It’s kind of like summer these days, not just in the weather department, but in what’s going on!
It’s the second Saturday of the month on the 14th, so it’s time for The United Methodist Church’s take-out turkey dinner! Drop by from 4-6 p.m. for a turkey meal with all the trimmings, like mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, peas, cookies and a homemade pie, all for a $10 donation.
A garage sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the First Congregational Church. Household items, clothing and various collectibles will be available.
Story time is back!
The Carver Memorial Library resumes its popular outdoor storytime on the lawn on Fridays from May 13 at 10.30am. Miss Rhonda will read stories and share songs for the Young Learners Movement. Designed for children 5 and under and their caregivers. Bring your sunscreen, blanket, lawn chair or grass seat. If the weather is not suitable, it will take place in the children’s room. Families are invited to participate!
The museum opens on May 27
The Penobscot Marine Museum opens its doors for the first time in two years! On Thursday, May 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception and preview of the Main Street Gallery and the Old Vestry.
Here are some of the highlights from this summer: Captain Fowler-True-Ross’ home has been transformed to tell the stories of Searsport’s men, women and children at sea. Searsport’s Maritime Stories” is a new permanent exhibit. Each room in the house will focus on a different aspect of life at sea and at home with stories of loss, misfortune and miraculous rescues.
Visitors will recognize many Searsport surnames. The Pendletons with their stories of the War of 1812, joined by Frank Irving Pendleton in his samurai garb for a China trading trip. Joanna and Lincoln Colcord tell the story of Chinese trade from their perspective through objects, letters and photographs. The Dow-Eaton family tells their story of love, life and loss through letters, merchandise and paintings. Searsport families saw their neighbors more frequently in foreign ports than on the streets of Searsport!
The summer kitchen will be dedicated to the ship’s crew where their stories will be told through work songs and games.
The photography exhibition presents Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments. Ruohomaa’s work spanned two decades, documenting a critical period in American culture by photographing the years of World War II.
Her photos have found their way into some of the most visible publications such as Life, Look and National Geographic. He often based his homework on a photo report, telling a story in pictures.
Searsport receives $2 million broadband grant
Consolidated Communications will bring the Internet to 2,000 homes in Searsport with a grant from ConnectMaine. This means that even the most rural sections of Searsport will be able to access the Internet.
Consolidated representative Simon Thorne said: “If you have a pole and a power source at home, you can be connected. Consolidated offers high speed and reliability through Fidium fiber optics at a starting cost of $35 per household for the first year. There will be no contract or setup fees. The package will include a modem, plus two extenders if the signal is weak in one part of the house. For anyone who needs to terminate service, the process has been streamlined with specially trained customer service representatives.
It was a long process – over two years – and some said it couldn’t be done! But thanks to the Broadband Select Committee, consisting of George Kerper, Sue McClintok, Janine Laveway, Dan Nichols, Ellie Flagg, Doug Norman, Steve Tanguay and Karen Smith – they made this possible!
Installation will begin in the summer of 2023 and is expected to be completed in three months. Consolidated is a top 10 US provider with experience in over 50 communities in Maine and New Hampshire. Thorne’s estimate is therefore realistic. And according to the National Realtors Association, a home with a fiber optic connection earns 3% more in a sale.