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Library roof

Outside contractors are scheduled to start work on a new roof on Carver Memorial Library. This work should take about a week. Upon completion, they will do the Town Hall.

Ham supper

Please join us for a toe tapping, foot stomping New England church supper! It will be Saturday, June 29, at Searsport United Methodist Church, 43 E. Main St. Ham and beans and all the fixin’s plus The Old Liberty String Band and a basket raffle.

We’ll be serving baked ham, homemade baked beans, potato salad, broccoli salad, cornbread, and strawberry shortcake for dessert! The raffle includes a cookie basket, a garden-themed basket and a kitchen basket, sponsored by FCC Searsport.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 per person; $5 for children 10 and under. Raffle tickets are $1 each; 6 for $5.

At Penobscot Marine Museum …

Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 – noon to 4:00 p.m. both days, PMM celebrates the art of knot tying. Visitors will discover all about knots and their uses in maritime Maine with demonstrations, vendors, and special hands-on activities. Knot Your Ordinary Weekend events are included with Museum admission.  Admission is free for Searsport and Stockton Springs residents. For more information visit www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

On Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum presents “Weather with Capt. Daniel S. Parrott.” Parrott, professor of marine transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, will discuss weather phenomena relating to the operation of tall ships, both from a historical perspective and from personal experience.

The presentation will take place at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Vestry Center at 2 Church St. in Searsport. The cost is $5 for museum members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents, and $8 for general admission. PMM’s 2019 Speaker Series has been made possible thanks to support from Hamilton Marine. For more information, visit www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

On Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m., PMM will offer a Maritime Shadowbox Workshop. Drawing inspiration from shadowboxes and other maritime art in the museum’s collection, participants will create their own work of art. The workshop is for all ages, however children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 for museum members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents and $20 for all others. All materials will be provided and the fee includes museum admission. For more information, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org. To register for the workshop, call 207-548-2529, ext. 213, or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Searsport's 175th Anniversary Celebration

In 2020 Searsport will celebrate its 175th anniversary. The Anniversary Committee has been meeting for over a year to plan the celebration and is almost ready to print the Commemorative Book that will include pictures that depict the growth of the town from its incorporation in 1845 to the present and written histories.

In addition, there will be advertisements from businesses in Searsport, Belfast and Stockton Springs, as well as "Patron" and "In Memory" pages that include the names of those who wish to support the celebration, and the ad deadline is nearing.

The final day that ads and names will be accepted is Monday, July 1. Commemorative Books from the 125th and 150th anniversaries are still being sold by the Searsport Historical Society, so, to be part of the printed history of the town of Searsport, call the Town Office at 548-6372 or Karen Kelley, co-chairman, at 322-2947 to get a form and price list for the ads.

The committee is also seeking sponsors for various events, which will include daily concerts, children's events, fireworks, parade, and more, that will be presented during the week-long celebration in July 2020. Don't miss this opportunity to support Searsport and be part of the history of this great small town!

Church auction

The Searsport and North Searsport United Methodist churches would gratefully accept any donations the community might have for our July 4 auction. We depend on the generosity  of our community to help us raise funds to keep our churches going. Our auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Please contact Weldeena Hustus at 548-6692 and she will help arrange for pickup or drop-off at the church.

Carver Memorial Library will be hosting local author Linda Buckmaster on Tuesday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. She will read from and discuss her book Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages, which combines prose poems, narrative memoir, and history, and is about her childhood growing up on the Space Coast of Florida, her family, and her move to Maine.

Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life, growing up in “Space Coast” Florida during the ’50s and ’60s and being part of the back-to-the-land movement in Midcoast Maine in the ’70s. A former poet laureate of Belfast, Linda has had her poetry, essays and fiction appear in over 30 journals and four anthologies. Two of her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and one of her pieces was listed as a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays 2013.”

Linda taught in the University of Maine System for 25 years and has an MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program of the University of Southern Maine. Her hybrid memoir, “Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages,” was recently published by Burrow Press. She blogs at her website lindabuckmaster.com.

Carver Memorial Library is located at 12 Union St., on the corner of Mortland Road in Searsport. For more information, call the library at 548-2303.

The Town Office will be closed July 4 and 5 for the holiday.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais