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Dirigo Garage will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 26, at the Ridgetop Diner parking lot, from noon to 2 p.m.

The Charter Commission has been hard at work. After a couple of months of planning and orientation to the massive task ahead of us, we are approaching the beginning of actually “writing” the charter. We have had many enlightening discussions, leading us to mutual, entertaining realizations of how much our town government and operations are based on tradition, not necessarily codified law.

For example, there is no codified law, policy, ordinance, or any other authority that mandates three selectmen. Such is just our tradition. Another example is the quasi-public nature of the Freedom Fire Department, or the fact that there are no “eligibility” requirements to be a Freedom selectman. Such “self-governance” is a fascinating aspect of small town New England.

We have adopted the St. George Town Charter as the example that guides our drafting process. Our meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 6 p.m. at the Town Office. The public is welcome to attend and give their input, or write to me on what you want to see in a town charter (remember a town charter is like the town “constitution”).

Thanks to all who came out to vote in the June 14 elections!