By Joyce and Mickey Sirota

joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com

322-7572; 322-5671

Ain’t life grand?

Growing old in Searsmont is a joy of the spirit, with clean air and good tasting water, star-filled night skies and birdsong-filled days, and a postmistress who knows your name. Growing old in body is not as enjoyable. A recent surgery brought that message closer to home. So we will work harder to enjoy each day and reach out to what we enjoy — work, volunteering, being with family and friends, walking, reading, growing some of our own food, and the Red Sox.

Town Library

Shirt Tail Kin performs its special brand of alt country rock music at the free “Live OUTSIDE the Library” concert (moved INSIDE if it rains) Saturday, July 24, 4 p.m. Call 342-5549 to reserve your place and bring chairs or a blanket. Thanks to Onion Foundation, Maine Arts Commission and Friends of the Searsmont Library for their support of the series, which continues in August (with two concerts) and September.

The Waldo County Bounty “give and take” kiosk near the Historical Society barn is doing a brisk business. The other day we took a tomato seedling home, and left some kale and lettuce.

Perhaps the recent rain will help Searsmont’s drought-stressed ferns. Photo by Joyce Sirota

 

Town Office

At their July 11 weekly workshop, the Searsmont municipal officers discussed road work for the summer including current gravel road repair, cemetery mapping with Sexton David Marceau, and the needs of Searsmont Rescue. Pete Milinazzo has been named Searsmont’s Select Board representative on the Southwest Waldo County Broadband Coalition leadership group. If and when an interlocal agreement is signed, Searsmont will cooperate with Liberty, Freedom, Palermo and Montville and kick in $12,000 of American Rescue Plan infrastructure funds to match the four towns’ contributions.

Broadband Advisory Task Force

More than 60 Searsmonters have completed the anonymous broadband online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/SWCBCsurvey. It takes about five minutes to fill it out, and every response moves the high-speed internet expansion process forward. Conversations continue with coalition about outreach to residents, mapping, work with internet service providers and more. The next task force Zoom or in person meeting at the Community Building is set for Aug. 5, 6 p.m. You can join in by calling the Town Office at 342-5411.

Bits and pieces

Congratulations to the Tri-Town (Searsmont, Morrill and Belmont) baseball players, coach Cote Ward and his coaching team, parents and families and volunteers for their oh-so-close July 1 second-place Waldo County Little League championship finish at Walsh Field in Belfast. The game against unbeaten Belfast Silver ended 6-5. We couldn’t be prouder of teammates Ashton Doolan, Kale Fowler, Cole Gerrish, Avery Gobin, Kellan Harvey, Finneas Holmes, Tucker Marden, Hunter Mehuren, Ethan Newton, Julien Richards, Zephyr Stoddard and Adam Taylor.

The July 17 Book and Bake Sale book setup (thank you, Constance Delio and all volunteers) and bake sale signup (well done, Joanne Robbins and volunteers) and Grandma’s Attic preparation (hooray, Geri Winslow and volunteers) was outstanding. More on the event next week.

The electricity stayed on during the 3-inch July 9 storm but a week earlier it was off for several hours in parts of Searsmont. So your correspondents hooked up the generator for the first time since it was installed last winter and the noisy thing actually worked. There goes our credit for the town’s “no outages” streak. At least the refrigerator, lights and water pump came to life, and we could watch the Red Sox.

Ever see tree-climbing poison ivy? We spotted a monster vine near Lawry Pond. Step away from the poplar!