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Halloween

Since the kids are missing Halloween in a big way, the Ambulance Volunteers will be holding a "Drive-Thru" Trick or Treat candy "hand-out" at the Public Safety Building  Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. Vehicles need to enter the parking lot from the Union Street side of the building and families must stay inside their vehicles. The staff will hand out individually wrapped treats and be appropriately dressed for safety. Ever see a ghost in a mask and a Hasmat suit?

Virtually there will be a costume contest sponsored by the Recreation Department for kids under 18 using the Facebook page at Searsport Recreation. You must post by Oct. 31 and photos will be judged on Nov. 1 in the following categories: Most Creative, Scariest, and Cutest. Recreation will send private messages as to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place winners and arrange delivery for prizes. No personal information on photos, please.

Searsport Recreation is also holding a pumpkin-carving contest. Same rules apply for deadlines, personal information, and judging categories. The Searsport Board of Selectmen has donated pumpkins so anyone 18 or younger may pick ONE up at the Public Safety Building while supplies last.

After the contest, take your pumpkins to Searsport Shores Campground to feed the goats.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

At the polls

Things are heating up in the political scene as we near Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 3. The polls for Searsport will be at the Searsport Community Building (Lions Club) on Prospect Street, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Historic Preservation Committee will have its 2021 calendars for sale in the Lions Club parking lot from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. They are still $10 and contain interesting historical facts about Searsport properties. Look for the “Calendar Car”! Also, turn to Historical Preservation’s Facebook page and “Like Us” as we post events, projects and fun facts!

Books, movies at curbside

Library Director Sue McClintock, wants to remind patrons that the library will be open ONLY for curbside pickup on Election Day. Actually, you can have curbside pickup any day they are open if you call or email ahead, tell them what you are looking for and when you are coming by. You can peruse the “online” stacks for a selection or speak to a librarian for a recommendation. Library personnel will pack your items and bring them to your car. What service!

Museum’s last Zoom adventure

Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. is your last chance to zoom-into the stories of travel and tragedy with staff at the museum. The spirits associated with the artifacts in Penobscot Marine Museum collections tend to wake up this time of year and have some scary tales to tell! Don’t forget to register for this free, online event at penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

This box contains ballots

Most interesting to me is a wooden box that was found at an auction in Brewer this summer that contains Searsport primary ballots from June 16, 1930. The box contained 360 Republican ballots and 60 Democratic ballots sent to Searsport from the secretary of State at that time, Edgar G. Smith. Frank Haskell of Portland, a Democrat, was running against Republicans Ralph Brewster (Dexter), Donald Dewar (Portland) and Wallace White from Lewiston, for U.S. senator. (Wallace White won the seat.) Edward Moran of Rockland was running against William Gardiner of Gardiner and John Wilson of Bangor for governor. (William Tudor Gardiner, the incumbent, won.)

Many of the ballots were pencil-marked, some were not. The box was nailed shut with all kinds of official stickers on it. So how did it end up at an auction?? Were those ballots never counted and hidden away? Did it come out of storage when rescued from the dumpster? I doubt we will ever know.

The wooden ballot box and ballots will be displayed at the Searsport polls on Election Day.