During the month of December, Searsport police responded to 254 calls for service. The chief reports that for the year of 2018, the department responded to 2,947 calls for service. This number exceeded 2017 by a considerable amount.

During December, the ambulance responded to 64 calls for service. The total number of  ambulance calls for 2018 was 618, which was three more than 2017.

During December, the Fire Department responded to 11 calls. Being the month of Christmas, they drove Santa around town, then had pictures with Santa. They had a lot of toys and non-perishable food items donated for a picture with the jolly old man. As always, it was a major hit with the children of the community.

All donated food went to the Searsport Food Pantry and Sandra Otis took the toys to deliver. They also passed out Christmas baskets.

The auditors have been in to do their annual check of our books. We should have the results in a week or so.

A reminded that dogs have to be registered by the 31st or you will be fined. It's a state law.

With all the ice we have had this winter, you can get free sand at the gate of the public safety garage. Bring your bucket and shovel.

An after-school program for students in grades K-5 will begin the first week of February at Neighborhood Arts. The program offers workshops in the arts and sciences, in addition to an opportunity for students to read, study or explore games, art materials and activities independently.

The program will run Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. (when the bus arrives) to 5 p.m. A warm welcome and light snack are included.

Neighborhood Arts is housed in a historic, light-filled, cozy space on Main Street, across from Tozier’s market. NA is nonprofit, fully licensed and staffed by professional teachers. For more information about the program, email, call 802-384-0648, or check out the Neighborhood Arts Facebook page.

Join Elisabeth Wolfe, RN, BSN, ARCB certified reflexologist, at Carver Memorial Library Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., to learn the benefits and techniques of reflexology, a specific touch technique applied to the feet, hands and/or ears that provides deep relaxation and supports the body’s ability to heal.

Anyone can provide themselves or their loved ones with reflexology after some general education and experience. Space is limited; preregister at or 921-3950.

Valentine Chocolate Fest is Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport. Presented by area churches, the eighth annual event's proceeds will benefit Greater Bay Area Ministerium's Interfaith Fuel Fund. Come enjoy a tasty chocolate dessert with a cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee, then select some delicious Valentine treats to take home.

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