Searsmont News

By Catherine McGahan | Dec 28, 2017

Cathy McGahan



Town Office

Last week was a trying time for many of us due to the extreme temperatures. The Town Office would like to remind all residents that during Town Office and Library hours, the Community Building is open and available as a warming center.

There are two rabies vaccination clinics scheduled for January. The first is free to Waldo County residents and is scheduled for January 6th from 9 – 11 am at the Leroy Smith School in Winterport. The second is at the Appleton Fire Department on January 13th from 10 am – noon, and there is a $12 per vaccination fee. Take advantage of these opportunities if your dog needs a rabies update.  All 2017 dog licenses expire December 31st, 2017, and you will need a current rabies vaccination to register your dog.  January is a grace period for registration – no late fees.  On February 1, 2018, late dog registrations incur a $25 late fee, per dog.  Time flies, so get on in and get it done!

If you have any domestic farm animals (horses, pigs, sheep, goats), the Town Office would like to know.  This will help the Animal Control Officer return animals found roaming to their homes as soon as possible.  A dog collar with a telephone number also helps when trying to return strays. We prefer not to take animals to the shelter if we can avoid it, so help out the ACO’s by putting identifying tags or collars on your pets.

With the beginning of winter comes the inclement weather.  Please call the Town Office at 342-5411 on “iffy” weather days to verify the office is open before coming in or check the website at for updates. The Town Office will be closed Monday, January 1st, for New Year’s Day.

Maine Motor Vehicles is creating a commemorative license plate to recognize the bicentennial of the state. The cost is $25, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Maine cultural agencies.  The plate is available for purchase from any BMV branch office, the main office, and from the BMV website at  This plate would replace your regular plate on the front of your car during the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020.

Maine Motor Vehicles has created a Specialty License Plate for Emergency Medical Personnel.  This plate is only issued at branch offices and requires an application confirming EMS licensure.  There is a one-time fee of $5 when initially obtaining the plate.  The Municipality will be able to process renewals and transfers.


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