Historical Society

The January meeting of the Searsmont Historical Society will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the historical room. A presentation will be given by Megan Pinette, president of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum. Megan’s talk is entitled “Made in Belfast” — a review of the many 19th- and early 20th-century prospering Belfast manufacturers. Discover the remarkable products, ranging from axes to wagon wheels, shoes, clothing and bottled soda. Light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome.

Town Library

Searsmont Town Library is looking for volunteers interested in sharing their knowledge with the community (part of a new program titled Local Knowledge, Community Wisdom). Topics could be anything from “foraging for food” to “architectural history of Renaissance Venice.” The only requirement is that you are passionate about your subject and wish to share that fire with others.

Sharing might take the form of a presentation here at the library, or it might be active and include a local field trip. If you are really ambitious and dedicated and have an idea for an ongoing program (such as a gardening program for young people, or an astronomy club, or monthly improvisational jazz jam) — please contact Steven at 342-5549,, or just drop by!

Board Game Night, Thursday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. — come with friends or meet new ones. We are adding new games all the time, including Backgammon and CodeNames! LEGO Building Group every Friday at 3 p.m.

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Snow plows and mailboxes: Every time we get plowable snow, we hear of issues with mailboxes being hit. Please know, they are not purposeful targets of vindictive snowplow drivers.

Most are in the right-of-way of the road to make them accessible to mail carriers, but it also makes them vulnerable to the force of the snow coming off the plow.

One suggestion we have seen is putting the post in a sand filled bucket. When the snow (or plow) hits it, it gets knocked over and can be put back easily.

Have you registered your dog(s) yet? Time is running short as all 2018 dog licenses expired on Dec. 31, 2018. Unaltered dogs are $11 to register. Altered dogs are $6. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Don’t put it off: A $25 per-dog late fee applies after Jan. 31.

A rabies clinic will be held at the Appleton Fire Department Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for this clinic is $12 per shot, and nail trimming is available for $10. Proceeds benefit the Appleton Fire Department.

Blake Veterinary in Northport does rabies shots on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. If you’d like more information, please call Blake at 789-5700.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has redesigned the Veterans Plate. All those who have a Veterans Plate will transition to the new plate when they re-register their vehicles. It is possible to keep the same plate number for an additional fee of $15. The excise tax would be paid at the Town Office, and the registration would have to be completed at a branch office, just like a new vanity plate.

We recently learned that the Libertarians have filed to regain their official party status, and that the Socialist Party of Maine is also seeking official recognition as a political party in Maine. These parties must enroll 5,000 members by January 2020 to achieve official recognition, and have at least 10,000 enrolled voters who participate in the following general election. If you wish to enroll or re-enroll with these or any other party, visit the Town Office and complete a new voter registration card.