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First, sincere happy birthday wishes to former (forever?) Freedom resident Roy Ward, who turned an incredible 102 years young on Nov. 11. I have fond memories of his 100th birthday party back in 2019, and remember interviewing him back in 2008, when I took a World War II online class in high school and got to talk with him about his service during the war.

Freedom’s Veterans Day ceremony went well. It was a short, succinct ceremony. About 16 people came out to commemorate the holiday. We had it out on the green in front of where Freedom Academy used to be, but now is home to a memorial to Freedom residents who served in World War II.  Freedom was founded by a Revolutionary War veteran, and incorporated during the War of 1812. This lineage was on strong display during the ceremony, where I read letters submitted by U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-2nd Dist., and U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, both of whom remarked how Maine has a strong history of not only contributing people to our armed service, but taking care of them when they come home.

Following the Maine trend, a majority of Freedom voters voted “yes” on Question 1, “yes” to the bond issue and “yes” to the Maine constitutional amendment regarding the “right to food.” Two hundred seventy-one people voted. This is a 40%-50% turnout of registered voters — a shockingly high number for a non-presidential, non-midterm election year!

Last week, the Freedom Community Historical Society wrapped up its first-ever online auction, the proceeds of which benefit the continued restoration of Keen Hall. The auction raised $1,689. Thanks to all who participated!