Freedom Town News

By Sallyann Hadyniak | May 15, 2014
Source: Internet


"United States Memorial Day

United States Memorial Day is a federal public holiday to commemorate US soldiers that have died during military service. Now it has been extended to remember non-military persons as well. Memorial Day was also named as Decoration Day in the past....

During Memorial Day, people in the US visit the graves of their deceased relatives, regardless of whether they had served in the military. Since it falls on Monday, Memorial Day has also become one of long-weekends tradition devoted for short vacation, shopping, or family reunions. You can expect many activities around the country during the Memorial Day 2014 weekends."



In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If you break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields
By Major John McCrae – 1915 – Boezinge


Spirit of Life by Barbara Pescan

Spirit of Life
whom we have called by many names
in thanksgiving and in anguish—

Bless the poets and those who mourn.
Send peace for the soldiers who did not make the wars
but whose lives were consumed by them

Let strong trees grow above graves far from home
Breathe through the arms of their branches
The earth will swallow your tears while the dead sing
“No more, never again, remember me.”

For the wounded ones, and those who received them back,
let there be someone ready when the memories come
when the scars pull and the buried metal moves
and forgiveness for those of us who were not there
for our ignorance.

And in us, veterans in a forest of a thousand fallen promises,
let new leaves of protest grow on our stumps.
Give us courage to answer the cry of humanity’s pain

And with our bare hands, out of full hearts,

with all our intelligence
let us create the peace.

“Memorial Day Prayer” by Barbara Pescan
Compassionate One, lover of all nations and people, on this weekend when we remember and honor those who have been killed in our nation’s wars, we are confronted anew with issues of peacemaking in our time. We see how violence and war are taking many forms, fueled by religious intolerance, historical hatreds and divisions, poverty and powerlessness, and by our self-righteousness and fear. Still our spirits long for another way. Receive our prayers of intercession for all those places where hostilities rage from within and without, and for all who need love and healing.


Pleasant Hill Cemetery:

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board of Directors met on Tuesday, May 6, for a special meeting to open bids for the summer mowing season. Gilbert Williams of Freedom will do the mowing of the grass at the cemetery.  Also on the agenda were several other items to include plans to implement the tree-removal/planting program that will be possible because of a recent grant approval.  Plans are to remove the trees as needed in order of damage, and replacing them as they are removed, staggering the new trees so they will remain as beautiful and stately as they possibly can. 
The board also voted to try to raise money to purchase a stone sign marker for the cemetery, and are planning to host an "Italian Night" supper, tentatively set for June 14 ( which is also Flag Day) at the Freedom Church from 4:30-6:00.  Kim and Steven Holmes are busy heading this event up, and are looking for items donated for a silent auction as well.  Please mark your calendars to save the date.  Enjoy a nice supper out with your neighbors, and help improve the cemetery at the same time!

The Village Farm:

The Village Farm in Freedom which is owned by, Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi,
will be hosting two Seedling Sale Days this month. They will be held on May 17 and
May 31 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at their farm on Rt. 137 in Freedom.  Head out to the farm
for robust, certified organic vegetable and flower seedlings and get your garden off to a great start!
Prentice and Polly still have shares available for their
summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Shares are $375 for 17 weekly pickups of
organic, farm fresh vegetables.  They will gladly arrange payment plans and also accept SNAP benefits.
More information is on their website:

Friday, May 30 is recyclable day, so put what you have out by 7:00 a.m. for pick-up.


Door to Door:

This is a reminder to all of Freedom’s residents,, there will be a door to door pick-up  on Saturday, June 7 starting at 7:00 a.m.   You can start getting your “stuff” together now and have plenty of time for it to be picked up.

Hike the Hill and Chicken BBQ

On Saturday, June 21,, Freedom Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a fundraiser to support the Wilderness Walk For Warriors. The fundraiser will consist of a morning hike on the George’s Highland Trail on Frye Mountain followed by a chicken barbeque at the Freedom Fire House. Members of the Wilderness Walk for Warriors will be participating in the hike.

To pre-purchase tickets $8.00 per plate and $15.00 per hiker or for more information, contact Jeff Bishop at 322-1888, or e-mail or contact any member of the Freedom Fire Department.


Crafting, knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitching; needlepoint etc. can be taught to you at the weekly meeting of the women that meet every Tuesday afternoon from 2 until 4 at the Town Office.  Why don’t you come and join the ladies and see the work they are doing or come and join them and share whatever it is you are working on.  Just think, Christmas will be here before you know so get a head start and come and join the fun.


Cemetery Volunteers:

We are looking for some people to be on a Cemetery Committee in Freedom to work on the old cemeteries. They need a lot of work. We are not looking to have a committee that just meets, we are looking for people that want to get out and do the work. There are brush/trees that need to be cut and general clean up and repair. The Town of Freedom has a quote from someone that can repair the stones, but we are in a time crunch before his deadline. It is the Town's responsibility to get this done and we are willing to help, there is no pay, but you can get a lot satisfaction from seeing how even a few hours’ work can make a big difference. You don't need to be a resident of Freedom, just have a strong back and a willingness to get the job done.

You can contact Kim Holmes, her number is in the book or the Town Office, 382 6177.

Now is the time for you to step up to the plate and volunteer some of your time for the good of the town.

Voice of Freedom:

University of Orono:

Together with me, and the parents of my grandson Kyle, we are so proud of him.  Yesterday he started a 15-hour-week Spanish class, and not one but two paying positions: UMO Public Relations (a paying internship!) and UMO's Alumni Association ( a part-time job).  No summers off for this guy! And to top it off, for both positions, they came to him after reading his 45+ articles in the Maine Campus (the UMO weekly paper) and meeting him.  Good luck in your Spanish class and your two summer jobs Kyle.

I was just told that Kyle got a 4.0 for this semester!  What a guy!  You make your family so proud of you!  One more year to go ,then graduate school.  I know you will do well there also!

University of Farmington:

The Political Science Department at the University of Maine at Farmington inducted its first charter members of Phi Sigma Alpha.

PSA is the only national political science honor society in the United States. The University recently received accreditation to begin a new chapter.  Based on rigorous academic qualifications, four students were selected for initiation: My grandson Tyler  was one of the four.  Congratulations Tyler!

Tyler defended his thesis to the honors council today, and with the successful defense of his thesis, Ihe became officially a UMF Honors Scholar! Once again, Congratulations!

Now for Tyler’s social life, he was playing the keyboard (self-taught) and sang Billy Joel's "Captain Jack" at the talent show at Lincoln Auditorium.\

He also played and sang Elton John's Levon at PERFORMERS: Paws to the Rescue

Benefit Concert which is a great cause.


I would like to say “Happy Anniversary to Roy and Marguerite Ward who will be celebrating their 66 wedding anniversary.  They were married on May 23, 1948. They have truly been blessed to have such a long loving married life together.  Our wishes for you both are to have many more happy and healthy years.

Please notify me with any news you would like to have in the Freedom News Column.  You can contact me at 1-207-649-3318 or e- mail me at shady@

Have a great week!

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