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Color Surprise

Searsmont’s trees are turning earlier than usual, presenting their fall reds, yellows and golds. When we first came here 30 years ago we were astounded by the show and we still are. Recent rains have helped lawns but there is still no water in the ditches. Thank goodness the well hasn’t gone dry. Most trees will be bare soon and it will be time to bring in green tomatoes and plant bulbs and garlic. It’s also time to get out the blaze orange hats and check your permits for wild turkey and deer hunting (youth Oct. 24, Maine residents Halloween, everyone Nov. 2).

Searsmont Exploring

The Sept. 26 “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” library-sponsored hike with Bill Evans and Sarah Crosby was a delight. A small group, safely masked at the trailhead but mask-free and socially distanced on the trail, explored a new section of the Georges Highland trail north of Route 3 near Thompson Ridge Road (thank you, Charlie LeRoyer and Jim Robbins). The walk led down to Thompson Brook beside long stone walls, on old town roads (now sunken, grown-in walkways) and past recent timber cuts. The next two free walks are Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. You won’t want to miss them.

At the Town Office

Let’s give 47 thanks to the Searsmont Fire Department volunteers, one for each mile of town roads they helped clear after the windy Sept. 30 storm. There are only about a half-dozen volunteers (out of nearly 1,500 residents) and more are needed. They do a lot to keep us safe, and we are grateful. Can you plow residential properties? Every fall the town is asked about people who do this, and the office will post your card or information for residents to check out. Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election go out soon and you can request yours by phone at 342-5411 or online at the state’s website.

Flu shots; e-waste disposal & shredding

We just got our free flu shots at Walgreens. They tell us the shots are free for anyone and are “going like hotcakes” (does anyone still make hotcakes?). You don’t need an appointment there or at Hannaford. According to Waldo County General Hospital, you do pay for vaccines administered in your doctor’s office, so check with your physician to find out what that costs.

On Sat., Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Belfast Rotary, Waldo County Sheriff’s office and Triad will offer e-waste and unwanted medical waste disposal and personal document shredding at the new Belfast Public Works Department at 54 Crocker Road. You won’t have to get out of your car to watch them shred your paper.

New at the library

New children’s books include “Captain Underpants” author Dav Pilkey’s “Brawl of the Wild” and “Fetch-22,” and National Geoographic’s “Greek Mythology” and “Weird but True, Dinosaurs!” For adults, non-fiction additions include Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow,” David Mikics’ Stanley Kubrick biography, “Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game,” and Ken Burns’ multi-DVD “The Civil War” documentary. New fiction includes Carl Hiasson’s “Squeeze Me” and James Patterson’s “1st Case.” Call 342-5549 for your choice of parking lot delivery or a 30-minute “library is all yours” appointment.