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Seasonal changes

Changes sometimes come slowly to Searsmont this time of year. A few weeks ago we brought in the hummingbird feeders, and now are seeing juncos on the ground in profusion, redwing blackbirds and rare evening grosbeaks. Temperatures this past week ranged from 27 to 67, making for a difficult choice of outerwear as we headed out for an hour’s walk.

This election cycle also meant some things changed and some things remained the same. In a town this size, it feels important to be able to talk with folks, whether friends or neighbors or strangers, and rekindle our efforts to find common ground. Starting with a smile and a wave on the road seems to help.

How lucky we are to live here! With the sun setting so early, savoring the warmth of a November afternoon, sitting (socially distanced) around a neighbor’s fire-pit, is a real gift.

Remembering Carlene

Carlene Hall of Searsmont passed away Oct. 31 at the age of 94, with her family by her side at the end of her full and deeply religious life. Our thoughts go out to her sister, stepdaughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and (God bless her) great-great-grandchildren. Searsmont will miss her.

At the Town Office

The hour-long Nov. 10 Selectmen’s meeting included a report on damage to the “Share the Road” signs on Lawry Road (vandalism costing all of us $150 to replace), drainage-improving culverts and ditching on the transfer station road, an improved sound system for Zoom meetings (thank you, Chris Brinn) and Sexton Dave Marceau’s plea to get better cemetery maps.

A detailed discussion considered and approved Chris Halsted’s presentation of a Planning Board proposal to increase building and site review permit fees. Unchanged for many years, they were low compared to those in nearby towns and now will cover more of the town’s costs. New rates (hundreds of dollars above current ones) will be based on square footage for residential permits and project costs for commercial site reviews.

The next meeting will be Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

Library news

Join Bill Evans and Sarah Crosby Sunday, Nov. 22, for their next “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” walk. As always, walkers will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the library parking lot.

The library is the proud recipient of a Mid-Coast Audubon bird feeder station. Kids and parents can view the feeder from the children's section inside the library, but there are lots of places outside to hunker down and watch the wildlife. The library has binoculars you can use, so let us know what you see.

This week’s new titles include Jan Brett's beautiful new book “Cozy,” a wonderful story about muskoxen and their Arctic buddies with the author's acclaimed art. In adult fiction, Don DeLillo's eerie new novella “The Silence” explores how the human brain has rewired itself to modern technology.

We’re happy to bring you a photo of the beautiful new matching library shelves to expand the adult fiction and nonfiction sections, They were designed and built by library patron Tom Gick, Robbins Lumber donated the material and patron Bill Evans of Williams Furniture and Restoration finished them.

Don’t forget that Saturday mornings at the library are back, 9 a.m. to noon by appointment only. Many people fondly recall their parents taking them to the library then and coming home with a stack of books. Call 342-5549 to reserve a 30-minute slot for you or your household. You can drop in on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. and make an appointment for Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., or Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.