By Joyce and Mickey Sirota;

322-7572; 322-5671

A ‘hail’ of a good time

The Blues Prophets Live OUTSIDE the Library concert on June 21 moved INSIDE when rain was expected, and the nearly 100 people who came got a real show. Not only was the music fine, and got folks dancing, but the weather also put on a bang-up show of hail and heavy rain, topped off with a tornado warning.

The Blues Prophets perform (inside) June 19 at the Searsmont Library’s Live OUTSIDE the Library concert. Courtesy of Steven Brown

Put July 24 on your calendar (rain date July 25) and call the library at 342-5549 to reserve your lawn seats for Shirt Tail Kin, an “alt country rock” band that has been entertaining Mainers for decades. Thanks go to the Onion Foundation, Maine Arts Council and Friends of the Searsmont Library for supporting these free, live musical events.

Library Book and Bake Sale returns

Plans are coming along for the July 17 event. In addition to breads and cakes and pies and cookies and thousands of paperback and hardcover books, the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. sale will include the popular Grandma’s Attic jumble sale, according to Library Board of Trustees President Jana Herbener. Historical Society President Karen Withee says the exhibition barn will be open during the event, too. So show up, enjoy, and support your library.

Broadband Advisory Task Force

The volunteer group is preparing a short survey for Searsmont residents and businesses (thank you, Sarah Crosby), and will soon send information to every 04973 address on how to access the survey online. The task force recommended that the selectmen join with Liberty, Freedom, Palermo and Montville as part of the Southwest Waldo County Broadband Coalition to help plan for broadband expansion here in town.

The next task force meetings, by Zoom or in person at the Community Building, are on July 1 and July 15 at 6 p.m. Call 342-5411 to get on the Zoom log-in list if you are not one of the dozens of people already getting the information.

Town Office

At a special June 21 meeting, Searsmont’s selectmen accepted the Broadband Advisory Task Force’s recommendation to join the other four towns of the SWCBC. Searsmont’s 2021 property tax bills will be mailed out in July. Tax Collector Kathy Hoey tells us that about 80 property owners who have not paid the 2020 taxes due last fall are getting “heads up” letters suggesting a timeline for payment. She says this is “a way to let people know how to avoid additional fees” and town actions, up to and including tax liens.

Bits and pieces

It is with sadness and fond memories that we remember Cathleen Mary O’Donnell Crum, who passed away much too young on June 1 after a life of active faith. Our condolences go to her large family, including her husband of more than 40 years.

We also note the loss of Morrill neighbor Loell Rodgers, who once worked at this newspaper and the Camden Herald. She was a wonderful fiddler and, like us, enjoyed walking local roads.

A huge shout-out to the Tri-Town Farm Team baseball teams who participated in the first round of the Waldo County playoffs on June 21. Tri-Town Blue won against rival Brooks, and went on to play Belfast, while Tri-Town Red lost their game against Belfast. Thanks to Glendon Mehuren for keeping us in the loop, and we’ll bring you more details next week. Go Tri-Town!

A Searsmont vegetable garden at the end of June. Mickey Sirota

A little rain went a long way in local vegetable gardens. Some Searsmonters are already picking lettuce, greens, broccoli and herbs, with peas and beans growing fast and tomatoes setting fruit.


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