Freedom Town Coumn: Parsonfield Seminary to present 10th annual 'Haunting'

Thank you to all who donated pumpkins for Freedom Public Library's pumpkin-carving program. Twenty-three children created some wonderful jack-o'-lanterns, many of which will be lit up and on display on Halloween night. Photos from this event can be seen on the library's Facebook page. The library will be open for trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 and kids and adults in costume can have their Halloween portraits made. These portraits will be on display at the library and duplicate prints will be available for pickup.

Parsonfield Seminary, located at 504 North Road (Route 160) in Parsonsfield, Maine, will be host its annual Halloween event on Oct. 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This year's title is "The Haunting — the 10th — A Decade of Horror." Come visit the different themes from their first nine years plus many new additions. Travel all three floors of the 42-room historic building plus the expanded walkout basement. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit or email Freedom's Jan Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It's not too late to attend Freedom Village Store's auction this Saturday night. Tickets are available at the store or at the door for $35. Tickets include a five course dinner of either Sole Florentine or Beef Braciola, live music during dinner and for dancing, as well as both a silent and live auction, all at the town hall. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with pre auction viewing, dinner at 6 p.m. For those with parties of eight or larger, call Lee Fritz (603) 539-4868 for sitting reservations at dinner.

The Friends of the Library is bringing Theresa Fersch to the Freedom Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. In 2015, Fersch hiked the entire length of the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. The Camino is a 500-mile pilgrimage traveled by pilgrims for over 1,000 years. It is said to bring great physical, mental and spiritual growth to all who travel its routes. Fersch will provide a brief overview of what a day on the Camino is like as well as a narrative of her own personal experiences along the way.

Registration for the 14th annual Turkey Trot Golf Outing — a four-person scramble — to be held at Province Lake Golf Course on Sunday, Oct. 30. Call the Pro Shop (207) 793-4040 or stop by in person. Cost is $50 per player (cash or check) and this event benefits the Freedom and Wakefield Food Pantries in New Hampshire as well as others. It is asked that canned goods be donated either prior to or on the day of the event, and this year all canned goods collected will be designated solely for the Freedom Food Pantry. Further details may be supplied by contacting Scott Inman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

"Finest Hours" the One Book, One Valley selection will be reviewed at the next book club meeting at 10:30 am on Monday, Oct. 31. Come join in the discussion. The movie was great, don't miss the book and discussion.

Thank you to Bob Smart for the following Smart Report: Lake level remained at the summer plan of 407.25 since last reported six weeks ago. This was better than expected since the few rain events during that time were small. The dam was almost completely closed until Columbus Day with just a trickle of 30-40 cubic-foot-per-second going east. The dam was opened to 330 cubic-foot-per-second on 10/10 that began the planned drop of lake level approximately 9 inches today. The dam was opened some more thus increasing water flow to 471 cubic-foot-per-second. Not much rain in the forecast so the Lake Level should continue to fall. Last year, this time was quite different with lots of rain and a level that just would not go down until end of December.

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Eaton Town Column: Eaton Community Circle to host bean supper Nov. 7

Come to Eleanor Jenkins' cider pressing day at Jenkins' Uplands Apple Farm on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10ish a.m. to 3ish p.m. Permission granted to join the work (last week I put down the wrong day). The apple farm is at 381 Towle Hill Road in South Eaton. Potluck lunch provided by all, for all. You may email Eleanor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her cell phone at (603) 986-5968. It is awesome to watch the many people doing all the different jobs. You can sign up for her sweet cider at the Eaton Village Store by the cash register.

Correction: There will be a bean supper at the town hall on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. Also the meal is going to be provided by the Eaton Community Circle and is not a potluck dinner. This is like town suppers in the old days where everyone in town gets together to eat and enjoy family and friends. Come one, come all. It is like a birthday. Eaton is 250 years old as of Nov. 7. The papers were signed by Clement March and 65 others. Dinner will be provided by the Eaton Community Circle. There will be traditional beans, veggie beans, ham, hot dogs, brown bread, coleslaw, birthday cake and ice cream. Coffee and tea will be provided, otherwise bring-your-own beverage. This will be a fun evening for the whole family.

