As summer winds down (can you believe it already?!), there is still plenty going on in Searsport!

Community Yard Sale at Mosman Park

This a good opportunity to clean out some of that accumulated clutter! Bring your items to sell to Mosman Park on Saturday, Aug. 29. You can set up your table, car trunk, or tent as early as 7 a.m. and the sale officially opens at 8:30 a.m.

There is no charge to set up, but the Mosman Park Association would accept donations from the day’s sales. The park association maintains the grounds and playground where everyone is welcome to gather free of charge. If you’d like to be a member, dues are minimal and there are no residency requirements. Call Faith at 207-242-6230 or Jim at 207-548-0020 for more information.

Sears Island Story Walk

Here is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make reading fun! Carver Memorial Library and the Friends of Sears Island have collaborated on a Story Walk along Homestead Trail on Sears Island. As families walk along the wooded path, they will find posts with laminated pages of the book, "There Are No Moose on This Island" by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrations by Jennifer Thermes. The story is about a boy and his father who are hiking on a trail on an island. The boy insists he sees a moose peeking out here and there, but the father doesn’t believe there could be moose on the island. In the end, he is very surprised! The Story Walk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Monpelier, Vermont, and developed with Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

The Story Walk will run through the middle of September. Directions to the start of the story can be found at the kiosk just beyond the island gate, and it covers approximately a half-mile of the trail. For more information, visit carverlibrary.org, or to learn more about Sears Island events and programs, check out friendsofsearsisland.org.

Carver Memorial Library Update

Here is a clarification to our first blurb regarding COVID-9 restrictions: Masks are required, 6-foot distancing and a five-person limit. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, open til 6 p.m. Thursday has Crafternoons online at 3:30 p.m. Friday is Family Day in half-hour appointments from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Curbside service has resumed every day for everyone throughout the week and inter-library loans are back.

The Reading Challenge is in full swing where readers of all ages can earn Maine History, Searsport, and Fairytale badges. Also new Make and Take activity kits are available every Thursday. And if that’s not enough to do, there are song and story videos on the Facebook page., not to mention the resources, links and fun activities on the Carver At Home Page. Whew! And of course, for more clarification and info check the website at https://www.carverlibary.org

New businesses

There are several new businesses sprouting up in Searsport lately, so I’d like to introduce you to them, one or two each week.

First is Massimo’s at 237 East Main St. I bet you’ve been wondering what’s happening at the old train station! Massimo Ranni has turned the train station to a delightful visit to Italy with incredible breads, desserts, take-home dinners and treats, wines, pasta, sauces and the best panini sandwiches ever for takeout. Massimo is an energetic, nationally recognized chef who has chosen Searsport for his new venture that will evolve into a fine dining experience in 2021. He has hosted popular cooking classes in the past and will resume them again in his specially designed kitchen sometime in the future. He is currently open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are at the United Farmers’ Market on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can sample his goodies there as well. Worth a stop!

In another venue, Bricks and Sticks on Hamilton Wharf has a fabulous food truck with some of the freshest crab meat sandwiches I’ve ever tasted, as well as other selections like shrimp, scallops, barbecue chicken and pizza. Open every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.