joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com

322-7572; 322-5671

Cracks, chirps, croaks, gurgles and sighs

Former baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti said that the game “breaks your heart” when it ends in the fall and “begins in the spring when everything else begins again.” So the spring sound of the crack of bat on ball makes us happy. We can even live with those odd yellow Red Sox Patriots Day jerseys. And with windows newly screened and open you can hear the birds, wood frogs and peepers, running water in Searsmont streams, and the wind in trees’ new leaves.

Broadband Advisory Task Force

The Broadband Advisory Task Force recommended the town send a letter of intent to join the Midcoast Internet Coalition, based on the MIC’s goals (including access for all), achievements to date, the $70,000 donated by Rockland and Camden for planning and data collection, and a pledge not to affect taxes.

You can help bring higher-speed internet access to Searsmont by conducting a simple, free, signal speed test. Go to mainebroadbandcoalition.org, click on “run speed test” and help prove slow rates. The next Task Force meetings are April 22 and May 6. To join in person or by Zoom, email mickeysirota@gmail.com or call 322-5671.

Town Office

At the busy April 13 selectmen’s meeting, Searsmont approved a low-bid money-saving one-year waste disposal and cardboard recycling contract with Bolster’s Rubbish Removal, a village mowing contract with Drinkwater Landscaping, and the May 15 town meeting warrant.

Selectmen reappointed town employees and accepted “with regret” the resignation of Brad LaRoche from the Town Library board of trustees. They tabled sending the letter of intent to join the Midcoast Internet Coalition pending answers to a few questions.

Now that roads are drying out, Searsmonters can expect road grading to begin soon.

According to Fire Chief James Ames’ latest call-out report, the town’s volunteers responded to a chimney fire, a wildfire, a mutual assistance standby, and a false alarm in March. “We’re still looking for more firefighters,” James said. Give him a call or leave a message at the Fire Station or Town Office if you’re interested in earning the gratitude of everyone in Searsmont.

Last call to join the Searsmont Tax Club Payment Plan with an April 29 signup deadline to spread your 2021 property tax payments over 12 months. Call 342-5411 to find out all about it.

Town Library

If you are itching to get seeds planted, the Seed Library Program has an impressive online list of free vegetable and flower seeds. There’s still time to apply for the $500 H. Joyce Withee Scholarship. And the next “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” hike with Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans starts from the Community Building parking lot at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, April 24.

Their April 10 walk drew more than a dozen folks from as far away as Ellsworth, Bangor and Rhode Island on a spectacularly beautiful day. They enjoyed four miles of scenery along the St. George River behind Appleton Ridge.

Bits and pieces

Gold stars to town reporters who have been better than we are at letting folks know about Waldo County Bounty food distributions. All are welcome to another on Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon at athenahealth in Belfast. Email Cherie Merrill at cherie@belfastsoupkitchen.org or call 338-4845 for information.

Ice is out on Levenseller Pond, trash is much reduced, but the put-in landing’s fence has been turned into firewood by thoughtless people. Keep this up and the private landowners may have to limit access, ruining things for all of us. No one wants that.