Freedom Town News

By Sallyann Hadyniak | Jun 19, 2014
Source: Internet

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 to Host Chicken Barbeque:

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

Waldo County WWII Veterans Recognition Ceremony

Sunday, June 29, 2 PM, at the Bank of America Campus, 21 Schoodic Drive, Belfast, ME, The American Legion, District 11, Department of Maine will hold a ceremony to honor Waldo County World WarII veterans. The ceremony comes 70 years after D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the allies with the largest air, land, and sea operation before or since turned the tide against Nazi fortress Europe.  Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Please call Lance Weddell (207) 223-5357 if you have questions or if you are a Waldo County WWII veteran and haven't been contacted by an American Legion member


The next scheduled Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on Monday, June 30 at the Town Office starting at 6:00 p.m.  All Selectmen’s Meeting’s are open to the public.

The Dirigo #98 Grange will hold their next meeting at the Grange Hall on Thursday, July 3, starting at a new time of 7:00 p.m.

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.

Maple Syrup:

The Beaver Hill Plantation located on130 Sibley Road in Freedom still has the best Maple Syrup for sale on this side of the Mississippi!  If you are interested in purchasing some maple syrup to put into your coffee/tea, pancakes, waffles, ice-cream and so much more, then call the Beaver Hill Plantation at 382 6129.  They will ship anywhere in the country for a very low shipping cost.  They have a gallon $60.00, ½ gallon $34.00, quarts, $20.00, pints$12.00.

Keep in mind Christmas is right around the corner and these would make a wonderful gift, not only at Christmas but also for a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion.  So call Steve today and place your order.

USDA Inspected Natural Grass-Fed Beef:

Do you want to eat healthier meat? Well…Dave Bennett is selling his USDA inspected natural grass-fed beef at the Freedom General Store and at his home.  The beef is a "mostly" Belted Galloway mix and is very flavorful without a lot of fat.  Stop in at the Freedom General and see Paul or you can contact Dave Bennett.

Freedom is growing in home businesses, and the Ole Mill has been one of the best things that have happened in Freedom.

We have several farmers in Freedom that are selling their vegetables and you can’t get any better then that.

Voice of Freedom:

Deepest Sympathy goes out to the family of Gloria Barton who passed away at home yesterday, June 18 after a brief illness.  May her soul forever rest in peace for now she is no longer in pain and the suffering is over.

Happy Birthday to Paul Flynn owner of the Freedom General Store.  Paul celebrated his special day with his family and his beautiful first grandchild baby girl “Penny”.  Many more happy years are wished for you Paul, and you are so deserving of a wonderful year of happiness and good health. May God Bless and watch over you always.

Cemetery Committee:

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done regarding the Town’s Cemeteries, and we are still looking for volunteers.  Please contact Cindy Abbott at the Town Office at 382-6177 for more information.

That’s all folks, until next week, enjoy each day!

Contact me at or call 382-6024.





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