By Joyce and Mickey Sirota;

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It takes a village

Nothing says “summer in Searsmont” like the town library Book and Bake Sale. A lot of folks showed up on July 17 after a pandemic year off. There was a brisk business in daylily sales, a raffle for three of Paula Hanson’s handmade quilts, a bigger-than-ever Grandma’s Attic jumble sale, bake sale tables of tasty treats, and books, books, books galore. There was even a Flash Zumba class led by Tamera Blades from the Waldo County Y.

Customers crowd tables at the July 17 Searsmont Town Library Book Sale. Photo by Mickey Sirota

You will read below that this fun event was a financial success. The best part may have been greeting folks not seen since the 2019 event with smiles all around. Some people wore masks and others did not. But we all have gotten pretty good at knowing when there’s a smile hidden underneath.

Town Office

Give a gold star to Contessa Mancini, who held down the fort admirably while Town Clerk Kathy Hoey took a well-deserved vacation. Searsmont property owners, you should be seeing 2021 tax bills very soon, if you haven’t received yours yet. The Select Board (new non-gender-specific title that has now become state law) holds a public work session every Monday, 4:30 p.m., and its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m.

Broadband Advisory Task Force

Responses are coming in from Searsmonters who fill out the online broadband survey at The pace of meetings and conversations has picked up with the Southwest Waldo County Broadband Coalition, the multi-community broadband expansion planning group that includes Searsmont, Liberty, Montville, Freedom and Palermo. Many thanks to Pete Milinazzo, the town’s representative on the SWCBC leadership team. With so much going on, you’ll want to attend the Thursday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m., task force meeting online or at the Community Building. For the Zoom link, call Contessa at 342-5411.

Town library

It lasted four hours and took dozens of Searsmonters to make the Book and Bake Sale a success. According to library trustees, the event took in just over $3,700. “That’s a record,” Trustee Geri Winslow

It’s hard to decide at the Searsmont Town Library’s July 17 Bake Sale. Photo by Mickey Sirota

said. In fact, records were set for the book sales at more than $2,200, the bake sale at over $500 and Grandma’s Attic at nearly $800. The rest came from the quilt raffle and generous donations. Congratulations to everyone, volunteers and patrons alike.

The July 24 “Live OUTSIDE the Library” Shirt Tail Kin concert was also a success. Mark your calendar for the next free performances, by The Juke Joint Devils (jump and swing blues) on Aug. 7, 4 p.m, and Scott Ainslie (blues) on Aug. 21. Email or call 342-5549 to reserve your place on the lawn.

Morgan Foundation Concert

What do Whiskey Bent, The Pinwheel Brothers, Cowboy Roger Simmons, Norm Reynolds, John Whitman Sr., Brian Plato, Bridgette and Bob Heller, Chuck Sherman and Rod Carr have in common? They will perform at the Searsmont Community Center (rain or shine) Saturday, July 31, 1 p.m., at the Vicky Morgan Foundation’s concert to benefit Andy and Karen Cunningham. Tickets are $10 at the door (donations of food welcome, too), or reserve by calling Robin Dow at 342-3259. Bring a lawn chair, but they will move inside if it rains.

Bits and pieces

Searsmont is becoming a live concert magnet. There’s the July 31 extravaganza, library performance series and regular entertainment at Threshers Brewing. And now, local composer Robert Sirota (full disclosure: your town correspondent’s neighbor and brother) presents the first two Muzzy Ridge Concerts Sunday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 22. Each of these one-hour chamber music performances features world-class soloists. Full details next week, but Bob tells us that $20 tickets are still available for the limited seating at