Freedom Town News

By Sallyann Hadyniak | Jun 12, 2014
Source: Internet

Cemetery Benefit Dinner:

Tomorrow Saturday. June 14 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. there will be an Italian Feast dinner at the Freedom Congregational Church Hall located on Pleasant Street given by the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association Board.

The menu will consist of:

Everybody’s favorite spaghetti, homemade sauces and meatballs, salad, rolls, garlic bread along with Freedom General’s own Mac and cheese.  There will be homemade desserts, coffee, tea and punch.

A silent auction will be held during dinner.

The cost is a donation, so bring your appetite along with family, friends and neighbors

To make food or monetary donations, contact Kim Holmes at 382-6245 or e mail her at

All proceeds will be used toward the purchase of a monument sign for the cemetery.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15.

A Tribute to Fathers:

A Dad is a person

who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad’s love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!
Happy Father’s Day!


Let’s not forget the Dad’s that have passed on, who we will always hold in our hearts.


The next scheduled Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, at the Town Office starting at 6:00 p.m.


The Dario Grange #98 will meet at the Grange Hall on Thursday, June 19 and the new time has been changed to 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend and maybe there are some residents that would be interested in joining this organization.


The Freedom Volunteer Fire Department meets at the fire house every Monday and is open to the public.  If you want any kind of information, you may attend this public meeting.  It starts at 7:00 p.m. each Monday.


Historical Society:

We are trying to raise money to finish off the interior of the ole Meeting Hall.  We still have the following articles for sale.  Please take the time to check out this list and if you are interested in purchasing anything, you can contact any member of the Historical Society including me.  They are as follows:

The large map of Freedom $35.00, Pictures (examples in the Annex of the Town Office), $25.00, $35.00 and $45.00 each, Cook Books, CD pictures of the Bi-Centennial, Bi-Centennial Coin, each $10.00, T. Shirts on sale, $15.00 each or 2 for $25.00, $10.00 each or two for $15.00, Post cards $1.00 each and there are 6 different picture postcards, souvenir program from the Bi-Centennial on sale for $5.00,

These all make beautiful gifts, for any special occasion, so if you haven’t purchased one yet as a gift or for yourself, contact Lorraine Overlook, Myrick Cross,  or myself and we will be happy to fill your order,.  If you have any questions, call one of the members of the Historical Society.


Strawberry Festival:

The Strawberry Festival will be held at the Dirigo Grange Hall on Rt. 137 (across from the Freedom General Store) on Saturday, June 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The menu will consist of Turkey Pie, cole slaw, peas, biscuits, cranberry sauce, fresh strawberries with cream, coffee and lemonade .

There will also be strawberries for sale.  So come on out and enjoy a great dinner with your family, friends and neighbors.


Freedom Volunteer Fire Department:

On Saturday, June 21 the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Wilderness Walk for Warriors. The events will include a morning hike on Frye Mountain in Montville at 7:30 followed by a chicken barbecue at the Freedom Fire House located on Pleasant Street in Freedom starting at 12:00 noon.

Tickets are available for purchase.  The cost is $7.00 for the hike and $8:00 for the chicken barbecue, or $15.00 for both.

For more information, contact Jeff Bishop at or by phone at 322-1888.


Bottle Drive:

Waldo County Firefighters Association is having a county-wide bottle drive between now and June 21. The proceeds will benefit the 2015 Firefighters Convention, the first ever to be held in Waldo County. Bottles can be dropped off at Waldo Avenue Redemption Center in Belfast, 10-4 Store and Redemption in Montville, or MT Bottles Redemption in Searsport. Please let these locations know that your bottles and cans are donations towards the Waldo County Firefighters Association.Some local Fire Departments will also be open to accept bottles.

Please check with your local department before going. If you would like your bottles picked up for donation anytime, or have questions, please call Lisa or Bill Gillespie at 589-3663..

342-3001 or e-mail at

Avian Haven:

Diane and Mark have posted a slide show describing a few of their winter-spring guests.  You can find it on the slide shows page of their website. They hope you enjoy it!

Avian Haven was incorporated as a nonprofit organization, Marc Payne and Diane Winn in February, 1999.  Since that time their annual case load has increased from about 300 to about 1,500, making them one of the largest rehabilitation practices in New England.  All told to date, nearly 12,000 birds from more then 100 species have been treated at Avian Haven.  Diane and Marc remain the managers and core of the year-round staff.

Avian Haven is a hospital for wild birds in Freedom and we are so proud to have that type of facility in our own hometown.  They are a non profit organization.

If you have found a bird in distress, call them at 382-6761.

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program:

(VLMP) is offering a free Invasive Plant Identification and Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol workshop July 15, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Liberty. Early detection of invasive plants that can choke our lakes means better swimming, boating and fishing for all of us. Learn more/register at or call 207-783-7733.

Participants should bring a "bag dinner” and expect a great hands-on experience. Host organization Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes will provide beverages.

Crafts etc.:

Knitting, crocheting etc instructions are being given to those that would like to learn how to, and spend a few hours with others at the Town Office starting at 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday.  So come on down for two hours of learning, socializing, etc.

Voice of Freedom:

Congratulations to the graduating class of Mt. View, Class of 2014. Graduation was held last week. The last two weeks have been bittersweet for many of us.  The lives of our children, grandchildren came to a close and many of them will be starting a new chapter in their life by going to college, the armed forces and out to work in the world.  I personally wish every graduating student good luck in their future endeavors and hope that our paths will cross again someday soon.

Congratulations to: Logan Ryan, Christopher and Clint Spaulding, Eric Larrabee, Jamie Davis, Tim Abbott and Samantha Turner

Anniversary Wishes:

Special “Happy 30th Anniversary” wishes go out to Paul and Kate Flynn, owners of Freedom General Store.  They became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl and their life revolves her.  You can see photo’s of her on face book.  I am wishing you both many more years of good health, happiness, joy, love and a growing family.  Love you guys!

Birthday Wishes:

Special birthday wishes to “Diamond” who turned two years old on June 6.  Her loving owners are Glen and Donna Sporie.  I just love her to death.  I hope you have a long life and to be healthy.

A very Happy Birthday to Hazel Cross who is celebrating her 91 birthday.  It seems like yesterday that I attended her 90 birthday bash.  May you have many more happy and healthy birthday’s Hazel and may they be filled with good health and lots of love.  Congratulations!

Happy Birthday Hilary Fleming!  May you have many more happy and healthy years and may all your wishes and dreams come true.  Hilary will be celebrating her special day with her family.

One thing we know is that we don’t know how much time we have, so,

Take time to think;
it is the source of power.

Take time to read;
it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play;
it is the secret of staying young.

Take time to be quiet;
it is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware;
it is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved;
it is God's greatest gift.

Take time to laugh;
it is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly;
it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream;
it is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray;
it is the greatest power on earth.

© Author Unknown

I'm finally back home from a vacation in Florida, Washington D. C. and Virginia!  It was a whirlwind vacation and I must say, I'm very happy to be hone.  I missed my family, friends and all of Freedom!

My grandson Tyler flew in from Germany into Boston, then took a flight to D. C. arrived at midnight and spent the night with Lynn and I and woke up the next day, got dressed and went off to Capital Hill to intern (paid) in the office of Senator Angus King Jr.  It is a very exciting time for him, and he will be there until the end of August when he will be starting his Senior year at the University of  Farmington. .and hopefully will continue for his masters and lgo on to aw school.

Until next week, have a wonderful Father's day celebration and contact me at 392-6024 with any news you would like to share.


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