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Lengthening shadows

Searsmonters know how to hunker down as December days get shorter and colder. Seasoned firewood in the dooryard allows us to feel a little smug as the wood stove keeps us warm. Blaze orange gear went upstairs and ice grippers came down, the snowblower got a test startup and shovels are near the door. Our power was out for 10 hours last Tuesday and after too many of those outages we’re getting a generator. We’ve only been talking about it for 30 years. We’re not young and, given pandemic recommendations, it feels smart to limit trips into town. There are worse places than Searsmont to be for the winter. Ask us about that again come March.

Pine siskins anyone?

Our bird feeders are under attack by blue jays, chickadees, tufted titmice (titmouses?), nuthatches, goldfinches, plus a pair of evening grosbeaks and one spectacularly red cardinal. Don’t get us started on the wild turkeys. We keep hearing about pine siskins, which are supposed to look like female purple finches, so we’ll have to break out the binoculars. It’s not just us. We’ll have reports soon from the library’s new Maine Audubon donated bird feeder station.

Town Office

The office has a list of people who may be able to plow your driveway and road. Give the office a call at 342-5411 for information on who to contact.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your pup? It’s time for Searsmonters to get those very popular 2021 dog licenses while they last! Technically, you only have until New Year’s Eve to pay your $6 for a spayed or neutered pup and $11 for all others. There is a month-long grace period in January, but late penalties kick in after Jan. 31, 2021.

Town Library

The Seed Library is accepting seed donations for the coming year. Bring in your leftover and saved seed from 2020 and help grow the collection for 2021. New library hours are Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. for drop-in visits, and by appointment (call 342-5549) Thursday, 3-6 p.m,; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Masks in the library, please.

Remembering Harold

Harold Drinkwater passed away Nov. 19, and we send condolences to his large family. He was born in Searsmont, lived most of his life in Camden and served that town’s Fire Department (including as chief) for nearly 50 years. This was a life of such public service that a Camden fire truck was named in his honor. Messages and memories can be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.

Bits and pieces

Streams, pond outlets and roadside ditches and wetlands are finally starting to fill — and then some. Good news for local wells.

Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center are responding to the recent local COVID-19 surge with some new visitor restrictions. There are a lot of details, so call the hospitals to find out more.

Amanda’s village store tagged about 120 deer this season. There isn’t enough space to recognize every successful Searsmont hunter but we’re happy to shout out to Collin Murray for his 10-point, 236-lb. buck, Nate Wentworth (9 points, 210 lbs.), Stephen Santom (205 lbs.), Selectman Arlo Redman (200 lbs. on the nose), cake-maker extraordinaire Rhonda Kinney (10 points, 193 lbs.), Paul Leeper (6 points, 178 lbs.), Meredith Short (9 points, 176 lbs.) and Thomas Edgecomb (8 points, 172 lbs.). Quite a haul.

Threshers Brewing Co. is once again holding the Mulrey Annual Coat Drive. They tell us to “clean out your closets and bring in any warm clothes you can this month” and they’ll make sure the warm gear finds good homes.