By Joyce and Mickey Sirota

joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com

322-7572; 322-5671

Welcome home!

A personal note, with a nod to new Searsmonters. In 1986 our brother and sister-in-law bought a house and land here in town, even though they were living and working in Connecticut. Your correspondents,

Milkweed in bloom on a Searsmont roadside. Joyce Sirota

then living in the Boston area, began coming up for weekends and holidays, sometimes with family and sometimes by ourselves. We grew to love the people here and the peace and quiet were irresistible after years of city living.

Six years later we bought a house on land abutting this family property, and in 2000 we moved here full time. This past week Bob and Vicki, our brother and sister-in-law, also moved here for good. We couldn’t be happier and wanted to say publicly to them and other new Searsmonters, “Welcome home!”

Library

The library’s Book and Bake Sale is Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No auction this year, but you will enjoy many baked goods, thousands of books, the Historical Society’s exhibition barn, and a bigger-

Shinleaf in bloom along a Searsmont road. Joyce Sirota

than-ever Grandma’s Attic yard sale will be open during the event. Proceeds go to allow the library’s operating expenses, including the purchase of books and other materials for the collection.

The next “Live OUTSIDE the Library” concert (moved INSIDE if it rains) is on Saturday, July 24, 4 p.m. Call 342-5549 to reserve your OUTSIDE lawn seat, and plan to bring chairs or a blanket for Shirt Tail Kin, an “alt country rock” band that has been entertaining Mainers since the 1970s.

Things are picking up at the library, with nearly 40 patrons stopping in on Tuesday last week.

Town Office

Fire Chief James Ames tells us that June was a “light month” for fire callouts – one “ambulance access” call. Fingers crossed that July is just as quiet.

We will have a report on the July 13 Selectmen’s meeting next week but can tell you that property tax bills for 2021 go out later this month, according to Tax Collector Kathy Hoey.

Broadband

Results are coming in from the online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/SWCBCsurvey. If you haven’t completed your anonymous survey yet, take a few minutes to do so and help move the process forward.

We’re stumped by this butterfly. Is it a Fritillary? Joyce Sirota

Discussions continue about working together on a multi-community high-speed internet future with Liberty, Freedom, Palermo and Montville. And Searsmont was just awarded a $5,000 first-phase planning grant from ConnectMaine.

The next Task Force meetings, by Zoom or in person at the Community Building, are on July 22 and Aug. 5, both at 6 p.m. More Searsmonters are joining the Zoom log-in list and you can call the Town Office at 342-5411 to join in or get information about what’s going on.

Bits and pieces

Minding our own business and watching a Red Sox game a few nights ago, a white, fuzzy brown-tail moth that had gotten in the house landed on one of our heads. Good news is that there is now one less moth to produce next year’s caterpillars and there will be fewer hairy crawlers to make us itch. We’re told that the white moths like to gather in swarms on the sides of houses near lights. They can be picked off with gloves and dumped into soapy water, or vacuumed up and disposed of with care. So far, it’s Searsmonter 1, moth 0.