Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Mar 20, 2020
Photo by: Mickey Sirota A fine audience enjoys the RenMen Quartet at the Searsmont Town Library March 12, a few days before the library closed until at least March 31.

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COVID-19

Could any of us have imagined this a few weeks ago? No toilet paper or bleach wipes left at Hannaford, meetings canceled, school canceled, hands chapped from washing so many times a day.

We tried a trip to Florida, but spring training was canceled, so we cut things short to get back home. No toilet paper or wipes on the shelves in Florida stores, either. Airports kind of empty. Glad to be home in Searsmont, knowing that whatever is coming we will be with friends and neighbors.

Town Meeting

We remember the social occasions these were in the Ames School, with lunch at long tables. Here’s what we can guess about Searsmont’s town meeting (if it’s not postponed). At this writing, it is still set for 9 a.m., Saturday, April 4, in the Community Building.

Fewer than 100 of the town’s nearly 1,100 registered voters will show up to consider the $1-million-plus property tax-supported budget. It’s an election year and at least four candidates will speak. The annual Town Report will be detailed and impressive (advance copies soon at the Town Office, library and post office), with information about town committees you didn’t know about.

Lee Woodward will be elected the moderator again and will find someone to make the subject of his jokes. We’ll elect one selectman for a three-year term, and at least one committee will have trouble finding someone to stand for election to fill a vacancy.

A long time will be spent on a warrant item no one expected to need much discussion, while the largest budget items will have little debate. Two items will receive a “yes” vote after someone decides to “end debate and move the question.”

And Kathy Hoey, Contessa Mancini, Nancy Weser, Jane McLaughlin and the selectmen should be proud of their year-round work on behalf of all Searsmonters, and for keeping the office open.

Town Library

It’s a shame, but the library is “on hold” until further notice because of the coronavirus. Library Director Steven Brown and the trustees announced last week that all Searsmont Town Library activities, including book circulation, are suspended at least until the end of March.

Steven says you should “keep your checked books – do not return them to the Blue Box or Town Office.” There will be no fines until the library reopens. The March 31 coyote talk by Geri Vistein is postponed, too. And Steven is available until March 31 by email at stlme@searsmont.lib.me.us if you need him. He says that what comes “next will be spectacular!”

The free March 12 “Live at the Library” vocal performance by the a cappella RenMen Quartet was captivating. An audience of nearly 30 people enjoyed centuries’ worth of music in just over an hour, good voices and harmonies.

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.

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

The local beekeepers group draws a nice crowd at its monthly meetings in the Community Building. The March 5 gathering dealt with plantings for nectar and pollen. Their next one on Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., features Peter Cowin talking about “Opening the Spring Hive.”

 

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