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By Nathan McCann | Jan 10, 2020


This past week has brought me many lessons regarding the importance of living in unity with those around me, and the importance of communication that is compassionate and truthful.

In the book "What Men Live By" by Leo Tolstoy, the angel says, "I understood that God does not wish men to live apart, and therefore he does not reveal to them what each one needs for himself; but he wishes them to live united, and therefore reveals to each of them what is necessary for all."

Living with others, whether it is family or the community at large, helps us to focus on the needs of others instead of just our own.

Board of Selectmen

I was able to attend the selectmen's meeting Jan. 6. The focus was on policy enforcement and a mailing that will be sent out after Jan. 14. The mailing will include information about the policies that were addressed as well as dates and times of some upcoming events in town. It will also publicly inform citizens of the candidates for the various offices that will be filled on Friday, March 13.

Eleanor Hess attended in her capacity as Regional School Unit 3 board member. She shared some information about strategies the board has been working on during her tenure there. Her presence and willingness to have an open conversation sparked a lively discussion of possible strategies, as well as thoughts on improvements in the communication and planning processes.

The selectmen meet every Monday night unless it is a holiday. If you are unsure and want to attend, the Town Office is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Cindy and Erna are generally both there until the selectmen's meeting is over. The phone number for the Town Office is 382-6177. This information and much more can be found online at One time there were free cookies at the selectmen's meeting.


At the Freedom Community Historical Society meeting, the primary item on the agenda was planning for the town's fifth annual "Winterfest" on Feb. 1. It will be hosted at the Town Office with activities in various locations. The day will conclude with a potluck and "Freedom Follies" at the Dirigo Grange. More specific information will be included in the above-mentioned mailing.

A young man who just moved to town a month ago was also in attendance and brought along some old diaries he found in the attic of his new home. Some were over 100 years old. The pages and bindings were in excellent condition, and in the one that I looked at, every day had writing in it. I was really shocked by how hard it was to read because of how messy the handwriting was.

Cursive can be beautiful but it also is very easy to make nearly illegible. Or maybe I just don't read enough old diaries. One member commented that we are handling the history of the town even just with taking minutes for the meeting, and that really resonated with me. History should be an honest record of events told from varying perspectives, yet we often receive literal propaganda instead of facts in our education.

Thank you to all of the members and people who donate in any capacity to help preserve knowledge and real pieces of history, while also continuing the cycle by trying to accurately preserve the history of the future.

Alumni Recognition

The personal and professional accomplishments of previous Mount View graduates will encourage present-day students to reach for the stars! Nominations for the first Alumni Recognition are due at the Mount View High School office no later than Jan. 31. Anyone may make a nomination. To receive more information, requirements and the application form, please email or call Vicki at 568-3782 to receive a hard copy.


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