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Trash talk

We did a pre-winter-weather road trash pick-up last week, filling three bags with recyclable cans and bottles to benefit the town library through Hannaford’s CLYNK program, plus two bags of flat-out trash. Wish we knew what makes someone toss trash on a lovely Searsmont road. Take your bleeping bottles and garbage home with you! We heard the problem is just as disgusting on High Street in Lincolnville. And someone knocked down a Lawry Road speed limit sign. We ask the guilty parties to grow up. We all live here.

A walk in the woods

On Nov. 22, Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans led eight two-legged participants and two four-legged mascots on a library-sponsored “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” morning walk along the Georges River Land Trust “Ridge to River” path through the Gibson Preserve. Thank you, Charlie LeRoyer, for clearing and marking the trail. It was an enjoyable hike on a lovely, clear, not too cold, no-hunting Sunday morning.

Town Office

There was no public selectmen’s meeting on Nov. 24 and the only agenda item was discussed in executive session. On the plus side, one town employee celebrated Thanksgiving with a 42-pound turkey. Leftovers, anyone?

Searsmont residents can get a free winter 5-gallon bucket of sand and salt at the small shed (across the road from the village store). For safety reasons, steer clear of the big shed.

Hooray! One hundred dog licenses for 2021 have already been purchased at $6 for a spayed or neutered pup and $11 for all others. Boo! There are still 400 unregistered canines out there. There’s still time to get your license on time and avoid a late fee. You know you want one.

Town Library

Watch your mail for the Friends of the Searsmont Library’s holiday fundraising letter, or just send a check to FOSL, c/o Searsmont Town Library, P.O. Box 56, Searsmont. FOSL president Sandie Weagle, the board and all its members do a wonderful job for the library and Searsmont, and provide more than $6,000 a year for books and equipment.

Bits and Pieces

The Zeigler-Smith recount is done, and by 73 votes (out of nearly 6,000) Stanley Paige Zeigler was reelected for a third two-year term as Searsmont’s state representative. Congratulations to Paige, and kudos to Katrina Smith on a positive, hard-fought campaign.

A lot of Searsmonters burn wood for heat. The Red Cross says fire is America’s “single most common disaster” and heating fires are the second-most common cause of house fires. So put a glass door or screen between the flames and your home, clean your chimney and check that your smoke alarms are working. Keep stuff 3 feet away from the fire and extinguish it when you go to sleep or leave the house. And have a fire escape plan, just in case.

Waldo County Y has safety protocols in place and the pool, exercise room, gym, and walking and running track are open for Searsmont members and guests. Call 338-4598 for an appointment time, or walk in and hope for an opening. And don’t forget your mask.

Interested in local history? The Searsmont Historical Society is a great resource, but so is the Belfast Historical Society & Museum. Thanks to BHSM and President Megan Pinette for help in digging out old maps. Call her at 338-9229 if you’re looking for answers.

Stay thankful, stay safe and be well.