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Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Nov 22, 2019


Searsmont girl makes front page

Searsmont is a great place, but most of us don’t make the front page of large circulation newspapers. Bella Lindsey, 7, did just that last week. Young Bella, granddaughter of Randy Gagne, hit the big time when she tagged an 11-point, 210-pound buck on Veterans Day. Congratulations to Bella on her hunting success, and to her family for making sure she hunted safely.

Town Library

Searsmont Town Library's "Live at the Library" concert series concludes its inaugural year with a show by Peaceful Sorrow on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. This indie folk trio from Cincinnati features lyrical songwriting by guitarist/singer Adam Yust and legato string work by violist Ping Chen and cellist Indigo Hall. Admission is free.

The opening reception for local artist Jim Hillman’s exhibition of paintings was well-attended Nov. 15. You are invited to enjoy his landscapes (including several of people and places around Searsmont) through the month of December. The library is looking for other local artists to show their work and enrich the culture of our town. Call 342-5549 or email and leave a message for board member Geri Winslow.

The library’s first-ever Searsmont Area Reading Tournament is now in full swing. Kids can get a free list at the library, read (or be read to) at home, and bring in the list of titles and authors to the library when the page is full and get a prize — a book for their home library. Keep reading!

A reminder that the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday through Saturday.

Town Office

The Town Clerk would again like to clarify that the “Town of Searsmont Maine-Town Hall” Facebook page has no affiliation with the Town Office or town government. Neither the Town Office nor the town of Searsmont municipal government has a Facebook page. Any municipal information is shared only on our official website,, through Town Crier newsletters, or postings in the Community Building, post office, and Fraternity Village General Store. There are also email addresses and a contact link on the town website for electronic communication.

Searsmont Rescue is offering CPR training Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Searsmont Fire Station, 1 Pond Road S. This two-hour training, which includes classroom instruction and practice on CPR manikins, is free and open to the public. The training is not offered for certification in basic CPR but is meant for the general public for first aid training and preparedness. For more information or to register for the class, contact Rescue Chief Dawn Bryant at 342-4351.

The Planning Board's public hearing on the proposed changes to the Quantabacook boat landing scheduled for Nov. 12 was cancelled because of weather and road conditions and will be rescheduled. A separate public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Community Building meeting room to review proposed changes to the Land Use Ordinance that is scheduled for a vote at the 2020 town meeting next April. All are encouraged to attend. Copies of the proposed ordinance are available on the town website and in the Town Office.

We have registered 69 dogs for 2020, and there are only 405 to go! Come on in and get your dog registered. Our goal is to have all dogs registered by the end of December, when 2019 licenses expire.

Goings on about town

The Searsmont Book Club meets every month (usually every second Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the library, and you’re invited to sit in on any discussion and help choose the next book. The December book is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” a prize-winning novel by Delia Owens. One of your correspondents has read it and says it is very good.

Holiday wishes

Here’s wishing you the best of this holiday season. We will enjoy seeing friends and relatives, but will probably eat a bit too much. Keep warm, stay safe, be healthy, and if you’re outside this weekend be sure to wear orange and be aware this is the final week of deer hunting season.

Early news deadline

This is a busy month for the paper, and that means moving some deadlines around. Most weeks we can get your news printed if you get it to us by Thursday. But for the issue of Dec. 12 — and for your holiday news — please send it to us by next Tuesday, Dec. 3.


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