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Usually October in Searsport means scarecrows, creatively carved pumpkins and a festive parade down Main Street, but alas, the pandemic has claimed one more victim: Fling Into Fall. Indigenous People’s Day (Columbus Day) weekend will be quiet this year. Ah, as they say in baseball, “maybe next year….”

Zooming at the museum

Every Thursday in October at 6 p.m., the Penobscot Marine Museum’s staff will host presentations on a variety of topics. All are free.

On Oct. 1, photo archivist Kevin Johnson will explore one of the earliest forms of social media, the picture postcard. He will tap into several of the museum’s photo collections to illustrate, as well as the cameras and glass plate negatives that were used.

On Oct. 8, digital curator Matt Wheeler will give us a glimpse of the Maine log drives of the 1950s from the Kosti Ruohomaa Collection.

Registration is required for each of these presentations. To receive more information and to register, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org. So put your TV dinner in the oven and gather ‘round the computer on Thursday nights!

Free veggies

Every Friday, roughly between 8 and 11 a.m., Dick Desmarais is stationed at the Public Safety Building with a pickup truck full of free vegetables from the Restorative Justice Farm. Like Forrest Gump’s box of candy, “You never know what you’re going to get!” This week has been butternut squash and potatoes. Sometimes there are beets, acorn and Hubbard Squash. He plans to be there through the month of November, so put it on your shopping list and bring a bag or box with you. All are welcome.

Highway woes

I spoke with Herb Kronholm at the Searsport Water District to find out how the new water pipe installation was going on Route 1, and there’s bad news and good news. He says they will be working to the intersection at Black Road for a few more weeks, as there is some rock ledge they have to work through. Next they have to connect to the properties, first on the pipe side and then the opposite side. A different contractor will be working from the library to the high school on Mortland Road.

To check their progress, you can go on the Water District Facebook page, which Herb updates every few days, or their website at searsportwater.org. The good news: Work will have to cease Nov. 15, as that is when the hot top companies close! Something to remember as we sit in traffic: We all do like to have clean water come out of the tap when we want it!

Library reminders

Crafternoons every Thursday, 3:30 p.m.; Book Club at Union Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. This month’s read is “Abbott’s Reach”; please don’t forget your mask!

Reproduction Period Furniture

Fall is furniture time as we look inward to redecorate our homes for the winter, I’m told, so I decided to visit Rulli’s Reproduction Period Furniture at 308 U.S. Route 1 and Turnpike Road. They’ve been here a few years, but not a lot of folks know what they do. Let me just say, “It’s remarkable.”

Paul is a master furniture craftsman who literally grew up playing in Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, and uses only period hand tools to create 17th and 18th century reproduction furniture. He spent 23 years as a civil engineer, but all he “wanted to do was make furniture.”

In the 1980s, colonial eagles were the rage, and he started carving eagles like crazy. He made hundreds. It was his route to the furniture-making business. Now he’s been at it 21 years. Mostly he does custom work, but if you like finely crafted early-style furniture, stop by the shop Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment or by chance.)