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Former Sanford alumnus, Chris Kumka (SHS, ’93), will be leading the Sanford Springvale Basketball Association this year, operating out of the Nasson Community Center. Nasson is excited to welcome Chris, his wife Chambree, and their three sons back to the Sanford/Springvale community. Chris holds a degree in secondary education from The University of New England, where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team. Chris has over 15 years of coaching experience at various levels, which he gained while living in Tampa, Florida for the past 18 years. Chris is passionate about giving back to his hometown community and is excited for this opportunity to be working with the youth of Sanford/Springvale. SSBA registration is open now.

Sanford High School Class of 2021 graduates Hannah Ball and Juliana Levesque have begun their college journey as part of this year’s cohort of Promise Scholars at the University of Southern Maine. The Promise Scholarships provide a full four years of tuition and fees to financially challenged students from all over the state who are highly motivated to succeed. Read more here: https://usm.maine.edu/publicaffairs/usm-welcomes-largest-cohort-promise-scholars-program-moves-mountains.

Sanford resident Bob Porzio is starring as Hercule Poirot in the Freeport Players presentation of “Black Coffee” by Agatha Christie, which continues its run at the Freeport Performing Arts Center September 24-26. In this classic whodunit, Sir Claud Amory has invented a dangerous weapon, and the formula is missing. Then a murder occurs. The family members, guests, and staff gathered at the manor house all have motive and opportunity for theft and murder. Who did it? The incomparable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and his friend, Captain Hastings, arrive, and Poirot’s “little grey cells” are put to the test. While Poirot gallantly gives credit to Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard, he cleverly solves the mystery. With dashes of comedy and romance, Christie’s play creates a superb theater experience. Just the thing for a return to the stage after a long absence. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. For tickets, go to http://www.fcponline.org. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. The theater is located at 30 Holbrook St. in Freeport.

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