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Return of the wave

Thanks to the road crews at Searsmont, we can wear sneakers to walk the road on sunny days and not too cold between snowstorms. Being there reminds us of the varied responses we get when we wave at passing vehicles. After 30 years here, we’re still trying to figure out what each wave means.

A whole hand on the wheel is usually someone we know. Four fingers and a half of the palm do not disturb the direction and are very sympathetic even if we do not know who is waving. The waves of the index plus one and single finger (no, not that one!) are still mysteries to us, as is the end of the baseball cap. No matter the wave, the Searsmonters are good at keeping their end of conversation silent.

Ice and snow patterns along a road in Searsmont. Photo by Joyce Sirota

Town hall

The weather is always crazy and Crie Road is always muddy and rutted. Until further notice, bring your waste and boxes to the Community Building parking lot.

Apply now for the Searsmont Scholarship, an annual award to a Searsmont resident for the second year of post-secondary education. Get your application at the Town of Searsmont office, post office, library or village store.

City Clerk Kathy Hoey says poll clerks will be reappointed in April. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time during the June 19 and/or November elections, let Kathy know at 342-5411.

The Searsmont Town Hall begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the new fire station. Expect news on broadband expansion efforts and several mandate articles on “tiny houses” and Searsmont’s purchase of conservation and recreation lands. This isn’t your ordinary town meeting, so be there or be square.

McConnell Sector

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Community Building regarding this 63-acre downtown purchase behind the Municipal Office, bounded by the Georges River and Route 173. This “McConnell Tract” is beautiful, with 1,200 feet of river frontage and space for trails, picnics, hunting and fishing and much more. The city plans to use part of the property for an expanded transfer station or sand shed.

The Georges River Land Trust land committee surveyed the property on March 1, so a conservation easement is possible. Selectmen have signed a $250,000 buy and sell agreement with Ms McConnell and are seeking Land for Maine’s Future funds to help pay. It is still early days and your March 15 ideas will carry weight.

Library

Masks are now optional in the library. The Searsmont Seed Library has a whole selection of free, local, and donated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for you.

The final library-sponsored “Waldo County Hike” is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12. I don’t know where Sarah and Bill will take us, but it should be fine.

Other new books are available including “Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motorcars” by Earl Smith, “Violette” by Isabel Allende, “Abandoned in Death” by JD Robb and “Norman Didn’t Do It!” (Yes, He Did)” by Ryan Higgins. And the “Dune” and “The Last Duel” DVDs have also just arrived.

Parts

Our best wishes go out to Carol Robbins, who is back home after a recent heart attack. She tells us she’s doing well and “working on getting back to walking 5 miles a day.” It’s a lot more than we do, so more power for Carol.

We were delighted to see Jason Trundy in the municipal office recently. The veteran court officer was filling out paperwork to report to the Waldo County Sheriff.

Could there be a new tenant in the old fire station by the end of March, finally producing rental income for the city? Stay tuned.

Take the time to walk the roads of Searsmont and enjoy the beauty at every turn, from the ice on the streams to the shadows on the snow.

Searsmont Snow Shadows Photo by Joyce Sirota

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