Searsport News

By Dick Desmarais | Oct 06, 2019

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Triad of Waldo County is offering a free vehicle safety check for all seniors in Waldo County Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tarratine Hall in Belfast. This vehicle winterization program is brought to you by volunteers from Waldo County Triad, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, and Waldo County Technical Center. Vehicles will be checked for safety and law-related defects and owners will be responsible for correcting the defects. The rain date will be Oct. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., the regular meeting of the Planning Board will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Carver Memorial Library

Genealogy Tips and Tricks
Tues, Oct. 8, 3:30 p.m., Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Tips and tricks for genealogists and those getting started. Presented by the Maine State Library. Those interested in a genealogy group are invited to meet afterward.

Balancing Act 2: Maine Poets

Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Carver Memorial Library. A panel of Maine women poets will read from and discuss their new anthology. Those interested in a poetry reading group are invited to meet afterward.

On Monday, Oct. 14, the library will be closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Tech Topics

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m. Open Q&A at the library. Your tech questions answered.

Mah Jongg

Monday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. Learn to play Ma Jongg at the library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 1 p.m.

Searsport Ghost Stories

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Do you have a ghost experience you'd be willing to share? Back, by popular demand, Searsport Town Historian Charlene Knox Farris will be telling her "Searsport Ghost Stories" and encouraging audience members to do the same over cider and doughnuts. Come and join her, if you dare!

Children Take Home a Free Book!
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Crafternoons

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of crafts and socializing in front of the fireplace at the library. Bring your knitting, mending or craft projects for conversation, questions and new friends. Bigger group on third Thursdays, drop in any week.

Free veggies

We should be having free veggies for distribution at the Public Safety Building until around the middle of November  Don't know what we will be getting until it arrives. Days are Wednesdays and Fridays starting about 10 a.m.

Stone Fox Farm Creamery will be opening in the spring at the Red Kettle Antiques building on Route 1 in Searsport.

Town Manager’s Report, Oct. 1

Public Works – The crew was very busy in September. They did some additional work in Cottage Street and Station Avenue. Cottage Street is now ready for paving and it should be done next week. They did some ditching on Harris Road.

They went out patching several roads in town. They took the body off one of the Volvo plow trucks and started to prepare the frame for paint. They spent a considerable amount of time at the Transfer Station setting the new debris can up for public use. The can is larger than the old can and needed to be set into the ground. On top of all that, they have resumed the mowing duties as the summer help has returned to school. The summer help did a great job and I hope they will be available next year.

Wastewater – Howard and Dan are doing well. We opened the process for the U.S. Rural Development Grant/Loan application. I have no other significant news to report.

Carver Memorial Library – The staff is doing well.

Ambulance – The Ambulance responded to 34 calls for service in September. They had two inter-facility transfers. We were able to fill most of the shifts last month. There were only a couple of small gaps. Adrian is doing better and has a doctor’s appointment this week. Both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

Fire – The Fire Department responded to 10 calls for service in September. They issued 25 burn permits. The members are preparing for Fling into Fall activities. This will include a work night this week where they will be cleaning out the bays. The chief has no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement – Randy is doing well. We are dealing with a request for a variance for a garage on Shoreside Lane. The Board of Appeals is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, at 6pm.

Police Department – There were 199 complaints for service in September. Searsport Police responded to 174 of the calls. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and State Police covered the rest. The search for a new chief is progressing well. We have completed interviews and expect to have background checks and a candidate identified as soon as this week.

All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well.

Economic Development – Dean Bennett is doing well. He continues to work on the parking lot project for downtown. He met with a couple of different business owners in September about relocating their existing businesses to Searsport. One of the two meetings looks very promising.

Town Hall – I have no significant news to report from Town Hall.

Committees – The Shellfish Committee, Historic Preservation Committee and Planning Board all met last month. The 175th Anniversary Committee continues to meet on a biweekly basis.

The newly formed Recreation Committee met last month. They did some planning for Fling into Fall and how to manage the soccer season. The soccer program has over 80 kids in it.

Feel free to pass this along to interested people.

Dick Desmarais

 

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