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  • Published
    June 2, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 A small town with a big heart Searsmont’s Memorial Day Parade had it all. On a cold, damp morning, this was heartfelt and moving patriotism, pure and simple. Hundreds of people of all ages stood along the village’s roadside to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us. They watched the Maine Militia march in and listened to the middle …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 The rush of spring The daily changes along Searsmont roadsides right now are astounding. Overnight there’s an explosion of starflower and blue-eyed grass. Canada mayflower and bunchberry bloom suddenly, and then, here come the lupine! Days with bright sun and considerable breezes are welcome to keep the blackflies and new mosquitoes at bay. One …

  • Published
    May 6, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 The joys of May The screens are in, peepers are singing, a profusion of daffodils, tulips, and windflowers are blooming and petunias and fuchsias are hanging on the porch. The hummingbird feeders went out on Saturday and the first little fliers showed up two days later. The daily walk yielded fiddlehead sightings as well as a glorious nodding …

  • Published
    April 30, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 It’s spring in Searsmont when… … there’s a white-throated sparrow singing in the yard and dozens of daffodils nod in the breeze. Gardeners are dealing with cool nights and creaky joints from “getting back out there again this year.” How early can we plant peas? Who’s munching on the tulip buds before they even start to open? Is it too soon to start …

  • Published
    April 22, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 Old McSearsmont had a farm We heard from Robin Dow, one of Searsmont’s animal control officers (Arnold Oulton is the other). In 2020 they issued more than 100 animal welfare, stray livestock and cruelty complaints and made nearly 50 calls for everything from rabid animal reports and “dogs at large” to rabies shot violations. Call 342-3259 or …

  • Published
    April 14, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 Cracks, chirps, croaks, gurgles and sighs Former baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti said that the game “breaks your heart” when it ends in the fall and “begins in the spring when everything else begins again.” So the spring sound of the crack of bat on ball makes us happy. We can even live with those odd yellow Red Sox Patriots Day …

  • Published
    April 9, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 Brave new world The world is opening up for vaccinated Searsmonters. There are still a few daily cases in Waldo County and, sadly, still COVID-19 deaths in Maine. But the one or two shots mean you can gather cautiously with other also-vaccinated folks and venture out to do some traveling, at least in this country. There are hugs to be had, and …

  • Published
    April 3, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 Spring arrived while we were away We were only gone 10 days, but it looks like we missed the very beginning of spring. A sharp-eyed neighbor alerted us to the first wildflowers on the road, a spritely little yellow bloom called coltsfoot. Apparently it has medicinal uses but all we know is it produces smiles when you see it. Crocuses, snowdrops …

  • Published
    March 26, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 First trip in a year There aren’t many advantages to being in your 70s. It takes a while to remember why you walked into the kitchen. But our age made us early vaccination receivers. So when also-vaccinated relatives invited us to a week on a beach 1,400 miles away, we said “goodbye” to the mud, got in the car, drove three days, and put on …

  • Published
    March 19, 2021

    Searsmont news

    joycesirota@gmail.com; mickeysirota@gmail.com 322-7572; 322-5671 Spring has sprung Sure, it feels like whiplash when there are snowflakes and it’s 9 degrees Tuesday and sunny and nearly 60 on Wednesday. But a neighbor’s sap buckets are suddenly hanging on the maple trees, the mud makes things interesting and the sun feels warmer almost every day. There’s more talk of garden plots and seedlings, and a search for …

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