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By Joyce Sirota | Jun 25, 2020
Photo by: Mickey Sirota The Sirota victory garden.


Walking the neighborhood

The walks are getting hot now and sometimes buggy. One of us still suffers from the itchies due to browntail moth. The other gets dive-bombed by the deer flies. Since neither of us is an early riser, it often feels like a choice between walking midday (and suffering from the heat) and walking later in the day (and being feasted on by more insects). That’s one reason why we pay attention to the flowers and animals we find along the way. A few days ago we saw a lovely example of False Solomon’s Seal, and today we encountered a porcupine waddling off into the woods. So we try to remember to put on our bug bafflers and keep the camera ready.

Selectmen, Town Office

The June 23 selectmen’s Zoom meeting was canceled. Visit or call 342-5411 to find out how to “attend” the meeting July 7 at 5 p.m.

Summer hours for the transfer station are Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The transfer station will be open Friday, July 3, and closed on the Fourth.

Plans for July 14 primary

Kathy Hoey at the Town Office describes the plan for in-person voting on July 14. When a voter comes to the lower level of the Community Building, you will be greeted by two people (a married couple); one will check off the voter’s name and party affiliation and the other will hand the voter the appropriate ballots. Voters will also be given a single-use pen, and voting carrels will be spaced out to provide privacy and distance. Once ballots are complete, voters will be directed which ballots go in which ballot box, one for machine counting and the other for manual counting.

The state will provide the single-use pens and hand sanitizer available at the door. Use of masks is up to the individual voter. Kathy reports she may still need some ballot counters who would be needed when the polls close at 8 p.m., so if you’re interested, call ahead (342-5411). She also reports that as of last week more than 70 absentee ballots have already been returned.

More people growing food these days

It seems like growing your own vegetables is even more popular this year. I guess we all want to be more independent if we can. We are already eating freshly-grown lettuce, kale and herbs. It does mean lots of work, weeding and watering, which one of us really enjoys.

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

Searsmont Town Library

Just a reminder that 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.

False Solomon's Seal, seen on a walk in Searsmont. (Photo by: Joyce Sirota)
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