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It’s woodstove time

Ever had a chimney fire? It sounds like a freight train running through the house and you do not want to have that happen to you. You may have only two minutes to escape a house fire, so to keep your Searsmont home and family safe, clean your chimney, and make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

You may feel silly, but practice a fire escape plan that includes a place to gather outside. And this is tough: In case of fire, don’t go back for anyone or anything, including pets. Get out, then call for help and stay outside.

Town Office

At the Oct. 12 Select Board meeting, Searsmont’s leaders approved a revised state General Assistance ordinance, a tax abatement request, winter plowing contracts for Diamond Street and French Road South, and other necessary town business. They reported that Searsmont, as part of the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition, issued a broadband expansion feasibility study Request for Proposals, too. Not bad for a 15-minute meeting.

Absentee ballots are now available for the Nov. 2 election which features referendum questions on the CMP corridor, a roads-and-bridges bond, and a “food freedom” constitutional amendment. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Call the office at 342-5411 with your questions.

Referendum Question 1 is a strange one. Vote “no” if you support the CMP corridor construction, vote “yes” if you do not support it. And doesn’t it seem odd that folks have spent $60 million trying to influence votes on this? Don’t look at us. We haven’t provided a dime.

Town Library

The Friends of the Searsmont Library holds its annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. at the Community Building. Then at 5 p.m., Maine author Robert Bruce Coffin gives a reading from his Detective Byron Mysteries. The library has five of these set-in-Portland books and they make addictive reading.

It’s not late dandelion, but autumn hawkbit on a Searsmont roadside. Photo by Joyce Sirota

A memorial retrospective exhibit of Edith LaRoche’s art is now on display, with a reception set for Oct. 30, 5 p.m. Thanks to her children Amelia (Amy) and Todd LaRoche for providing the oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings and sculptural “display boxes.”

Copies of Edith’s book “Stuffed: Animal Illustrations,” filled with what she called “lost and found animals,” will be on sale and a film by her granddaughter will help all of us remember her. Thanks to Geri Winslow for arranging this feast for the eyes.


Graydon Fellows (“Sam” to all who knew him) died at his Searsmont home Sept. 22 at age 80. Sam was a truck-driving man who loved hunting and horse pulling, and he will be missed. The town has lost another long-time resident, and grieves with his wife Barbara, his sons Brian and Gregory and daughter Bridget, his seven surviving brothers and sisters and a large number of grandchildren and other family members.

Bits and pieces

If you need heating help this winter, call Waldo CAP at 338-6809 to see if you’re eligible for help with oil, or get in touch with Waldo County Woodshed at 338-2692 for cut and split firewood.

As a result of the 2020 U.S. Census and new Legislature maps, Searsmont will now be in Maine House District 40 (instead of District 96), along with Appleton, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville and Morrill.

A Drug Take-Back Event (unwanted eyeglasses and hearing aids, too) takes place Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office in Belfast. Call Sheriff Jeff Trafton at 338-6766 for more information. Thank you, Sheriff’s Office, Waldo County Triad, Belfast Lions Club and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.