By Joyce and Mickey Sirota;

322-7572; 322-5671

One birthday and four medical appointments

One of us is observing an over-70 birthday this week and we celebrated by spending two nights in Portland (the big city!). Birthdays are different now than in years gone by, with balloons and cake giving

Taking in the first Sea Dogs game in Portland after nearly two years. Joyce Sirota

way to (finally) a live baseball game. There are also multiple medical appointments. So far, those are focused on maintaining good health, not needing to treat something serious. We’ll take that (and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”) over balloons any day.

Town Library

The Blues Prophets perform at the second free “Live OUTSIDE the Library” concert on the library lawn

Solomon’s seal in Searsmont. Joyce Sirota

Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, June 20), thanks to support from the Onion Foundation, Maine Arts Council and Friends of the Library. TBP, with Maine roots going back to 1976, has played with Muddy Waters, Professor Longhair and Pinetop Perkins, among many others. Now they’re coming to Searsmont.

Call the library at 342-5549 to reserve a place, bring a lawn chair or blanket (and bug spray). You won’t want to miss Jamie Jake Isaacson, Jeff Davison, Doug Wainoris, Jack Tukey and harmonica virtuoso DW Gill.

Town Office and Broadband Advisory Task Force

Fire Chief James Ames says that last month the Searsmont Fire Department was called out for an in-

False Solomon’s seal by a Searsmont roadside. Joyce Sirota

town chimney fire, another chimney fire in Montville and two house-fire mutual aid calls in Appleton. No one hurt, fortunately. Thanks again from all of us in town to our volunteer firefighters.

At their June 3 Broadband Advisory Task Force meeting, the group discussed finding out more about the possibility of joining with the Southwest Waldo County Broadband Coalition (Freedom, Liberty, Palermo and Montville). They also have begun planning to get information about a short online Searsmont resident survey out to everyone in town. Things are moving and you can join the June 17 meeting in person or call 342-5411 to get Zoom log-in details.

RSU 71 Summer Grab & Go Meals

The Healthy Grab & Go free breakfasts and lunches are back. You can pick up meals for your Regional School Unit 71 student (up to age 18) at Ames Elementary School beginning Tuesday, July 6 (and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through July 29) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the lobby.

Right now you can also pick up at Belfast’s Capt. Albert Stevens School curbside or lobby every Monday through Thursday into August. The School Nutrition Program puts the meals together, following USDA

This lovely pink columbine took us by surprise along the road. Joyce Sirota

healthy nutrition guidelines, and we love the program’s slogan: “Food that’s in when school is out.” For more information, contact RSU 71 Director of Nutrition Perley Martin at 338-3320, ext. 307, or email

Bits and pieces

Now that Searsmonters have survived a spring heat wave with temperatures in the high 80s, we decided to clean out the wood stove and call in the sweep. Considering we had to light a fire over the cold, rainy Memorial Day Weekend, we’re glad we didn’t jump the gun.

The gardener in your correspondents’ household got blasted by brown-tail moth last week. The itchy red rash is hidden under a long-sleeved red shirt. Be careful out there.

Don’t forget school is out, so keep an eye out for youngsters on the roads.

And a bummer “bit” to end this column. We’ve been getting calls because, with warmer weather and dry ground, that some ATV riders are ignoring private property postings, causing damage on woods roads and disrespecting landowners. Riding is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone. So if riders don’t want chains and logs up, we strongly suggest you ask for owner permission before you travel.