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‘The Friendliest Town in Maine’

That’s what Down East magazine called Searsmont. You can add “the most dedicated.” We spent an evening watching the Planning Board in action and were impressed by their knowledge, seriousness and respect for applicants. Town residents are also giving their time and expertise to the new Broadband Advisory Task Force, the library Board of Trustees, the Fire and Rescue departments, and all the committees and advisory groups that make this town work. Not a week passes but that we appreciate Searsmont a little more.

Town Office

The selectmen met on March 9. Road Commissioner Chris Staples said Searsmont’s roads are holding up well so far, potholes will be filled soon, and gravel road raking will take place when roads dry up. Call Chris at 342-5411 to report problems. Pete Milinazzo says the transfer station will be closed Saturday, March 20, on account of mud on Crie Road. Take your trash to the crusher truck at the Town Office parking lot. Town waste is still going to a Norridgewock landfill, but by end of March we should know more about recycling.

Fire Department

Searsmont’s volunteer firefighters were busy in February, responding a half-dozen times to one fire, four auto accidents and an ambulance assist. We’re glad to report that a new person has started training. But Chief James Ames can still use more volunteers, so email James at searsmontfiredepartment@fairpoint.net to find out more. You’ll be glad you did and the town will be grateful.

Town Library

Keep the library’s phone number handy (342-5549). The library offers a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule, all but Tuesday by appointment.

Sarah and Bill will lead an “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” hike on Saturday, March 20, setting out from the library at 9:45 a.m.

On Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m., the anthology program on “Women’s History” provides an hour of stories, poetry and other short works. This collaboration with the Appleton, Liberty and Union (Vose) libraries promises to be fun and lively. It’s on Zoom with preregistration and you’re welcome to attend while eating dinner, knitting, or with a friend.

And this year, Searsmont Garden Growth will partner with Waldo County Bounty. Check it out at waldocountybounty.org and look for the “Give/Take” sign at the library driveway entrance when greenhouses and soil start producing, to drop off or take home garden goodies.

Hide and Seek

Vaccination rules are still changing. Your best bets right now if you’re a school worker or Searsmonter 60 and older (50 starting April 1) are to contact Hannaford, Walgreens, Maine Health, the state CDC’s COVID-19 website, or Area Agencies on Aging at 877-353-3771.

Bits and Pieces

Jesse Gogan has called another meeting at the Community Building (downstairs) on Monday, March 22, 6 p.m., to plan a Memorial Day parade. Anyone interested in helping to make the parade happen this year can call Jesse at 342-4133 for more information.

If you’re 60 or older and disabled and can use help to shop for, prepare or cook meals, you may qualify for the wonderful Meals on Wheels program. Call 930-8090 and talk it over. Speaking of meals, there will be a food distribution at athenahealth at 3 Hatley Road in Belfast on Friday, March 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Call Belfast Soup Kitchen’s Cherie Merrill at 338-4845 with questions or email cherie@belfastsoupkitchen.org. All are welcome, no questions asked.

The good news is that even if there is ice on Searsmont streams, it’s getting warmer. Spring officially begins the morning of March 20.