Freedom Town News
Free rabies clinic
There will be a free rabies clinic at the Knox Town Office Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9-11 a.m. Please have your pets on a leash or in a crate.
Meetings, events and volunteer opportunities
The Freedom Board of Selectmen will meet at the Town Office on Monday Sept. 24, starting at 6 p.m. All selectmen’s meetings are open to the public.
Freedom Volunteer Fire Department
The Freedom Volunteer Fire Department meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the fire house and the public is invited to attend if they have any questions that they would like to have answered.
The Historical Society will hold its meeting at the home of Viola Greeley on Wednesday, Sept. 12, starting at 7 p.m.
The Historical Society still has cookbooks, photos, Historical Scrapbooks, for sale and has now added a Bi-Centennial coin, which contains the dates of 1913-2013. The first 100 year coin (1813-1913) is no longer in circulation. Any of these items would make a lovely gift for any occasion, so why not contact Viola Greeley or Lorraine Overlock and support the Historical Society by purchasing one or all four of these historical items! The price of each item is only $10. The electricity is all completed in the Old Town House building! Now it’s time to put up the ceiling, walls and flooring. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Viola Greeley.
The Bicentennial Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Town Office starting at 6 p.m.
The Bicentennial will take place on a Friday night, July 5, 2013 (that’s only 10 months away), and all day on Saturday, July 6, 2013. We are looking for volunteers to bake and help in any way. The committee is trying very hard to come up with ideas that will make this a successful event. We would like to see residents of the town of Freedom come forward and do their share to help. We need more and additional new help to make this a success. I hope we can make this project a success and bring Freedom back closer to where it used to be, a real community! Come on people, give of yourself, it does not cost a dime
The Planning Board is still looking for another member to join the board. This position has been vacant for several months now, and we are hoping that someone will step forward and send their request to the Board of Selectmen. The board meets only once a month. I’m sure there is someone out there who would like a night out and to do some volunteer work for the town.
We are also in need someone to represent the Town Cemeteries. We do have a volunteer who takes care of the cleaning up, etc. but we need a volunteer to chair this committee. If you are interested, contact the Board of Selectmen and send your letter of interest or call the Town Office.
We are in need of a health officer! You can notify the Board of Selectmen to get more information as to just what this position involves. Two cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Maine by people that entered Maine from Pennsylvania.
I have been asking for volunteers for some positions for quite a while now and must say I together with others are disappointed that out of a town of approximately 700, nobody has come forward. Please try to make an effort to give some of your time to the town you live in. You probably are tired of reading my requests, but all I can do is keep asking until the positions are filled or volunteers step up to the plate.
The Booster Club is now selling tickets for the framed beautiful portrait of the American bird, the Bald Eagle. It was on display during the primary election and is hanging on the wall in the Town Office. Once again the tickets are $1 apiece and six for $5. The drawing for that framed photo will be drawn on Patriots Day, Sept. 11,at 2 p.m. at the Freedom Town Office.
Tickets are and have been on sale, so please contact Cindy, Erna, Kim or me to purchase your winning ticket. The proceeds are going toward a gazebo.
It would be much appreciated if you will purchase one or six tickets to show your support to the committee.
Donations are still being taken by Cindy Abbott for a new flagpole by the Town Office. It will hold two flags, and we are in dire need of this. Please find it in your heart to make a donation, no matter how big or how small. Pennies do add up. So far we have $245; maybe another $100 will buy us a tripod flagpole. The American flag has already been donated, and it would be nice to have a Maine flag, also.
Celebration for our veterans
The Freedom Recreation Committee is hosting a celebration for our veterans on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11. We are having guest speakers, and this year we are going to ask some of our veterans to be the honor guard. We are hoping some of our politicians will attend and the Cub/Boy Scouts. The celebration will start at noon at the Veterans' Memorial on Pleasant Street. We will have some music and the "Wall of Honor" with pictures of area veterans. We hope to have many people turn out. It was a huge success last year and we would like to have it even bigger this year.
