Freedom Town News
Voice of Freedom
Meet my new grand-dog, Stella Bella, a bloodhound! She has brought so much happiness to our family over the last couple of weeks and is growing like a weed!
Well, here it is almost two weeks into the year of 2013! It feels like the January thaw out there, and yet a winter wonderland to boot. These weeks will be great for the winter sport activities and I’m sure everyone will be out in full gear. Just be careful while doing your thing. Stick to the trails, stay off the ponds and lakes and drive safely, happy ice fishing and skate to your heart's content.
The one thing I love about living in the country is that the snow stays white and beautiful.
It’s been such a mild winter thus far, but look out for February and March!
The Budget Committee met last week, and will meet once more to finalize the budget. The meeting was held at the Town Office. Also the Bicentennial Committee met at the Town Office annex and is continuing to plan for the Bicentennial, which will be held in July. We are still looking for ideas and volunteers for help make this affair a success. Dirigo Grange #98 will be holding its meetings for the winter at the homes of different members to save on the heating bill at the hall.
Not much happening this week/month except the Selectmen will meet on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Town Office starting at 6 p.m. All meetings are public and the residents. are invited to attend. Also, nomination papers are still available at the Town Office.
There are still openings on the Planning Board; volunteers are being sought for the Cemetery Committee, as well as a public health nurse.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is Jan. 21, and is observed as a legal holiday. The Town Office will be closed.
I attended the alumni basketball game last Saturday at Mount View High School and a good time was had by all. It was a great turnout and many great prizes were given out. It was sponsored by Future MSAD 3, and all proceeds went toward the athletic facilities for the school. Two games were played, one by the alumni women and one by the alumni men. The cheerleaders stole the show! The big grand prize was an ATV, and the winner of the 50-50 donated the money back to Future. Most winners were from away.
The college kids have been home for several weeks and will soon be returning to school. It was a long winter break, but they enjoyed the home-cooking and spending the holidays with family and friends.
This was the first year I have taken my decorations down the day after New Year's Day. It seems each year Christmas starts early and by the time the holiday is here, I’m tired of all the music and decorations and just can’t wait to take them down. The reason is that Christmas is so commercialized; it takes away the true meaning of the holiday.
So now even before Christmas is over, valentines are appearing in the stores, and commercials. Candy and flowers are the gifts of giving. Hearts and cupids are all over the place. Last year I found out that there was a local man who really knew how to treat the love of his life, his wife, in a grand way. He presented her with a rose and had a small group of singers come and serenade her! I was in shock, and thought that was the greatest thing. Those things just don’t happen like they did years ago. It’s nice to know some of my age bracket still prefer and celebrate the old days in such a way.
Colds and the flu have had a lot of people down for weeks. The cold that is going around just wants to hang on and we just can’t get rid of the coughing! It just keeps lingering on.
My grandson Kyle had surgery on his shoulder for the second time and will start extensive therapy on Jan. 14. Tyler has been substituting at Mount View and thinks one month off for winter break is too long. Two weeks would be enough.
The Ridgetop Restaurant has been closed for renovation and many of us can’t wait for it to reopen!
I understand Yeaton’s in Albion and Keay's are closed down. Not sure, but new owners may be taking over. As for Freedom General, it will remain Freedom General, owned and operated by Paul and Kate Flynn, so rumors of them closing can be put to rest.
TOPS 125 in Albion has openings for new members. The group of women who attended TOPS in Freedom closed the office and joined the group in Albion. The meetings are held in the kitchen of Lovejoy Health Center on Monday mornings, starting at 7:30 until 8:30 for weigh-in and then the meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested, contact me at 382-6024 for more information. The group is very informal, full of fun and members get educated when it comes to eating healthy.
A FEW THINGS TO BRING A SMILE…
Kids' Advice on Love and Marriage
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?
"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you
like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she
should keep the chips and dip coming."
Alan, age 10
"No person really decides before they grow up who they're going
to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out
later who you're stuck with."
Kirsten, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
"Twenty-three is the best age, because you know the person forever
Camille, age 10
"No age is good to get married at.
You got to be a fool to get married."
Freddie, age 6
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be
yelling at the same kids."
Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
"Both don't want any more kids."
Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to
know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen
Lynnette, age 8
"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that
usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date."
Martin, age 10
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
"I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the
newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead
Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
"When they're rich."
Pam, age 7
"The law says you have to be 18, so I wouldn't want to mess
Curt, age 7
"The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should
marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do."
Howard, age 8
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
"I don't know which is better, but I'll tell you one thing.
I'm never going to have sex with my wife.
I don't want to be all grossed out."
Theodore, age 8
"It's better for girls to be single, but not for boys.
Boys need someone to clean up after them."
Anita, age 9
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
"There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?"
Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 favorite is:
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
"Tell your wife that she looks pretty,
even if she looks like a truck."
Ricky, age 10
By MOUNTAIN WINGS