Absentee ballots are now available for both the State and Local RSU71 election/referendum votes. You can request ballots in three ways: Online at www.searsmont.com; by telephone at 342-5411 (each person must request his or her own ballot); or by coming into the Town Office. You can actually vote your absentee ballot in the Town Office, a simple procedure and less paperwork, or complete an application and take the ballots home, or they will be mailed to you if you request via the online or phone methods. Vote at your leisure - just make sure your ballot is returned to the Town Office or polls by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Immediate family members can request and deliver absentee ballots as well. Contact the Town Office if you have any questions, or mess up your ballot and need to obtain a new one.
2017 dog licenses officially go on sale October 15th. Our ACO’s have been delivering courtesy rabies vaccination reminders so you have time to update vaccines and aren’t in a crunch when you come in to get your license, and, hopefully, can take advantage of the free clinics Waldo County Humane Society offers throughout the county, usually once a month. If you’re dog has passed, or you no longer have a dog, please let us know and we will update our records. If you have gotten a new dog, remember that State law requires that all dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed within 10 days of acquisition or when they are older than 6 months. Any new dog licensed from this week on will receive a 2017 tag; it is not necessary to purchase a license for 2016.
Property taxes were due on September 30th, and interest is now being added to unpaid balances. Please call the Town Office for a pay-off amount before mailing in a check to avoid underpaying. We are not allowed to “waive” interest. It is always paid first, and the remainder of the payment is applied to the principal.
The Town Office often receives calls from individuals looking to discard old paint. We have just learned that Maine now has a Paint Stewardship Program that requires paint manufacturers to set up recycling locations throughout the state. In our area, Sherwin-Williams and Aubuchon Hardware in Belfast are PaintCare drop-off sites. They accept all brands of old house pain, stain, and varnish. Containers must be five gallons or less. There are a few types of paint that are not accepted, and leaking, unlabeled, and empty containers are not accepted. We have ordered brochures to distribute at the Town Office, or you can go online to www.paintcare.org to get more information.
The chill is in the air, and many have begun using their heating systems. The weather forecasters are a bit inconsistent in their predictions for the severity of this winter. Now is the time to prepare for whatever comes by making appointments with Waldo CAP for heating assistance if you need it. They can be reached at 338-3025 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They are located at 9 Field Street, Belfast.
“Two Old Cops” at United Methodist Church
The “Two Old Cops", retired Game Warden and former Waldo County Sheriff, John Ford and state trooper, Nark Nickerson, are the community event featured on October 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Searsmont (right beside the Fraternity Village Store). The two men are well-established storytellers, and share humorous and memorable tales of their years in law enforcement. All are welcome, and there is no admission charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information please call 763-2778
Ford, who comes from a long line of Maine Game Wardens, joined the Game Warden Service in 1977 after serving four years in the Air Force. He spent his 20-year career as a Warden in Waldo County, and after retiring from the Warden’s Service, was elected County Sheriff twice. Nickerson became a Trooper in 1977, first serving the Moosehead and Greenville Jct. Area but in 1982 was relocated to Unity, serving Waldo and Kennebec counties. He retired in 2005, after a 28- year career.
Both men have written books about their lifetime careers, and were also recipients of the Maine and New England Press Association Awards Their books will also be available for purchase and signing after the program.