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I’m sure you all are ready for May and some May sunshine and flowers! Here’s what’s going on in the first two weeks of the month.

Searsport Historical Society

Put Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. on your calendar as the Searsport Historical Society will be presenting a very interesting talk about the Searsport Bank at their meeting.  Mark Bradstreet will give the history of the bank, established in the 1860s and incorporated into the Searsport National Bank in 1882. He will bring samples of the currency used throughout that time as well as the original charter. The event will be held at the Searsport Methodist Church vestry.  All are welcome, but please wear a mask during the gathering.

Carver Memorial Library

Do-it-yourself kits, available after every first Friday of the month, will be pompom garlands and paper cranes in May.  These are both fun projects and the cranes refer to a nice story.

Spice club is featuring mustard. There are always interesting notes about the spice as well as some intriguing recipes.

Book Club is reading Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods.” That will be meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the Community Center (42 Prospect St). All are welcome whether you are reading the book or would just like to listen to the discussion!

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on the library lawn (or upstairs at the town office if raining) there will be a friendly Tai Chi introduction to Turtle, Snake, Crane, Tiger, and Dragon with leader, Dean Anderson. All ages are encouraged to attend from children to seniors. Donations are appreciated.

Offshore windmill construction information

I am including two links that will give the status of the project slated for Searsport. It pertains to the plan to manufacture the floating turbines as well as the actual deployment in the Gulf of Maine. Anyone can submit an email address to receive updates. Link for the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative is maineoffshorewind.org and the link for the Offshore Wind Port Authority Group is maine.gov/mdot/ofps/oswpag/.

Latest Update on the Route 1 work in Searsport is that they will be putting the work out for bids on June 1. They expect construction to begin in August.

HOBBA (Head of the Bay Business Group) met at the Yardarm Motel at 8 a.m. April 28. They are finishing up making a new map for Searsport featuring businesses and places to visit here. If you would like to get your business on the map, call Ellie at Bangor Savings soon. A $50 membership donation is asked to defray costs. All businesses and nonprofits in the area are invited to join in. The group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 8 a.m.

Cleanup Day

On April 23, Selectman Steve Tanguay led a cleanup on the streets of Searsport. Coastal Coffee donated coffee and goodies to get everyone started. (Thank you!) Over 60 people joined in and over 30 bags of trash were filled! Steve capped off the project with a hot dog and hamburger barbecue. Put it on your calendar for next year! It’s a good way to socialize while you’re doing a little community service.

Computer classes

On Wednesday, May 11, at 10 a.m., Searsport and NDEC Digital Literacy will sponsor a free class to clear up confusion regarding digital devices, called simply, “Learning about Devices.”

On Tuesday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. there will be a free class on “Understanding the Internet.” Both classes are held at Union Hall. Searsport residency is not required.