I was so looking forward to the gradual weather change when BAM! I was blindsided by some nasty mix of the flu and laryngitis and have been laid up for the past week. I am just regaining use of my voice — which I lost almost entirely after I strained it at the town Charter Commission’s first organizational meeting. Our next meeting is April 19 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend in person at the Town Office, or over the town’s official Zoom channel. Beginning in May we will meet every first and third Tuesday of the month.

The Unity Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will have an Easter Bake Sale Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cone’z on Unity’s Depot Street. All proceeds go to supporting the Fire Department with drinks, food and snacks during extended emergency calls and training events.

Mount VIew High School digital journalism students earned some hands-on engagement by interviewing members of the Freedom Community Historical Society. The students’ goal was to “understand how our shared rural history shapes our community’s present and future.” As part of their course work, they will present FCHS with a finished video project. Thank you, Mr. Bassett, for allowing your students to engage in this way!

The deadline for candidates to register for local state House and state Senate races was March 15. As I have previously noted in this column, Freedom was redistricted out of a house district with all other western Waldo County towns, and now is part of House District 63, consisting of Freedom, part of Winslow, Unity and Albion. Republican state Sen. Scott Cryway of Albion is the Republican candidate; and Freedom’s Phillip Bloomstein is the Democratic candidate. I know from conversations with Phil that he would step aside for a Democratic candidate with a stronger interest in running, so if you are interested, reach out to me to get you in touch with Phil, or contact the Waldo County Democratic Committee.

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