Freedom Town News

By Sallyann Hadyniak | Apr 05, 2013

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The Dirigo Grange #98 will have a sing-along with Dale Hustus on April 18. He will be doing songs from the '50s and '60s, and will add some of the more modern songs of today. There will be plenty of songs that we all know. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served after the program is over. This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting at the Freedom Congregational Church on Monday, April 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for lot owners and their descendants or representatives, in order for them to cast their vote to elect a Cemetery Board. Please come out and let your voice be heard and know that your vote counts.

One last reminder, next week is April 15 and that is the deadline to get your taxes to the IRS.

Voice of Freedom

Wow, nothing much going around town this week, for sure. There still is snow on the ground, wind in the air and cool temperatures.

My grandson Tyler and I took a ride to Boston on Thursday and we checked out Boston University and Boston College since he was home all week on break and it was a good chance to do that. He is going to graduate from University of Maine at Farmington next year instead of in 2015 because he will have 129 credits, and only 128 credits are required to graduate. He is looking into teaching political science at the college level and also at some point, law school. It looks like he will have a career in college for a while and time will tell. It was a fun and an interesting day that we spent together, and I got to add another mug to my collection with "Boston University" on it. I was very impressed with architecture of the buildings on both campuses.

Food for thought

"Agree to Disagree: Working through Disagreement"

By Mountain Wings

We all have disagreements. To clash at times with family and friends is a part of life. When we simply have a difference of opinion with someone or engage in an argument, disagreements offer an opportunity for us to learn and grow.

One of the most important things we can do when we find ourselves in disagreement with anyone, whether they are close to us or not, is to try to remain calm and to be respectful. However, when we are discussing something of importance to us, or if we disagree with someone we don't particularly like, it may be difficult to keep from becoming angry and exchanging harsh words from there, it's all too easy for a disagreement to escalate and become a full-blown shouting match.

During any disagreement, it's important to be respectful and let the other person finish what he/she is saying. Try to understand not just their words, but their feelings as well. Understanding is more important than agreement. You may not come to an agreement, but you can agree to disagree and still keep peace.

If a disagreement starts to get heated, take a deep breath and stop talking. Make eye contact and, as difficult as it may be, send the other person love. Try to find compassion. Chances are, there will be an energy shift and both of you will become calmer and better able to discuss your differences.

We shouldn't, however, withdraw from those close to us when they want to discuss issues. Uncomfortable as conflict may be, when we are able to work through disagreements the relationship is strengthened. Disagreements offer us a chance to become more accepting, loving people and give others the chance to do the same.

If you have anything of interest, please contact me with your news. Have a great week and just think, we are getting closer to spring weather!

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