I love Maine! We had those weather warnings last weekend and once again we only got a slight rain during the night. We are so fortunate to live in a state where we are so environmentally protected most of the time. It has been a pretty quiet week here in Searsmont. We have been cleaning up summer messes and preparing for winter, cutting and stacking wood. Word has it we are in for a bad winter this year, but as for me, I take it a day at a time and just always try to be prepared.
Road Report: Magog Road: Paving is scheduled to start soon. Only the portion already paved will be done. The old pavement will be ground before it is hot-topped. The replacement of the culvert on Jam Black Brook on Magog Road is scheduled to begin soon. All Searsmont residents who live in that area should have been notified by mail. Anyone who will be affected by the closure of the road due to the replacement of the culverts should plan on the extra time it will take to make it to their destination. It is estimated the entire project will take about three (3) months to complete. Muzzy Ridge Road: Some work will be done beginning at the end of the pavement and continue around the sharp corner for a short distance. Please allow for extra travel time if you have to use this road during the work.
RSU 20 Withdrawal Update: Several residents have attended the committee meeting for the withdrawal from the RSU 20. The withdrawal is not an easy task and is being taken very seriously by the committee members. Anyone is welcome, and encouraged, to attend these meetings so the committee can hear your questions and concerns. If you cannot attend a meeting you can submit something in writing. The committee meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 pm in the town office.
Citizens of Searsmont & surrounding towns:
There will be a free presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6-8 p.m. on Probate Basics and Family Law by Judge Susan Longley. She does not provide legal advice, but can talk about such probate matters as powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships. This is to help more people understand the importance oif being prepared for emergencies.
This presentation comes with refreshments, including homemade chocolate chip cookies. It will be held at the Searsmont Community Building-Lower Meeting room.
American Red Cross blood drive
Saturday, Sept. 29, from 110 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and support Crossroads to Calvary Church's third annual blood drive. It is located on Route 3 in Morrill between Belfast and Augusta. Be sure to have your ID with you for registration purposes. As many of you know, there has been a shortage of blood donations and this is something that will always be needed, possibly by you or someone you may know. Call 342-4044 for any further information or questions. Snacks are provided to donors.
Third Annual Hospice Auction
Seeking donations of (new) goods or services to be offered at the 3rd annual auction to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County to be held at The Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Everyone's life is touched by death at some point and Hospice can be a wonderful resource not only to ease the dying person's passage, but to assist families and loved ones, both during the final days and after wards by offering help in the form of bereavement support groups or one on one help. Your donation to our auction will help a most worthy cause.
If you cannot donate to the auction, we hope you will come to the auction to support us. Donations can be picked up..Please call Connie at the Hospice Office (930-2677) or email volunteer Ginny Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The next public supper on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be at the Searsmont United Methodist Church, in the heart of Searsmont Village. The supper will start at 5 p.m., with take-out meals available. Cost is $8 for adults, children under age 7 admitted free, and $4 for children 7-14 years old.
Belfast Area High School's class of 2016 is hosting the second annual haunted walk. This year's walk will be at the high school on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6-9:30 p.m. Watch for more information in coming weeks. If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in a haunt please contact: Anne 342-2170
Free Fall Harvest Festival
Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-3 p.m., at New Life Community Church on Route 173 in South Montville. There will be fun for the whole family with a chicken barbecue, bounce house, games, cotton candy, fresh pressed apple cider, crafts, music and so much more! All ages are welcome. Contact Jeff and Jamie Davis at 589-4862 if you have further questions or need directions.
Soldier Basic Training graduate
Christopher Caswell, son of Holly Jackson and David Caswell of Searsmont, graduated from basic training in Ft. Jackson, S.C., this week. Chris is a 2012 graduate of Belfast Area High School. He is now at A.I.T. in Gulfport, Miss., and will return home in November to attend University of Maine-Orono. He is the grandson of Mike and Kathy Anderson, who are so proud of him. Kathy and Holly attended his graduation in South Carolina and were able to spend two days with him before he flew to Mississippi to complete his training in building and construction.
Maggie Samuel of Searsmont is attending Hampshire College. this year beginning at the fall semester. She attended Belfast High School and River School.