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It’s feeling a bit like summer these days, not only in the weather department, but in what’s happening!

Turkey Supper

It’s the second Saturday of the month on the 14th, so it’s time for the United Methodist Church’s takeout turkey supper! Stop by from 4 to 6 p.m. for a turkey meal with all the trimmings, like mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, peas, biscuits and a homemade pie dessert, all for a donation of $10.

Yard Sale

A yard sale will happen on Saturday, May 21 from 8 to 12 in the rear parking lot of the First Congregational Church. Housewares, clothing and various collectibles will be available.

Storytime is back!

Carver Memorial Library is resuming its popular outdoor storytime on the lawn on Fridays starting May 13 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Rhonda will be reading stories as well as sharing songs for movement for young learners. Geared for children 5 and younger and their caregivers. Bring your sunscreen, blanket, lawn chair or sit-upon for the grass. If the weather is not cooperating, it will be held in the children’s room. Families are welcome to join in!

Museum opens May 27

Penobscot Marine Museum opens its doors for the first time in two years! On Thursday, May 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception and sneak preview of the Main Street Gallery and Old Vestry.

Here are some of the highlights this summer: The Fowler-True-Ross Captain’s House has been transformed to tell the stories of Searsport men, women and children at sea. “At Home, At Sea: Searsport’s Maritime Stories” is a new permanent exhibit. Each room of the house will focus on a different aspect of life at sea and at home featuring stories of loss, misfortune and miraculous rescues.

Visitors will recognize many Searsport family names. The Pendletons with their stories of the War of 1812, joined by Frank Irving Pendleton in his samurai outfit for a voyage in the China trade. Joanna and Lincoln Colcord tell the story of the China Trade from their vantage point through objects, letters, and photographs. The Dow-Eaton family tells their story of love, life and loss through letters, goods, and paintings. Searsport families saw their neighbors more frequently in foreign ports than on the streets of Searsport!

The summer kitchen will be dedicated to the ship crew where their stories will be told through work songs and games.

The photography exhibit features Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments. Ruohomaa’s work spanned two decades documenting a critical time in America’s culture photographing around the World War II years.

His photos found their way into some of the more visible publications such as Life, Look, and National Geographic. He often based his assignments with a photo essay in mind, telling a story in pictures.

Searsport awarded $2M broadband grant

Consolidated Communications will bring internet to 2,000 homes in Searsport through a grant from ConnectMaine. That means that even the more rural sections of Searsport will be able to have internet access.

Simon Thorne, Consolidated’s representative, said, “If you have a pole and a power source to the house, you can be connected.” Consolidated offers high speed and reliability through Fidium fiber-optics at a starting cost of $35 per household for the first year. There will be no contract and no installation fee. The package will include a modem, plus two extenders if the signal is weak in part of a house. For anyone who needs to terminate service, the process has been simplified with specially trained customer service reps.

It’s been a long process — over two years — and some said it couldn’t be done! But thanks go to the special Broadband Committee, consisting of George Kerper, Sue McClintok, Janine Laveway, Dan Nichols, Elllie Flagg, Doug Norman, Steve Tanguay and Karen Smith – they made it happen!

Installation will begin in the summer of 2023 and should be completed in three months. Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. provider that has experience in over 50 communities in Maine and New Hampshire, so Thorne’s estimate is realistic. And according to studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and Carnegie Mellon University, a home with a fiber-optic hook-up brings 3.1% more in a sale.