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Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Jan 03, 2020


My, but we do go on

With Pulitzer Prize visions dancing in our heads, we’ve been writing a bit too much to meet the paper’s space needs. We do appreciate what Searsmont offers in way of life, neighbors, and scenery. You can expect a shorter — but just as inclusive — column from your intrepid town correspondents. But fear not, starting next week any longer version will be at

Town Library

The library’s free Winter 2020 Ensemble Concert Series begins Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. (snow date Thursday, Jan. 23), graciously funded by the Onion Foundation. Mes Amis, a gypsy guitar trio, will be setting the series on fire with their fretboard magic, so don’t miss it. And don’t forget Story Hour, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The Jan. 4 “Explore the Wilds of Searsmont!” Georges River hike led by Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans promises to be very enjoyable. The winter scenery is something special, and Sarah and Bill provide a great narration that is sure to be appreciated by all those who walk the trail. Looking forward to future library adventures, including an astronomy evening Friday, Jan. 31.

Searsmont Historical Society

And don’t miss Maine Public Television broadcasts of “We’re All in This Together: A Searsmont Documentary” Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. The video (sponsored by the town, the Historical Society and private donations) was created for Searsmont’s bicentennial and is being shown as part of Maine’s bicentennial this year. You’ll recognize many Searsmonters in the video. Dana Rae Warren did the story editing and did interviews with videographer Ned Lightner of Belfast Community TV and Mark Kuzio did the aerial photography. DVD copies are at the Town Office and library for only $5.

Town Office

The office will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the MLK Jr. holiday. For weather closures, check WLBZ-TV, WABI-TV, or Did we mention 2020 dog licenses should have been renewed by the end of the year? Guess we did. A late fee will be charged if the license is renewed after Jan. 31.

Goings-on about town

Seen the new houses going up around town, more visible now that trees are bare? Thirty years ago there were fewer than 1,000 Searsmonters, and now there are nearly 1,500. Glad we still recognize many at the post office, village store, Town Office, and transfer station.

Searsmont’s Claudia Luchetti wants her Searsmont neighbors to know that the Maine Celtic Celebration’s annual Robert Burns Dinner (and optional pre-dinner whisky tasting) will be held Saturday evening, Jan. 25, at the United Farmer’s Market building at 18 Spring St., Belfast. You can get tickets and information at

Threshers Brewing is hosting The Pinwheel Brothers (and guests) – bluegrass and folk and more – every Sunday this winter at 4:30 p.m. Hear they’re pretty good.

Many folks are recovering from the busy, happy holidays, trips away to family or hosting relatives and guests. The recent ice with snow on top didn’t help getting around, but things seem to be returning to what counts as normal here in town. We do miss the holiday lights.

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