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What a Fling it was! Beautiful weather for a wonderful day of fall activities in Searsport. Thanks to all who participated and put it all together.

And the winners are…

For the scarecrows, best adult scarecrow, Sally Jones with the metal clink scarecrow, best organization scarecrow was Carver Memorial Library by Zoe Hendrich, who portrayed the childrens’ book, “Elephants and Piggies,” and the best children’s entry was Scary Crow goes Trick or Treating by Olivia and Henry Kerper.

For carved pumpkins, the adult winner was Jessica Hall LeSeur, the best organization pumpkin was Penobscot Marine Museum, and the child pumpkin winner was Kamdyn. All receved a $25 gift card from Bangor Savings Bank, this year’s sponsor.

As to other events, the best house decoration went to Jonathan and Dorothy Cole at 89 W Main St, the best business decoration went to Aquarium. Rex Kelly won the pie competition, Jessica Hall LeSeur had the best chowder and Kelli Grindle-Stone was declared chili champion.

Zoom in

The Friends of Sears Island and Belfast Free Library are sponsoring “Nature’s Nightshift: Nocturnal Animals” on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. with staff and the live animals from the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine. Using live animals, you’ll find out how nocturnal animals use their senses to find food and shelter at night. Questions like, “How does a bat find thousands of mosquitos in the dark?” or “Why does an opossum choose to lumber around at night?” or “How does an owl see its way through the forest?” To register for the free Zoom presentation, go to https://belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs/.

It’s working!

It’s been 25 years since the fountain in the Granite Grange Memorial Park in downtown Searsport was working. With the determination of Searsport’s Historical Presentation Commission and help from the town and electrician Al Kinney, it is again spewing water from the four fish mouths. The water is circulated with a pump below and is not for drinking.

Searsport Methodist Church has been kind enough to allow us to install an outlet and timer for both the pump fountain and the light. Please stop and admire this achievement as it is one of only two horse watering fountains like it left in the state of Maine. (The other is in Seal Harbor). Erected in 1905, it was placed originally in the middle of Elm Street.