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The Sanford Springvale News is Back!

Ever since reading that the Sanford Springvale News was publishing its last edition in March, 2023, a dedicated group of 20+ community members has been hard at work. Our mission: To continue to produce the Sanford Springvale News with community support, both financial and through volunteer efforts.

There was a lot to learn for many of us, but we have been guided by the founding editor / publisher, Zendelle Bouchard. We have reached out to the 900+ individuals who had been receiving the Sanford Springvale News through email, along with FaceBook. We received over 200 responses to an initial survey of what folks wanted to see in their local paper, along with asking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the paper.

And now we are ready to take our first steps: You are receiving just the Events Calendar this week. Our plan is to send out a weekly publication through email beginning on June 4th, with the Events Calendar, reports on the Sanford City Council and School Committee (still looking for a reporter!), News Notes, Police & Fire logs, Passages (obituaries), and local business updates, as well as periodic feature stories. We hope to be able to do a print version in the future when there is adequate funding available.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help gather and write stories:

  • Are you in the Real Estate field and want to write about our local housing market?
  • Are you a coach or active parent for a sports team and want to share schedules or stories?
  • Do you attend the School Committee meetings and are willing to write a summary of what happened?

We are still working out details on finances, but, in the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to our efforts, we have Strategies For a Stronger Sanford, a non-profit organization, serving as our fiscal agent. Checks should be made out to: Strategies For a Stronger Sanford, with “Sanford Springvale News” on the memo line, and can be mailed to SFSS at: P.O. Box 958, Sanford, ME. 04073

We are holding meetings every other week, with the next one scheduled for Thursday, June 8th from 3 – 4p at Sanford Community Adult Education, 668 Main Street, Sanford. Come join us!

Come be part of this community effort to support the local news that we all want to enjoy reading!



Community Calendar: May 29-June 4, 2023

Monday, May 29

Sanford Veterans Memorial Committee-Memorial Day Parade (and events of the day) 
6:45am assemble for 1st ceremony;
7am head to other parks and cemeteries;
9:30am wreath ceremony at #1 Pond;
10am parade leaves from Springvale toward Central Park;
11am ceremony at Central Park.
Direct questions to POC Gerald Newport 207-324-2427.

YCCAC-Offices closed & no bus service in observance of Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30

Sanford Food Pantry, 10am-noon, Sanford Food Pantry 1204 Main Street. Picture ID required, Sanford Residents Only.

Sunset Towers, Free Lunch 11:30-1pm 941 Main Street

The Center for Grieving Children-Volunteer Training, noon-1pm via zoom. Interested in learning skills on how to support children, teens and adults through grief? Want to be part of a team that inspires hope and healing?

Join this volunteer info session to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Center, reach out to to sign up today!

Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library-Technology Help Drop-In, 2:30-3:30, 952 Main Street. Got computer or smartphone troubles? Need help setting up an email account or accessing library services (such as MINERVA or Cloud Library)? Their volunteer can help. No appointment necessary.

Sanford Elks-BINGO, Doors open at 4pm and games start at 6pm. 13 Elm Street. Must be 18 years old with a valid picture ID. Face coverings required for those not vaccinated. Please stay home if you are sick.

Margaret Chase Smith School-2nd & 3rd Grade Performances
248 Twombley Road.
Grade 2 Art Show in Art Room 4:15-5:15
Grade 2 Music Concert 5:00-5:30
Grade 3 Art Show in Art Room 5:15-6:15
Grade 3 Music Concert 6:00-6:30 

Wednesday, May 31

Friends of Downtown Biweekly Meeting 4:30-6pm, The mission of the Friends of Downtown is to promote economic revitalization and to foster community spirit. Meetings are usually held at Frannie’s Mini Donuts. Contact Mary Hastings for an agenda and to verify the location of the meeting. (

Curtis Lake Church, Wednesday Night Bite-Free Community Meal  6pm-7pm, 38 Westview Drive. All are welcome.

Thursday, June 1

DPW-Sanford Transfer Station, will be closed for training from 1:30-3:30pm any questions please call DPW 324-9135

The Career Center-Thursday Job Fair @ Sanford Community Adult Education 3-5pm, 668 Main Street. The CareerCenter is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network. Come and meet with a recruiter and find the right fit for you!  For more information contact: 207-490-4622

Margaret Chase Smith School-4th Grade Performances, 248 Twombley Road.
4th Grade Art Show in Art Room 4:15-5:15
4th Grade Music Concert 5:00-6:00

St. Therese of Lisieux Food Bank, noon-2pm, St. Ignatius Gym, 25 Riverside Ave. No residency requirement, contact Barbara Russell at 603-970-0306 for more information

New Beginnings Christian Church-Free Community Meal, 5pm 181 Grammar Road. 

Friday, June 2

Sanford Salvation Army, Produce Pantry 10am-Noon, 871 Main Street.

Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, Medicare Series, 12:30pm-3pm, at Louis B Goodall Memorial Library 952 Main Street.  A program to help navigate Medicare options for people planning for retirement.

Saturday, June 3

14th Annual Arnie’s Ride to Benefit Maine Children’s Cancer Program 
Sanford Elks Lodge, 13 Elm Street. Registration forms available at the Sanford Elks Lodge, American Legion, Lafayette Club, Springvale Social Club, and the Wolves Club or online by visiting:
If you have any questions, wish to donate, or are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Joe Pierce at 207-289-0747 or Betty Kimball at 207-651-0153.

Sanford Farmers’ Market 8am-Noon, Central Park 920 Main Street. The farmers’ market is held weekly on Saturdays May through October.
Come see all your favorite farmers and food producers and meet our exciting lineup of new faces. Stock up on fresh vegetables, greens, as well as freshly baked breads, mushrooms, herbs, beef pork, organic lamb, canned goods, flowers, and more! Load up on locally grown vegetable and flower seedlings for your garden. Listen to live music and spend time in your community seeing friends and supporting local businesses.

Retiring the Veteran Flags from local Cemeteries, 9am-Completion. Organized by Amvets Post 3 Sanford Phone: 324-1661 Email:

Beloved-TBRI Overview and Training 9am-5pm, Curtis Lake Church, 38 Westview Drive. Beloved announces:  Fellow practitioner and friend Marisa Stam will be giving an overview and training of TBRI. TBRI – Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This training is so valuable for anyone working with children from hard places!

Sanford Soccer In-Person Registration 10am-2pm, Shaw Field, 137 Shaw Road. In-Person Registration and uniform sizing will be available at this time.
You can also register players online. You will need to log into your GotSport account. If you do not have a GotSport account you will need to create one utilizing the “Create Account” link at the bottom of the GotSport page.…
Registration officially closes at 12AM on June 23, 2023.

Nasson Little Theater Sanford Pride Arts Festival 10am-3pm 457 Main Street, Springvale

Great Bay Services-Diamonds and Dice Gala  5-9pm, The Brook, 319 New Zealand Road, Seabrook, NH. Diamonds & Dice Gala Ticket $75.00
Join GBS for the first fundraising gala since 2019 to support their mission to support adults with disabilities. This event will have an auction, a three course meal, a Great Bay Services presentation, music, and more. Please select the main course of your meal from the following options: 1: Fennel Baked Haddock topped with Gremolata with Purple Parsnips & Rainbow Carrots 2: Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish, Mashed Potatoes & Hert Covert 3: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries, Pecans & Quinoa Topped with Vegan Cashew Bechamel Please contact Chrissy with your meal selection and with any questions at

Nasson Community Center and Little Theatre-Crown Jewels 8-10pm 457 Main Street, Springvale

Sunday, June 4

Sanford LGBTQIA+ Pride Picnic Noon-3pm  Gowen Park, Gowen Drive. A free, family friendly event featuring food, performers and local organizations.

Sanford High School Spring Sports Award Presentations 1-4pm 
Sanford Performing Arts Center, 100 Alumni Blvd (Door #43). 

AWS-Puppy Learn & Play 2-2:45pm 46 Holland Road, Kennebunk.

Coming Soon…

6/5 Red Cross Blood Drive @ Nasson Community Center
6/5MCS 4th Grade Parent Information Night at SMS
6/5 Sanford School Committee Meeting
6/6 Sanford Elks Bingo
6/6 Sanford Community Forest Walk
6/7 5th Annual Healthy Living Expo-Sanford-Springvale YMCA
6/7 Sam’s Book Club-Springvale Public Library
6/8 Senior Mobile Food Drive @ CrossRoads UMC
6/8 Career Center Job Fair @ Sanford Community Adult Education
6/8 MCS Spring Carnival
Salvation Army Staples Box Distribution
6/9 2nd Annual Frommie’s Fight Block Party @ Nasson Community Center
6/9 Sanford Mainers Opening Day
6/10 Sleep in Heavenly Peace Building Project
6/10 80’s Rockers Trixter Acoustic Live @ Pilot’s Cove
6/11 Sanford Community Forest Walk
6/11 Halloween Costume Party Sanford Mainers vs. Keene Swamp Bats

Weekly Events…

Mondays, Sanford Food Pantry 10-noon (except Holidays)
Tuesdays, Sanford Elks Bingo
Wednesdays, Curtis Lake, Wednesday Night Bite- Free Community Meal
Thursdays, New Beginnings Christian Church-Free Community Meal
Fridays, Salvation Army produce pantry-Staple boxes (2nd and 4th Fridays)
Sundays, AWS-Puppy Learn & Play, 46 Holland Road, Kennebunk

Visit Sanford ( for Sanford School Sporting events.

Visit our Events Calendar for details on all these events and more.

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