Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Feb 01, 2020


Just wait a minute

Snow, then thaw, rain, mud and freeze. Searsmont has it all. Everyone’s car or truck is some shade of brown, and some of us left vehicles out in the rain to wash off a few layers of mud and road salt. It’s no fun splitting wood when the ground softens up, but at least the pathways are clear – until the next snow.

Searsmont Fire and Rescue both need you

This is serious, Searsmont.

Interim Fire Chief Tracy Hanford is looking for volunteer firefighters to add to the eight women and men who protect the town. “Every volunteer fire department in Maine is short-handed right now, just like us,” he says. The department pays for time responding to calls and training. So give Chief Tracy a call at 322-9731.

Searsmont Rescue Chief Dawn Bryant and two others provide ambulance and rescue services to the town, and did it 119 times last year. She is looking for licensed Emergency Medical Technicians, Ambulance Vehicle Operators Course-trained drivers, or people willing to be EMT or AVOC trained. Call Chief Dawn at 322-9411 to find out more.

Incidentally, if you’re not a Searsmonter, you can still be a big help in protecting your communities and neighbors. Chief Hanford urges you to call your town office if you want to be a volunteer firefighter. Our neighboring communities provide mutual aid to Searsmont, and we return the favor.

Waldo County GOP caucuses

The caucus on Saturday, Feb. 8 (snow date Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m.) at Belfast Area High School starts with new voter registration at 9. Candidate presentations are at 10. Around 11 you elect Waldo County GOP members and delegates to the April 30-May 2 state convention in Augusta. For further information, call JoAn Petersen at 338-2705.

Town Library

Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans will lead another “Explore the Wilds of Searsmont!” winter hike Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9:45 a.m. as part of the library’s year-long “Maine Inside and Out Project,” sponsored by the Moosewood Fund. Meet at the library, dress for the cold with trail footwear, snowshoes are optional.

Can this be saved? See the library’s first theater performance Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. to find out. Cold Comfort Theater presents an intimate seated reading of “To Fall in Love,” a one-act play. California-based Jennifer Lane’s new play is directed by Maggie Goscinski and features Giz Coughlin and Jason Stubbs. It’s free, and donations to Cold Comfort Theater are welcome. Live at the Library’s Onion Foundation-supported concert series continues Tuesday, Feb. 18,  7 p.m. (snow date Feb. 25) with Jordan Massan Benissan’s African Drum Ensemble.

Story Hour is Saturday, 10 a.m., and “Movie Matinee” is Tuesday, 2 p.m. Call 342-5549 for information on all programs.

Town Office

Contessa Mancini asks you to call her at 342-5411 if you’ve changed your phone number this year. That way you’re sure the office will call if they want to help you with town business. We called with our cell phone number, and it didn’t hurt a bit.

Goings-on about town

What are those tracks in the snow? Sign? Noises? Bring snowshoes and head over to Lake St. George State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a free walk with park staff, and have some coffee or cocoa, too.

We’re hearing from people who wonder why Searsmont roads seem to have more snow on them than roads in Belmont, Appleton, Lincolnville and other towns. We’re in no hurry and are happy the plows come through as quickly as they do, but will be glad to pass on your (printable) comments.


More about library programs

The “Mes Amis” gypsy jazz trio concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, was enjoyed by a full house, and featured the world premiere of “The Searsmont Strut” by lead guitarist Steve Lynnworth, ably assisted by guitarist Harry Richter and bassist Duane Edwards. Don’t know about you, but we think the performance series monthly at the library is awfully fine.

Sky enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed “Looking Up! The Searsmont Night Sky,” led by Keith Dunson. A cold night but no wind, and some clouds didn’t interfere with an enjoyable hour learning about the moon, planets, stars and constellations visible above this town. And lots of happy folks showed up for the Jan. 31 “Lunch at the Library,” hosted by Karen Withee and JoAnn Robbins. There will be more of these lunches at the end of February, March and April.

More from the Town Office

Tuesday, Feb. 25, is the date for the town budget hearing. Town meeting is Saturday, April 4, starting at 9 a.m. A copy of the updated Land Use Ordinance to be voted on at town meeting is available in the Town Office, and is online at Town Office weather closures are listed on WLBZ-TV, WABI-TV, or the town website.

More goings on about town

Cub Scout Pack 35 is still looking for adult leaders, some of whom would be willing to be den leaders. “Boy Scouts of America is an outstanding youth program that teaches leadership and life skills while having fun both indoors and outdoors,” says Jim Robbins. If you are interested in making Searsmont a better place for boys and girls, call Jim at 745-1482, or email to find out more.


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