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By Nathan McCann | Mar 13, 2020


Four of our ducks are laying eggs. Weather is trending toward warmer days. I hesitate to say it has been a mild winter, but I feel like with the qualifier, "so far," I am safe. Without a doubt I am looking forward to spring. Many of our birds have been killed by wild animals or hit by cars, but the flock we have seems semi-intelligent.

Spring is such a dangerous time to free-range birds. Our ducks especially will cross the road almost every day to get to some perceived better pastures in the ditch across the street. Our favorite bird is a muscovy duck named Peach. She actually reproduced on her own and hatched one egg. Her offspring is part mallard-type so it quacks a little.

Our baby boy was born weighing 5 lbs. 8 oz. That is two pounds less than any of our other children, so we are kind of blown away by his perfect smallness.

At the Planning Board meaning we approved the Beaver Ridge Subdivision on the corner of Greeley and Beaver Ridge roads. Several members of the board expressed their appreciation to Brian Rhea for his professionalism and cooperation in the process. We definitely have some hoops to jump through that have been set to ensure the continued rural feel of Freedom.

I do not drive on any of them because I have no need at this time of year, but it seems that between posting the roads, some sections that had work put in last year, and a generally drier transition out of winter have all led to the dirt roads in town holding up fairly well this year.

Happy 96th birthday to Pearl Nickless! She will be celebrating on March 19th. Her life has been a blessing and joy for her family and friends and they wish her a wonderful day!

This has been the longest week I have had in a while, so I will end my column with this: We are shown a lot of things to be afraid of in the media and especially social media. Every single person, including my brand new baby, will die. Every person will probably experience a lot of pain and sickness. This is part of life and nothing to be afraid of.

As people approach death they often will begin to refer to what is coming next using metaphors about traveling. Many philosophies and religions share this same basic instruction, "Love and fear cannot coexist, choose love."

Fear itself IS kind of scary. It makes people think they shouldn't have babies. It makes us not talk to strangers.



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