What a rainy week, is it really October? Well the leaves have been beautiful, but before long the trees will be bare and then you know what's next! My grandson Aaron is home and recovering like a normal almost 5-month-old little boy. What an answer to prayer this has all been, and I'm so happy the family is finally all together. The twins are having an awesome time getting “reacquainted"!
If you have questions about long-term care or need advocacy services to protect the civil rights, health, safety and welfare of yourself or a loved one, the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program can help. This nonprofit organization assists residents of nursing facilities and assisted housing programs, including residential care and assisted living facilities. Also, they offer their services to recipients of home-care services, adult-day services, and homemaker services. For more details, check out their website at www.maineombudsman.org.
Free rabies clinics
There will be three free rabies clinics. The first clinic will be at the Brooks Fire Station on Oct. 13 from 9-11 a.m. Dr Tomalty from Little River Veterinary Hospital will be in attendance. The second clinic will be at the Thorndike Fire Department on Route 139 on Nov. 10 from 9-11 a.m. The veterinarian's name was not given. The third clinic will be at the new Lincolnville Fire Station on Route 52 on Dec. 1 from 9-11 a.m. 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 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.
The selectmen are requesting bids for plowing and sanding the salt sand building, fire station, community center parking lots and driveway, and transfer station. If you are interested in receiving information on these lots, call the Town Office and ask for Bruce or Alice.
Large animal owners, take note
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.
Searsmont Town Library
The Friends of the Searsmont Town Library will hold their annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Searsmont Community Building.
Now we know fall is really here, it is time for our second cribbage game of the season. It will be on Friday, Oct 19, at 7 p.m. Bring your partner, cribbage board, and cards and expect a great time. We are located at the Searsmont Community Bldg downstairs, on Main Street & Route 131.
Public supper at SUMC
The next public supper (last one this year) is Nov. 10, beginning at 5 p.m., a traditional Thanksgiving-type feast.with takeout meals available. It 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.
Craft Barn events
Sisters Cindy Ludden and Kathy Anderson will be holding their open house events again this year. They are held in the big red barn on New England Road in Searsmont. They will be holding them Oct. 27 and 28 and the final one on Nov. 4. Remember, this is vintage and crafts and it is in a barn, so wear your coat and enjoy free hot drinks and snacks. Bring a friend, mention this article and receive a free gift.
Its already coming onto the Christmas season. Evergreen Valley Greenhouse is currently hiring people to make wreaths and garland beginning November 1st through approximately December 1st. Flexible hours are available. Also will buy wreaths from people who make them at home. For more information call Bud Otis at 589-4673.
Looking to start a Waldo county Maine State Beekeepers Association chapter. Anyone interested, or you know anyone who may be interested, contact Doug at 233-8257.
Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, the Belfast High School class of 2016 will host the second haunted walk. This year we will have the walk at Belfast High School on Waldo Ave. Walks will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. We recommend children under 13 be accompanied by an adult. We plan to be very frightening. Funds raised by the haunted walk event will benefit the high school classes for future activities. For further questions contact Anne at 342-2170 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Annual Hospice Auction
Seeking donations of (new) goods or services to be offered at the third annual auction to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, to be held at The Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 20. 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 afterward 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. Call Connie at the Hospice office (930-2677) or e-mail volunteer Ginny Ford (email@example.com).