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Mid-January and what to do? As it turns out, lots!

Friends of Sears Island

On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m., the Friends of Sears Island and Belfast Free Library will host a virtual presentation with Marine scientist Abby Barrows, entitled “Microplastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments,” via Zoom. In light of recent developments in Searsport Harbor, this is especially appropriate.

An estimated 8 to 10 million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans each year! Barrows will look at the damage done by plastic pollution and some of the solutions required to reverse it. To register for this program, visit belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs.

Winter Wellness Bingo

Pick up a Wellness Bingo Card at the library or download one from the website at carverlibrary.org and play for prizes! There are 25 squares containing fun assignments and you only have to complete five in a row to win a prize from the prize basket! Things like try a new recipe, read a short story, listen to a podcast, send a letter to a friend, read in bed, read a poem, visit a museum, watch a favorite movie…you get the idea; nothing we all can’t manage! Bingo will go to the end of February. For every bingo row completed, you will be entered into a raffle for a “self-care” basket that will be raffled on March 1.

Make a microwave heating pad

New DIY kits for corn-filled heating pads are available at Carver Memorial Library. Pick two fabrics, corn and instructions and you’re good to go. There is no charge for these kits. A few past DIY kits are still available.

Reminder: Carver Memorial Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18.

News from Town Hall

Police Chief Boisvert is asking everyone to be especially careful to watch for deer on the roadways at this time as there have been many accidents involving wildlife recently.

Remember to register your dog, because after Jan. 31, there will be a $25 late fee added to registrations.

Also, congratulate Debbie Plourde on her retirement from the Town Office after 43 years of service to the town of Searsport!

To subscribe to the official town newsletter, go to searsportmaine.org.

Rebecca Tripp, scientist

The gals at the library pointed out a young people’s book called “Scientists Get Dressed,” where Searsport’s Rebecca Tripp is pictured and mentioned. Despite being paralyzed, she has managed to negotiate a harness in order to study animals living in the highest part of the forest. When she comes down, she examines her collected samples in a lab. This time she is studying microscopic organisms called tardigrades or “water bears” that can survive many years in damp places without water or food!

Maybe in my next life I can come back as one of those!