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Peas and basil and zinnias, oh my!

Seed catalogues are arriving. The Johnny’s edition is more than 200 pages long this year. There may be snow and cold and wind and rain and mud and ice outside, but if you’re curled up with a book of vegetable and herb and flower pictures, spring is just around the corner — even if the calendar says it’s 100 days away.

Town Office

The selectmen now meet at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (next one on Feb. 9), with regular work sessions (no votes taken) on Monday mornings. The Planning Board will hold a meeting and public hearing Feb. 2 to consider The Dingley & Lorenz subdivision on Moody Mountain Road, and we’ll let you know more about both next time.

We saw the public notice in The Republican Journal that the town is looking for a new assistant to the Planning Board. If that means Nancy Weser will no longer be working for Searsmont, we will miss her. She is always pleasant and has been helpful to us more times than we can count.

And don’t say we didn’t warn you, but the $25 penalty for late dog license registration goes into effect Monday, Feb. 1.

Library

Newly arrived at the library is a donated upright piano, now being repaired by William Evans Fine Furniture and Restoration. Thank you, Bill, for your time and skill.

Also newly arrived are Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”; David Baldacci's latest Atlee Pine thriller, “Daylight”; and Marie Benedict’s “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie,” a new mystery about the life of — you guessed it — Agatha Christie.

This year’s Seed Library will soon be ready (by appointment), and submissions to the Community Quotations project are starting to come in. Email searsmont.town.library@gmail.com or call 342-5549 or to find out more.

In memory

Melvin Wadsworth, 89, passed away at his home here on Christmas Day. Our sincere condolences go to his son Dana, daughter Karen of Rockport, sister Barbara of Waldoboro, and a large and loving family. He was predeceased by Erminie, his wife of nearly 50 years.

A memorial service for this woodsman, tanner, chicken wrangler, traveler and veteran is planned for later this year. Go online to ripostafh.com to leave memories and words of comfort.

Bits and pieces

January was one of the warmest on record, so the ice is thin and people keep falling in. Lake Quantabacook and Lawry Pond have open spots, and water is running in most streams. If you’re planning to skate, snowmobile or ice fish, think twice about it until things thicken up.

If you break through, at best you’ll get very wet and cold and feel very foolish. You don’t want to think about the worst. The old memory poem that ends with “four inches OK” seems very appropriate about now.

Paige Zeigler, our state representative, tells us that the COVID-19 moratorium on having to renew expired driver’s licenses and registrations is now over. So it’s time to put your vehicle paperwork in order. You can go to maine.gov/sos/online_services/index.html. Why do they make these online addresses so long?

Whether you’re into poetry or not, we hope you’ll take time to view (or read) Amanda Gorman’s “youth poet laureate” presentation at the Jan. 20 presidential inaugural. She’s only 22, but eloquent as well as articulate. We won’t remember Joe Biden’s speech. We will remember Amanda’s words.