We had a really wonderful group of folks for our second Lite Lunch at the Library on Feb. 22. It was so good to see people relaxing at the library and chatting with each other.

The next luncheon is on Friday, March 29, at 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be served in the upstairs lobby of the Searsmont Community Center, and coffee will be served in the library following lunch with music, games, puzzles and good conversation. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Town Office

Open-Burn Permits can be obtained free, online at On Class I and II days, open-burn permits can be obtained by accessing this website. The wind must be less than 10 miles per hour 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 will be May 11 and Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The weather is getting warmer, and roads are softening with the start of spring mud season. 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, the dumpsters will be placed in the Community Building parking lot to receive trash; recyclables will not be accepted.

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 Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. in the Community Building Meeting Room to conduct the business on the warrant.

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

On Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to every cell phone located in Waldo County. The text message on phones will read: "This is a test of the Waldo County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is required."

Searsmont Town Library

On Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., you are welcome to come see Bill Evans present "40 Years of Furniture Making and Restoration" as part of our "Local Knowledge, Community Wisdom" library series.

On Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m., we are very excited to present a legendary local trio, The Oystermen, who will be playing traditional maritime music in the library. It will not be a quiet time amongst the books!

The Tuesday Matinee program continues every Tuesday at 2 p.m., and The Muppet Show will be shown on Saturdays at 10 a.m. followed by creative play. Suggested ages are 4 to 7 years old, accompanied by an adult.