Searsmont Town News
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE SELECTMEN: If you had any damage due to the ice storm please call the town office during normal business hours. You may qualify for reimbursement of costs. A claim could be for the loss of refrigerated food, frozen pipes, damage to your home due to fallen trees, the purchase of a generator to provide heat for your home or the cost to clean up debris from trees. You will need to make a list of the items you are claiming and the related costs.
On Dec 31, a pressure valve blew at the compressor station on New England Road releasing gas 100 feet into the air. The release was done remotely. There will be an informational meeting in the meeting room on the lower level of the community building on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. A representative from Spectra Energy will be there to discuss the event and answer questions.
New Post Office Hours: Effective Jan 11, 2014: mail receptacles in the lobby will be available from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays. Window service will be available from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays.
The town office will be closed on Monday, Jan 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
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.
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.
Searsmont Founders Day
Searsmont Celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2014, starting Wednesday February 5 at a Founders Day Celebration at the Community Center, and ending during the week of August 2-10 with eight days of food, fun, and fireworks. “This celebration has been in the planning stage for almost two years,” said Carol Robbins, chairperson of the 16-member volunteer Bicentennial Committee. “Now it’s time to enjoy the many events that will mark this special year in the history of Searsmont.”
The Founders Day Celebration is set for Wednesday February 5 at 6pm at the Community Center. The free program starts at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Ms. Robbins, followed by a reading of a bicentennial proclamation by First Selectman Bruce Brierley. Searsmont native and local business owner Jim Robbins will present a concise history of the town from its early settlement and its incorporation in 1814, through its development as a road hub and mill town in the 1800’s. A slide show, replica newspaper pages from the centennial celebration of 1914, and other exhibits will also be on hand, as well as the participation of students from the town’s Ames School. All of this leads up to the presentation of Searsmont’s bicentennial birthday cake and other celebration foods and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Bicentennial t-shirts, mugs, baseball caps, and historical calendars will be on sale, and “a special gift for everyone who attends,” according to Carol Robbins. The caps ($12), mugs ($10), t-shirts ($12) and calendars (10) are also on sale at Fraternity Village Store, the library, and the Town Office.
The next Cribbage night will be Friday, January 17th at 7:00 P.M. Bring your board, cards and a partner for a fun, warm place on a cold winters night. We meet downstairs at the Searsmont Community Building.