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First snow of the year

The season’s first snow arrived here in Searsmont and is sticking around a bit. We forget from year to year how beautiful this town looks clothed in white and no snow makes more of an impression than the first one. We may be singing a different tune by February but for now, we do not mind polishing winter boots, digging out long underwear, making sure the snow-thrower starts right up and putting snow shovels near the door. The indoor wood supply looks downright pretty in the low sunlight through the window. Guess it is finally time to take the hanging plants off the porch.

Light strikes the Sirotas’ indoor stack of firewood. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Town Office

At its Nov. 29 work session, the Select Board discussed cemetery maintenance and cleanup, and reviewed an Oak Grove Cemetery boundary issue with town sexton Dave Marceau. There were conversations about public safety staffing and equipment, snowplow bidding, new Medicare-required signs at the Fire Station, road repairs and the recent removal of a gasoline spill on Moody Mountain Road. The 2022-2023 budget process schedule will soon be in place.

The Planning Board agenda for its Dec. 7 meeting included work on the Land Use Ordinance (a process that never seems to end) and policies for site plan extensions and project decommissioning. Congratulations to new bookkeeper Cassie Inman, who seems to be settling in just fine.

Town Library

As the weather turns cool and then cold, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails with Sarah and Bill. Register in advance at 482-5549, dress up warm, wear the right footgear and meet in the library parking lot at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 (weather date, Dec. 12).

The Edith Laroche Retrospective art show is attracting a lot of attention and will be on the library walls at least through the end of the year. A “call for artists” is out now and you are invited to call the library or email to suggest a future show.

Bits and pieces

Keep an eye on the mailbox for your Friends of the Searsmont Library year-end letter. Support from residents buys books and DVDs and makes all the difference. We donate and hope you will, too. As 2021 comes to an end, remember the nonprofit organizations helping people in Searsmont and Waldo County all year long. They need whatever help we can give. Your correspondents have several donation selections each year, including the library Friends, and we urge you to give what and where you can. We are lucky to live here in Searsmont and spreading these gifts out is one way to acknowledge that good fortune.

Congratulations to nearly 100 Searsmonters, half of the people who tagged deer at the Village Store this season. The state tells us that it was the most successful hunting year ever, with nearly 40,000 animals taken. Now that muzzle loading season is nearly over, we can think of storing the blaze orange jackets, vests, hats and gloves away.

The Searsmont Historical Society will continue its speakers program in January after a holiday month off. These are really good events and the town gives the society a hearty “well done” for its accomplishments this year.

A personal thanks to everyone who reached out to check on Joyce’s thumb surgery. It went well and the cast should be gone by Christmas. Do you know how hard it is to find a glove or mitten that fits over a sticking-out-thumb in a cast? Her left hand spends a lot of time in a hand-warmer pocket.