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Spring arrived while we were away

We were only gone 10 days, but it looks like we missed the very beginning of spring. A sharp-eyed neighbor alerted us to the first wildflowers on the road, a spritely little yellow bloom called coltsfoot. Apparently it has medicinal uses but all we know is it produces smiles when you see it. Crocuses, snowdrops and the greens that will end up as daffodils and tulips are all peeking their heads up in a slightly greening lawn. We even heard redwings and a loon from Lawry Pond. Can peepers be far behind?

Scholarships, anyone?

Searsmont Scholarship applications are available until May 31 at the Town Office, post office and village store. You can apply if you’ve completed at least one year of education after high school. Call Kathy at 342-5411 with any questions.

While you’re at it, consider applying for the $500 H. Joyce Withee Scholarship, now being accepted by the Searsmont Town Library Board of Trustees through April 30 for a “Searsmont college student pursuing education in Library and Information Sciences or Elementary Education at an accredited institution.” Send a letter to P.O. Box 56, Searsmont ME 04973. Tell the Trustees your course of study, name of the school, date your course will be completed, cost of course(s) or books, and a description of your career goals (or a statement of purpose).

Town Office

April 30 is also the deadline to sign up and make the first of 12 monthly payments for the Searsmont Tax Club Payment Plan. Paying monthly through March 2022 on your 2021 property tax bill may be a lot easier than writing one big check in the fall. Call Kathy Hoey for more information on that, too.

Town meeting is coming up on May 15, a date when Searsmonters elect people for the various boards and committees that make the town work. So check with Kathy (again) to see which ones are looking for new members this year. One new volunteer group likely to be of value is the Broadband Advisory Task Force, looking into helping the town, like a lot of nearby towns, get higher-speed internet connection in the coming years. To attend the Thursday, April 8, 6 p.m. meeting in person at the Community Building or by Zoom, call (you guessed it) Kathy. To join the group, email or call Mickey at 322-5671.

Sad news

We lost a beloved wife, mother and grandmother in the passing of Sylvia Arlene (Morse) Cushman. She leaves David, her husband of 61 years, five children and their partners, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at her Searsmont home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.

We also mourn the loss of Stephen E. Gilman II of Appleton who died March 15 at home. He and his wife Marie could often be found in happier times playing pool or riding on Stephen’s Harley. We knew Stephen as a man who would do anything for anybody if he could. Our condolences go out to Marie and their two children.

Bits and Pieces

We breathed a sigh of relief when the electricity mostly stayed on during the last windstorm. The blow collapsed what we call our dooryard’s Adirondack-style “weathervane chair.” Guess that never-used-yet new generator is still keeping Searsmont lit.

Sad to hear that the St. George River canoe and kayak race had to be canceled for the second year in a row. We actually missed the traffic jam in the village.