On Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 5 p.m. and running till gone will be a roast port dinner with the the extras at the First Congregational Church of Searsport. This will be a four-course meal. Price is $12 for adults. Any questions: 548-6530.

The Crucible

Midcoast Actors’ Studio will present “The Crucible,” a timeless allegory of fear, greed and power written by one of America’s greatest playwrights, running through Nov. 4 at the Crosby Center in Belfast.

When teenage girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the 17th century town of Salem explodes with accusations of witchcraft. The vicious trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by terror, religious extremism and greed, and a marriage forever changed.

Miller wrote “The Crucible” as a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, with the witch trials standing in for the anti-communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era in the 1950s. As with the alleged witches of Salem, suspected communists were encouraged to confess and identify other communist sympathizers to escape punishment. Many of those accused of communism suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment.

New channels

Spectrum TV has upgraded to an all-digital signal. Channel 2 is now 1301, and Channel 7 is now 1303. From now on, you will find the selectmen and committee meetings televised on Channel 1303 and the public shows like “Democracy Now” on Channel 1301.

Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Sunday. Consequently, some events will take place Friday, Nov. 9. On the 9th, Searsport Elementary students (K through fifth grade) will participate in their annual Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. Students will sing songs and read poems to honor our local heroes. All veterans are invited to attend this event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries in the cafeteria, followed by the ceremony at 9 a.m.

Also on Nov. 9 there will be a beef stew dinner at the First Congregational Church in Searsport, starting at 5 p.m. Veterans eat free; price for other adults is $8.

On Monday, Nov. 12, Anglers Restaurant will offer all veterans up to $15 off their entree at all three Anglers locations.

County budget

The Waldo County Budget Committee has received budget requests from the county commissioners. The committee will meet again Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. to go over the budget with department heads and outside agencies. The final meeting and public hearing are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m.

Both meetings will take place in the District Courtroom upstairs in the courthouse at 103 Church St.

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