News Notes: November 6, 2022

And...they're off! for the 2022 Mingle Jingle Run!

The annual Mingle Jingle 5K Run/Walk to benefit St. Thomas School was held November 5 with great weather for the event. 16-year-old Greggory Waterman of Acton finished in first place with a time of 19:23. 51-year-old Michael Leigh was the first Sanford resident to cross the finish line with a time of 19:51 (third overall). 53-year-old Laurie Gaudreau of Springvale was the women’s winner with a time of 20:20, which was fifth overall. Special recognition should go to 85-year-old Robert Randall of Sanford, who finished 70th out of the field of 139 runners and walkers with a time of 38:34.

Laurie Gaudreau of Springvale, women’s winner
85-year-old Robert Randall of Sanford
Winners of the Best Costume award

Sanford High School students in the JMG program recently hosted their third annual Special Olympics Bowling competition at Bowl-a-Rama. 20 students helped run the event for teens and adults with disabilities. Read the full story by Madison Osborne at spartan-times.com.

The Sanford Police Association has donated $1,500 to Strategies for a Stronger Sanford and Sanford Backpack Program for their annual Boxes of Joy campaign. This program fills boxes with holiday treats and everyday essentials for families in need within our community.

Sanford’s first recreational cannabis shop is now open at 22 Smada Dr. (just past Walmart). Landrace Cannabis was previously a medical marijuana dispensary. It is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The Goodall Library’s Holiday Food Drive is on now through December 31st. Donate nonperishable food, pet food, hygiene products, hats and mittens at the Library (952 Main St.) for distribution to community members in need.

The month of October was a busy one for the Sanford Fire Department. Firefighter/EMTs  responded to 340 calls and added two new firefighters to their ranks. An additional firefighter is expected to be added to the Call Division pending completion of his EMT class.

A breakdown of the calls:

  • Rescue & Emergency Medical Service- 263
  • Service Call- 23
  • Good Intent Call- 19
  • False Alarm & False Call- 19
  • Hazardous Condition (No Fire)- 12
  • Fires- 3
  • Severe Weather & Natural Disaster- 1

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