Many thanks need to be sent to Freedom resident Betsy Bradt, for keeping the flower bed under the sign on the corner of Route 153 and Cushing Corner Road bursting with color from spring to fall. Who knows when she gets the time to do the work, as busy as she is, but it is always beautiful. Thank you, Betsy!

Congrats to Freedom's Bill Crone on his first place win (for the second time) at the Sandwich Fair. Bill's entry from Aardvark Wood Working won first place in Division 1, Professional Artist, Sculpture, and Best in Show. That's pretty wonderful.

The Freedom Historical Society, alongside the NH Humanities Council presents "From Guns to Gramophones: Civil War and the Technology that Shaped America" on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. All members and guests are invited to a scrumptious dinner at 5:30 p.m. prior to the program. Baked ham will be provided as the main dish so please bring something to share. A brief business meeting will be held after the dinner to elect 2018 officers.

Parsonsfield Seminary invites you to the 11th annual "The Haunting" on Oct. 20 ($12 special) and Oct. 21, 27 and 28 ($14). Ages 12 and under $5. The seminary closed in 1949 but they didn't all leave! Traverse the historic 42-room building plus walk out basement. Meet the former residents as they refuse to pass on. Come join in the scary fun from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Snack Shack available. The Seminary is located on Route 160S at Parsonsfield, Maine.

Students are invited to the library on Friday, Oct. 20, at 3:45 p.m. for after-school fun. If the program can be outside, the activity will be pumpkin carving. If it is too cold and/or rainy, there will be a different activity TBA. Adult volunteers are needed - please call 539-5176 if you can help for that hour. Pizza & Movie follows from 5 to 6:45 p.m., featuring three Halloween shorts: "Scared Shrekless," "Toy Story of Terror!" and "Dear Dracula." Pizza is $4 per person.

Come and visit Carroll Lodge No. 57 Free and Accepted Masons on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a part of the state wide Lodge open house. Brothers will be on hand to take you on a tour of the building to include the lodge room with all its furniture and symbols. Your questions will be answered by the Fellows. In addition you will be visiting the oldest church building existent in the original town of Effingham. Come and learn its history.

Mountain Top Music Center’s Community Orchestra plans a concert of music intended for and inspired by dance on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. at Camp Calumet. From a suite of dance music by the Baroque-era composer Johanness Rosenmüller to a dragonfly dance composed last summer by the concert’s conductor Ellen Schwindt, the music ranges widely in style and taste. The concert is open to the public with no advance reservations needed. “Music of the Dance” is a concert that will send everyone out the door with a spring in their step and a smile on their face.

A suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family will be gratefully accepted at the door to help support the students of Mountain Top with affordable lessons. Light refreshments will be served after the concert, so that attendees can meet and socialize with the members of the orchestra and its soloists. The Mountain Top Community Orchestra is a group of amateur and professional players who meet for weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year. The group presents four to five concerts a year in venues throughout the valley. Interested players should contact Mountain Top Music Center at (603) 447-4737 for more information.

Students in grades seven 12, mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. for the next teen night. There's been a murder in Freedom Village, and the body was found on the shores of Loon Lake. Did Mrs. Rhymer do it in the Library with the Bookends? Did Dr. Tung do it at the town offices with a tax bill? Find out when we play Freedom Village Clue — all the great detective work of the classic board game set in the quaint village of Freedom. Can you solve the mystery before the next victim appears? After the game, we will be watching "Spiderman: Homecoming." Pizza is $4 per person.

Fall and Halloween have come to the Freedom Village Store, stop by to check out the new window displays. While there, look for the many new products, including the work of Freedom's Philip Brooks. He has beautiful carved wood pieces, many of them bowls, made out of a variety of different wood. Light as a feather, any one of them would make a great present for someone special.

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