Searsport News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 03, 2017

Searsport News

By Dick Desmarais

Radio Searsport 11-3-17

Sunday, November 12, there will be a Limb Day at the Transfer Station. Public Works will be there with a wood chipper take care of the limbs. This is not for yard waste. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be no charge.

Tuesday, November 7, starting at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the Selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Tuesday, November 7, the Public Safety building will be opened for voting from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. I will send you the results of the Searsport vote.

Wednesday, November 8, Friends of Sears Island will be serving meals at Anglers with part of the night's income going to their organization.

The Town of Searsport Board of Selectmen will be holding a Hearing and Workshop to discuss the Change of the Fiscal year and other issues on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office, i Union Street, Searsport, Maine 04974

The Window Dressers project is getting ready for the Searsport build upstairs in Union Hall. We will start Nov. 3 and continue until Nov. 17. We are building the window inserts that have been saving people a lot of money in fuel costs. We need your help. No skills are needed.

We will teach you what you need to know. Please sign up to volunteer by going to: Click on volunteer and scroll down to find the Searsport 2017 community build and click on that. Follow the prompts to sign up for the times that work best for you. If you do not have a computer please call Judy Staples at 548-4014. Thank you.

On Thursday November 9 at 9:00AM RSU#20 Schools will be holding a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony in the Searsport District Middle High School Gymnasium. Students in grades K-12 will give a presentation honoring veterans and their service to our country. RSU#20 staff and students would like to invite all local veterans to this special ceremony. Starting at 8:30AM in the SDMHS Cafeteria, coffee and pastries will be served to veterans attending the ceremony. Questions may be directed to Searsport Elementary School - 548-2317 or

On Friday, November 10, 5PM, Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church Street, will be doing a Beef Stew Dinner to benefit the church’s Lift (elevator) Project to increase community access to church facilities. In addition to stew, there will be biscuits, pickles, and homemade gingerbread with whipped cream. Cost is $8 per person, $4 under 12 years old. The next day is Veterans day, so in honor and much gratitude to all of our Veterans, all Veterans may eat for free.

Saturday, November 11, Anglers will be serving free meals to all veterans as they have done in the past.

Saturday, November 11, the United Methodist Church will be holding a Ham Supper with all the trimmings. The supper will run from 4:30 until 6 p.m.

The Searsport First Congregational Church is taking orders for cards and fine art prints to benefit the Wheelchair Lift Fund. The cards, which are blank inside, are perfect for Christmas cards or use anytime of the year, and the prints make great gifts. The original is a watercolor which was given to Anne Barclay, who in turn gave it to the church. The painting was then digitized at the Penobscot Marine Museum. Samples of both the print and cards as well as an order sheet will be available in Curtis Hall, or you may call 207-548-0327 to place your order. Order deadline is November 19th, and orders will be available the last week of November.

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., documentary, The Home Road, at the Colonial Theater. Penobscot Marine Museum presents Portland based filmmaker Tonya Shevenell’s documentary The Home Road. In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He found work and built a new life in an American boomtown being transformed by the Industrial Revolution, and is recognized as the city’s first permanent French-Canadian settler. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson, Ray Shevenell, retraced the pioneering journey, walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford. Tonya Shevenell tells their stories in her first documentary film, an exploration of family, history, and identity – and how a journey into the unexpected inevitably leads to...home. The film uses some of the photos from the Penobscot Museum’s Archives. Proceeds from this screening will benefit the museum’s archive collection. Tickets are $12 for members, children and students, and $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets please visit call 207-548-2529. The Colonial Theatre is located at 163 High Street in Belfast.

National Fisherman 5k3 Rollout at the Penobscot Marine Museum - Penobscot Marine museum is excited to announce the unveiling of another wave of 5,000 photographs from the noteworthy National Fisherman Collection. This collection was prepared a cadre of professionals and dogged volunteers. With minor exceptions, the group is complete.

This collection represents several decades of reporting by National Fisherman magazine, a subsidiary of Diversified Communications in Portland, ME. This is a journal with salt on the pages, its stories focused on the sea, the fish, and the characters who make commerce out of the two. It’s been a place for fishermen to learn about new gear and read about other boats and their captains; it has showcased small sailboats and other recreational watercraft; it has described emerging fisheries legislation borne of the best intentions and responses to it by the hardworking constituencies impacted by those policies.

The Penobscot Marine Museum web portal for the National Fisherman photographs makes it easy to peruse the collection. Sample images are grouped into major categories and numerous subcategories. To these latter, Menhaden, Weirs, and Boat Plans have been added. To jump straight to Penobscot Marine Museum’s online database and search the new group of National Fisherman photographs and their descriptions in their entirety.

The large piece of equipment scheduled to be moved last week was cancelled. We will be notified of the new schedule when they arrive at the new date.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais


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