Freedom Town News

By Sallyann Hadyniak | Sep 27, 2012
Courtesy of: internet


Applefest supper

The Dirigo Grange #98 will have an Applefest on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Dirigo Grange Hall on Rte. 137 from 4-6 p.m. The menu will consist of baked beans, hot dogs, brown bread, chop suey, apples, apple muffins, apple crisp with ice cream, and apple cider. Cost per adult is $8 and children under age 10 will be $4.


The next Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, starting at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

The Booster Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Town Office starting at 3 p.m.

The Booster Club is now and has been selling tickets for the framed beautiful portrait of the American Bald Eagle. It was on display during the primary election and is now on display in the Town Office. Once again, the tickets are $1 apiece and six for $5. The drawing for that framed photo will be sometime in the future. This is a fundraiser, and we need to make some money before it is drawn. Because we haven’t been able to sell many tickets, the drawing was canceled. It would be much appreciated if you will purchase one or six tickets to show your support to the committee. You can contact Cindy at the Town Office, Erna at Hilltop, Kim or I to purchase your winning ticket.

The Recreation Committee will meet at the Town Office on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at starting at 4 p.m.

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Town Office starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Planning Board is still looking for another member to join the board. This position has been vacant for several months now and we are hoping that someone will step forward and send their request to the Board of Selectmen. The board meets only once a month. I’m sure there is someone out there that would like a night out and to do some volunteer work for the town.

Celebration for our veterans

The Freedom Recreation Committee is hosting a celebration for our veterans on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11. We are having guest speakers, and this year we are going to ask some our veterans to be the honor guard. We are hoping some of our politicians will attend and the Cub/Boy Scouts. The celebration will start at noon at the Veterans' Memorial on Pleasant Street. We will have some music and the "Wall of Honor" with pictures of area veterans. We hope to have many people turn out, it was a huge success last year and we would like to have it even bigger this year.

Groups or individuals who would like to participate should call Kim Holmes at 382-6245 (Secretary). We are still looking for pictures of area veterans.

We will have use of the church basement, therefore refreshments will be served. If there is anyone out there who would like to contribute finger foods, cookies, cake, etc. please contact me at 382-6024 or e-mail me at, for I am accepting all donations of refreshments. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Veterans' Day?

Going to add to this today that as of this moment, I have not received one donation! Come on, ladies and gentlemen; don’t wait till the last minute!

Historical Society

The Historical Society will meet at the home of Viola Greeley on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

The society still has cookbooks, photos, Historical Scrapbooks, for sale and has now added a Bicentennial coin, which contains the dates of 1913-2013. The first 100-year coin (1813-1913) is no longer in circulation. Any of these items would make a lovely gift for any occasion, so why not contact Viola Greeley or Lorraine Overlock  and support the Historical Society by purchasing one or all four of these historical items! The price of each item is only $10.

The electricity is all completed in the Old Town House building! Now it’s time to put up the ceiling, walls and flooring. Anyone interested in helping?

Cemetery Committee

We are also in need of someone to represent the Town Cemeteries. We do have a volunteer who takes care of the cleaning up, etc., but we need a volunteer to chair this committee. If you are interested, please contact the Board of Selectmen and send your letter of interest or call the Town Office.

Health officer

We are in need of a health officer. You can notify the Board of Selectmen to get more information as to just what this position involves

I have been asking for volunteers for some positions for quite a while now and must say that I, together with others, am disappointed that out of a town of approximately 700, nobody has come forward. Please try to make an effort to give some of your time to the town you reside in. You probably are tired of reading my requests, but all I can do is keep asking until the positions are filled or volunteers step up to the plate.

Freedom Volunteer Fire Department

It’s that time of year to get your chimneys cleaned, so why not contact the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department and make a date to have your chimney cleaned. Donations are accepted.

TOPS #125

There is a group of people that meet at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion every Monday morning in the kitchen, where they hold their meetings. Weigh-in starts at 7:30 till 8:30 and then the meeting begins. If you feel you would like to learn more about proper and healthy eating, why not come on out and join the group. The first attendance is free, and from there you can decide if you want to join. We have lots of good information, fun and games. You can contact me at 382-6024 if you are interested or just show up at the meeting. By the way, TOPS stands for “Take Off Pounds Sensibly.”

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County

We are seeking donations of (new) goods or services to be offered at the third annual auction to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County to be held at The Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 20. Everyone's life is touched by death at some point, and Hospice can be a wonderful resource, not only to ease the dying person's passage, but to assist families and loved ones, both during the final days and afterward by offering help in the form of bereavement support groups or one on one help. Your donation to their auction will help a most worthy cause. If you cannot donate to the auction, they hope you will come to the auction to support them... Donations can be picked up. Call Connie at the Hospice Office (930-2677) or - volunteer Ginny Ford (

Voice of Freedom

Fall is definitely here! The leaves are changing their color, football is in the air, the mornings are cool enough to wear a jacket, pumpkins are seen all over, together with stacks of wood.

My daughter-in-law, Lynn, and I went down to Jersey last weekend and while driving south, I noticed greener leaves, lots of traffic, and lots of people. We attended a baby shower on Sunday, and upon arrival on Saturday we ate dinner at the Rainforest Café, which I highly recommend. This fantastic place has a wonderful variety on their menu and priced reasonably. The décor of the Café is all jungle! It’s a great place to take your family, especially children. The Rainforest Café is like Bugaboo Creek in Maine. There are gorillas, monkeys, birds, fish and all kinds of jungle animals. They talk, make noise and are so entertaining. They also sell lots of souvenirs, clothing etc. It’s located in Menlo Park, N.J., and if you are ever in that area, and are looking for atmosphere and good food, go there!

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Quotation for the week

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."

Francis Maitland Balfour

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