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Vouchers for Veterans: Maine military veterans can stop by the Sanford Farmers’ Market any Saturday morning in September and receive a free voucher for $20 to spend at the Market as a thank you for your service. Veterans must show proof of service with an acceptable ID such as a DD214, active duty card, medical card from Veterans Services, etc., plus proof of residency.

The Sanford Bowl-a-Rama was prominently featured in an excellent student documentary by Tyler Garvey. Watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjMp1owUTU.

Don’t let the darkness of autumn keep you from getting your steps in! Walking at Willard begins September 12. Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through November 22, grab your steps-counting app on your phone, and walk indoors at Willard School, 668 Main St. Sanford Community Adult Education has two floors, so you’ll be able to get a good stretch along the hallways, and also add in some stairs! Just stop in at the office for signing in (and out!).  You can even keep track of your steps on the sign in form. This is a free program, but registration is required. Register here: https://sanford.coursestorm.com/course/indoor-walking-at-willard-school3.

The CBS13 I-Team was at Gateway Park last week talking to passersby. It was the I-Team’s first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, and investigative reporters Marissa Bodnar and Dan Lampariello heard concerns from more than a dozen people. Pot holes and housing were the top concerns. View the story here: https://wgme.com/news/i-team/pot-holes-housing-top-concerns-ask-the-i-team-sanford-event-questions.

Sanford History: In 1957, Mr. Johnson of Sanford (who owned the local Chevrolet dealership), decided to become an Edsel dealer. He attended the Edsel Service Training Program in August of 1957. The Johnson / Hunt Family has loaned Mr. Johnson’s coat and some of the other automobilia he received as a new dealer to the Maine Classic Car Museum in Arundel. You can see his artifacts from this ill-fated brand, alongside classic autos, featuring an 1959 Edsel Villager Six -Seater and 1960 Edsel Ranger Convertible, at 2564 Portland Rd. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12 per person for ages 7 and up.

Players to Watch: Sanford High School sophomore Audrey Payeur was included in the Portland Press Herald’s list of 25 Field Hockey Players to Watch this season. Read the full story here: https://www.pressherald.com/2022/08/31/field-hockey-25-players-to-watch-in-southern-maine-2. Junior Jordan Bissonnette made the list of Maine High School football players to watch. Read that story here: https://www.pressherald.com/2022/08/28/high-school-football-players-to-watch-in-maine-this-fall/.

September is Hunger Action Month and Northeast Credit Union’s Sanford branch, located at 48 Alfred Rd., is accepting donations of pantry staples, personal care products, and dog and cat food. Donated items will be given to York County Shelter Programs.

The Orange Line bus between Sanford and Wells has a new Fall 2022 schedule. View it here: https://yccac.org/newyccac/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/SYCCAC-TRAN22090208430.pdf.

Winter Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicating to getting kids outdoors in the winter months, is offering $25,000 in grants to schools, recreation departments and nonprofits in Maine, to be determined by community vote. There are three Sanford organizations vying for grants. Sanford Pride Elementary School hopes to win a grant to buy skates and snowshoes for students. Nasson Community Center would use the grant money to host an epic Amazing Race. The Sanford-Springvale YMCA is also a nominee. The good news is your can vote for TWO of these great organizations between now and the end of September. Visit https://winterkids.org/downhill-24/winterkids-downhill-24-outdoor-fund/ to cast your ballot.

Did you know that you can support local artists and writers at Frannie’s Mini Donuts? Purchase new book releases from local writers Shawn Sullivan and Hannah Morgan in their mini book nook. They also share work from local artists on their mini gallery wall! If you’re a local author or artist and would like to have your work offered, please reach out at info@franniesminidonuts.com.

The Sanford High School Marching Band has a show here at home on September 17, and needs volunteers to help with everything from parking to selling tickets to making goodies for the bake sale. If you can help, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4da9ae2ca5f58-917.

The Sanford Alumni Association’s annual Spree of Trees is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in December at the Memorial Gym Cafe. They are looking for people or groups who would like to have a table to sell crafts as part of the event. Contact Theresa Salls if interested.

Sanford Pride Elementary’s family of service dogs is growing! Say hello to Ory, Dodger, Bentley, and Luna (and their humans!).

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