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Spring changes

Green growing things, frogs and bird songs mean spring has sprung. Other changes are coming to Searsmont now. The driveway gets raked and graded to smooth out ruts and potholes. Cars and trucks get repairs after a tough winter and lawn equipment gets new spark plugs and filters. About the only thing not changing? The Red Sox’s pitching and hitting.

Town Office, library, Fire Department and cemeteries

The next selectmen’s meeting is Tuesday, May 10, 5 p.m. The Searsmont Scholarship application deadline is May 31.

Abe Ovadia’s “Live Outside the Library” concert was canceled. But hooray! The Pinwheel Brothers will play Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. The acoustic quartet favors Americana genres such as bluegrass, folk-rock and swing. Ben Hatfield is on guitar, Will Field is on guitar, too, and Vic Tredwell plays bass. They all sing “except Vic — what he does is more like the grunting of an ox pulling a plow.” They have performed here before, and they are very entertaining. The next free concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m.

It has been a busy spring for Searsmont’s volunteer firefighters. In March and April they were called out 17 times, including for the recent Montville propane house fire and explosion. Call Fire Chief James Ames at 314-2927 to ask about free training to join up. Congratulations to Aiden and Jacob Greeley, who have joined the multi-town Junior Fire Fighter Program.

Sherry Trundy tells us Cemetery Committee members will put out American and veterans’ flags soon in the town’s eight cemeteries. They ask you to remove decorations by Memorial Day, and thank everyone for cooperating with an easier spring cleanup.

The Cemetery Committee has updated its gravesite planting and decoration policies, which include “no glass containers or decorations are permitted, and no planting of live vegetation on or around gravesites, other than small annuals near the gravestone. To help maintenance people do their jobs, please keep any flowers or decorations to a minimum and as close to the gravestone as possible. No fencing of any kind may be placed around a gravesite. Decorations shall be removed when they become damaged or unsightly.”

Memorial Day Parade    

The village center parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, and there will be a pig roast and chicken barbecue after it ends. Jesse Gogan says they have a wonderful brother-sister team to sing the national anthem and a Belfast Area High School graduate to play “Taps” at the memorial ceremony. Jesse still needs parade volunteers, participants and floats, and will hold parade committee meetings Mondays, May 9 and 23, each at 6:30 p.m., at the Community Building.

Muzzy Ridge Concerts

Dates for Searsmont’s own chamber music concert series have just been announced, and tickets are on sale for one program Aug. 20, 7 p.m., and Aug. 21, 3 p.m., and a second program at the same times Aug. 28 and 29. MRC’s second season features a stellar group of instrumentalists including pianist-composer Nico Muhly. Information and tickets are at robertsirota.com and tickets are an affordable $20 ($10 for lawn seats). Bob is our brother and we promise to keep you informed.

Searsmont Historical Society

People who attended Searsmonter Rush DeNooyer’s April 21 SHS program were treated to Rush’s documentary on the human tragedy, sinking and discovery of the USS Indianapolis, torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean less than a month before the end of World War II. The video, narrated by Bret Baier of Fox News, streams on Fox Nation around Memorial Day as one of eight “Lost Ships of WWII” episodes. Rush had access to dozens of hours of video and has made the most of this treasure trove, weaving survivor interviews, wreck discovery footage, the story of the “Indy’s” last voyage, and expert commentary. Bravo Zulu, job well done.

Local videographer-director-writer Rush DeNooyer, standing, presents his newest documentary to members of the Searsmont Historical Society April 21. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Bits and pieces

After dozens of people worked on it for months, Sandie Weagle and Susan Burns finished the Searsmont Town Library’s “Mandala” jigsaw puzzle. Congratulations to all who helped this happen. There were no missing pieces.

Hate to break it to you, but Searsmont’s black flies are out early. They are still groggy and do not bite yet. Ticks are here, too. Has anyone planted peas or seen brown-tail moth caterpillars?