Thank you to the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department for a quick response on Sept. 30. During the windstorm that came through town, a tree roughly 6 to 8 inches in diameter was knocked partially down. I spoke with Freedom Fire Chief Jim Waterman and learned that there were seven calls to the FVFD throughout the storm regarding blocked roads and downed trees. Several roads, including Stevens Road, were completely impassable. The tree that fell here fell in such a way as to allow smaller vehicles to pass.

When I spoke to Jim, he let me know that there are some people in town with dry wells. If you find yourself in that situation, there are resources and water available. You can call the Town Office during regular business hours for information on the several locations around town where both residents and the town have provided access.

I worked in Hampden on Oct. 1 and finished up a stone wall. I thought it was interesting that when I got there at 9 a.m., the power was still out. It had been back at home since the previous evening before dark.

Thank you to Tyler, Tim and Pat for your supportive emails and information. I absolutely love hearing from people who are reading this column. If you are taking the time to read this, thank you for your time.

A Freedom Planning Board public hearing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. to discuss an Commercial Review Application submitted by Jordan Fowler of Fowler's Diesel Service to open his business at 149 N. Palermo Road. The hearing will be held via Zoom. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact the Town Office for details.

As noted previously, the best way to inquire about attendance at regular Planning Board meetings is through board President Prentice Grassi. He can be reached by email at villagesidefarmfreedom@gmail.com.

The Freedom Community Historical Society will be meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. For information about joining FCHS, you can email freedomhistory@gmail.com.

The Freedom Board of Selectmen meets every Monday night at 6 p.m. excepting holidays. For information regarding attendance, you can contact the Town Office at 382-6177.

The calendar we use for religious and personal use is exactly one week behind the standard rabbinical Jewish calendar, so we will be beginning our celebration of the Feast of Booths on Oct. 10, which is actually the 15th day of the seventh month. The Feast of Booths commemorates the 40 years Israel spent in the wilderness living in temporary dwellings. We observe this seven-day feast by tenting out, and trying to dwell outside as much as possible. We have too many animals to go anywhere for seven days and I wouldn't want to anyway. We have a beautiful property in an amazing town.

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

My favorite local store, Freedom General, opens every weekday at 5 a.m. Saturday they open at 5:30 a.m.; Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The parking situation there is a little crazy, but it makes you realize that the painted lines are a convenience, not a necessity, and customers can use common sense and politeness to manage their parking. It reminds me of an intersection in Malaysia that I saw on YouTube. No stop signs or traffic lights, yet there is a constant flow of traffic and pedestrians with no crashes or injuries.

"We've got a problem with no solution but to love and to be loved." — Conor Oberst, Method Acting