Now that the holidays are over, we will go back to our regular schedule of meetings, etc. I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday.


The Freedom Community Historical Society will be holding their fourth annual "Winterfest." Please make every attempt to attend and participate in the planning and helping with this great community event Saturday, Feb. 2. Activities will begin at Springvale Farm at 10 a.m., with warming and food at the Town Office, a Community Potluck at the Grange Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the famous Freedom Follies at 6 p.m.

Hopefully Paul Flynn will continue his vital role as overall coordinator, if all of us can pitch in and assist with various jobs.

Please invite others in the community outside FCHS to come and participate. We want it to be a real community event.

Textiles for recycling

The UARRC is now accepting textiles for recycling. The UARRC is working alongside Apparel Impact to further reduce the amount of material going into our landfills. Apparel Impact is based in New Hampshire and gives usable items to families in need, while recycling what is not reusable. For more information on Apparel Impact, visit their website: https://www.apparelimpact.com/.

Just like other recycling products, textiles must be clean, dry, odorless, and contain no mold. Textiles are not available for curbside pickup. Please bring these items to us directly any time we're open for business. Textiles must be separate of any other recycling. We reserve the right to refuse textiles that do not meet these criteria.

Accepted items:

All clothing:

– Men's, Women's, children's clothing

– Vintage clothing

– Coats/ jackets

– Winter gear

– Blankets, comforters, bed sheets, pillow cases (NO pillows)


– Purses, handbags, backpacks

– Ties, scarfs, and hats

– Curtains/ drapes

All Footwear:

– Sneakers

– Dress shoes

– Heels

– Flats

– Sandals/ Flip-flops

– Boots

Not accepted:

– Moldy, wet, and/or otherwise unclean textiles

– Pillows

– Carpeting, rugs

– Window blinds

As always, if you have a questionable item for recycling, or just need some guidance, do not hesitate to contact UARRC. We are at your disposal and resource. Thank you for choosing to recycle with us!

According to Tammy McTaggart, solid waste director, the new Green Freedom Maine Facebook page is now available. Here’s the link: https://m.facebook.com/Green-Freedom-Maine-2159775494085552.


The Dirigo Grange 98 will hold their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The selectmen will meet on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Town Office starting at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Thank you, Brian Jones, for taking the notes regarding the brief meetings (signing the warrants) during the holidays. I felt like I was on a three-week vacation!


Recyclables will be collected on Friday (the last Friday of the month), Jan. 25. Please have your recyclables out at curbside by 7 a.m. All cardboard must be protected from the rain/snow. Wet papers or cardboard will not be picked up.

Rabies clinic

Dogs and cats, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Troy Town Office. The Searsport Veterinary Hospital will be there. The fee is $10. Animals must be in a crate or on a leash. Also the Town Clerk will be there to license dogs.

Voice of Freedom

Get well wishes go out to Drew Fales who suffered a stroke and is in rehab at Harbor Hill, room 103, in Belfast. Thoughts and prayers continue.

Steve Shaw was taken to the hospital to be checked out due to difficulty in breathing. They found his lungs are filling up with fluid. More test are being done and Steve was released.

Hilary Fleming took a tumble at her home and was in the hospital for a few days. Thankfully she ended up with only bumps and bruises. All is well now.

It seems so many elderly people have accidents falling. I implore you all to be careful when walking outdoors, in your home or anywhere you go.

Special thanks

I would like to take this time to say “thank you” to our Public Works Department (Travis Price and Mike Bailey) for the great job of keeping our roads passable.

Until next week, everyone stay warm, stay safe, be kind to your neighbor and God bless.

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