By Sallyann Hadyniak | Dec 21, 2017
Source: iNTERNET

Holiday Reflections

© Linda Murdock

Thanksgiving comes but once a year.
It's a time when families gather near
To reflect and give thanks for those we hold dear.
We celebrate Christmas with parties and food,
Spend time with family and everyone's in a good mood.
Soon it's all over, and decorations are put away,
And then we do it all again for the next holiday.
Look forward to the New Year and keep hope alive
That our country brings our troops home
So no one else dies.
Have faith things will get better,
Pray to God above
That He will bless us and keep us
In His everlasting love.
Our country's in turmoil, and it gives me a chill.
We'll see better times soon.....I know we will.
Try not to let worry get you down.
Smile, keep your chin up,
And laugh out loud.
We'll certainly survive hard times once more
Because we have great strength and resolve
We didn't know we had before.
Take one day at a time, and treasure each day.
We need to work together because that's the best way.
Don't let hate determine how you act.
Instead, open up your heart and don't attack.
Make sure our country is the best it can be
Let's all work and me!
Please, end the hatred towards our fellow man.
We'll all feel better if we're holding hands!


Selectmen’s Meeting:

 The next Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, January 2, 2018 at the Town Office starting at 6:00 p.m.

 Road Committee Meeting:

 There will be a road committee meeting on Wednesday, January 3, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone that has information regarding discontinued or abandoned roads, please try to attend and help us get these roads straightened out once and for all.

 Dirigo Grange:

 The Dirigo Grange #98 will meet at the Dirigo Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 4.


 If there is anyone interested in volunteering to be on the Appeals Board (we need two) and we are looking for a volunteer for a Solid Waste Director. Please contact Cindy Abbott at 382-6177 if you are interested


TAX Books will close at noon on December 29.  If you haven’t paid your taxes by then, your name will appear in the Yearly Town Report.

Tow n Office Closed:

The Town Office will be closed on Monday due to the holiday, and will reopen on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.


Nomination paper will b available December 6, 2017 until Sunday, January 17, 2018 for the following Offices:

  • Selectman, Assessor, Overseers of the Poor- 3 year term
  • Clerk – 1 year term
  • Tax Collector – 1 year term
  • Excise Tax Collector – 1 year term
  • Treasurer – 1 year term
  • School Board Member – 3 year term
  • term

 Invitational Birthday Party:

Semi-occasional Capricorn Invitational Birthday Party contra dance with Sassafras Stomp and John McIntire at the Dirigo #98 Grange Hall on Route 137 in Freedom village on Saturday, December 30. Dessert potluck at the break to celebrate all birthdays!   Everyone is invited! 8 PM. $7 donation suggested. FMI: 380-1171, 568-7597.

 Chamber Singers:

 The 6th Biennial Chamber Singer Reunion Concert is taking place on Sunday, January 7th at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Performing Arts Center at Mount View High School. (snow date Jan. 8) Alumni Chamber Singers who would like to participate should call Vicki at 568-3782 or email

Sponsored by Future RSU 3, Unitel, and Unity Foundation all proceeds benefit an operating fund for The Clifford Performing Arts Center. Tickets

-- $10 in advance and $12 the day of the concert -- are available at Pat Newell Accounting, 126 Main St. in Unity; Freedom General Store, Rt 137 in Freedom; Marsh River Co-op, 5 Veteran's Hwy in Brooks; and Belfast Co-op,

123 High St. in Belfast.*\\\\


Voice of Freedom 

December 2017


Dear Sallyann,


Growing up, I saw too many young people leaving my hometown for better jobs and better opportunities out of state.

It's important to me that we do a better job keeping more young people here, raising their families, working at good-paying jobs and growing Waldo County's economy from the ground up.

This year I knew I had to speak directly to the business owners of Waldo County. They know better than anyone what works, what doesn't and what more I can do to help them grow and fill more of the good-paying jobs they're creating across our community.

Over the last two months, I've visited sixty business owners across Waldo County on my 'Waldo County Works' business tour. They make bread and compost, process lumber, brew beer, build, create, and ship products around the world.

Despite their different sizes, industries and histories, I started to hear the same challenges repeated over and over again.


It became clear that I needed to get everyone in the same room to craft Waldo County solutions to our shared challenges to create a stronger economy for generations to come.


That's why I hosted a countywide business roundtable last Tuesday at the Hutchinson Center, and despite the snow, over 40 businesses participated!


Business owners talked about their shared challenges, ranging from finding and keeping qualified workers to strengthening student education pathways to fill existing jobs.


Representatives from the Waldo County Technical Center, Belfast Adult Education and Hutchinson Center also participated in the roundtable discussions.  


This was a great opportunity for business owners to meet one another and have those critical conversations about the different challenges rural Maine faces and identify how we can work together to create more good-paying jobs for families today and in the future.




Click here to watch the video.

I'm so proud to have grown up in rural Maine and am incredibly thankful to have met the business owners, employees and families who are growing our economy and strengthening our future every day. 

This is the just the start. I can't wait to see the Waldo County we're going to build together.

I hope you'll share my video about what I learned on the Waldo County Works tour to spread the word. You can find it on Facebook here.


Best,Erin Herbig

Maine House Majority Leader 











Until next week, take care, stay safe, stay warm and God Bless!   Happy New Year!







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