It's been a hectic week here in Searsmont, in my neck of the woods. Busy getting ready for winter, stacking wood and usual hoopla before it gets much colder. On a good note, my grandson Aaron had his heart surgery and is recovering well. After four-plus months in the hospital he should be finally going home to join his twin brother and parents real soon!
A word of caution as you travel along the roads now it's fall, and wildlife are running. Last week my husband was traveling down Route 3 right outside Belfast and encountered a moose. It struck on the passenger side windshield and did other damage, but thank God, my husband was not injured. He would like to thank the Belfast Police Department, the ambulance crew who checked him over thoroughly and Totman's Towing Service. Also there are a couple others there who were a great help in assisting and getting him home. We never expect this to happen, but it is that time of year and you can never be too careful and these animals are defenseless.
The library will be closed Saturday, Oct. 6, for the Columbus Day holiday.
The Town Office will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 in observation of Columbus Day.
Free rabies clinics
There will be three free rabies clinics on Oct. 13 from 9-11 a.m.. The first clinic will be at the Brooks Fire Station. Dr Tomalty from Little River Veterinary Hospital will be in attendance. The second clinic will be at the Thorndike Fire Department on Route 139. The veterinarian's name was not given. The third clinic will be at the new Lincolnville Fire Station on Route 52. Dr Arbel of Little River Veterinary Hospital will be in attendance. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Hunting season is here once again! Don’t wait until the last minute to get your license. They are available at the Town Office, online at mefishwildlife.com, at sporting goods stores, many convenience stores, turnpike service centers, or from the department office in Augusta.
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.
Large animal owners take notice
It is fairly easy to find the owners of stray dogs and cats. However, Animal Control gets many calls for larger animals such as horses, ponies and goats. To make it easier to locate owners of larger animals, a list of animals and their owners is being compiled. If you have any such animals, please contact the Town Office to have them put on the list.
Raising Boys: Part 5
1. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.
2. The fire department in Austin, Texas, has a five-minute response time.
Green Plantation Historical Society
Greene Plantation Historical Society of Belmont will be holding an open house Remembrance Day for former students of the one-room Greers' Corner Schoolhouse on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the schoolhouse at the four-corners of Back Belmont and Lincolnville roads in Belmont. Come out and meet with former classmates, share in the storytelling, refreshments and fun. Bring copies of memorabilia and photos to be copied for the Historical Society scrapbooks. Dress warmly, depending on the weather on the day. There will be a wood fire in the old stove for heat. For more information contact Trustee and Secretary Isabel Morse Maresh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 342-5208.
Now we know fall is really here, it is time for the first cribbage game of the season. It will start up again on Friday, Oct 5, at 7 p.m. Bring your partner, cribbage board and cards expecting a great time. Next game will be on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 Pp.m. We are located at the Searsmont Community Bldg downstairs, on Main Street and Route 131.
Public supper at SUMC
Roast pork, gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables are on the menu for the Oct. 13 public supper at the Searsmont United Methodist Church. Also on the menu will be rolls and cupcakes. Servings will start at 5 p.m. The next public supper (last one this year) is on Nov. 10. A traditional Thanksgiving-type feast will be at the Searsmont United Methodist Church, in the heart of Searsmont Village. Cost is $8 for adults, children under age 7 admitted free, and $4 for children 7-14 years old, with takeout meals available.
Looking to start a Waldo County Maine State Beekeepers Association chapter. Anyone interested, or you know anyone who may be interested, please contact Doug at 233-8257.
Belfast 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. Anyone interested in sponsoring or participating in a haunt should contact Anne at 342-2170.