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By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Dec 31, 2020
Photo by: Joyce Sirota A frozen web by a Searsmont roadside.

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Is anyone in Searsmont sad to see 2020 go? Here are our 2021 predictions. The easy ones first: we’ll get more snow and will probably lose electricity a couple of times despite our recent generator installation (if we don’t, you can thank us later).

Warm weather will return in a few months and many of the roadside wildflowers and returning birds will find their way into this column. And Searsmonters will keep road walking.

Many of us will get vaccinated, and some things will get back to near normal. Even so, the next several months will still be tough, some folks in Searsmont will get sick and others will need help to manage food insecurity.

The tougher calls? Town Meeting in early April will have to be postponed at least once, the Town Library will have concerts again outdoors or indoors and many folks will keep wearing face masks despite the vaccines.

Whatever happens, 2021 will be an improvement over last year. As somebody just told us, “At least 2020 will be ‘in hindsight’!”

Town Office, library

In another brief selectmen’s meeting, they dispensed with town business in less than 10 minutes Dec. 29. Selectmen approved the Threshers Brewing Co. liquor license renewal and the new Searsmont employees’ personnel policy, created with the help of Ken Ortmann.

We’ll report on the Jan. 7 Planning Board public hearing on the site plan review of the 1327 Moody Mountain Road Dingley and Lorenz subdivision. If you read this in time, masks and social distancing are required and seating is limited. Call Nancy Weser at 342-5411 or email planningbdclerk@fairpoint.net for a seat.

Dog licenses and tax payments can be paid through January at the Town Office to avoid a license penalty fee and keep your name out of the town’s Annual Report.

Bits and pieces

The Christmas rain and wind were fierce, but because we now have a generator — did we tell you we got one? — the electricity never even flickered. The return of the post-Christmas cold snap meant we really had to bundle up in order to keep walking outdoors. The suddenness of the freeze created some interesting patterns in roadside puddles and streams.

If you’re feeling alone in the cold while the pandemic continues, check out 211maine.org, call 211, or text 04973 to 898-211 to start a conversation. To quote Town of Searsmont Maine on Facebook, “you are not alone. Help is available.”

Because of bad weather we all missed Jupiter and Saturn right next to each other in the sky just before the holidays, but they’re still close in the southwest just after sunset and they’ll be back together in just 60 years.

 

Mrs. Correspondent all bundled up for a winter walk. (Photo by: Mickey Sirota)
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