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Deck the halls, hang the lights and eat cookies

Few holidays evoke as many memories as Christmas and New Year’s. Many of us grew up with traditions like presents under a decorated tree, singing carols, family get-togethers, enjoying holiday goodies, watching the Times Square ball drop and decorating the tree with ornaments whose history was part of the ritual.

Living in Searsmont and surrounded by evergreens, we leave the tree outside now and have colored lights on the porch all year long. We don’t usually make Christmas cookies now, mostly because we would be tempted to eat them all before they left the kitchen. Without kids around, it’s a quieter time for us, which is fine. We wish all of our readers a very enjoyable, very merry season, however you choose to celebrate it.

Town Office

The transfer station’s holiday schedule is set. You can bring in your Christmas week trash on Sunday, Dec. 26, and your New Year’s week trash as usual on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. Thank you, transfer station staff, for working both weekends.

It was a short Searsmont Select Board work session on Dec. 6. Looks like new speed limit signs will be going up on 11 town roads. The state Department of Transportation has to give its approval first, so it may take a while, Around here, the “25 mph” and “40 mph” signs seem to be more suggestions than limits, but at least the town is trying.

Elected officials are passing around budget worksheets ahead of workshops and hearings. With the costs of asphalt and oil nearly doubling this year and payroll and insurance costs going up, next year’s Searsmont budget is likely to increase.

December is license and registration time. Kathy and Contessa in the office remind us that this is the month to get dog licenses and register your snow machines and boats for 2022.

Town Library

The library will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Day Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 31, and New Year’s Day Jan. 1. Recent additions to the library collection, perfect for holiday or “anytime” reading, include David Baldacci’s “Mercy,” Lee Child’s “Better Off Dead,” Michael Connelly’s “The Dark Hours,” Dirk Cussler’s “The Devil’s Sea,” Janet Evanovich’s “Game On: Tempting 28,” and new titles from Ken Follett and John Grisham. Kids will enjoy additions to the “Wimpy Kid” and “Encyclopedia Brown” series. Everyone can settle in with new movies, from “Victoria & Abdul” to “A Fish Called Wanda” to “Lady & the Tramp.”

Ice pool at sunset in Searsmont woods. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Bits and pieces

We are saddened by the death just before Thanksgiving of Dorothy Gresh, a great lover of music and all things opera. Our condolences to her husband Lou and her entire family.

The Friends of the Searsmont Library year-end letter has arrived, and whoever wrote it did a good job letting us know how much the Friends group does for the library and how much the library does for all of us. We will make a gift (by mail to FOSL, P.O. Box 56, Searsmont ME 04973, or drop off a check at the Town Office or library), and hope you will do the same.