I hope you all had a great and safe New Year, so by now we're already more than a week in to January. Its been a real yukky winter already and so tired of being so chilled to the bone! I felt inclined to include the true meaning of “snowbird.” I hope by next year I have a plan to become one of them!
A snowbird is someone from the U.S. Northeast, U.S. Midwest, Pacific Northwest, or Canada who spends a large portion of winter in warmer locales such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt region of the southern and southwest United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean.
Snowbirds are typically retirees who wish to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of northern winter, but maintain ties with family and friends by staying there the rest of the year. Some are business owners who have a second home in a warmer location or whose business can be easily moved from place to place, such as flea market and swap meet vendors. Some are people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder who wish to enjoy the longer daylight hours in the southern latitudes in winter. Some snowbirds bring their homes with them, as campers (mounted on bus or truck frames) or as boats following the east coast Intracoastal waterway. In the past snowbirds were frequently wealthy persons with independent incomes who maintained several seasonal residences and shifted residence with the seasons to avail themselves of the best time to be at each location; this custom has declined considerably due to changing patterns of taxation and the relative ease of long-distance travel compared with earlier times.
Sounds good to me!!!
Searsmont Town News
2014 is Searsmont’s Bicentennial. There will be special events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone in our history. On Feb 5 there will be a reenactment of the original proclamation declaring Searsmont as a township. At 6:00 pm there will be a “Birthday Party” complete with a birthday cake.
If you had any damage due to the ice storm please call the town office during normal business hours. A loss could be refrigerated food, frozen pipes due to no electricity, damage to your home due to fallen trees, the purchase of a generator or clean up of debris from trees. You will need to make a list of these items and the costs.
Dog licenses were due Oct 31. As mandated by the State, as of Jan 1, 2014, a $25 late fee will be charged for each unlicensed dog. Rabies shots need to be up-to-date before the dog can be licensed.
2014 Hunting and Fishing licenses are now available on-line as well as at the town office.
The town office will be closed on Monday, Jan 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.