Greetings from the highest point in Freedom!

The Historical Society is hosting an online auction to help raise money for the Keen Hall restoration. Let me know if you have something you want the society to list. Keen Hall is entering its last stage of renovation. It is the Historical Society’s priority, and once completed will be a nostalgic welcome to visitors coming through the village.

Over the past few years the Skidgell lot (near Freedom General) has been cleaned up. The town is seeking input on how to develop it.

The Maine Department of Transportation recently released their list of 2021-2023 work projects. This year the DOT plans on ditching and replacing culverts on North Palermo Road, from the Palermo town line to the intersection of Route 137. Anyone who frequently travels that road knows there is never a shortage of work to be done!

I recently talked with Freedom Selectman Elaine Higgins, regarding her leadership in the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition (SWCBC). This group’s goal is to bring high-speed internet to southwestern Waldo County towns, something sorely lacking here in Freedom. Catherine and I were shocked at the internet speed difference between Sidney and Freedom.

We should all appreciate the SWCBC’s efforts. With city folk fleeing to rural Maine, we have a real opportunity to grow our town, but lack of connectivity in a connectivity-required world is holding us back. The SWCBC is always looking for more folks to get involved. Let me know if you want to join the group and I’ll get you in touch with Elaine. For better or worse, the internet is a requirement of modern living — we all have an interest in making it better.

Speaking of getting involved, the Freedom Boosters and Recreation Committee is hosting a drive through Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, March 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Town Office. Folks can also participate in basket drawing, a bike drawing, and a “guess how many candies” drawing. The Rec Committee pulled a lot of strings and got the Easter Bunny to make a special appearance, so kids will be able to have their picture taken with him next to their vehicle.

Finally, this upcoming weekend is Maine Maple Weekend. Sugar shacks are open to the public. I plan on stopping by Beaver Hill Plantation and will probably snap a picture or two for next week’s column.