Just because it’s getting a little nippy outside, doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to take a walk, especially if you want to walk off a little turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce! Here is one good idea: Sears Island.

New interpretive signs at Sears Island

Thanks to grants from the Maine Community Foundation, GBL Charitable Foundation, and the Town of Searsport, three new panels have been installed describing the rich history of the Island. They really add a lot! The signs highlight important moments of the island’s history, starting with its use as a navigational beacon for Native Americans, an important naval battle (the Penobscot Expedition) that took place in 1779 off its coast, and the summer homestead of the Sears family. They are easy to spot, as they are located at the entrance. So, I encourage you to take a walk and learn a little about our local heritage on Sears Island.

A badge for readers

I have to admit I have always been excited about earning a badge, whether it be one from the scouts, geo catching, or sports participation. Here are three badges to be earned through Carver Memorial Library for readers – and all ages can participate: The Maine History Challenge, the Fairytale Challenge, and the Searsport Challenge. They all require you to read five books appropriate for your reading level and then participate in five related activities.

For example, for the Searsport Challenge you might read biographies of Searsport people, books about living in a small town, or a book by a Searsport author and then volunteer in the community, visit Museum in the Streets, or visit a local historic site. There are sheets describing the requirements for each badge at the library. Could be a fun family activity!

The baskets are here, the baskets are here!

Carver Memorial Library’s Gift Basket Silent Auction is going on, so stop by the library, take a look and leave a bid! You can also view them online on the library web site at and make or raise a bid by phoning in. All proceeds benefit the library. The auction continues through Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Town news

The Historic Preservation Committee was officially named a commission at the last selectmen’s meeting. Appointed to the commission are Mary Brann, Mark Bradstreet, Steve Bulloch, Sandi Cirillo and Lin Calista, with Karen Kelley and Janine Carpenter as alternates. Mayo Bullock will participate as a non-voting member. The Historic Preservation Commission works to preserve and promote Searsport’s rich history and is currently selling 2021 calendars ($10) at the Town Office, the library, the Searsport Antique Mall, Frame By Frame and from the ‘Calendar Car’ on Saturdays. Like us on Facebook to learn more.

COVID changes

Due to the rise in pandemic cases, all activities and meetings have been relocated from Union Hall. Book Club will meet at the Community Center (Lions Club), others via Zoom.

Don’t forget to make reservations if you plan to participate in the free takeout Thanksgiving Dinner at the Congregational Church from noon to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, offered by the Kindness Program. Call Jayne at 407-604-8733 or Sandra at 548-6530 for more information and reservations.