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Some town

A few years ago Down East Magazine printed an article about Searsmont, “the friendliest town in Maine.” We thought of that while harvesting winterberry and invasive but colorful bittersweet to brighten up the house. Parked at the roadside with blinkers on, we had two local folks stop within 15 minutes to ask, “Is everything all right? Do you need any help?” This did not happen living near Boston 30 years ago, so we are giving thanks that now we live in Searsmont.

Town Office

Welcome to Cassandra Inman, Searsmont’s new town bookkeeper. She lives in the village center with her husband and one of her two children (the other is away at college) and is “excited to be here.” How many of us have a job where we can walk to work?

“Closed Dusk to Dawn/No Fires/Carry In Carry Out.” Those messages are going up soon at Levenseller Pond access turnouts in response to trash and vandalism. Signs of the times?

The Broadband Advisory Task Force met Nov. 18 to update efforts with the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition and hear a representative of Redzone Wireless regarding possible wireless service as recently piloted in Rockland.

The Board of Assessment Review meets Monday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m., to resolve an assessment appeal, the first one in nearly 10 years. The town and Assessors Agent Jim Murphy must be doing something right.

Town Library

Nearly a dozen Searsmonters attended Maine mystery author Bruce Robert Coffin’s talk recently and 39 people were on Zoom for “Our Story,” the eye-opening Nov. 16 presentation by Penobscot Nation historian Maria Girouard presented with the Liberty Library. The Nov. 14 “Wilds of Waldo County” hike to Bog Brook, led by Bill Evans and Sarah Crosby, was wet underfoot but enjoyed crisp, sunny weather. The next hike is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Recent additions to the library’s collection include John LeCarre’s posthumous novel “Silverview,” Antonio Iturbe’s “The Prince of the Skies” (based on the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery), “The Library: A Fragile History” by Andrew Pettegee and Arthur der Weduwen, and “Churchill’s Shadow” by Geoffrey Wheatcroft.

Bits and pieces

Here’s wishing a Happy Hanukkah (“chag sameach”) to our Jewish neighbors and friends who begin their celebration of a nearly 2,100 year-old miracle on the night of Nov. 28. The eight-day Festival of Lights, with the lighting of the menorah, traditional fried and sweet foods and dreidel games, comes early this year.

And we can report more holiday events. Robin Dow tells us the Vicky E. Morgan Foundation Veterans Day music event raised $300 for local vets, and their next fundraiser is a Christmas Crafts Fair at the Community Building, Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be there for pictures from noon to 2 p.m. Call 342-3259 to rent a table.

Interested in making ornaments, seeing a movie, and having some holiday treats? Call Gail at 751-3384 to find out more about her Santa’s Workshop family crafts event (cost $30 per person) on Saturday, Dec. 4, 4 to 7 p.m., on New England Road.

Freezers are filling up. As of last week, Amanda’s store in the village tagged more than 120 deer since Oct. 23, half by Searsmont hunters. They include first-one-tagged Christopher Kates, doe-and-buck taggers Eric Bartlett and Jeffrey Burditt, and tags of more than 140 pounds from Heather Rodrigue, Joseph Mcgowan, George Foley, Thomas Edgecomb and Blaine Boland, among others.

Your correspondent’s purple-wrapped arm cast is attracting quite a bit of attention. Your other correspondent would have chosen blue.

Today’s orthopedic casts come wrapped in colors. Your correspondent chose purple. Photo by Mickey Sirota