Freedom Town News
There will be a public supper at the Freedom Congregational Church on Pleasant Street in Freedom on Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:30-6 p.m. The menu will consist of: Pork roast, mashed potatoes, carrots, baked beans, dinner rolls, gravy, applesauce punch, coffee and assorted pies. The cost is $7 per adult and $3 children 12 and under. Children 3 and under eat free. The church hall is handicapped-accessible via back door. All proceeds benefit church projects.
Recyclables will be picked up on the last Friday of the month, Sept. 28. They should be out by 7 a.m.
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 for 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, please 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
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 reside 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 and has been selling tickets for the framed beautiful portrait of the American Bald Eagle. It was on display during the primary election, and is now on display in the Town Office. Once again, the tickets are $1 apiece and six for $5. The drawing for that framed photo will be sometime in the future. This is a fundraiser and we need to make some money before it is drawn. Because we haven’t been able to sell many tickets, the drawing was canceled. It would be much appreciated if you will purchase one or six tickets to show your support to the committee.
You can contact Cindy at the Town Office, Erna at Hilltop, Kim or I to purchase your winning ticket.
Freedom Volunteer Fire Department
It’s that time of year to get your chimneys cleaned, so why not contact the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department and make a date to have your chimney cleaned. Donations are accepted.
There is a group of people who meet at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion every Monday morning in the kitchen where they hold their meetings. Weigh-in starts at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30, and then the meeting begins. If you feel you would like to learn more about proper and healthy eating, why not come on out and join the group. The first attendance is free, and from there you can decide if you want to join. We have lots of good information, fun and games. You can contact me at 382-6024 if you are interested or just show up at the meeting. By the way, TOPS stands for “Take Off Pounds Sensibly.”
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 fire house 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, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 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 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 again offering 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.
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 more! All ages are welcome. Contact Jess and Jamie Davis at 589-4862 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or need directions.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County
We are seeking donations of (new) goods or services to be offered at the third 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 email volunteer Ginny Ford at email@example.com.
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 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.
Individuals or groups that would like to participate should 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 finger foods, cookies, cake, etc., contact me at 382-6024 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, for I am accepting all donations of refreshments. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Veterans' Day?
Going to add to this today that, as of this moment, I have not received one donation! Come on, ladies and gentlemen, don’t wait until the last minute!
Voice of Freedom
The whole country is busy with listening to or watching everything to do with politics. In a little over a month we will go to the polls and vote for the Commander in Chief, the highest position in the United States.
Other than that, all is quiet around town.
Quotation for the week
"It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding."
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), 'On Giving,' The Prophet, 1923