Searsport News

By Carolyn Zachary | Oct 09, 2016

By Dick Desmarais

Radio Searsport


Monday, October 10, the Town Offices will be closed for Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Selectmen will hold a workshop in the Town Hall.

The Searsport Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, October 11th in Curtis Hall at Curtis Hall in the Searsport Congregational Church at 7:00 PM. Our guest Speaker is Faith Garrold, an active volunteer in town and at the Penobscot Marine Museum. She wil be presenting the birth and history of our Searsport School System and we invite everyone to come and hear her reseach on this topic. As usual, there will be a social hour after the meeting to enjoy conversation, desserts, and of course questions and answers. Some information on Faith follows:

Faith Garrold was raised on a farm in Montville, Maine. graduated from high school in Liberty, Maine in a class of eight students! Thus began her interest in small schools! She holds three degrees from the University of Maine and spent her career in public education. With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with minors in English and Child Development she has taught every grade level 1-6 at one time or another in her local school district which has changed configuration many times! After finishing her Master in Educational Administration I began my career as an Administrator in her home district as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Leaving home she continued work in administration as Asst. Superintendent/ Curriculum Coordinator/ Principal in what is now RSU # 3 where she worked for 6.5 years and helped supervise the building of a new school in Monroe. While in RSU#3, she earned my final degree in Educational Leadership. Leaving that position Faith became Waldo County Head Start Director. After 5 years she left that position and began a third career as Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, preparing others to teach.

Her interest in history of Searsport led Faith to begin research on the structure of education in Searsport- which mirrors the development in our state. Several years ago she decided to try her hand at writing-and began the monograph on which her talk to the Historical Society will be based. Faith will trace the development of schools in a small town, using Searsport as a model, from the days towns were organized to the present day. Please come and discover some ew history about Searsport.

Tuesday, October 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the RSU#20 will hold their Board of Directors meeting in Union Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Wednesday, October 12, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Comprehensive Plan Committee will meet in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Saturday, October 15, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Last Night at the Museum - Bring your flashlight for a family-friendly spooky good time. Hear the hair-raising stories and meet the spirits of sea captains lost at sea, the widows waiting for the husbands to return, wives who succumbed to some dread tropical diseases, children lost in shipwrecks and young boys who left as crew never to return. Walk through the Sea Captain’s House one last time before the night watchmen close it up for the winter. Join the Penobscot Marine Museum’s nightwatch for a flashlight tour as they do a final sweep on the Sea Captain’s House to say goodbye to the friendly spirits inhabiting the house and listen as those spirits regale us with tales of adventure and disasters at sea. Tours will leave the Admissions Center every 15 minutes between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., so sign up now for your spot by calling 207-548-2529 or signing up at The cost for the event is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.


The museum closes for the season Sunday, October 16, but check and mark your calendars for the History Conference November 5, “The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries”, and the screening of the film, “Northeast by Eastern”, at the Colonial Theater November 14.

Oct 15 come and join us at the North Searsport United Methodist Church, at the corner of Mount Ephraim and the Loop Road. For a Baked Beans, Chop Suey, Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Brown Bread, and Pies, supper. From 5:00 to 6:30, $8.00 for adults and $ 4.00 for children. The proceeds to benefit the church ministries.

Saturday, October 15, starting at 2 p.m., towns throughout Waldo County will be attending the "Spirit of America" awards to be held at the Searsport Lions Club on Prospect Street. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, October 17, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on a 4 lot Subdivision at 89 Prospect Street. Meeting will be held in Union Hall.

Both Ron Merrithew's and Dollar General are now open for business.

During the month of September, the Ambulance responded to 51 calls for service. As of September, they are 68 calls ahead of last year. The Fire Department responded to 14 calls for service and the Police responded to 220 calls for service.

Please feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais

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