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The Sanford Police Department would like recognize members of the Sanford-Springvale Rotary, Sanford Housing Authority, Great Bay Services, Catholic Diocese of Maine, YMCA and the Knights of Columbus (pictured above) for participating in Thursday’s clean-up of a former homeless encampment at the Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale.  Sixteen volunteers participated in the effort organized by Ofc. Small, our Community Outreach Coordinator.  This is the seventh clean-up of this nature.  With only three more clean-ups remaining there will be no more encampments in the city.  If you are interested in volunteering please call Officer Small at 324-9170 Ext. 227.

Goodall Library will be hosting an online Star Wars Trivia night for all ages on May 18th at 6pm. The event will be hosted on Zoom and is open to everyone. Top 3 teams will win prizes! The library also has a Star Wars display where you can easily find themed movies and books. Stop by to check them out!

For the month of May, anyone who donates $5 to Strategies for a Stronger Sanford will have 1 chance ($10/2 chances, etc.) at this month’s $100 Lowe’s Gift Card. The winner will be notified June 1st. Go to https://visufund.com/earn-a-chance-for-the-may-thank-you-prize to donate. When you support Strategies you are supporting Stuff the Bus, Right Brain Club, Sanford Police Cadets, The Backpack Program, and East Side Youth Initiatives.

Great Bay Services provides support to local individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and caregivers. This month they are having a fundraising auction with some great items   including Kitty and Doggy gift baskets for your favorite pet; gift cards to great local businesses including Frannie’s Mini Donuts, Applebee’s and Bowl-a-Rama; a car wash bucket from O’Reilly’s packed with all sorts of stuff for your home and car; and much more. Check it out at https://bit.ly/3nUkgng.

Great Bay Services’ annual Tastes of Spring event is virtual this year. On Friday, May 21, MaineHospitality’s Restaurateur of the Year, Chef Justin Walker, will create culinary masterpieces for an online audience. Tickets are $30 per household and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/tastes-of-spring-tickets-150130581611.

The Rail Trail trailheads got a makeover this week. Granite obelisks, saved from the Emerson School demolition and with medallions affixed, were installed at the entry points, along with new signs with updated maps. The work installing the new signs and markers was done by members of the Trails Committee with assistance from the Parks & Recreation Department.

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