I was so sad to see the Amish Community Market burn down — but was relieved to hear that no one was hurt. I had not stopped in for a long time, but Catherine recently took her father in for some doughnuts. He loved it. I am confident that they will rebuild quickly with the support of a community that has already demonstrated an outpouring of support.

The Freedom Community Historical Society recently elected its 2022-23 slate of board members and officers. The board’s membership stayed the same, but there were two notable changes in leadership. The society elected longtime Freedom resident Wilson Hess president, and outgoing president Myrick Cross to the newly created position of “vice president for preservation.” This position was created to provide dedicated oversight of the Keen Hall restoration, allowing the president to focus on leading the group on the whole.

The society, in partnership with the Freedom Rec Committee, is sponsoring the sixth annual Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Springvale Farm (across from the Freedom Town Hall) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free and will feature skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and more.

Mark your calendar for the annual town meeting currently scheduled for March 12, with a location yet to be decided.