While we as journalists approach the month of March with a certain amount of trepidation, due to the abundance of town meetings around Waldo County, we also find ourselves looking forward to at least some aspects of these annual exercises in democracy.

In particular, we enjoy the many humorous (intentional or otherwise) moments that arise during town meetings. In the past, we have included some quotes from town meetings in this space in order to share some lighter moments that perhaps did not make it into the news articles from the meetings.

This past weekend, Searsport residents turned out for their annual town meeting, an event that featured some of those quotable moments (including a number from Moderator Faith Garrold). Here’s a sampling:

“I told you that you had two.”
— Garrold, after Waldo County Commissioner (and Searsport resident) Bill Shorey said he “just want[ed] to take the three minutes that I’ve been told I have” to speak about county government.

“Bruce, do you want to make a speech?”
— Garrold, talking to Planning Board Chairman Bruce Probert, when voters were considering the $1,700 budget line for the planning board. Probert declined, and Garrold said she had just wanted to afford him the opportunity.

“They go by PPSA-OV because they know it’s easier for us to say.”
— Town Manager James Gillway, in response to a question from the audience about what the letters stand for. Gillway explained PPSA-OV is a Brazilian company with a facility at Mack Point. According to information found in an Internet search, the “PP” stands for “Para Pigmentos,” while the “OV” designates “Overseas.”

“Before I read this, I just want to assure you we’re not going to nominate anyone for sainthood.”
— Garrold, on Article 29, which asked how much money voters would raise and appropriate “to help support Searsport Beatification.” Garrold said that was a typo, and that the intended word was “Beautification.” She concluded by saying, “We just want to keep church and state separate.”

“Did I wake you up?”
— Garrold, speaking to ballot clerks about Article 31. That was the only vote that was close enough to require a count by ballot clerks, and it came near the end of the approximately three-hour-long meeting.