By Carolyn Cadigan
Library services coming together at new temporary location: The new book drop at the Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library has arrived. Now you can drop off items to return 24/7 at their new location in Shaw’s Plaza. Please do not use the book drop at the Main St. location until construction is done and they are officially back in operation there. In addition, some library activities will resume this week: Story Times on Oct. 17 and the Lego Club on Oct. 18. FMI, email the library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org as their phones are not yet operational.
Sanford High seniors offered “pay what you can” photo sessions: Jessanda Marie Photography is offering a limited number of 15-minute “pay what you can” photography sessions to Sanford High School seniors on Oct. 28. Participating seniors will receive five digital images. To check session availability and to sign up, go here.
Upcoming event to connect homeless veterans with helpful resources: The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is holding a Homeless Veterans’ Mobile Stand Down to provide connections to housing, benefits, community services, winter clothing, non-perishable food, medical check-ups and more. The event will be held at the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at 634 Main St. in Springvale on Oct. 18 from 10 am to 2 pm. Reservations are not required but having one will speed attendees through the stations. FMI or to pre-register, call 207-287-7019 or email HVC.MaineBVS@maine.gov.
Future scientists in the making: On Oct. 4, fifth grade students from St. Thomas School visited the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland to learn about what is happening in the Gulf of Maine. Students studied live phytoplankton samples under the microscope, observed data on the increase of black bass populations, manipulated graphs related to water temperature change, and learned about species living in the Gulf of Maine. In addition, they virtually dissected a black bass and measured live lobsters — all contributing to GMRI research!
York County Sheriff’s Office makes efficiency gains: Last month, all York County patrol cruisers were outfitted with printers, made possible by an $18,000 grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety as part of their e-citation program. This program allows for a more timely and efficient collection of traffic citation data, as deputies no longer have to issue paper summonses. When a traffic citation is issued, the deputy transmits the information directly to the State of Maine Violations Bureau from their cruiser and prints copies for the violator from their printer. Other benefits of the printers include the ability to print out court paperwork and other reports directly from their cruiser, saving time by eliminating the need to drive to the office, which is often difficult due to their large patrol area.
A puzzling request: The Springvale Library is looking for donations of 300-piece jigsaw puzzles. If you have any that you’ve finished and would like to donate, please drop them off at the library.
Bargain books help support York County Shelter Programs: The Books Revisited bi-annual half-off sale will run through Oct. 31. Sales of books and other items such as puzzles, CDs and DVDs help to support the York County Shelter Programs. The volunteer-run used bookstore, located at 882 Main St. in Sanford, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Keep in mind that they accept payment only by cash or check.