At the post office in Freedom there are two bulletin boards in the lobby that are usually filled with postings. One appears to be used primarily for town-endorsed events and notices, while the other contains mostly state and federal postings. I really like the bulletin board at the Freedom General Store. It is almost always full of current postings as well as being an official posting location for the town.

The Board of Selectmen met Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Their meetings are open to members of the public who are interested and can download the Zoom app. For more information, you can contact the Town Office at 382-6177.

There is a juvenile porcupine wandering around our property. I don't know what is going on exactly. We haven't seen the skunk in a few days. I think I would rather have a baby porcupine around than a skunk. Did you know that quill-pigs can make super cute, adorable, sweet, cuddly, little sounds? Apparently they also make a very disturbing screaming/crying sound in the middle of the night. Baby porcupines are called porcupettes and are about 10 inches long. When they are born they have soft quills.

I heard at the selectmen's meeting that the Skidgel lot cleanup was coming along very nicely, with the building demolished at that point. We have lived here for a short time, but interestingly one of the first places that my wife and I saw in town was the Skidgel lot. We accidentally thought it was the Hills to Sea Trail because we did not read the sign, which contains very clear directions. We thought that it was the town dump.

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

Six months ago on March 28 the temperature in Freedom was a high of 54 and a low of 24. I do not say that as a reminder that winter is coming. The temperature range we are in now is really my favorite time of year, both now and in the spring.

I remember before phones and the internet existed I would read tons of books. Now, other than the Bible, I sometimes read a book every couple of months. My oldest two children read a lot. Kind of like I used to.

"Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get." — Frederick Douglass, 1857.