcome to attend. Programming will be filled with accessible games and activities, including adaptive bikes, inflatable archery and a brand-new land canoe on wheels. Apply at Financial assistance and full scholarships are available.

The York County Shelter Programs’ Food Pantry needs a helping hand. They would appreciate donations of non-perishable foods – and especially would appreciate it if you, your school, business or organization could organize a food drive on their behalf. If you have any questions or would like to talk to Food Pantry Coordinator Mike Ouellette about starting a drive or making a donation – you can reach him at, (207) 324-1137, ext. 103.

The Sanford Springvale Youth Athletic Association is taking registrations for fall field hockey and football on a new platform. The program is open to kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Create an account and sign up here.

High energy costs getting you down? There is a way to get help with some of those bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides money to help low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. If you are eligible for HEAP, you also may qualify for other programs that require HEAP eligibility, including help with your electric bill, weatherization for your home, and heating system repair or replacement. You can apply for HEAP by phone. Call (207) 459-2950. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2022.

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