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By Nathan McCann | Jun 27, 2020


"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood...." The iconic opening line of a show that taught millions of children the value of good moral conduct, social equality, and the importance of dressing for the occasion, is being questioned by a group of conspiracy theorists who remember it clearly as, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood." What do you remember?

On June 22 the Freedom Board of Selectmen held its weekly meeting. A lot happens in the two hours the meeting generally lasts. I encourage anyone reading this to join in at least once. We are in a rare situation where we can participate in local governance without leaving our homes. I have attended 30-plus meetings in the past year or so, but it has been a huge help to be able to login to Zoom, and then still help out with bedtime.

I think the average attendance has gone up since the implementation of virtual meetings. I am interested in what the board will decide to do going forward. Members will be discussing their plans at their June 29 meeting. If you are interested in attending, the easiest way is to call the Town Office at 382-6177 for login information.

Selectman Steve Bennett presented some very exciting news relating to the Skidgel lot. Since I am putting this in writing, I will simply say that by the end of summer we should all see a significant change in our village area. I do not want to give an incorrect timeline, and the plan is not 100% finalized, but I think based on what was said I am leaving plenty of room for unforeseen extensions in the project timeline.

If you have any ideas for an eventual use for the Skidgel lot, Steve Bennett has formed an advisory committee that would love to hear your thoughts. You can email Steve at if you have a business or community use proposal or idea.

A few people have already expressed interest in having a mixed-use local agriculture center with end-to-end production and sales capabilities. Steve mentioned that the property originally was a canning factory, so that idea seems fitting and like a positive step toward keeping things local in these times of disrupted supply chains.

Nothing about that property is decided, other than the fact that it is a blight on our town and it needs to be taken care of. Thank you, Steve, for your devotion to this project. I am sure many more thanks are coming your way upon completion of the project.

In December 2019 I started telling my wife that 2020 was going to be a year where we would look back and say, "we should have seen it coming." With historic developments on all fronts, I think it is a prudent idea to shorten supply chains, especially by increasing food production at a household level.

"Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it." — Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

"Therefore, my judgements must be based on what is right and necessary and not on what people say and do...." — Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

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