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About 20 or so Freedom voters attended the special town meeting on Sept. 18. I enjoyed chatting with a couple of new town residents and Republican Journal reporter Fran Gonzalez.

One of the measures passed was permission to establish a Town Charter Commission. I would define a town charter as essentially a more specific town “constitution.” It not only is a centralized document to collate various town ordinances and rules, but opens the door to additional types of funding from the federal government and other sources. The municipal officers (the new legal title for selectmen) proposed to town residents that having a charter would be healthy for the town, but would just require a little leg work to get off the ground. Personally, I think it would be most efficient to have the various town policies and ordinances in one centralized place, and opening additional sources of funding is only a good thing.

At the Monday Select Board meeting I volunteered, and subsequently was appointed by the board, to determine what was needed to get this charter commission off the ground and running. I am excited for the opportunity.

Maine law demands that this charter commission be composed of nine people. So if you want to voluntarily serve on this commission, please contact me. If you want to do some research to see what you would be getting yourself into, you can look up the Maine law that guides charter commissions like this one (30-A M.R.S.A. §2101-2109), or give me a call to talk about it.

Freedom’s Edge will be opening a tasting room on Saturdays beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., out on the patio behind the cidery, 420 Quaker Hill Road in Albion. They will  be serving pints and flights of their current ciders (the original blend, Redfield Rosé, and their new Sweet Mulled Cider), as well as some new stuff they’ve been working on. They’ll have some small bites available, and some outdoor games (horseshoes, cornhole, Giant Jenga, etc.). You can sit out on the patio or take a stroll through the orchard. I certainly plan on attending!  For more information, contact Andy at andy@freedomsedgecider.com.

That’s it for me this week. Catherine and I have had a full house this week, as her father and his fiance are visiting from South Carolina. They have thoroughly enjoyed visiting their granddaughter, seeing the changing leaves, but not so much waking up to the 50-degree mornings.