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News Notes & People Around Town: November 27, 2022

Photo: Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America: On November 21, Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Maine announced that they were far short of the number of wreaths needed to decorate every veteran’s grave at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery this year, so they were instead going to put large wreaths at the section markers and monument locations. The Sanford business community immediately stepped up, and thanks to generous donations from Steve Cabana, Partners Bank, Town Square Realty, Sanford Flooring, Marc Motors, Cabana’s Auto Body and R. Pepin and Sons, they were able to reach the goal to honor every veteran at the cemetery with a wreath. The ceremony at the cemetery will be held Saturday, December 17 at noon. Shuttle buses will be available for members of the public wishing to attend.

Sanford’s Civil Air Patrol Cadets don’t rest during the winter months. They are pictured below at a recent meeting getting an introduction to self defense training, as well as strategies for maintaining personal discipline and self-control in potentially stressful situations.

The St. Thomas Council, Knights of Columbus, has chosen the family of Dan and Hailey Labbe to be recognized as Family of the Month for November 2022. Dan is an Engineer and Hailey is a nurse at Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford. Dan and Hailey have been happily married for 15 years and are proud parents of two children. Read more about the Labbe family here.

Deputies at the York County Sheriff’s Office got a Thanksgiving surprise this week when employees from the Sanford branch of Atlantic Federal Credit Union stopped by with four pies for them to enjoy at break time. Pictured below are Chief Deputy Jeremy Forbes, Erin Jones and Morgan Davis.

The academic winter term at Sanford Community Adult Education starts December 5. If you would like to complete your high school diploma or take your high school equivalency exam (HiSET), call 207-490-5145, text 312-767-7223 or email for more info, or go to to register for the CASAS assessment to get your future started.

The Sanford Lions Club recently presented a check for $4,400 to Grahamtastic Connection to help in their work providing free technology to kids with serious illnesses. Shown in photo, Leslie and Kathy from Grahamtastic, Andy Davis, Sanford Lions Club President and Deb Maddox, First Vice District Governor of District 41 in Maine.

The Southern Maine Sno-Goers have been busy this fall fixing problem areas on the trails and getting permissions from landowners.

Christa Silva is a 36-year-old Sanford mom of two who graduated this month from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). As a parent with sons on the autism spectrum, including one who is nonverbal, Christa had to learn to be an advocate and support system overnight. Her desire to continue working in cosmetology changed, and she set her sights on a psychology degree to better understand her kids’ needs. Despite her own challenges with dyslexia and a busy home life, she was able to earn her bachelor’s degree online with SNHU. She shared that education has been her “self-care.” With her degree, she’s already been able to obtain a new position as a community case manager and will help adults in our community with autism and other mental health disorders. Watch an interview with Christa here.

Here’s one of the Frequently Asked Questions answered in the latest edition of the City of Sanford’s newsletter, Main Street Memo:

Q: Why can’t we plant a pine tree in Central Park, so we don’t need to cut one down every year?

A: The City has looked into the option. If we did so, the planted tree would be small for many years. We would continue to cut our Central Park Christmas Tree until the planted tree was the correct size. There would come a time when the planted tree would become too large or diseased and we need to remove it from Central Park, restarting the process. Many of the trees that are currently cut are unwanted by the property owners, who request their removal.

You can subscribe to the Main Street Memo on the City’s website here.

Read Shawn Sullivan’s story about the restoration of the clock and bell at North Parish Church here.

You may be wondering what these newly painted symbols in the Westside Village are, pictured below. They are called sharrows, or shared-lane markings. A sharrow is not a bike lane. It is meant to be used on streets where cyclists and drivers must ride in the same lane. (Neighborhood streets with speed limits under 35 mph.) The sharrow tells cyclists where to ride to avoid open car doors and vehicles passing too closely. They also alert motorists to watch for bicyclists sharing the lane.

Stop into the SUBWAY restaurants in Sanford, Springvale, Berwick and North Berwick and support the Y in the month of December! From December 5-19, SUBWAY will donate $1 from every 12 inch sandwich, wrap or protein bowl purchase, and 50 cents from every 6 inch sandwich or salad purchase to the Sanford-Springvale YMCA to provide programs and opportunities to individuals and families that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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