Searsport Town News
By Dick Desmarais
Monday, Dec. 3, starting at 7 p.m., the North Station Committee will meet in the Town Hall.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, starting at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.
Thursday, Dec. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., the selectmen will hold a workshop on the 2013 town budget.
Searsport's World War II Honor Roll
On Friday, Dec. 7 -- 71 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor -- the town of Searsport begins its mission of replacing its lost, but now found, World War II monument.
In 1973, Searsport town officials removed the aging wooden World War II Memorial Honor Roll that had sat on Main Street next to the Methodist Church since 1945. It was replaced with a large memorial stone, dedicated to the men and woman from Searsport who served in all wars.
In the summer of 2011, Searsport's official town historian, Charlene Knox Farris, was approached by the nephew of one of Searsport's World War II veterans whose name appeared on the original Honor Roll. He wondered why the original World War II Honor Roll had never been replaced. So the search was on!
Farris has located the original crumbling wooden Honor Roll, and, from it, has created a new list of the original 173 names that were honored on the monument. On Friday, Dec. 7, Farris, supported by Town Manager James Gillway and the Searsport selectmen, is leading an effort to raise money to create a replica of the original Honor Roll. The new 30-inch by 36-inch, 100-pound memorial will be cast in bronze and will display all 173 names of Searsport's World War II veterans. Once complete, the monument will be on permanent display on the upstairs meeting room wall of Union Hall, Searsport's Town Hall.
The estimated cost of the new World War II bronze monument is $3,000. The Searsport Historical Society has offered to pay half the cost. The town warrant in March 2013, will carry an item asking for the town to fund "up to $1,500," which is the cost of the other half.
On Pearl Harbor Day, starting at 10 a.m., Farris will have a table set up inside Tozier's Family Market on Main Street in Searsport where people may see a list of the 173 names that appear on the original Honor Roll. She is hoping to find out how many of the veterans on the list are still living, and also to receive private donations to help create the memorial, thus reducing the cost to the town's taxpayers.
The new World War II Honor Roll Memorial will be dedicated on July 3, 2013, at the opening of he Searsport Historical Society's annual variety show.
Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m., the County Budget Committee will meet with the county commissioners to continue work on the 2013 budget.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, and again on Dec. 15 and 16, the Searsport Lions Club will be selling Christmas Trees in front of the Bangor Savings Bank. Monies raised will be used for their scholarship fund.
The Planning Board will not meet in December. Their next meeting will be in January 2013.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the regular meeting of the selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.
Thursday, Dec. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., the selectmen will hold a workshop on the 2013 town budget.
Thursday, Dec. 13, the Budget Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on the 2013 budget in Union Hall.