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Searsport cancels Memorial Day parade

By Fran Gonzalez | May 12, 2020
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Searsport — The annual Memorial Day parade, which typically brings out hundreds of people to line the streets of downtown, is canceled because of COVID-19 social distancing concerns.

At the May 5 selectmen’s meeting, Town Manager James Gillway said the parade was not a good idea and that it “goes against prevailing thought on social distancing.”

The parade will be replaced with a smaller event at Mossman Park, where participants can spread out. The service will honor veterans, with public safety vehicles taking part and with a smaller, more dispersed crowd.

More information on this event will be forthcoming.

The possibility of rescheduling the Fourth of July fireworks celebration was also discussed. Gillway said he had been in contact with the fireworks company, and the Searsport event is the only one in Waldo County.

While not entirely advocating postponement, Gillway said he was not sure what the future would hold. “If the order stays in effect the way it has,” he said, “it will be wise to postpone our parade, fireworks and any other event until at least fall, if not next year.”

This drew some pushback from Selectman Linda Payson, who said, “I’m not in favor of canceling the fireworks. Fourth of July is a very important holiday for our country. If we don’t recognize it in some way, it’s just not right.

“We should not postpone it, we should not cancel it, we need to carry through with celebrating our country,” she said.

The motion was not acted upon, with the resolve that it would appear on future agendas.

The tall ships event scheduled for July, Gillway said, is in a holding pattern. The Schooner Gam 2020 may be forced to cancel, he said, because of lack of participation from the ships themselves. The concert planned to coincide with the ships has already been canceled, he said.

In news from Regional School District 20, plans for senior graduation are also in limbo. “They have been brainstorming some things,” Gillway said. “They talked about a lot of things — it is on their plate.”

One idea mentioned was a drive-through graduation, followed by a ride through town escorted by police, fire and ambulance. With only 27 graduating seniors, Selectman Mark Bradstreet asked about an outdoor ceremony where families could be spread out.

Gillway said the town would work with the district in whatever way it decides to go.

Bangor Natural Gas, Gillway said, is expanding its footprint beyond just servicing GAC Chemical. It plans to expand down Route 1 south to Trundy Road, providing service to the remainder of the port, he said.

Anyone along the service line, Gillway said, can sign up. “We’re hopeful they get to downtown before we get that rebuilt.”

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