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Searsmont News

By Joyce Sirota | Jun 19, 2020
Photo by: Mickey Sirota The Bandito della Biblioteca saves the day!


Walking the neighborhood

On a recent daily walk, we came across a chalk mural on our now-paved rural roadway. Included in the colorful creation were “Thank you Heros” and “BLM.” We found it a wonderful illustration of some of the things on the minds of many of us. Thank you to the unidentified neighborhood artist(s).

Congrats to the grads

Congratulations go out to all the Searsmont 2020 graduates. Although this has been an unconventional spring for all of us, it is probably even more so for all of you. So here’s to you all.

Selectmen, Town Office

The June 16 Selectmen’s Zoom meeting began with 10 folks logged on. Major topics included work on the town budget, the first weekly report from Kenn Ortmann, and a look at options for having some form of town meeting. There was much talk about increasing revenue from the sale of trash bags (with and without drawstrings), eventually tabled without a decision.

Kenn is beginning a series of meetings with town employees about job descriptions and evaluations, and he is also looking at how the selectmen’s meetings are structured.

Many ideas were offered and discussed about how to have town meeting this year, particularly how to have fair and accessible voting for town officers, and for approval of other warrant items. Possibilities so far include having a big outdoor meeting under a tent with a sound system, and doing the voting by secret ballot. It sounds like people are trying to have a meeting that feels like it has in the past, while also fostering good health guidelines and state governmental limits on gatherings. Stay tuned.

Check or call 342-5411 to find out how to “attend” the selectmen's meeting June 30 at 5 p.m.

Searsmont Garden Growth

A new project begins June 30 dedicated to spreading excess local garden produce around the community, lessening food instability and encouraging food independence. Local gardeners with extra produce can drop off their goods Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the Ames School foyer. Anyone interested in free fresh food may stop in at the school, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Want more info? Try

Searsmont Town Library

The Library Bandito offers parking lot service for patrons. Requests for books and videos can be made online from the library’s website, or by calling 342-5549 from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pickup and return times will be assigned from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Remain in your vehicle and the Library Bandit will come to you. Borrowing times are extended from 14 to 28 days, and there are no late fees.

And, as always…

Stay safe and be well.


A sidewalk mural in the neighborhood. (Photo by: Joyce Sirota)
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