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A reliable source informed me earlier in the week that the Freedom Board of Selectmen consulted with the town attorney regarding the legality of their current method of conducting their weekly meeting. According to my source, the mandates and guidance set forth by the governor allow them to conduct their meetings as they are. I am glad that they were willing to take the step of making sure they were acting lawfully.

If you need to conduct any business with the town, the easiest way to get started is by calling the Town Office during the "kind of new" business hours. The town clerk, Cindy Abbott, can be reached at 382-6177 on Monday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The office is still open the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until noon.

Voting will still take place in person at the Election Hall in Freedom on Nov. 3, for those who choose not to vote by absentee ballot.

The Freedom Planning Board has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. For further information, you can email board president Prentice Grassi at villagesidefarmfreedom@gmail.com.

The Freedom Community Historical Society has a meeting scheduled for Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. For more information regarding meetings or joining the FCHS, you can email freedomhistory@gmail.com.

Some people really enjoy activities in the snow, and I don't mind the changing of the seasons, but I really really prefer warmer weather. I woke up to a frozen house two days last week, and that is not good at all. I admire the perseverance and everything, but I don't understand why people don't all just live in tropical climates.

I hope every person reading this has peace regarding keeping warm through the cold times ahead. We usually barely scrape through, and I know we are better off than some people. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

A couple of years ago we were helped by the kind people at the Waldo County Woodshed (338-2692), which was super helpful right when we really needed it. The Woodshed is donation-funded and volunteer-run. As I have mentioned before, our neighbors have also been incredible. This is a great town.

Portland, Maine, native, author, poet, zeteticist, and musician Eric Dubay wrote regarding government, "None of them are for the people." His words ring more relevant to me year by year.

Peace.