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Greetings from the edge of Freedom.

I was able to attend the weekly meeting of the Freedom Board of Selectmen Aug. 10 via Zoom. They meet at the Town Office at 6 p.m. every Monday night that is not a state or federal holiday. Their meetings are open to the public via Zoom. For information about participating, call the Town Office at 382-6177.

There was a public hearing Aug. 6 regarding the application for commercial development submitted by The Lost Kitchen. Normally I would have a firsthand report, as both a member of the Planning Board and the acting board secretary. I had a longstanding prior commitment, so I was not present. I got in touch with Prentice Grassi, the Planning Board president, for an update. He said, "The Lost Kitchen meeting was very straightforward. The application was organized and there were no concerns from either the board or the public at large. They are off and running."

On Aug. 12 the Freedom Community Historical Society met via Zoom. I think somehow I have failed to include the society's website in any previous column. Find them online at freedomhistory.org. I am sure I would remember that amazing web address if I had ever taken note of it before. There is also a direct link to the website from the town's own website, freedomme.org. There was discussion at the meeting regarding the Keen Hall restoration project, ongoing digital archiving, and looking into ways to include more on the website. If you know someone, or are someone, who designs websites and are interested in participating in the preservation of the history of Freedom and the area, contact the society at freedomhistory@gmail.com for further information.

The Freedom Congregational Church resumed its regular 10 a.m. services May 31. There will be upcoming information about a benefit dinner to be held at the beginning of September.

I need to apologize to all of those who grew to expect a certain level of information on local happenings from this column before I was given this opportunity. I could go into detail on how the current situation has probably affected my effectiveness in providing that, but I want you to know that I am trying to find ways to make this column a pleasure to read, while remaining as informative as precedent demands. As usual, feel free to send me anything you would like Freedom residents to be aware of.

There is a skunk that keeps coming around to try to eat Peach's duckling babies. Is it weird that I can shine a light on the skunk and yell at it and throw things at it and it just stays there trying to get through the fence coming toward me and the ducklings? Maybe it doesn't realize I am yelling at it. Maybe it thinks I am yelling at something else.

We have harvested green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, snap peas and a very small amount of broccoli in the past week. None of our tomatoes are ripe yet, but they are looking like they will be very productive.

I am reading a book called "Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism." It is about a shipwreck on a rock off the coast of Maine in the 1700s. I am just beginning the sections which contain actual narrative of the shipwreck. The details of the mutiny and the other thing are yet to be discussed. There was an interesting bit about seawater. I always learned that you can't drink any. This book says that it is a fact that a healthy person can stretch water rations with a pint of seawater per day.

Peace and full bellies.