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Looking forward, thinking back

It’s time to make and break resolutions in Searsmont, welcome a January thaw, plan trips and, sadly, time to remember Searsmont neighbors who recently left us.

James Glidden passed away unexpectedly at age 38 last month and we grieve with his son Ashton and his sisters Joanna, Loretta and Tina. Tom Wilson, the quiet and gentle man who always had a canoe atop his vehicle, will be missed as a lover of novels who kept the library in business. Mildred Gardiner never missed the library’s “Tea at 3” events and will be missed for her friendly smile. Farewell, Arthur Jackson, who retired after 34 years as a Robbins Lumber driver, worked hard, talked with anyone about anything, and leaves his wife of 60 years, Erdine, sons Billy and Bradley, daughters Vicki and Krissy-Lynn and a passel of grandchildren.

For each of them, may their memory be a blessing.

Town Office

Selectmen held a Jan. 3 work session and (surprise, surprise) talked about road repair, plowing and sanding. Ambulance and fire personnel will be getting new radios and pagers, and Searsmont’s animal control officers will get new uniforms (“they do a good job, they are dedicated and thorough, and they answer the phone when you call”).

Lee Woodward will be asked to do his usual fine job as Town Meeting moderator on April 2. And now that ice fishing has begun, the “closed dusk to dawn, no fires, carry in/carry out” signs are going up at Levenseller Pond to help prevent littering and vandalism.

The 2022 cemetery mowing and trimming bid has been awarded to Arlo Redman IV (Selectman Arlo III recused himself from the vote) at about the same cost as last year’s contract.

And it’s not too late to register your dog for 2022 and avoid a $25 late charge added on after Jan. 31. About half of Searsmont’s dogs are not yet licensed for the year.

Town Library

The library will be closed Saturday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A “Waldo County Trails” hike is set for that day (weather date Sunday, Jan. 16). Hikers will meet Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans at 9 the library parking lot and go to Liberty’s Quigg Island at Stevens Pond with snowshoes or grippers.

Dozens of items have been added to the library’s collection in the last month, including DVD and Blu-Ray movies and novels by Patricia Davis Cornwell, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, Antonio Iturbe and Jodi Picoult. New non-fiction includes “The 1619 Project,” “National Geographic Ocean” and Pamela Paul’s “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet.” Younger readers will enjoy Jonah Winter’s “The Little Owl & The Big Tree,” “The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess” by Tom Gauld, and Sara O’Leary’s “A Kid is a Kid is a Kid.”

Bits and pieces   

Winter in Searsmont is the time to find brown-tail moth nests that look like curled leaves at the end of branches on shrubs and bare trees. Every one you cut and drown eliminates up to 400 hairy caterpillars that cause that awful, itchy rash. If you miss any, your correspondents are starting a list of skin lotions that work, with extra credit for home remedies.

Have you noticed a jump in homeowners insurance premiums? Seems insurers have caught up to the fact that construction and repair material prices have risen a lot.