Masons to provide free Maine CHIP packets Aug. 9

Aug 01, 2014

The Maine Freemasons Quantabacook Lodge will sponsor a free and confidential Children’s Identification Program event at the Searsmont Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, during Searsmont’s Bicentennial Day.

According to, the Maine CHIP program is a child identification and protection safety tool designed to “give families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing children.”

The program, designed to meet the needs of families with children under the age of 12, requires less than a half hour to complete. It provides information that families can use in the unlikely circumstance that a child goes missing. All CHIP materials are given to the parents for use if that should happen.

The CHIP program is part of Searsmont’s Bicentennial Day, the last in a week’s worth of events, which on Aug. 9 at the Searsmont Community Center includes a Masons hot dog stand, children’s activities and a bounce house. All activities and parking are free except for food and souvenirs. The Bicentennial Day concludes with a pig roast and lobster feed starting at 5 p.m. (fee charged for either meal, advance reservations highly recommended at, free music and a barn dance, and free fireworks at 9 p.m.

Call the Searsmont Town Office at 342-5411 or go online to for more information.

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