Freedom News

By Nathan McCann | Feb 01, 2020

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The Freedom selectmen meet every Monday night at 6 p.m. except on holidays. Selectmen's meetings are both informative and generally pleasant to attend. I had to leave early on the 27th because of a prior obligation, but the first 30 minutes of the meeting were definitely worth stopping in. I would encourage all citizens of Freedom who have availability Monday nights to attend.

There will be a public hearing at the Freedom Town Office Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. The matter to be heard will be the subdivision of a 25+/- acre lot into four wooded lots, ranging in size from 3 to 8 acres, which the applicant, Maine Woods and Waters LLC, intends to sell without infrastructure or improvement. You may contact the president of the Planning Board, Prentice Grassi, if you have any questions. His phone number is 338-6300.
The Freedom Congregational Church at 55 Pleasant St. has services on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

On March 3, a special statewide referendum will be held as well as presidential primaries. The referendum question will be, "Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for student to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?" Regardless of how you feel about vaccinations, please vote. In Freedom you can vote Tuesday, March 3, at the Election Hall, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The annual town meeting is coming up Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Dirigo Grange. Town officers will be elected on Friday, March 13, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Election Hall.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and staff from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will lead a wildlife walk at Lake St. George State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome. Participants will learn to identify animal tracks, signs, and noises as well as how animals adapt for winter.

The walk itself will be roughly 90 minutes at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. Based on current conditions, participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes but they are not required.

There is no cost to participate but preregistration is required and limited to 30 participants. To preregister, visit winterwildlifewalk.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions you can contact Mark Latti at 287-5216 or 592-1339 (cell) or email mark.latti@maine.gov.

When I am grocery shopping I sometimes get anxiety. Not because I don't like people, the lights, or the music, but because I am set back by the astounding variety that is available year-round. It almost seems like a joke to me sometimes.

I do know someone who was homeless for a winter and survived on squirrel meat, but I think in general most people get almost all of their food from the grocery store. Even the poorest of us have a variety available that would have made the wealthiest people in the world blush 300 years ago. I am very thankful to live in the time and place that I do, with abundance and relative safety for my family.

In spite of the obvious abundance, it is terrible to realize that 1 in 5 Maine children live in "food insecure" households. "Food insecurity" is the politically correct way to say that someone doesn't know if or when their next meal is coming. This is a shame.

Good Shepherd Food Bank President Kristen Miale pointed out this absurdity in an interview with Maine Public in November 2019. She said, "We don't want to keep growing and we don't want to be here...we have enough food in this state right now to make sure everybody can eat," yet false scarcity of money, food and land perpetuates a movement toward fear and a mindset of poverty.

I remember when grocery stores had dumpsters. Now they have trash compactors. Clothing companies shred "misfit" clothes and apparel. We’re a throw-away society.

 

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