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Congratulations to the Sanford Elks Lodge #1470 on winning the 2022 Ritual championship for the state of Maine. Team members (pictured above) were judged on how well they memorized and delivered their lines, and how well they performed the Elks initiation ritual, which is used when new members join the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The team will go on to compete at the Elks National Convention in Atlanta, GA this summer.

Farrer Chiropractic Center is closing its Sanford office after 38 years. The (207) 490-2553 phone number will transfer directly to Brink Chiropractic Clinic, where Dr. Farrer’s patients will be accepted; or they may travel to the other Farrer Chiropractic office in Standish. The phone number there is (207) 642-4800.

Longtime Springvale resident Jack McAdam of McDougal Orchards, who currently serves as a member of the Planning Board, has filed to run for a seat in the State Legislature, representing District 141, which includes parts of Sanford and Springvale, as well as Shapleigh and Newfield. The primary election will be held June 14.

Sanford’s elementary schools are holding a sneaker drive to collect new or gently-used sneakers for local kids in need, from child size 10 to youth size 7. If you can help, drop them off at Carl J. Lamb School, Margaret Chase Smith School or Sanford Pride Elementary any time during the month of March.

Sanford High School will be hosting the MBDA Winter Guard and Percussion Finals on Sunday, March 27. The Music Boosters are looking for volunteer help to run the event as well as donations of concession food. If you would like to be involved, email or call/text Don Jamison at (207) 432-4473.

On March 2, the Planning Board granted a one-year extension to the approval for construction of the new solar farm at the former CGA site on New Dam Rd. Jack Kenworthy from Walden Renewables told the Board that delays in cleaning up the site as well as getting the required paperwork have pushed the timeline back, but the project is still very much on track.

Applications are now available for University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 2022 Kids Can Grow youth gardening program in York County. Children ages 7-12 will learn how to grow vegetables, flowers and herbs, and build and maintain their own raised bed garden at home. Teaching sessions are held monthly on Saturdays, April 30 through September 24, at Sanford Community Garden, 246 Blanchard Rd, Springvale.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers work with participants throughout the gardening season in teaching gardens. The children then work on their home gardens with help from their Master Gardener mentors. The children also learn about community service by donating produce from the teaching gardens to local food pantries and shelters. The registration fee is $25 per child; the application deadline is Monday, April 4th. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. For more information, to request a brochure or application, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in York County, 207.324.2814, or 800.287.1535 in Maine;

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