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By Nathan McCann | May 15, 2020

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Freedom's annual spring cleanup is underway as I write. By the time this is printed, there will be just a few days left, with the last day to put material out being May 23. Spring cleanup was a major point of discussion at the May 11 Zoom meeting of the Freedom Board of Selectmen.

Some people shared thoughts on the viability of the Unity recycling center without increased town participation. Also discussed were maintenance of cemeteries and placement of flags along the road in town and marking the graves of veterans preceding Memorial Day, which is May 25.

The meeting of the Freedom Planning Board was canceled this month as there were no pressing issues and no pending applications before the board.

The Freedom Community Historical Society met via Zoom on May 13 and discussed possible grant opportunities to continue restoration of Keen Hall and the property, including the retaining wall. There was some discussion of fundraising ideas in light of limited social contact guidelines in place.

Just prior to the FCHS meeting, I was able to chat with Paul and Kate Flynn for a few minutes. They are former owners of Freedom General Store, and Paul is the pastor of Freedom Congregational Church. They said that the global pandemic has not really had a huge effect on their day-to-day lives. I was shocked by how little Kate said they have shopped since March. Our short conversation was somewhat inspirational, however trite that may sound.

I was recently looking up how to say hello in every language to satisfy the curiosity of one of my children. There are dozens of languages that use "Peace" or "Peace be upon you" as greeting, farewell, or both. Hello, which is how most Americans greet each other, is a word that was originally used more as an expression of surprise, and was chosen, because of its clarity in English pronunciation, as an ideal way to answer the phone.

Please have a good week, and if you are able, please plant as many edible things as you can. Gardens do not grow overnight, and crops can fail for hundreds of reasons.

 

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