It is with deep regret that I tell you that Selectman Jack Merrithew passed away this evening. I have no further information at this time.

New library floor

Carver Memorial Library will be installing a new floor in its children’s room. While library Director Sue McClintock says they are excited about the update, it will involve some temporary upheaval.

The lower floor of the library will be closed from Saturday, May 18, to Saturday, May 25, during construction. There will be no storytimes on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24.

The room will begin being emptied Friday afternoon, May 17, and access may be limited. The ADA-accessible restroom, changing station, book sale and elevator will also be closed, as they are on the lower floor. Children’s books, picture books, and teen books will be inaccessible, although they will have a small selection available upstairs.

The current floor that is worn out was installed 20 years ago when the original addition was built. It is time to replace it with a new floor that will be safer and more attractive for library visitors. Sue says they hope to reopen the lower level on Monday, May 27, and she thanks you for your patience while they work to serve you better.

Searsport Historical Society

"Exploring the Photography Archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum": The May meeting of the Searsport Historical Society meeting will be Tuesday the 14th at 7 p.m. in Curtis Hall on Church Street in Searsport.

Guest speaker will be Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum, who will give a guided tour of the museum's photography archives, largest in the state with dozens of collection and more than 300,000 images spanning the 1800s to the recent past. The slide show and talk will look at the various collections with a special focus on Searsport.

Kevin will also share his story of how he ended up in his position. As always, the meeting will be open to the public at no admission fee and will offer refreshments and fellowship after the meeting with an opportunity to speak with Kevin about his vast knowledge of the Museum's collection.

The archive is currently being digitized and more than 100,000 images can now be viewed on the museum's website in their online database at

Chowder Supper

Members of the Searsport Congregational Methodist Food Cupboard committee are planning the 17th annual Fish Chowder and Pie Supper to be served on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Searsport. The price is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under.

Turkey Supper

On Saturday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m., Searsport United Methodist Church on Route 1 will have a supper with turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, vegetables, homemade biscuits and top it off with yummy homemade pie. Cost: $9.

Workshops, gumbo and concert

The Old Time Music Players & Makers Guild of Maine present Sammy and Nadine, members of the Foghorn String Band hailing from the Gaspe Peninsula, in the Mill Room at Mermaid Plaza, 1 E. Main St., with workshops, an old time music jam, gumbo and a concert Saturday, May 11, from 3 to 9 p.m.

All ages/ families are welcome to the concert. Dancing is encouraged. Free parking.

This evening will be an opportunity to jam, participate in a workshop (fiddle and/or harmony singing; no experience necessary), prepare and share a communal gumbo dinner with the chance to ask questions, hear tales of performing on the road and sharing musical memories. After dinner, relax and enjoy the concert.

The fiddle workshop is 3 to 4 p.m., harmony singing from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., music jam and gumbo from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Stephen "Sammy" Lind and Nadine Landry will be in concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per workshop, $10 for the gumbo dinner (BYOB), free jamming, $15 for the concert (call about a family price special), $40 for one workshop, gumbo and concert, and $60 for both workshops, gumbo and concert. Register at

Landry and Lind play traditional old time fiddle music that has been passed on for hundreds of years, classics of the southwest Louisiana Cajun dance halls and songs that could have filled a '50s smoky bar jukebox. Listen here:

Musical Theater Camp

Midcoast Actors' Studio will offer a summer youth musical theater camp for ages 7-15 at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, July 1-12. Camp times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day (including July 4). The cost is $175 per child, with sibling discounts and limited scholarships available. Before and after camp care hours are available at an additional cost. The camp is run by MAS artistic director and Regional School Unit 71 theater teacher Jason Bannister. The staff includes Troy Howard Middle School librarian/costumer Sarah Joy and art teacher Sam Maheu, and Nokomis High School teacher Nathan Roach as music director. This year's musical is "The Lion King." There is a performance on the last day of camp, open to friends and family. Registrations are due June 1. For more information and to register, please visit or email MAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Feel free to pass this along to interested people

Dick Desmarais