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It’s all about the town election this week!

Voting will take place Tuesday, April 6, at the Community Center (former Lions Club) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you will be out of town that day and wish to vote, you can pick up an absentee ballot at the Town Office that needs to be returned by Thursday, April 1. If you need to register to vote, you can do that at the Town Office as well, right up to voting day.

Here are the candidates: running for the Board of Selectmen for two three-year terms are Thomas Hodgins, Doug Norman (incumbent) and Linda Payson (incumbent). The Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors is looking for a write-in vote for a three-year term. Those seeking the nine open seats for two-year terms on the Budget Advisory Committee are Steven Bulloch, Ronald Cook, Marjorie Knuuti, Arthur Koch, William Kulbe, Harold Marr, John Moran, and Robert Jeffery Pearson.

Town meeting will be held the Saturday after the elections on April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Searsport High School gymnasium. Hopefully Anglers will once again generously provide their delicious clam chowder for takeout lunch.

175th celebration plans

Searsport’s delayed 175th birthday celebration will be held July 2, 3, and 4 with a variety of proposed exciting activities. There will be a takeout dinner at the Congregational Church for the Kindness Program on Friday night, most likely followed by a musical concert.

Saturday the parade will happen at 11 a.m., followed by a Historical Poker Run sponsored by Searsport’s Historical Preservation Commission.

Sunday hosts a puppet show at Mosman Park. There will be a concert that afternoon and a green crab hunt at Sears Island at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Shellfish Committee. The weekend will culminate with “the best fireworks show Searsport has ever had” at 9 p.m.

If you’d like to join the committee or host an event, please get in touch with James Gilway at the Town Office or Karen Kelley at 548-2947. The next meeting will be at the Community Center on Monday, March 29, at 2 p.m. The committee will be on hand at the Lions Club on voting day selling Searsport souvenirs to support all the events planned.

Easter dinner

A takeout Easter dinner is planned for Saturday, April 3, at the Searsport Congregational Church for the Kindness food program. I don't have the menu as yet, but

it will be a free or by donation dinner, and it will be good! Next week's column will have more details, I promise.