"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." This observation by Emily Dickinson reminds me of the cyclical nature of life. We can mourn and rejoice in the same day. A baby's coo interrupts a eulogy, leaving smiles on tear-stained faces.

I was informed by Fire Chief Jim Waterman that two residents of Freedom passed away this week. Since I began writing this column these are the first deaths that I have known about, although I may simply be out of the loop. In the past seven months, I also know of two births in our town. My heart goes out to all who are dealing with the loss of life.

I also send my deepest regards to all those who are working hard as parents, especially in these uncertain times.

Our injured duckling is hanging in there. His foot, which was bent, has straightened out and he is eating and drinking normally. Whenever we try to put him back with his mom, she pecks him, so we have him in an isolation hutch.

The Freedom Board of Selectmen met at the Town Office on July 27. There was further discussion of the Skidgel lot cleanup. Under old business there was discussion of Maine power companies Versa and CMP.

The Dirigo Grange will host a blueberry pie takeout at Ingraham Equipment on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. They will be serving slices of blueberry pie with whipped cream for $5 per slice, as well as blueberry muffins. Muffins will be two for $3 or four for $5. If you have any questions, you can contact Lois at 382-3315.

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. to consider the application by The Lost Kitchen to build several structures on the Freedom Mill property. The meeting will be held by Zoom. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Freedom Town Office at 382-6177.

I really like the new paint job on Freedom's trash truck. I will take a picture for next week, but I laughed when I saw that they stenciled a bee and the words "The Honey Wagon" on both sides. It's funny because to most people trash is yucky and honey is yummy. Thank you to the Public Works Department for doing such a "sweet" job.

I read the short story, "Too Dear" by Leo Tolstoy recently. It is kind of a silly story with a very serious message about criminal justice reform and jails. There is a recording on Youtube that is 14 minutes long.

"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." — Will Rogers