Town Office

Open-Burn Permits can be obtained free, online at On Class I and II days, the permits can be obtained by accessing this website. The wind must be less than 10 miles per hour in order to use your Open-Burn Permit. On days when permits are being issued, you will be able to obtain the permit directly from the website. On days when permits are not being issued, they will not be available on the website. Permits are not issued on Class III, IV and V days.

Demo Debris dates for 2019 are scheduled: May 11 and Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The weather will get warmer, and the roads will soften as spring mud season is upon us. Watch for notices on the town website, at Fraternity Village General Store, and at the post office when the selectmen close Crie Road to transfer station traffic. On those Saturdays, dumpsters will be placed in the Community Building parking lot to receive trash; recyclables will not be accepted.

Town meeting, elections

Spring means town meeting is also coming up. The audit has been done, the Town Report will soon be at the printer, and we will gather on April 6 at 9 a.m. in the Community Building Meeting Room to conduct the business on the warrant.

Elections include a selectman (one), Cemetery Committee member (one), library board (two), Planning Board (three), the entire Board of Appeals (five), and the Regional School Unit 71 Board of Directors representative. If you are interested in any of these positions, or want more information about them, please contact the Town Office.

Searsmont Historical Society

The March meeting of the Searsmont Historical Society will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the Historical Room. This month's speaker will be Bruce Brierley, who will be talking with us about the transitional era from the farm horse to the iron horse and other farm-related highlights. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a short business meeting. Next month we welcome Tom Seymour, who will educate us on spring wild plant foraging.

Searsmont Town Library

The Searsmont Town Library's live music programming kicks off on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. with folk singer Bill Berlinghoff, who brings 50 years of music performance and storytelling experience to the library's intimate space.

On Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Bill Evans presents "40 Years of Furniture Making and Restoration" as part of our "Local Knowledge, Community Wisdom" series.

The Muppets and creative play program continues on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., and Tuesday matinees continue at 2 p.m.