Greetings from the edge of Freedom.

The weather this past week has been amazing. And it rained on two different days. I hope all the farmers/gardeners of Freedom were pleased. This year has been one of the driest on record in much of the northeast, including parts of Maine.

At the selectmen's meeting on Aug. 17, Stephen Bennett was given permission by the board to sign paperwork finalizing commitments regarding cleanup at the Skidgel lot. Preliminary site work began Aug. 18, and in the past two days 18 trailer loads have been taken to the landfill in Norridgewock.

There are estimates that by the end of the weekend the cleanup may be about half done, which is amazing progress. Buildings will be demolished Aug. 21. There is no known asbestos on the property, and the rats were hardly the problem that was speculated about at the special town meeting.

The Freedom Congregational Church has services on Sunday at 10 a.m. The church is located at 45 Pleasant St.

On Sept. 6 the Planning Board is scheduled to have its monthly meeting.

On Sept. 7 the Freedom Community Historical Society will have its monthly meeting.

For information regarding any committee or board meetings, you can call the Town Office during regular hours at 382-6177, or check the town's website at

The Freedom Forest is a beautiful nature preserve just a mile down the road from me. It is such a peaceful place, with widely varied terrain in such a small area. My 2-year-old daughter could not do the last bit by herself, but she walked all the way through the woods. The hill at the end is always my least favorite part, too, and my legs are longer than her whole body.

We are finally getting some tomatoes out of the garden. Imagine being the first person to believe that a seed would produce a fruiting plant like that.

Rockland native and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay once wrote in a letter that,"It's not true that life is one…thing after another; it's one…thing over and over."