December! And just like that the holiday season is in full swing!

Decorating and tree-lighting

Come out and get in the spirit by decorating the town window boxes and putting lights on the tree! Just appear at the bank at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and we’ll get busy. You might want to bring baskets for carrying greens, or a stepladder and maybe some gloves. Let’s make this a real community event! The tree has been generously donated by the Shute family; thank you!

Then at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the tree will be lighted. Refreshments and carol singing will put everyone in the holiday mood.

Wreaths Across America

On Sunday, Dec. 12, the escort for Wreaths Across America will pass through Searsport on its way to Arlington National Cemetery on Route 1 from Ellsworth to Belfast and then Winslow. The caravan is scheduled to leave Ellsworth at 9 a.m. and is due in Winslow at 12:15 p.m., so I estimate it will be coming through Searsport between 10:30 and 11. I hope we will have a good crowd on our Main Street, waving flags and clapping as they pass. If you have not seen the escort pass through before, you are in for a very moving experience. Personally, I would like to see Searsport find a way to  participate with wreaths in our cemeteries someday. In the meantime, if you go to wreathsacrossamerica.org you will find many opportunities to support the cause.

Goodbye Searsport Antique Mall, hello Searsport Self Storage

After 29 years, the Searsport Antique Mall and its 70-plus dealers are gone. Construction has started on renovating the interior to climate-controlled storage by new owners, Belfast Self Storage. They plan on opening in mid-winter and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on the weekends with a manager on the premises. If you need extra storage, the containers, in various sizes, will be safe and have easy access. They also rent “pods,” or those portable containers you can load on site and have transported.

For more information, I would suggest calling Lisa Zoikarite at 338-1515. They are planning a grand opening, so stayed tuned for the wine and cheese in a few months!

A message from First Congregational Church

The holidays can be very stressful and for some a depressing time. The First Congregational Church of Searsport is offering a “Meditation & Reflection” time each Wednesday of Advent: Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Come for a short time or stay the entire two hours and relax in peaceful comfort with prayerful music.

On Wednesday the 15th, the meditation and reflection time will be shortened from 4 to 5 p.m. with the church’s annual “Blue Christmas” service from 5 to 6 p.m. We invite all those in our community who have experienced a loss or other difficulty in their lives either recent or in the past.

In order to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, we ask that everyone wear a mask that is at least two-ply and covers both the nose and mouth.

Please join us for these events during this very special time of year.