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On Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum presents a Victorian Christmas. Experience the 19th-century sea captain’s house decorated for Christmas by local businesses. Shop for holiday gifts and the mobile museum store at the Fowler House entrance. Make your own Christmas ornament in the Old Vestry.

On Friday evening, revel in additional holiday activities including the town of Searsport’s tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. on the museum’s crescent. Vote for your favorite gingerbread lighthouse, enjoy refreshments in the Old Vestry. Free admission.

Sunday, Dec. 9, Wreaths Across America will once again be coming through Searsport. I spoke with the company two hours ago and they gave me the times for us. They will be leaving Ellsworth at 10:15 a.m. and are supposed to be at Mount View High School by 11:30 a.m. That would put them here about 10:45 to 11 a.m.

On Monday, Dec. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m., the regular meeting of the Planning Board will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

The December meeting of the Searsport Historical Society will be our annual Christmas party at the Crary/Carlin/Coleman House on the Sears Island Road, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. There will be sweet and savory desserts provided by the Board of Directors as well as musical entertainment and caroling. Our meetings are always open to the public so please come and enjoy the delicious desserts, the beautiful holiday decoration and a relaxing evening of fellowship.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be a meeting/update on the downtown planning work to take place.

The Searsport Historical Society is pleased to announce that our annual Holiday House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be eight homes open for the tour, all beautifully decorated for the holidays, with refreshments served at the Crary/Carlin/Coleman House all afternoon. Tickets are now on sale at the Searsport Antique Mall and will be available at the Crary/Carlin/Coleman House the day of the tour. The cost is $12 per person. All proceeds to benefit the Searsport Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa will be at the Searsport Fire Department. There will be activities for children. A donation of food or a gift would be appreciated. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., Santa will be riding around town on a fire truck.

The holiday season is here and many families need a helping hand. Searsport Helping Kids, a grassroots project, is in need of help. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be left at the Town Office in Searsport, or call Phyllis or Sandra at 548-6530. All checks should be made payable to Town of Searsport and note in memo line: Searsport Helping Kids. Smiles on faces with your help of Christmas morning! I have been told that they have about 100 requests for help this year and everyone including a child has requested a coat for that child.

It is coming up to that time of year where anyone having a dog should starting thinking of re-registering for 2019. You have until Jan. 31, 2019, before a fine kicks in.

My emails are reaching about one quarter of you. Still trying to figure out how to get to all of you.