Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Nov 09, 2019


Electricity out again

Many Searsmonters lost electricity Halloween night for the second time in three weeks. By the next day, roads were checked for downed trees and branches, parents found out if school was closed, and refrigerators were opened as few times as possible. Unless you had a generator, you put out water jugs and lanterns, and put off your shower “until later.” Does it seem to you that the power is going out more often in recent years?

Brierley family thanks

The town came together to help when First Selectman Bruce Brierley’s daughter’s house burned down in late July. More than 100 people attended the Oct. 19 benefit dinner and auction at the firehouse for Kandace Brierley Niles and Shawn Gray. Bruce says the couple are doing well, and planning to move into their new Searsmont home soon. “We want to thank all who made our benefit supper successful,” Kandace and Shawn said. “We give special thanks to David Marceau, who headed up the benefit.”

Library volunteers celebrated

Nearly two dozen volunteers and former board members were treated to a “thank you” lunch by the library board Nov. 2 at the Community Building. Board Chairman Jana Herbener offered her thanks, as did Searsmont Town Library Director Steven Brown. The food was good, the company even better. It was wonderful to see all of the people who help make your library the “place to go” for books, music, games, computers, and much more. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Call Steven at 342-5549.

Town Library news

The next free “Live at the Library” concert is Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. with a very special guest: award-winning singer-songwriter Connor Garvey. You can learn more about him at

A new art exhibit is coming, and Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a reception, with refreshments, for local artist Jim Hillmann.

Join “Tea at Three” Friday, Nov. 22, for a pleasant social event.

Sixteen people took part in the library’s “Maine Inside and Out” program guided walk through the Gibson Preserve on sunny, autumn-colored Oct. 26.

Town Office news

Searsmont voters did their civic duty as more than 175 residents, nearly 20% of those registered, voted in last week’s election. They approved state referendum questions on transportation bonds and voting access for the disabled by a 3-to-one margin.

The Board of Appeals meets Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This year’s property taxes are now accruing interest, and property owners whose taxes are not paid by Jan. 31, 2020, are listed, per state requirement, in the Annual Town Report in April. The transfer station reminds us all that free metal recycling now goes to Soohey’s Auto Sales at 244 Belfast-Augusta Road in Searsmont. Tin food cans still go in the regular town trash bags.

The office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving (and Friday, as always). If bad weather means the office is closed or plans to close early, that information is posted on the town website ( and on WABI-TV and WCSH closure notices.

Dog licenses are now on sale at the office and all dogs should be licensed by Dec. 31. Fees are still $6 for a spayed or neutered dog and $11 for an unaltered dog. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the town does not already have one on file (you can call the office at 342-5411 to check).

And speaking of rabies

Waldo County Humane Society will hold a fall rabies clinic Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Troy Town Office, 129 Rogers Road. Dr. Yvette LaHaye will administer shots, free to Waldo County pet owners. Bring your animal on a leash or in a portable pet carrier, and bring proof of a previous rabies shot so your pet can receive a three-year rabies certificate. There will also be coupon discounts toward the cost of spaying or neutering. FMI, call 852-5033 or 323-6308, or go to the Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Goings-on about town

Deer hunting season has begun, with a shot (or 20) heard every day but Sunday all over town. So wear your blaze orange outside (your pets, too), and be careful out there. The “tag board” at the general store is starting to fill. We know one person in town who got a nearly 140-pound, 7-point buck at 7 a.m on Nov. 1. Wonder what the hunter’s planning to do the rest of the month? Biggest tag so far at Amanda’s Store in the village is an 8-point, 194-pounder registered by Kyle Koskinen.

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