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    June 6, 2021

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    323-3462 tchmaine@gmail.com Last week I had the honor of having lunch with a 96-year-old World War II veteran and Belfast resident. He is a VA disability client of mine, so here I will use a fake name and call him Vinny. Vinny looks, speaks, and acts like a man 30 years younger. His smile could light up the room, and his personality is so radiant that I think it would be almost impossible to dislike him. He …

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    May 27, 2021

    Freedom news

    323-3462 tchmaine@gmail.com Like all residents, I received Regional School Unit 3’s annual budget proposal in the mail, with supporting material found on the RSU 3 website. The public budget meeting was May 26 at Mount View, and a referendum vote on the proposed budget, and the vote on Freedom’s director seat on the school board, is Tuesday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Town Office (which is now open for …

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    May 16, 2021

    Freedom news

    tchmaine@gmail.com 323-3462 Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi of Villageside Farm in Freedom are again offering their certified organic vegetable, herb and flower seedlings through their online farm store. Ordering instructions and “curbside” pickup times are available at their website, villagesidefarm.com. If you are not online, call the farm at 382-6300 and they will make other arrangements. Get your garden off …

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    May 6, 2021

    Freedom news

    323-3462 tchmaine@gmail.com In my first column I noted how we would have to take the bad with the good; heal as a community just as much as we celebrate as a community. This week is one of those weeks. On May 3 I learned that a longtime family friend, Marilyn Perry, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was one of my grandmother’s best friends — one would find them tee-heeing at the Town Office’s Tuesday …

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    April 29, 2021

    Freedom news

    tchmaine@gmail.com On Saturday, May 8, Dirigo Grange will be conducting a Mother’s Day Bake Sale at the Dirigo Grange Hall on Route 137, Freedom Village. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. There will be homemade pies, fudge, assorted sweets, homemade baked beans and biscuits. Masks and social distancing will be in practice. Please come and support your local Grange, and contact Lois at 382-3315 if …

  • Published
    April 25, 2021

    Freedom news

    On April 17, about 50 town residents met for the annual town meeting at the Mount View High School gym. It was fun to see people who I otherwise wouldn’t normally run into. I sat in the far back so folks of harder hearing could be closer to town officials, which afforded me an opportunity to catch up with an old childhood friend and classmate of mine, Dylan Turner. The meeting was moderated by former Maine Senate …

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    April 16, 2021

    Freedom news

    Condolences to the family of Ruby Harris, a graduate of Freedom Academy who passed away in January at the incredible age of 102. At the family’s request, donations in her memory can be made to the Freedom Community Historical Society. Her graveside service will be held on May 8, at 11 a.m., in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Further condolences to the family of Joyce Bunker, formerly of Belfast and Freedom. A …

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    April 9, 2021

    Freedom news

    323-3462 tchmaine@gmail.com Remember there is a public and special town meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Mount View High School gymnasium. The articles to be voted on can be found in the Town Report, which itself can be picked up at the Freedom Town Office, or on the town Facebook page. The gymnasium can safely hold 100 people, with relevant COVID protocols in place. Therefore, there will be plenty …

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    April 2, 2021

    Freedom news

    323-3462 tchmaine@gmail.com Congratulations to Avian Haven, which won one of Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s 2021 Community Matters $4,000 grants. Located on North Palermo Road, Avian Haven plans to use this money to build new habitat buildings and help manage the “baby season” — the part of the spring and summer where many baby birds are taken in. Last year more than a thousand orphaned nestlings were …

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    March 25, 2021

    Freedom news

    tchmaine@gmail.com 323-3462 Greetings from the highest point in Freedom! The Historical Society is hosting an online auction to help raise money for the Keen Hall restoration. Let me know if you have something you want the society to list. Keen Hall is entering its last stage of renovation. It is the Historical Society’s priority, and once completed will be a nostalgic welcome to visitors coming through the …

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