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Feast for the senses

It’s full spring in Searsmont now. Hummingbirds are back. Tom turkeys are displaying. Grass is growing and mowers are starting up. Lilac leaves are about to pop open. Bleuets, purple violets and common strawberry are flowering. The loons are calling on Quantabacook, Lawry and other local waters, and birdsong is a feast for the ears. Daffodils and tulips are in full bloom, making the town quite a sight for the eyes. Ignore the blackflies, ticks and brown-tail moth caterpillars, and Searsmont is as close to heaven on earth as you can get.

Town Office

After a week off (for good behavior?) Searsmont’s Select Board met in work session on May 9 and at a regular monthly meeting on May 10. They considered road shoulder and ditching work and grading Diamond Street, discussed salt use and plowing routes for next winter, and summer mowing.

Messrs. Redman, Milinazzo and Staples voted to accept a bid to treat trees on town property for brown-tail moths and to hold a special town meeting in early June to respond to a petition to lease the old fire station. They also reported that a second payment of $72,000 in ARPA COVID relief funds is coming soon for deposit with the first payment of the same amount, pending a decision on how to use it.

They also heard a report that the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition received a feasibility study on broadband expansion in Searsmont and four other towns and is interviewing internet service providers. Once the interviews are done and the results analyzed, Searsmont voters will have an opportunity to consider a five-town agreement and the possibility of forming a municipal Broadband Utility District going forward.

Library

The next “Live Outside the Library” concert is Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m., featuring singer-songwriter Rupert Wates. You won’t want to miss this performance by the London-born creator of “Joe’s Café” who performs more than 100 gigs a year with his eclectic mix of acoustic art/folk, jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. Wates says he prefers “smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close.” Searsmont Town Library sounds like the perfect place.

Parade

Monday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., is the last Memorial Day Parade Committee meeting at the Community Building before the 9 a.m., Monday, May 30, parade, followed by a pig roast and chicken barbecue.

Cemeteries

Here’s another friendly reminder from the Cemetery Committee that gravesite decorations and fences should be taken down by Memorial Day to prepare for spring maintenance.

The Pinwheel Brothers perform May 7 at Searsmont’s “Live Outside the Library” series. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Bits and pieces

We are pleased that Searsmont’s Phil Mancini joined his fellow musicians at the May 7 “Live Outside the Library” Pinwheel Brothers concert. The nearly two dozen folks who attended included little kids and great-grandparents, and all had a very good time.

Turns out the road measuring and marking going on in town are more likely to be preparing for next summer’s work than this year’s paving. Ah, well. All good things come to those who wait.

Searsmonters were hooking up garden hoses during the recent heat wave, and there’s no excuse to put off planting peas, onions and hardy greens. We heard the blackflies picked up a neighbor last week and carried her off to Belmont.