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By Nathan McCann | Jun 19, 2020

freedomtownnews@columnist.com

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The Freedom Board of Selectmen began using the video conference software "Zoom" on March 23. Since then the selectmen have met every Monday night at 6 p.m., holidays excepted. The public can attend these meetings by the following process:

1. Download the ZOOM app (ZOOM Cloud Meetings) to your smartphone. It is a free download. Or you can use the webpage Zoom.us, once there hit “Join Meeting”.

2. Call the Town Office between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain the meeting number and password, or check the Town Office Facebook page (facebook.com/freedommainetownoffice/).

Due to time constraints, the public will be able to observe and hear the meeting but will not be able to participate to the extent possible at an in-person meeting. If you are a resident who would like a question or comment addressed, you can register it with the town clerk, either by sending an email to freedomclerk@yahoo.com or by phone at 382-6177 during regular office hours and she will give them to the board.

The board will be discussing reopening for in person meetings at their June 29 meeting.

On May 26 the Board of Selectmen voted to change its title to Select Board.

My mom treated my family to a three-day retreat at Camp Fair Haven. We have never really done anything like that as a family. It was very fun, with kayaking, sunburns, hiking, swimming, s'mores, and late nights. The children are burnt out and grumpy, but hopefully they made some memories. I did.

Sometimes I think about previous columns that I have written. I have not been doing this for very long, but I have a favorite. I wrote about shopping anxiety. As soon as things started getting locked down and there was limited stock of some popular items, that column came to mind. My thought was something like, "Now everyone can feel like me when they go shopping, lol." I still feel as awkward as ever.

My mailman said that he deals with around 175 packages a day, sometimes as many as 200. For context, last year the normal amount for this time was 20 packages a day. December 2019 had highs of 150 packages a day. So basically every day now is as busy as the busiest days last year. Thank you to everyone in the community involved in mail and package delivery.

The primary election will be held July 14. As of now, the town is encouraging citizens to vote by mail if they are inclined to do so, but the Election Hall will be open for voting on the day of the primary. The town website has a page that covers this topic very thoroughly.

"Here we go round the prickly pear/Prickly pear prickly pear/Here we go round the prickly pear/At five o’clock in the morning." — T.S. Eliot "The Hollow Men"

 

 

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