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Organ recital

They forgot to tell you that after age 50 or 55, the warranty on human body parts runs out. Remember that old television show “The Six Million Dollar Man”? The bionic guy was rebuilt to run faster and lift more weight. Not so much for Searsmonters of a certain age.

It takes longer to get out of bed and bring wood into the house for the stove. The calendar fills with appointments for the dentist, doctor and chiropractor, not to mention thyroid and arthritis and (for all we know) brain transfer specialists.

Guess it is better than the alternative and Searsmont is a pretty good place to grow older.

Supper at the Fire Station

Searsmont Fire Department hosts a public supper Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 to 7 p.m., next to the fire trucks and ambulance. For $10 ($5 for kids up to age 12) you get “all you can eat” American chop suey, hot dogs, baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, homemade biscuits and dessert. Plan on good food, good company and  more than a little laughter. What a fine and inexpensive way to say “thank you” to the people who keep us safe all year-round.

Town Office

Searsmont selectmen met Jan. 18 to approve a contract for town property septic system service, choose a new auditor, get ready to update the town’s employee personnel policies, and discuss Searsmont’s “dog at large” policy.

They started a lien process on abandoned property at 513 S. Main St., agreed to board up and safety-tape a property on Ghent Road, and planned for an environmental site review needed for a state grant to purchase the 64-acre McLellan Property recreation area along the Georges River.

Selectman Chris Staples put up warning signs to keep people away from the lower level of the salt and sand shed, and reported on limbs cleared from roads after the recent ice storm.

This is your last warning to avoid a $25 late fee. The 2023 dog licenses are $6 for a neutered or spayed dog and $11 for an unaltered bowser, with proof of rabies vaccination. After Feb. 1, you pay more. Consider yourself warned.

Searsmont Town Library is waiting for your visit. Photo by Mickey Sirota

 

Town Library

Winter blues getting you down? Check out the new art exhibit of landscapes, on the walls through March 7, by Hope’s own Susan Dowley. Your library also offers a Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m., book club discussion of Sonia Purnell’s “A Woman of No Importance,” Tuesday morning “Gentle Yoga” classes, and signup for notifications about Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans’ local hiking program.

The library now has a “ComicsPlus” program to borrow and read comics and graphic novels, and Consumer Reports Online. More than 100 “Bendable Maine” instructional videos are available, there is a job search program, and the library just added dozens of new movies, CDs, and fiction, nonfiction, large print, children’s and young adult books.

Our favorites are Adam Wallace’s “How to Catch a Unicorn” and “How to Catch a Yeti.” More information at searsmont.town.library@gmail.com.

Bits and pieces

The winter transfer station at the Community Building parking lot seems to be working out pretty well. The dumpster has been moved a bit so folks do not need to hurl heavy bags over their heads, but attendants Neil and Lloyd will appreciate it if you keep your bags down to a reasonable weight. The Crie Road facility is closed until after mud season.

Rain and snow and a quick freeze made Searsmont roads more like a hockey rink recently. Several cars and a few trucks (including a plow) slid into ditches. Seems like some people just will not slow down or make room for snowplows on our snow-narrowed curved roads. Please be careful out there.

The adventures of the Memorial Day parade’s model warship float, being moved from place to place since the start of winter, remind Searsmonters of the voyage of the S.S. Minnow, without Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, the Howells, Ginger and Mary Ann. If you have a nice dry barn or shed to give the ship a home, please let the Town Office know at 342-5411.

Animal Control Officer Robin Dow shared a story about a Searsmonter who has a rescue dog and walks him every day on town roads. She says “It makes me feel good as the town’s ACO but also as an animal lover to see this man so very devoted to, and care so well for, his dog.” Makes all of us feel good, Robin.