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By Joyce & Mickey Sirota | Sep 03, 2020
Photo by: Joyce Sirota Bright lobelia by the roadside in Searsmont.

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Is it fall already?

Just a while ago we were complaining of the awful heat and humidity. It feels so different now, as we walk past reddening blueberry fields and swamp maples like trees on fire, wearing windbreakers instead of bug bafflers. So it was an unexpected treat to see a new-to-us flower down the road. A bright blue burst is lobelia, much brighter than light purple asters. Not far from that we saw some interesting white berries on a pink stalk: white baneberry, “sometimes called Doll’s Eyes because the shiny white fruits resemble china dolls’ eyes.” Never noticed them before, either.

Searsmont safety and the census

We were in Aroostook County recently and saw many people up there who neither wore face masks nor socially distanced. It made us appreciate how many Searsmonters keep themselves and others a bit safer in this age of COVID-19. After the Millinocket wedding spike last month, we were glad to get home where people care for each other. We’re also glad flu vaccine is now available at Walgreens, Hannaford and your doctor’s office. At our age (over 65), we’re waiting until later this month or early October for our “super strength” shots so the effect will last through the flu season.

Maine’s census response is at about 90%, giving the state a leg up on getting more federal aid for the next 10 years and reducing our tax burden. We talked with a census enumerator this week who tells us they’re going door to door now to reach the last one-of-ten area households that haven’t yet provided their anonymous information. The people knocking or ringing the doorbell this month will be masked to help assure your safety.

Deer season

The regular deer season starts on Halloween, archery season starts Oct. 3 (permits required) and expanded archery season for an additional small fee starts Sept. 12 in Bucksport, Camden and a few other Maine communities with high deer populations. Check the state’s DIF&W website for details.

Town Office and selectmen’s meeting

Searsmont’s tax bills have been mailed with payment due by Oct. 31. Our bill went down from last year since the Homestead Exemption went up. And Contessa in the Town Office wanted us to give you early notice that 2021 dog licenses will be available after Oct. 15. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you again next month. The next selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. Go to townofsearsmont.com or call 342-5411 to “attend” that meeting by Zoom.

Pedal on!

We got an email from John Strassenreiter who is again taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge USA to benefit kids with cancer. John calls Lake Quantabacook in Searsmont his home base and is riding to honor his niece, Kelly Rogers, whose parents, Jack and Laura, are summer residents on Lake Quantabacook, too. Anyone who would like to contribute to John’s fundraising for this event can reach him at strassenreiter@icloud.com.

And, as always…

Stay safe and be well.

 

Is it white baneberry or “doll’s eyes”? (Photo by: Joyce Sirota)
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