By Tyler Hadyniak


I was so thrilled to recently read a reader’s email. She wanted to give me a tip on the South Freedom Free Will Baptist Church and its possible location on Beaver Ridge. Thank you Brenda, for not only reading but for proactively reaching out to me!

Freedom’s official oldest resident, Hazel Cross, will celebrate her 98th birthday on June 14. Her son, Myrick, told me that she lived at the family farm in Freedom for 80 years before recently moving to an assisted living facility in Farmingdale. She would love birthday cards and notes from local residents and friends. If you want to send well wishes, birthday cards, or if you are like me, ask her to please tell the secret to a long life, you can mail her at Hazel Cross, Halldale Manor, 647 Maine Ave., Farmingdale, ME 04344.

Happy birthday, Hazel! Despite living out-of-town, you will always be a Freedom resident at heart.

Congratulations to Mount View High School’s 2021 graduating class! They will graduate on Sunday, June 13. Senior Parade will be held Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. with students arriving at 9:30 a.m. at the Unity Shop ‘n’ Save. Senior students, their families and the community at large are invited to attend. The parade starts at 10 a.m. from the Unity Shop ‘n’ Save and ends at the Field of Dreams.

During these beautiful days of summer, I hope you get outside to appreciate the area in which we live. Catherine and I flew down to Fort Myers, Florida, over the Memorial Day weekend, to visit her family who could not come to our August 2020 wedding because of COVID restrictions. I enjoyed getting to know these members of her family, most of whom I had never met.

However, as I become more and more settled, I cannot help thinking that much of the benefit of leaving the state is recognizing how lucky we are to live in it. Florida was many things that drive me crazy — oppressively hot, flat, crowded, expensive — and Catherine and I were both relieved to get home.

When we got back to the house at 12:30 a.m., I lingered outside for a second longer than usual, reveled in the sweet, clean air, and admired the mosaic of bright stars comfortably wrapped around our house like a protective roof over our little slice of this earth. No miles and miles of development here, that’s for sure.