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Searsmont news

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Apr 21, 2021
Photo by: Joyce Sirota Early forsythia blooming in a Searsmont neighbor’s yard

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322-7572; 322-5671

Old McSearsmont had a farm

We heard from Robin Dow, one of Searsmont’s animal control officers (Arnold Oulton is the other). In 2020 they issued more than 100 animal welfare, stray livestock and cruelty complaints and made nearly 50 calls for everything from rabid animal reports and “dogs at large” to rabies shot violations. Call 342-3259 or 323-1422 if you need their help. Robin reminded us that 2021 dog licenses are payable by June 1, so get cracking.

The conversation got us thinking about animals in this rural town. There aren’t many cows or cattle anymore and we don’t see too many rabbits. But there are plenty of sheep, goats and the occasional moose, fox, and howling coyote. Too many squirrels, raccoons, skunks, turkey, and woodchucks to count.

Town Office

Searsmont is going to a sticker system when the supply of town bags runs out. You will supply your own bags. No word yet on how much the stickers will cost. The town signed a one-year “single stream” municipal solid waste and cardboard removal contract with Bolster.

The first Demo Debris Day will be May 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the second one is Aug. 28). The transfer station and Town Office have details of what they’ll take, what they won’t, and what it costs. Searsmont Auto Parts on Route 3 is still taking metal.

No Zoom for Town Meeting Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. The meeting at the Fire Station will be inside the open bays and in the parking lot with masks and distancing. We will have more news on election choices next week.

No Broadband Advisory Task Force news to report but the group is meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 and May 6, in person at the Community Building or on Zoom. To join or arrange to log in, email mickeysirota@gmail.com or call 322-5671. And to help them out from the comfort of your home, go to mainebroadbandcoalition.org, click on “run speed test” and help prove that the town is underserved by existing service providers.

Town Library

Hooray! The library is going to an expanded schedule of open hours on May 4. Stay tuned for details. Whatever the schedule, now is a good time for you to take advantage of the free seed library program. Birders filled up the May 14 “Nightjar Field Trip,” so leader Logan Parker has added another one on Saturday evening, May 15, 7 p.m. Call 342-5549 to register.

Bits and pieces

Hooray again for news that the Memorial Day Parade is on for Monday morning, May 31. All attending should social distance, the band will play from a spot in front of the old fire station, Waldo County Woodshed near Thresher’s will have a drive-thru pig roast (call the Woodshed at 338-2692 to reserve yours), and there will be a ceremony at the village flag pole.

Jesse is looking for groups and floats to participate. To do that or join a May 10 meeting or for more information, email jessegogan@yahoo.com and use “parade” as the subject line.

Searsmont is a generous town. Nearly 50 Searsmonters, local businesses and organizations opened their hearts and wallets to help build our new Fire Station. Chief James Ames tells us that an “Honor Roll” with all of their names has just gone up on the wall in the lobby. Stop in, take a look around, and find your name. Hint: the plaque has room for more names, and new tax-deductible contributions are still being accepted.

 

The first lilac leaves at home. (Photo by: Joyce Sirota)
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