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By Nathan McCann | May 22, 2020

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The weather these past few days (May 19-22) has been stunningly beautiful. Where we live there is usually at least a gentle breeze for much of the day, so we can spend five or six hours a day outside without too many problems with bugs. We use bug jackets when they get bad to avoid using very effective, yet extremely toxic chemicals. We keep some Uncle Ben's on hand, but haven't used any bug spray in the four years and eight months we have lived in Freedom.

I got a chance to chat with my neighbor Ryan Willette for a few minutes concerning not only the weather, but also schooling, COVID-19 responses, 5G, and Starlink. Our opinions on things are not identical, but I sensed no condemnation for those who disagree with his views. Ryan has always exhibited qualities that I hope others see in me.

When we first moved here we had virtually no connection to the area and no experience with things like using a wood stove or dealing with firewood at all. Maybe someone else would have given us the help and guidance he gave us, but most likely we would have tried to leave very quickly without it. We moved here at the end of September 2015 and were very disconnected from the reality of the situation we were moving into.

The Freedom Board of Selectmen met via Zoom on May 18. Thank you to Laura Greeley for volunteering to serve on the Budget Committee, and to Dylan Turner for volunteering to serve on the Appeals Board.

There is a busy week coming up nationally with the observance of Memorial Day with some states completely open and others still on extremely restrictive measures. Also coming up on May 27 is the first launch of humans into space from the United States in 10 years aboard Spacex's "Dragon" spacecraft.

Some people think that we are in the second year of a grand solar minimum. The sun has a lot to do with our climate and the study of historical patterns of weather, especially over the past several hundred years. In 1816, Edward Holyoke, an amateur meteorologist, Harvard graduate, doctor and centenarian, who also kept detailed weather records for 80 years, wrote on June 7: “Exceeding cold. Ground frozen hard, and squalls of snow through the day. Icicles 12 inches long in the shade at noon day.”

See you next week.

 

 

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