Tamworth Town Column: Conservation commission holding photo competition

By Ann McGarity
On Saturday, while visiting the Tamworth Farmers' Market, I discovered that my favorite watercolor artist was leading a plein air class at the market. Tony Van Hasseldt told me the group was based at The Preserve, the former Brass Heart Inn. Van Hasseldt, originally from the Netherlands, has a reputation for teaching excellence and lives in East Boothbay, Maine. Interested readers can check out his Facebook page for his beautiful paintings, tips and workshops.
The conservation commission is sponsoring a photo competition to capture Tamworth scenes throughout the year. The current phase is for fall-themed photographs. The submission deadline is Oct. 31. For information, go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you may win a prize.
Last Friday, about 80 people attended a 45-minute service at Ordination Rock, in honor of the town's 250th anniversary. Clergy from all the Tamworth churches officiated. A float from this year's Fourth of July Parade, by the Wasson/Littlefield family, was on display, honoring important dates in our history: the founding in 1766, and the subsequent anniversaries in 1866, 1966 and now 2016. A birthday party to honor the town was held afterwards at the Town House. State Sen. Jeb Bradley brought a proclamation, and those present enjoyed a delicious birthday cake made by Erica Boynton.

Albany Town Column: Town plans birthday dinner

By Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon
The 250th birthday celebration dinner for Albany will be held on Nov. 5 at the Darby Field Inn. The cost is $30 per person, which includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Seating capacity is only 50, so please make your reservations as soon as possible by calling the inn directly at (603) 447-2181. Let’s make this a party to remember!
First, the news from the Oct. 12 selectmen’s meeting. Most of the meeting focused on old business. The selectmen approved the Notchnet proposal to host the town’s website. With only two and a half months left in the fiscal year, they voted to transfer $1,000 from welfare to software support to pay for it.
Regarding Fire Chief Steve Solomon’s recommendations on fixing the door of the main hall, the selectmen proposed to meet with the bidders regarding the replacement to get a clearer idea of what actually needs to be done. The covered bridge on Passaconaway Road remains an issue. The selectmen plan to meet with the forest service again about the bridge and signage. The selectmen also discussed the size of a generator for the town hall should the town’s emergency management plan actually come into use.

Effingham Town Column: Fright nights at Parsonsfield Seminary

By Henry Spencer
This weekend will be the first weekend of Parsonsfield Seminary's haunted house. This year's theme is is a retrospective of particularly successful fright stimulation from the past 10 years. That's right, this is the 10th year the folks over in Parsonsfield have put on their Halloween scare fest, and they have gotten better than pretty good at it, too.
Over the weekends of Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 27-28, starting at 6:30 p.m. you can take a chance with your heartbeat and take the tour through their 42 rooms of creepy crawlies jumping out at you fun filled scare tactics. Four floors, including the essentially year-round scary basement. Yes, your reporter has been in this basement many times when it isn't anywhere near Halloween and it's basically scary to begin with, and the rest of the house is purported to have its own contingent of resident actual ghosts. Add the Parsonsfield Seminary's volunteers' experienced ghoulish decorating touch, fill the rooms with dedicated and enthusiastic portrayers of unsettling aspects of the macabre and bizarre and you end up with a nght of quality fright.
So take a chance on encountering something that will make your heart go bump in the night. It might be a volunteer lurking in the shadow or it might be one of those resident year-round shades who call the old dormitory home. You need to be at the front door, ticket in hand by 9 p.m., to get into the building, so plan accordingly. They have never actually lost a ticket holder to the dark side, yet. For more information, call (603) 539-7910.
For those who want what might be called a different level of Halloween spookiness, something more appropriate for those of tot size, the library will be having a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Appropriate attire for all those under 5 feet tall is encouraged. There will be snacks, of course, and the craft table will be open for those with a creative bent. There is something particularly sweet about a Winnie the Pooh, princess, vampire, ghost or pirate telling you to "look what I made" while munching on a snack.
The Effingham Parent Teacher Organization is holding a large yard sale on Oct. 22 at the school, and organizers are looking for donations. Boxes of small items can be dropped off at the school if you call ahead at (603) 539-6032 to arrange to have them taken in. Mention has been made that larger items can be dropped off Friday, Oct. 21, after school is closed; call the same number to arrange. For those looking to acquire rather than dispose of items of interest and discernible use, all you need to do is show up with an empty back seat or truck bed and load up on those things you just can't believe someone is getting rid of.
The PTO is also looking for baked goods to add to the table of treats that will be part of the afternoon's sale. This is way better than the free table at the transfer station, a better quality of product and things to nibble on while you browse. The yard sale is from 8 a.m. to and 3 p.m. Items can be brought throughout the day to donate for sale.
How about that foliage!
Henry Spencer can be reached at (603) 539-4964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..