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Can you believe it is almost Labor Day?! Things are winding down as we take a breath and plunge into September’s activities. “Sign-Up” September my friends used to call it as we all jumped into new programs for the fall. In the meantime, here is what is happening (and in some cases, not happening) this week.

Yard sale blues

The Mosman Park annual yard sale scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, has been canceled because of COVID concerns. However, the association is currently selling prints of the Waldo Peirce poster of “Baseball in Searsport” for $25 and a framed version for $100. The park needs our support and will accept donations for renovations at any time. For more information and to purchase a print, call Jim Rose at 207-548-0020.

A little history of Mosman Park

This year we celebrate Mosman Park’s 100th anniversary. The Mosman Park area was purchased by Dr. Nahum Mosman in 1820 and originally called “Mosman Grove.” Four generations of Mosmans allowed public access to the property for swimming and recreation. In 1920 a group from town purchased the 4-acre parcel of land from Clarabelle Mosman for a fair price of $2,000. That group in 1921 formed the Mosman Memorial Park Association, which maintains the park to this day.

Sears Island Bingo

It’s not too late to do a little island hopping and never leave the area if you go over to Sears Island and participate in a bingo scavenger hunt, running through the end of August. To participate, download a copy of the bingo sheet at http://bit.ly/FOSI-Bingo or pick one up at the kiosk at the entrance. While exploring the island, see if you can get five in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, of the pictured items. Just snap a photo of your finds and email it to outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org to be entered into a raffle for a fun prize that includes a nature book, journal, and a critter catcher habitat kit! The whole family can join in the hunt, but the raffle prize winner bust be between the ages of 5 and 12.

School supplies needed

On Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a truck outside the Methodist Church in Searsport where you can donate school supplies. Things like backpacks, pencils, notebooks, pens, folders and the like are all needed.  Also, the school nurse is looking for things like new underwear, socks and personal items for girls. Let’s get this school year off to a great start by getting everyone equipped for a good year of learning!

Free vegetables

The Restorative Justice men are harvesting from their garden and offering free vegetables to anyone in the community again. You can stop by the Safety Building on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and see what they have brought in this week. I would encourage you to bring your own bags or boxes.

Fling into Fall is happening

Plans are being made for the “Fling into Fall” weekend in October. The event committee meets on Mondays at 2 p.m. Planned are the traditional scarecrows and pumpkins, a costume parade, an outdoor decoration contest for homes and businesses, perhaps an auction, lots of food opportunities and, of course, fireworks. If you have an idea or you are a member of group that would like to participate, give Sandra Otis-Anderson a call at 548-6530.