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322-7572; 322-5671

A comforting place

We can’t think of a better place than Searsmont to recover at home from surgery. Both of us had pre-holiday elective surgery last week, one oral and one orthopedic. Walking through our door was as therapeutic as the fine local treatment we received. Looking out the window at the trees (some green, some leafless now), meadow, clouds over a nearby hill, birds at the feeders, all helped us heal. So did the sound of wind and the full silence that makes Searsmont a very special place. Glad to be recovering and very glad this is home.

Town Office

More than 500 Searsmonters went to the polls Nov. 2 and voted “yes” by a large margin for all three referendum questions. This means nearly half the town’s voters turned out for an off-year election, continuing the town’s strong voter participation record.

The Nov. 1 Select Board work session prepared for interviews for the town’s bookkeeper position, and included talk about how local roads weathered the Halloween-eve storm as well as tree trimming to deal with overhanging branches and widow-makers on Moody Mountain, Ghent, Lawry, Crie and Magog Roads, among others. We award a gold star to Chris Staples and the town’s road crew. Their summer ditching and repair work prevented Searsmont from road damage experienced in neighboring Belmont and Lincolnville. No closed roads here.

Looks like next year’s Town Meeting may be held April 2.

Kathy and Contessa in the office are now issuing 2022 dog licenses and snowmobile registrations. Dogs cost only $6 or $11. Snow machine fees for the season are $55 for residents, $119 for non-residents (non-resident three-day and 10-day fees are $74 and $99).

The Broadband Advisory Task Force meets Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. Call 342-5411 to join by Zoom, or stop by in person. The office will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Town Library

Nearly 40 Searsmonters and guests attended the recent reception for the Edith LaRoche retrospective art exhibit now on display. The stories, family reminiscences, conversations and food were outstanding.

Art and attendees at Searsmont Town Library’s Oct. 30 Edith LaRoche retrospective exhibit reception. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Edith’s “Stuffed: Animal Illustrations” book is for sale, with proceeds going to the Joyce Withee Scholarship fund, and the exhibit is worth a look-see.

Call 342-5549 for information on three events. You can join the book club with its first meeting Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. (Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”). You can sign up for the next free Waldo County hike, gathering at the library 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, to join Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans in the wilds of Montville or Freedom. It’s a no-hunting day, but wear footgear for a wet trail. And on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., the library invites you to attend “Our Story: Traversing the Homelands,” presented by Penobscot Nation homelands steward and historian Marie Girouard. You can join this live Zoom program at home or participate at the library.

Bits and pieces

Jesse Gogan and the Memorial Day Parade Committee hold their first meeting Monday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m., downstairs at the Community Building. Call Jesse at 342-4133, or just show up.

Was it wet enough for you? We have not seen this much water in the driveway culvert ditch since last spring. The Lawry Pond outlet and St. George River in the village were running fast and high, too, but we did not hear of any flooding.

Got your deer yet? Lots of shooting going on in Searsmont these days, so even if you are just going to the mailbox, please wear blaze orange.