Well, here we are at Thanksgiving and gearing up for the Christmas season. Here are some upcoming events:

Wreath display

The Penobscot Marine Museum will be celebrating the season with a festive community wreath display starting Friday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 13, in the museum’s main gallery at 40 E. Main St. If you or your organization would like to participate, please contact Jeana Ganskop at The wreaths will not be available for sale, but for display only. This is a program sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Trees and wreaths for scholarships

The Bay Area Lions Club and the Searsport Lions Club will be selling fresh-cut Christmas trees and wreaths as well as decorated ones in the Bangor Savings parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. the weekends of Dec. 4-5 and 11-12 to benefit the scholarship program at Searsport schools. They are locally cut and fresh, fresh, fresh!

Broadband update

The Searsport Broadband Committee has announced completion of 3/10 mile of free public broadband hotspots along the downtown Main Street area, another at the Hamilton Marine area of Main Street, and another at the public parking area at Hamilton Town Wharf. The downtown hotspots run along Route 1 from Water Street to Mortland Road.

These hotspots have been made possible by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and the Searsport TIF monies. The committee would like to thank Bangor Savings Bank, Tozier’s Family Market, the Penobscot Marine Museum, Hamilton Marine, and the Public Safety Building for hosting the radios and antennas on their buildings.

The committee is now looking to bring high-speed internet to the North Searsport area. These public hotspots are the first step toward bringing much-needed high-speed internet at a reasonable cost to the residents of Searsport.

’Tis the season to follow habits of Maine’s mammals

The Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library are co-hosting a live Zoom presentation entitled, “The Seasonal Habits of Maine Mammals” by Laura Craver-Rogers on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Learn how the fury predators and prey from bobcats and fishers to deer and snowshoe hares on Sears Island and coastal Maine react with each other and survive the winter.

Craver-Rogers is the education and outreach director for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and has a long, passionate background in biology and Maine wildlife. To sign up, go to the website at

Hands-free Christmas light decoration

Did you know there are people who will come and put up your outside decorations for you? And take them down as well? As I struggle every year over this, I was stunned that this service existed ― but then, why not?

So I looked into it and sure enough, if you provide your own lights and ladders, etc., it will cost you roughly $75 per hour or about $150 to $300. That’s for a simple outline of the house and some shrubbery and walkway lights.

If you rent the lights from the “Christmas Installation” company, it will cost $800 to over $1,000 for a more elaborate set-up. That’s $800 up and $800 down. I have much more appreciation for the task now, and a few candles in the window might do just fine!

Happy decorating, everyone!