A huge thanks to Lowe and Basset for plowing the abandoned part of Beaver Ridge Road after winter’s bad luck timing put my dad’s plow truck out of action right before our second major snowstorm. And then thanks to Ryan Parsons, who came up to the house and had to use his flatbed tow truck winch to pull my car out of an unbelievable rut I had lodged in not 10 feet from my garage door. Why did I think getting a front-wheel drive car was OK? How did I make it from Belfast to Freedom, in the middle of an ice/snowstorm with no problem, only to get stuck within 10 feet of my garage door?

Freedom’s sixth annual Winterfest is Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and a bonfire at Springvale Farm. The event is free, sponsored by the Freedom Community Historical Society and Freedom Recreation Committee. There will be a warming station, with refreshments, at the Town Hall.

During Winterfest, the Freedom Congregational Church will hold a rummage sale. The church will also be open as a warming area and restroom.

And don’t forget about town elections coming up on March 11, with the town meeting to follow that next Saturday, March 12. I am most excited for the election of Charter Commission members. Remember, this group will draft what will essentially be Freedom’s “constitution.” It is a heavy responsibility, but one I think we will find to be fun and meaningful.

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Mariah, who celebrated her birthday on Feb. 4. And a special  happy birthday to my mom, who celebrates a milestone birthday on Feb. 14. The birthday has been made special by the visit of one of her longtime friends, who flew from New York to spend the weekend with her.



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