Veteran's Day Celebration

On November 5, 2010, Marshwood Middle School will commemorate its’

tenth annual Veteran’s Day Celebration.  The school wide assembly, which starts

at 9:00 a.m., features various tributes from our students and faculty to our local

veterans.  Last year over 200 veterans attended the celebration.  Several veterans

are from local American Legion and VFW posts. Many veterans invited  are

relatives and friends  of Marshwood students who have served our country past

and present.

 Local dignitaries including town officials and selectmen, local politicians,

state representatives, school board members, and members of the South

Berwick, Eliot, Kittery and Berwick police, fire and emergency departments also

attend the celebration to honor our veterans. 

 All guests form a reception line at 8:30 a.m.

York County Shelter Programs Appeals For Thanksgiving Food Donations

Last year, the York County Shelter Programs' Food Pantry gave out 1400 Thanksgiving food boxes.  Once again there is a great need for food to share with folks who are having difficulty feeding their families during these challenging economic times. Some people who were donors a few years ago now seek help from the Shelter's Food Pantry.

The donation of turkeys or a $10.00 donation to buy a turkey and the fixings
would be greatly appreciated. The donation of cranberry sauce and gravy
is also always welcome.

Please call Martha or Sandy in the Shelter's Food Services Department
at 324-8811 or Joan at 324-1137, ext. 105.  To send a donation towards the
purchase of the Thanksgiving boxes, please mail your check to:
York County Shelter Programs, P.O. Box 820, Alfred, Maine 04002
Please note  "Turkey Fund" on the check. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Sanford PD Partnership Announcement

The Sanford Police Department and the 911 Cell Phone Bank make the call for your old cell phones.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank and the Sanford Police Department have partnered to promote responsible cell phone recycling and provide emergency communications to those in need. 
The Sanford Police Department announced today that it has partnered with the 911 Cell Phone Bank. This partnership will help provide free emergency cell phones to crime victims in Sanford and surrounding communities.

Under the agreement the Police Department will collect used cell phones in the community which will be turned over to the 911 Cell Phone Bank for processing. In return, the 911 Cell Phone Bank will provide free emergency cell phones to be distributed in the community.

"We are excited about bringing this valuable resource to the Sanford community. It’s a great opportunity to help seniors by providing them a much needed lifeline," said Detective Sarah Roberts.

Sanford Town Council Votes to Begin Clean-Up of Contaminated CGA Property

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, by a unanimous vote, the Sanford Town Council voted to approve Resolution 10-156.08,”to authorize the Town Manager to begin the clean-up of the CGA Property”.   A cost estimate for $25,700 was therefore approved, beginning the process of cleaning an abandoned property that has been deemed contaminated and on the Brownsfields registry for over 20-years.  

The initial clean-up will consist of removing an underground storage tank, demolishing and removing a burned mobile home, removing waste around the property, and securing the abandoned CGA building. 

As an initial step to eradicating the property of contaminants, this is an excellent good faith effort by the Town Council to work with the area residents and affirm their commitment to this project by using budgeted money from an account that is no longer necessary.

During a phone call with the Chairman of the Town Council, Joe Hanslip, long-time resident Da

EPA gives grants to clean up land in Maine, Mass.

SANFORD, Maine (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants of $175,000 to help clean up industrial sites in Maine and Massachusetts.

The grants will be used for "brownfields" in Lowell and Chicopee, Mass., and Sanford, Maine. Brownfields are industrial and commercial sites that may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants.

The grants are part of an award of $4 million to 23 communities to develop area-wide plans for the reuse of brownfields properties.

EPA's Brownfields program is designed to revitalize such sites to productive community properties.

The $175,000 awards are given to help facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for a brownfields impacted area, such as a neighborhood, district, city block or corridor. The assistance will be provided through grant funding or agency support.




Sheriff's Dept: 2 arrested in robberies, more to follow

(NEWS CENTER) - The York County Sheriff's Department has arrested two men for stealing and selling people's property - including guns - after a string of robberies in York County.

Kevin Brennan and Zachary Blier, both from Sanford, were arrested on September 29th.  Police have connected them to 9 robberies across York County.  They say the pair stole $10,000 worth of property - including 5 firearms.

Police say Brennan and Blier would rob homes during the daytime, then fence the stolen goods through a person or persons in South Portland.  The South Portland Agent would then try and sell the stolen goods over eBay in a (failed) attempt to skirt The Law.

The York County Sheriff's Department says they expect to make additional arrests in the case.

DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.