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Together

Listening over the past two weeks to the talented chamber music performers at Muzzy Ridge Concerts and swingin’ Hot Supper and Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra musicians, we were struck by the importance of working together to make fine music. Isn’t it the same magic that brings hummingbirds to the feeders by the house, bumblebees to the flowers, gardeners to their gardens? And isn’t it the same miracle that allows people who have been together for a long time to finish each other’s sentences and hold conversations without saying more than a word or two? Seems to us that a lot of folks in a lot of places could benefit from the same kind of working together.

Town Office

At the Searsmont selectmen’s Aug. 22 work session, there was the usual discussion about roads (Pond Road South, several speed limit signs, culverts, tree trimming and cutting for visibility and safety). They also talked about progress in creating the new Waldo Broadband Corp. now that Montville has voted 58-0 to join and all five towns are signed up. They wish a speedy recovery to Tru Bragg (Braggs Tree Care in Appleton), who is recovering from injuries he received in a motocross race accident.

Searsmont’s salmon-colored property tax bills have arrived, payable by Sept. 30. Ours went up, though we hear some went down and some stayed the same. Always a surprise, opening that envelope.

The Fire Department responded to three callouts in July and had a couple more in August. Given the mostly dry weather, it’s good news that brush fires have not been much of a problem in Searsmont so far this summer.

Absentee ballot applications are now available for the Nov. 8 election. You can pick yours up any time.

Also available Sept. 1 at the Town Office or online at maine.gov/revenue/taxes/property-tax is the Initial Application for Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens. You are eligible if you are at least 65 years old and a 10-year full-time resident as of next April 1. You have until Dec. 1 to complete yours and save some money. Don’t worry about having to pay back any taxes you save. There is no repayment required by this program under any circumstances.

Town Library

Fall brings with it a new library program. “Gentle Yoga,” led by Searsmont’s own Janneke Zaadstra, will be offered Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. The classes are free (donations are welcomed and suggested) and you bring your own yoga mat. Janneke, who holds an RYT200 certification, will help you with the rest.

The “Live Outside the Library” summer concert series ends Saturday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m., with the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra. The swing band’s 18 instrumentalists and vocalists performed modern and traditional big band music and had a large audience moving and grooving. The Saturday, Aug. 20, Hot Suppers concert also had a good outdoor crowd fully entertained with a mix of rock, blues, country and Americana. Thanks again to Friends of the Searsmont Library and the library Board of Trustees for concert funding and fund raising so they were free to Searsmonters and everyone else.

An appreciative, attentive audience at a recent Muzzy Ridge Concerts chamber music performance in Searsmont. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Bits and pieces

It was quite a week for performances and celebrations in and around Searsmont. In addition to the library’s live concerts on Aug. 20 and 27, more than 120 people will have attended the four successful Muzzy Ridge Concerts that end Aug. 27.

Searsmont’s Belfast Rotary Club members took a deep breath after the club’s successful Harbor Fest on Aug. 19, 20 and 21. The weather for the outdoor celebration was perfect and the crowds were large. The Sunday morning Cardboard Boat Race drew more than a dozen entries (about half sank in the shallow water near the Belfast Boat House) and hundreds of people from near and from away.

Jesse Gogan is holding a Memorial Day Parade committee meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. at the Community Building. All are welcome. He also needs a volunteer to store the battleship float over the winter. Call Jesse at 649-8724 if you can help.

All right, we surrender to reality. As rabid Red Sox fans, we now accept the fact that Boston’s players will be playing golf in October. So many spring hopes. Maybe next year.

With apologies, there will be no Searsmont town column for the next two weeks. Back with more news and views in mid-September.