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Signs of the times

It’s coming on toward winter in Searsmont. The election is almost over, most of the leaves are off the trees, screens are down, woodstoves are drawing well, and we’ve entered the season of wind, rain and occasional power outages. Trees are still green in Virginia, where we went to visit family. We can report that air travel is a kaleidoscope of masked people in airports and delays that do not bode well for Thanksgiving flights. We can also report each getting a COVID-19 booster shot without side effects.

Town Office

The office will be closed Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Your town correspondents are pleased to make the first 2022 dog license announcement. That’s right, for a mere $6 for a spayed or neutered pup (otherwise just $11) you can now register your canine companion for the coming year.

Town Library

The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, and also Nov. 25 to 27 for Thanksgiving. The Edith LaRoche retrospective art exhibit reception Oct. 30 was well-attended. Thanks go to her children, Amy and Todd, for hosting it, providing the many works on display (we especially liked the collage boxes and the beautiful still life of sweet dumpling squash), and making her book “Stuffed: Animal Illustrations” available for sale.

We will have more information next week on the Nov. 4 Friends of the Searsmont Library annual meeting and Maine’s Detective Byron Mysteries author Robert Bruce Coffin reading.

Sarah Crosby tells us the next guided hike has been moved to Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m., since it’s hunting season and Sunday is safer in the woods. Sign up for the hike and the book club (Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction/fantasy “Parable of the Sower,” first meeting Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.) by calling 342-5549.

Finally, information is also available at that number about a virtual presentation sponsored by the Searsmont and Liberty libraries on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., featuring Wabanaki Reach Executive Director Maria Giroard. Ms. Giroard is a historian, community organizer, activist and community gardener, and the event should be very much worth your while.

Music, food and fun

Robin Dow tells us a Veterans Benefit Show will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center, sponsored by the Vicky Morgan Foundation. Tickets at the door for the event are only $10 ($5 for veterans), and you get to hear Whiskey Bent Band, “Cowboy” Roger Simmons, Chris Fyfe, Tommy Curry, Norm Reynolds, Rod Carr & Cathy Severance, and John Whitman, Sr. There will be food and a 50-50 raffle, too. Doors open at noon and it sounds like a hoot for a good cause.

Searsmont Historical Society

Nearly three dozen folks showed up and filled the lower parking lot for the society’s recent “apple” talk by John Bunker, and almost 30 new members joined up. Their next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., and then every second Thursday afternoon, January through April, plus several winter evenings. SHS president Karen Withee says their new computer and printer with scanner “will help upgrade the collection inventory and help with public searches about the town’s history.” Can a Facebook page be far behind?