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By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Apr 29, 2021
Photo by: Joyce Sirota Happy hikers on the season’s last “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” adventure April 24.

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It’s spring in Searsmont when…

… there’s a white-throated sparrow singing in the yard and dozens of daffodils nod in the breeze. Gardeners are dealing with cool nights and creaky joints from “getting back out there again this year.” How early can we plant peas? Who’s munching on the tulip buds before they even start to open? Is it too soon to start mowing again? Where’s my bug net? Can I have a tick-check? Is it time to put the window screens in? So many questions as Searsmont awakens from the winter slumber. Did I just hear peepers?

Town Office

The Town Report makes interesting reading for town meeting Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m., at the Fire Station (masks and distancing, please). Get yours at the Town Office, post office and store. One selectman is up for reelection (Pete Milinazzo’s term is up), plus three Planning Board members, two Board of Appeals members, several for the Cemetery Committee and library trustees.

More next week on the May 22 Demo Debris Day at the transfer station.

Because Searsmont cannot link up with Midcoast Internet Coalition communities at this time, the Broadband Advisory Task Force is considering other high-speed broadband expansion choices for Searsmont. To join or arrange a Zoom login to the meeting May 20, 6 p.m., email mickeysirota@gmail.com or call or text 322-5671. It’s easy to run a speed test at mainebroadbandcoalition.org to show that the town is underserved by existing internet providers.

Town Library

The library is now open Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., no appointment needed.

Save the date: the library’s Board of Trustees tells us there will be a Book and Bake Sale and Silent Auction on July 17. There is still time to get your free vegetable and flower seeds through the Searsmont Seed Library.

Logan Parker will be leading a “Nightjar Field Trip” to observe these long-tailed nocturnal birds with a “distinctive, liquid or drill-like call.” The trip is popular and Logan has added another one on Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m. Call 342-5549 to register.

The season’s final “Exploring the Wilds of Searsmont” hike with Sarah Crosby (Bill Evans couldn’t make it – get better soon, Bill) was spectacular. The walk from Moody Mountain toward Magog Road featured fields with spectacular views, stream crossings, homestead foundations, a 30-foot waterfall (Searsmont’s own Niagara?), and the site of an 1870s meteorite strike (a piece of it wound up in the Museum of Natural History in New Yawk). Looking forward to more of these walks next fall.

Bits and pieces

Jesse Gogan’s next Memorial Day Parade meeting is May 10. Find out more at jessegogan@yahoo.com (subject line “parade”). Jesse is still looking for floats and parade participants.

Reserve a Waldo County Woodshed pig roast lunch by calling 338-2692.

Hannaford To Go is ready in Belfast. Log onto hannaford.com, set up a time to pick up your groceries, and order away. There’s a catch or four. You can order only up to two days ahead and fees of $5 for orders less than $125 or $3 if over that amount. Reservations open at night (check to see if it’s at 8 p.m. or at midnight – we’ve heard both versions) and they only take 45 orders a day. If like many Searsmonters you are dizzy keeping up with the Belfast store’s rearranging all its items, this may work for you.

 

 

Searsmont’s own Niagara, in the woods off Magog and Moody Mountain roads. (Photo by: Mickey Sirota)
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