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Tyler Sar, a first-generation college student from Sanford, has been named York County Community College’s 2022 Student of the Year. Tyler was also named top of his class in the Maine Criminal Justice Corrections Academy. With his degree in Criminal Justice and successful completion of academy training, Tyler has been hired as a corrections officer at the York County Sheriff’s Department. He hopes to work with offenders to reduce recidivism and the negative impact that incarceration can have on a person’s life.

Bomb threat: On April 25, the Sanford Police Department dispatch received a phone call indicating that there was a threat in a student backpack in “room 50 English class” at Sanford High School. The same message was received by several other schools locally and in Canada. This appeared to be a robocall focused on York County.  Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center did not receive any direct threat or notification. There is no room 50 at SHS/SRTC.  Out of an abundance of caution, SHS/SRTC conducted a fire drill to allow administration to check rooms and make sure nothing suspicious was present so that students and staff could safely return to the school.  Conducting the fire drill allowed them to determine that the threat was indeed not credible.

Sanford Parks and Recreation has released a tentative schedule for this summer’s Springvale Playground Camp for kids age 6-12. Check it out here. For more information, call the Recreation office at (207) 324-9130 or visit

The Sanford Schools Legacy Foundation is still $3,000 short of their goal to raise $13,000 and name the Brian Flanagan Memorial Pole Vault Shed at the Sanford High School track. Can you help?

Sanford High School’s Junior Class is holding its annual Balloons for Graduates Fundraiser, in which students, staff and members of the community may purchase a balloon for an SHS senior that can also include a personalized message. The deadline to order is May 28. For $5 each, the class will deliver a balloon along with the message, and tie it to the graduate’s mailbox (or another suitable location if there is no mailbox) the week of graduation. The order form is here. Payment is accepted by check, Paypal or Venmo.

There will be a celebration of the life of Stephen Eastman at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., Springvale from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7.  All are welcome. The funeral will be at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. 

Raffle for Frommie’s Fight: ONTarget Gunsmithing and New Beginnings Christian Church are sponsoring a raffle for Chace Fromwiller and his family. Chace is a young man from Springvale who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Prizes include an AR-15 MLOC hand guards, nickel baron BCG with MOE pistol grip and butt stock, Conceal carry hand bag, or $100 gift card to ONTarget Gunsmithing. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100, and winners will be drawn July 2. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for more info.

Partners Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Sanford/Springvale YMCA to go toward their Annual Giving Campaign. This donation will help to ensure that the Sanford/Springvale YMCA will continue to offer vital programs to support the community. Pictured below, left to right are Andy Orazio CEO/Executive Director of the Sanford/Springvale YMCA; Kimberly Stewart, AVP/Mortgage Consultant at Partners Bank; and Blaine Boudreau, President and CEO of Partners Bank.

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