Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Mar 14, 2020


Is it spring yet?

Wild turkey are strutting and chipmunks are scampering in the yard, though the ground is still too wet for us. Chickadees are giving their “wee-woo” call, the juncos are gone, and we swear we saw the first bit of yellow on the goldfinches. The vegetable garden is clearing (is it too early to think about a date to plant peas?) and now we see all the winter branch blow-downs. The roads are brown with salt and sand, and the year’s first roadkill is showing up. The air has that “wet” smell. Yep, maybe it is spring.

Cemetery Committee openings

The committee that oversees Searsmont’s eight cemeteries and the sexton’s work has two openings for nomination and election at town meeting. The committee meets only three times a year, puts out and removes the American flags between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, makes yearly budget recommendation, and is planning the survey and mapping the cemeteries. Interested? Contact the chairman at

Town Office

Kathy Hoey, Contessa Mancini, Nancy Weser, Jane McLaughlin and the selectmen are gearing up for the April 4 town meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. More on that in next week’s column. And an advance reminder that the next Demo Debris Day at the transfer station is on Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Town Library

Meet at the library at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, March 21, when Sarah Crosby and Bill Evans will lead another “Explore the Wilds of Searsmont!” winter hike. Wear footgear suitable for wet or muddy trail walking. The Moosewood Fund supports this, as they support Geri Vistein’s weather-postponed “Coyote: American Song Dog,” a journey to discover the importance and resilience of our canine neighbor, on Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m.

The next free community light lunch will be held in the Community Building’s upper lobby Friday, March 27, 12:15 p.m., followed by coffee and dessert. The library and Historical Society hold this event the last Friday of January through April (last winter lunch on April 24) to bring people together for good food (vegetarian choices available) and conversation. Sign up at the library or call 342-5549 and leave a message.

The library is still looking for dedicated and reliable volunteers. For more information, contact Steven at, call or just drop by. The successful reading tournament has been extended through May 1. When a child reads 15 books at home (or has them read to her or him), the reward is a free new book for your home library.

And the Seed Library in the library’s outer lobby got off to a good start. You can select your free seeds from a selection of flowers, herbs and vegetables whenever the Community Building is open. Share, swap or donate. Try something new to increase Searsmont’s plant diversity. Encourage children to test out their green thumbs.

Goings-on about town

The March 12 Searsmont Historical Society presentations by Sarah Nelson and Glendon Mehuren II, two of the stars of the Searsmont documentary “We’re All in This Together,” was quite the success. Nice work by Karen Withee and members of the society.


If you have a Thursday event, please get us the information two weeks in advance.

More goings-on about town

We feel bad for the young folks at Threshers Brewing Co. who made the tough decision not to reopen their Thomaston spot. They’ve worked hard since opening up a few years ago in Come Spring Business Park down behind Fraternity Village Store. We thank them for adding to the character of the town, and wish them continued success here.

The Searsmont Fire Department and Rescue Service are still looking for people to help protect the town. Call Interim Fire Chief Tracy Hanford at 322-9731 or Rescue Chief Dawn Bryant at 322-9411.

Don’t miss the next Historical Society program on the afternoon of April 9, when “Apple Whisperer” John Bunker is speaking.

More from your library

The final free winter 2020 Ensemble Concert Series performance at Searsmont Town Library is set for Thursday, April 16. It features classical guitarist Jeffrey Rojo, and is supported by a generous grant from the Onion Foundation.

Tuesday at 2 p.m. the library shows a movie from its collection.

Here’s more information on becoming a library volunteer. You get to meet people, and a friendly, helpful attitude is required. Some basic computer familiarity and/or fearlessness is helpful for the circulation desk. Being able to bend and kneel to shelve books (or talk to little people) is needed, but heavy lifting is not. In addition to providing day-to-day library service to patrons and assisting the librarian, you get to be behind the scenes at the library’s many special events.

Tuesday afternoon and evening shifts are still available, and others on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are sure to arise. Beginning in the fall, the library offers the opportunity to be story time readers for kindergarten and grade 1 classes. For more information contact Steven at, call 342-5549, or just drop by!

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