Searsmont News

By Catherine McGahan | Nov 02, 2017

Cathy McGahan



Town Office

Did you know?   “Registration plates issued by the Secretary of State continue to be the property of the State.  Registrants should be encouraged to return plates that are no longer being used or when another plate number is issued,” from a Motor Vehicle memo to municipal agents.  We find most people are unaware of this information and are unsure of what to do with their old plates.  Please bring them into the Town Office, and we will return them to Motor Vehicle.

For those who still owe on 2015 property taxes, the foreclosure date is December 6, 2017, right around the corner.  The notices went out last week, so make sure you read them and contact the Town Office if you have questions.   Any payments received in the two weeks prior to December 6th must be made in cash or with a bank check.

We all know snow is coming, so prepare your mailbox now to give it the best chance at surviving this winter unscathed.  Damaged mailboxes are a common cause of complaint after winter storms.  Municipalities are NOT legally liable for damage done to mailboxes.  Most damage is done by the wing of a snowplow, the velocity of the snow coming off the plow, whiteout conditions, and blowing and drifting snow.

Tips to help avoid damaged mailboxes include: Suspending the mailbox from an extended arm type of post with at least 42 inches of clearance between the mailbox and the grade; placing reflective material on the side of the mailbox and the mailbox post (reflective material is available at the Town Office).  Bear in mind, most mailboxes are in the legal right-of-way and are subject to possible damage.

Last week was a trying week for many of us due to the power outages.   It’s difficult to be patient sitting in the dark and the cold.  The Town Office would like to thank all of the residents for their patience and perseverance during the outages.  Like good Mainers, those who called the office were taking it all in stride, finding resources, and managing as best they could.  Kudos to all of you, and many thanks to the line crews from near and far for their diligent efforts.

It’s a good time, while the experience is fresh, to think about future “disasters” and how to better prepare for them.  Waldo County Emergency Management Agency has a brochure “Disaster Preparedness Guide” that gives information on how to prepare for emergencies.  It is available in the town office or online at


Celebration of Life for Larry Cunningham

On Saturday, November 11th, at noon, a Celebration of Life gathering is planned for Larry Cunningham longtime Searsmont Town Library volunteer and Secretary of the Searsmont Historical Society.  Larry who passed away unexpectedly in September is missed, especially at his regular post at the library checkout desk.  The Historical Society and the Library are preparing light refreshments, and all are invited to come and share in remembrance of Larry.  Larry's sister, Jan Cunningham, has asked that donations in Larry’s name may be made to the Searsmont Town Library or the Searsmont Historical Society.


Historical Society

The Searsmont Historical Society will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 8th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Historical Room.  More details will be forthcoming, and postcards with details will be sent to the membership.


Friends of Cub Scout Pack 35:  Cake Auction

Join us on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11th, at 2 p.m. in the Searsmont Community Building.  Cub Scout Pack 35 will be holding a cake auction.  Just what is a cake auction?  Cub Scouts and their families make desserts, and YOU, the public, come and bid on the yummy items.

This year 50% of the proceeds will go to Smoldering Lake Outfitters.  Smoldering Lake provides disabled veteran guided hunts free of charge.  This is a great organization with knowledgeable and hospitable guides.  The Hentosh family graciously opens their lodge for several weeks out of the year for these great veterans.  All of this couldn’t be done without generous help from various organizations, like the Cub Scouts.


Thanksgiving Supper at The Searsmont United Church

The Searsmont United Church will host its annual Thanksgiving supper with all of the trimmings - turkey, pies, rolls, etc. - on Saturday, Nov. 11th, starting at 5 p.m.  Proceeds will help victims of the recent hurricanes.  Cost is $8 for adults with a maximum family cost of $20.   Admission for children ages 7-14 is $4; children 6 and under are admitted free.


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