FREEDOM TOWN NEWS

By Sallyann Hadyniak | Mar 01, 2018
Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak

Save the Date:

Freedom Easter Festivities:  Sunday, March 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Office located at 71 Pleasant Street in Freedom.  Bring your child to share in a Easter Egg Hunt, doing crafts, door prizes snacks a boy, girl and baby Easter Basket Drawing.  The highlight of the day will be to have your child’s picture taken with Peter Rabbit and it is FREE!

There will also be a special surprise too.

Sponsored by the Freedom Recreational Committee.  Free refreshments and drinks will be served.

This is an FREE event to bring our community together and to have the children something to look forward to.

 

Meetings:

The selectmen will hold their meeting on Monday, March 13, at the Town Office starting at 6:00 p.m.

Road Committee Meeting:

The Road Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Office

Rec. Comm:

The Freedom Rec Comm will meet on ‘Tuesday March 13, at the Town Office starting at 3:30 p.m.

Planning Board:

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday,, March 13 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Office.

Historical Society:

The FCHS will meet at the own Office o9n nWednesday, March 14 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Special Town Meeting:

Results of the Special Town Meeting which was held on Tuesday, February 27 is as follows:

Article 2: to see if the voters of the Town of Freedom will vote to approve the purchase of the Mildred Skidgel property located off Slidgel Lane for $38,500.00.  The property is adjacent to the Freedom Town Garage and Salt-Sand Facility.   Specifically, this property includes Map 11, Lots 37 and 50 in Freedom, and Map 10, lot 2 in Knox, containing approximately 10.8 acres, more or less, in total,.  This purchase is to be funded by $36,778.00 in the Public Works Capital Reserve Fund, such amount being the remaining funds from the State DOT grant for the construction of the Salt Sand Facility, and, $1,722.00 from the Undesignated Fund Balance.

This article was PASSED.

And while I am on the subject, I just have to say that the Town of Freedom has approximately a population of 700 people.  Only 24 people showed up at this special town meeting.  It is a crying shame that there aren’t more residents that care about what goes on in their town.  Why?  And it is the same thing with our Annual Town Meeting.  Usually the same 35-45 people show up to vote on approximately 35 articles.  It just does not seem fair to me.  When I saw several people during the course of the week, I asked, “Are you going to attend the special town meeting”?  Their reply was, what meeting?  When?  I didn’t know about it”.  How could they not know when a mailing goes out to each resident in town, it is posted on face book and also here in my column.  I just don’t understand it.  I guess you just don’t care!  So I say to you, if you don’t attend a meeting then don’t give your opinion as to how things discussed at the meeting turn out.

Absentee Ballots will be available to be picked up at the Town Office which started on Friday, February 16.  The Town meeting will be held on Saturday, March 17 at the Dirigo Grange Hall which is also St. Patrick’s Day.  Election of officers will be held on Friday, March 16 at the Town Office Election Hall.a;;  Polls will be opened from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The following are on the ballot for:

  • Selectman, ASssessor Overseer of the Poor- 3 year term - Stephen Bennett
  • Clerk – 1 year term – Cynthia Abbott
  • Tax Collector– 1 Year term – Cynthia Abbott
  • Excise Tax Collector- 1 year term- Cynthia Abbott
  • Treasurer –1 year term – Ernestine Keller
  • School Board Representative – Vacant

Ellie Hess volunteered to become a write-in candidate for the position of School Board Representative.  Thank you Ellie!

 

Very important:

If you intend to submit a write in vote for any of the above offices, you must CHECK OFF the box, write in the person’s name of your choice and make sure you write the name of the town Freedom (following the name).  If this isn’t completed, your vote will not count.

2015 Real Estate Taxes:

2015 Real Estate Taxes for foreclosure are due in the Town Office by March 2, 2018 by 2:00 p.m.  Automatic Foreclosure March 3, 2018.

 

Brooks Ladies Fellowship will be having their annual fundraising Craft/Antique Fair on June 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you have “old” items in your barn or garage that you think are antiques, or if you make crafts, jewelry, soaps, etc., we would like to invite you to have a table at our event. Inside tables are $10.00, limit two per vendor.  Outside 10’ by 10’ spaces are $25.00 limit two spaces per vendor. For more information and registration form please contact Karen at 722-3056. Deadline is April 30, 2018 or when capacity is reached.  Because of limited space, we cannot “hold” spaces, registration and payment are required to guarantee space.

 

Crafting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching etc.

Every Tuesday the S & B Girls will be meeting at the Town Office starting at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. We do all kinds of crocheting, knitting, stitching and or crafts.  Anyone can come on down and join us, learn how to do what is of interest to you and join in the fun.  Every week books are available for your taking to choose from for patterns and instructions of anything you may want to do.  The books are donated and they are yours for the taking. (Free).  Looking forward to seeing some new faces so won’t you join us in the fun and two hours of relaxation?

 

Voice of Freedom:

 

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Until next week, stay safe, stay warm, God Bless and be kind to each other.  And remember, spring is right around the corner.

 

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