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It’s official

Sweaters and turtlenecks are nearby. Shorts and T-shirts are packed away. The first fire in the wood stove proves we haven’t lost the technique over the summer months. The sort-of baseball season is still on TV, but blaze orange gear and down jackets are by the door. Dinner is soups and stews instead of salads or something on the grill and only kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts are in the garden while green tomatoes ripen indoors.

Then there are the Searsmont mice. Thanks to Waldo town correspondent Tom Seymour, we’re trying some newfangled traps to deal with the little gray rascals. They were getting so bold that we had to trap them or send ’em to college.

Shout-out to Searsmont road people

New “Share the Road” and speed limit signs are up on Pond, Lawry and Muzzy Ridge roads. Let’s see if they make any difference. Appleton Ridge paving and riprap work is done and a contract will be signed soon for five culverts and 600 feet of prime ditching on Crie Road to the transfer station.

When the late September windstorm dropped firewood on Searsmont roads, we found a literal windfall of the stuff at no costs other than sweat and vacuuming inside the SUV. Thanks to Selectman/Road Commissioner Chris Staples and Fire Department and road folks who did such a good cleanup job.

Speaking of roads, enough political signs out there for you? Just keep them off Searsmont town property, says Town Clerk Kathy Hoey.

At the Town Office

At the Oct. 13 Selectmen’s meeting, snowplowing contracts went to Paul Leeper for Diamond Street and Lee Horton for French Road South. The office is getting requests for info on residential plowers, so if that’s you, get your name and number to Contessa at 342-5411.

You can also call for your absentee ballot or get one in person or online through Thursday at 2 p.m. Just be sure to get it back by 8 p.m. on Election Day. More than 250 of them have already been requested, and nearly 50 were turned in last Tuesday when we handed ours over. Wear your mask, keep a distance from others doing town business, wait your turn, and you’ll get the same courteous service Searsmont is used to. We really like being greeted by name, and with a smile even when things are busy.

And don’t forget in-person voting is at the Community Building downstairs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 3.

Searsmont’s getting $37,000 from the state to help offset $190,000 in road work. It’s less than last year but every little bit helps. Kenn Ortmann’s work on town personnel policies is done and the results will be announced soon. And the Searsmont Cemetery Committee is looking for one new member to fill out the term that ends next April. Call the office if you’re interested.

Property taxes are due on full-moon Halloween. While you’re paying the town, 2021 dog licenses are available at $6 for a fixed or spayed animal, $11 for all others

Sad news

We got word that Norman Roberts died on Oct. 9. He served the town in many ways, including as a volunteer firefighter and as a founding member of both the Searsmont First Responders and a lifelong member of Quantabacook Masonic Lodge.

Our condolences go out to daughter Dawn Bryant, Searsmont Rescue’s service chief, following in her father’s footsteps, and to all of Norman’s family. He will be missed by all who knew him.