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Return of the wave

Thanks to Searsmont’s road crews, we can wear sneakers to walk the road on sunny, not-too-frigid days between snowstorms. Being out there reminds us of the varied responses we get when we wave to passing vehicles. After 30 years here, we still try to figure out what each wave means.

An entire hand off the steering wheel is usually someone we know. Four fingers and half the palm doesn’t disrupt steering and is wicked friendly even if we don’t know who is waving. The index-finger-plus-one and single finger waves (no, not that one!) are still mysteries to us, as is a tip of the baseball cap. Whatever the wave, Searsmonters are good at keeping up their end of the silent conversation.

Ice and snow patterns along a Searsmont road. Photo by Joyce Sirota

Town Office

The weather is still crazy and Crie Road is still muddy and rutted. Until further notice, take your trash and cardboard to the Community Building parking lot.

Apply now for the Searsmont Scholarship, a yearly award to a Searsmont resident for the second year of post-secondary education. Get your application at Searsmont’s Town Office, post office, library or village store.

Town Clerk Kathy Hoey says election clerks will be reappointed in April. If you’re interested in giving a few hours of your time at the June 19 and/or November elections, let Kathy know at 342-5411.

Searsmont’s town meeting starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the new Fire Station. Expect information on broadband expansion efforts and several warrant items on “tiny houses” and Searsmont’s purchase of conservation and recreation land. Not your ordinary town meeting, so be there or be square.

McClellan Tract

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at the Community Building about that purchase of 63 acres in the center of town behind the Town Office, bounded by the Georges River and Route 173. This “McClellan Tract” is gorgeous, with 1,200 feet of river frontage and space for trails, picnics, hunting and fishing and much more. The town is thinking of using some of the property for an expanded transfer station or sand shed.

The Georges River Land Trust’s Land Committee walked the property March 1, so a conservation easement is possible. Selectmen signed a $250,000 purchase and sale agreement with Mrs. McClellan and are seeking Land for Maine’s Future funds to help pay for it. It’s still early days and your ideas on March 15 will carry weight.

Library

Masks are now optional in the library. The Searsmont Seed Library has quite a selection of free, local, donated vegetable, herb and flower seeds for you.

The last library-sponsored “Waldo County Hike” of the season is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12. Don’t know where Sarah and Bill will be taking us, but it should be good.

More new books are in, including Earl Smith’s “Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motorcars,” Isabel Allende’s “Violette,” J. D. Robb’s “Abandoned in Death,” and “Norman Didn’t Do It! (Yes, He Did)” by Ryan Higgins. And the “Dune” and “The Last Duel” DVDs have just arrived, too.

Bits and pieces 

Best wishes go out to Carol Robbins, who is back home after a recent heart attack. She tells us that she is doing well and “working to get back to walking 5 miles a day.” That’s a lot more than we do, so more power to Carol.

We were pleased to see Jason Trundy at the Town Office recently. The veteran law officer was filing papers to run for Waldo County sheriff.

Could there be a new tenant in the old fire station by the end of March, at long last, producing rental revenue for the town? Stay tuned.

Take time to walk Searsmont’s roads and enjoy the beauty at every turn, from ice on brooks to shadows on snow.

Searsmont snow shadows Photo by Joyce Sirota