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Freedom News

By Nathan McCann | Jan 05, 2020


Editor's note: This week we introduce the Journal's new town columnist. Nathan McCann has kindly volunteered to assume the role following the passing of Sallyann Hadyniak. Welcome, Nathan!

Hello, and welcome back to the Freedom Town News. First, a little about me: I have lived in Freedom for four years. As a citizen of Freedom, I am a member of the Planning Board and attempt to attend selectmen's meetings each Monday night. I am married with five children, a cat, and various poultry.

As a family we are working toward a goal of total self-sustainability. I hope to share meaningful events from my life as well as important happenings in town in this column.

Today I was interested to learn that there were two births aboard the Mayflower. One was a boy named Oceanus Hopkins. He was born sometime during the two-month journey and lived to be 6 years old. Another boy, Peregrine White, was born while the ship was at anchor and lived to be 84 years old. He had seven children, all but one of whom lived for at least 60 years. It is amazing and beautiful to me that, even in the midst of trial, fleeing religious and cultural persecution, and societal upheaval, people kept having babies and those babies became the leaders of the next generation. I am thankful for that, because otherwise none of us would be here.

Thank you to the Fire Department, the Public Works Department, our selectmen, and the rest of the town government for all of your hard work keeping the town running safely and smoothly.

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for several town positions. They are due back by Jan. 14, so if you are interested, time is very short. Sorry.

Coming up in March will be a special statewide referendum on Big Pharma as well as presidential primaries. These will take place on Tuesday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Freedom Election Hall. On March 13, Freedom elections will be held, followed on March 14 at 10 a.m. by the annual town meeting at Dirigo Grange in Freedom.

The Recreation Committee and the Freedom Community Historical Society will be hosting "Winterfest" at the Town Office Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.

The Freedom selectmen meet every Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Town Office. The meetings are always interesting, and depending on who is present they can even be entertaining. There is always a time for citizens' questions and concerns, and there is almost always discussion of road conditions and what can be done to fix them.


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