If anyone or group would like to participate please feel free to call Kim Holmes at 382-6245 (Secretary). We are still looking for pictures of area veterans.
We will have use of the Church basement, therefore refreshments will be served. If there is anyone out there who would like to contribute some food, baked goods, desserts, etc. please contact me at 382-6024 or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, for I am in charge of the refreshments. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Veterans' Day?
There will be a turkey supper on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Knox Grange hall from 4:30-6 p.m. The menu will consist of turkey, stuffing, veggies, homemade rolls and pies. The cost for adults is $7 and for children ages 5-12, $3. Give the lady of the house a break and take her and the family out for a great dinner. Break bread with your family, friends and neighbors and have a good time. All proceeds will benefit the Waldo Pomona Grange #12.
Montville rescheduled their Chinese auction for Sept. 29 and 30 at the firehouse on Route 220 in Montville. The plan is to have the majority of items in the Chinese auction, with a few more valuable items done in a silent auction format. The auction will open on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. On Sunday they will open again at 3 p.m. for folks who cannot come on Saturday. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and soda available both days. They will expect to start the drawings for the Chinese auction about 5:30 p.m., followed by the closing of the silent auction, at which time those winners will be announced. They will gladly still accept items for the auction. Contact Karen York at 382-3077 or email@example.com with any questions or donations.
Montville Historical Society
The Montville Historical Society is hosting its fourth annual horse-drawn wagon tours of Frye Mountain Sunday, Sept. 30. There will be two tours and seven wagons leaving at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from a field about a quarter-mile up from the main entrance off Route 220 towards Walker Ridge. Just follow the signs. Each ride aboard the open wagons lasts about two hours.
Frye Mountain, now a wildlife management area, was once home to many families of Montville, Morrill and Knox. Most of the farms were bought by the federal government in the late 1930s. The tour route passes sites of old farms, schools and cemeteries and includes narratives about the places and the people who lived there. Each year the Historical Society adds different areas of the mountain to tour.
Space is limited, so pre-registration is needed to reserve a seat, with a $20 deposit, which will be refunded when and if you show up for the ride. This is to ensure that all drivers, who donate their horses, equipment, and time, have a full wagonload, but not more than their teams can pull. For more information and to sign up, call Barbara Boulay at 589-4414.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County
The Hospice Volunteers are seeking donations of (new) goods or services to be offered at the 3rd annual auction to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County to be held at The Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 20. Everyone's life is touched by death at some point, and Hospice can be a wonderful resource not only to ease the dying person's passage, but to assist families and loved ones, both during the final days and afterward by offering help in the form of bereavement support groups or one on one help. Your donation to their auction will help a most worthy cause. If you cannot donate to the auction, they hope you will come to the auction to support them... Donations can be picked up. Call Connie at the Hospice Office (930-2677) or e-mail volunteer Ginny Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fall Harvest Festival
There will be a free Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-3 p.m. at the New Life Community church on Route 173 in South Montville. There will be fun for the whole family with a chicken barbecue, bounce house, games, cotton candy, fresh-pressed apple cider, crafts, music and so much more! All ages are welcome. Contact Jess and Jamie Davis at 589-4862 or email@example.com. if you have further questions or need directions.
Voice of Freedom
Summer is officially over. Students are all back to school, the gardens have been harvested, firewood is being stacked, pools are being closed up for the season, fall cleaning will be in progress and soon leaves will start turning to their brilliant colors. Fall is on its way.
The summer went by very fast and for most, their yearly vacations are over. It will be great to have all of our favorite shows returning to TV and new shows will be seen. I’ve enjoyed watching the Republican and Democratic conventions, and look forward to watching the debates. The election is right around the corner, so if you haven’t made up your mind as to whom to vote for, please give it some thought. Because we live in America, we are fortunate to exercise our right to vote and as good standing American citizens, it is important to vote. One vote can make the difference, so don’t think your vote does not count.
Get well wishes to all of our residents who need those thoughts and wishes.
I hope all those who are grandparents were remembered on Grandparents' Day, which was Sunday, Sept. 9. Many times it kind of gets lost during this busy month.
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