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Community Builders’ Street Dance

Mark your calendars for the annual Street Dance on Friday, July 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street with DJ Treble Makers.

Library

On Sunday, July 24, Mac Smith, our town manager, will be speaking on his book, “Siege at the State House,” about the coup that almost plunged Maine into a civil war. Also, don’t forget to stop by the library and buy your raffle tickets for the Sweet Cheeks Bakery gift certificate, which are on sale until Aug. 20. And if your children are bored already this summer, take them to the Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Town Office

Recycling dates are Thursdays, July 14 and July 28, this month. Don’t forget that the Select Board now meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 8 a.m. on the basement level of the Town Office, instead of the first and third Thursdays of the month.

American Legion Post 157

Don’t forget the annual Legion yard sale! Please call Madeline Littlefield for pickup of donations at 548-2993, or drop off your items on Monday mornings from 8 a.m. til noon.

A new law was enacted in Maine that allows for Maine residents over 65 who have lived at their property for 10 years to freeze their future homestead property tax rates at their current levels. LD 290 was passed in April 2022 and takes effect Aug. 8. Residents must apply by Dec. 1 for the tax year beginning the following April, and a new application is required every Dec. 1 for each year in which the tax freeze is requested.

The town is able to recover 100% of the difference from the state of Maine for those properties for which assessments exceed the stabilized amount. Also, if you are qualified and the homeowner sells a property, the eligibility may be transferred to another property in the state. For those residents who want to stay in their homes as they age, this will be very helpful.

Are you recovering from all the Fourth of July festivities, with parades, fireworks and cookouts? The fireworks in Searsport can be seen from our harbor and people were setting off fireworks all weekend. Rosa rugosas are flowering and smell divine, and gardens are starting to produce all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Maine strawberries are ripe and the blueberries are soon to follow. Up on Beech Hill in Rockport, the blueberries are already ripe, so it may be an early season for them. Our weather has been beautiful with just the right amount of rain to water gardens and lawns. Enjoy some strawberry shortcake and blueberry pie!

Thought for the week: “The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.” — Francesco Guicciardini