Well, we are partway through Old Home Week and what a great week it is. Lots and lots of traditional, fun events going on. Check out the full schedule at freedomoldhomeweek.org to make sure you don’t miss anything. Congrats and thank you to the Old Home Week committee for a successful parade and line up of events. It takes hours and hours and hours of planning to pull off this week and it is thanks to the efforts of tireless volunteers that our 121st Old Home Week is taking place.
Thanks also to Rob Hatch and his team for putting on the pig roast, which benefited End 68 Hours of Hunger. The food was delicious, the cause was worthy, and if you missed the youthful, country entertainment of local talent, then you missed out.
After the service on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m., members and supporters of the First Christian Church will celebrate the first anniversary of its listing on the State Register of Historic Places. In honor of this important recognition, a bronze plaque has been installed on the front of the church commemorating the date and event.
The church, dedicated in 1867, remains an important example of vernacular architecture typical of New England towns and is also an important part of the town culture and community by operating a food pantry, providing transportation, and visiting the sick, as well as offering weekly worship services.
It is one of seven historical public and private buildings in the town nominated and researched by the Freedom Heritage Commission and approved for listing by the Division of Historic and Cultural Resources. The public is invited to the Fellowship Room of the church for refreshments and remarks as we thank the generous donors and volunteers who made possible the purchase and hanging of the plaque.
Thanks to David Smith and Bob Smart for this update on the Ossipee River Dam: With the Governor’s approval on Wednesday, the long-delayed project to replace the Ossipee River Dam will finally begin. Work commenced on Monday, Aug. 5, according to Jim Gallagher, chief engineer of the Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau, who will lead the project for the state.
The dam replacement project was announced in 2009, but was repeatedly postponed because of state funding constraints. Last August, Gallagher announced at an Ossipee Lake Alliance forum that funding was in place and work would begin this year.
By spring, however, the project again seemed destined for delay — this time because the federal government’s steel tariffs put material costs in flux. Despite the potential setback, the Dam Bureau plunged ahead in April by issuing an RFP for the project, and hosting five interested construction companies at an on-site orientation meeting.
Massachusetts-based Charter Contracting Co. won the work with a $4.96 million bid, which is approximately the original cost estimate and the number the governor approved this week.
Last year, the state predicted replacing the dam would take two summers to complete if work began this spring. Given the three-month delay, a new timeline will have to be established once work begins. Activities will be halted during the winter and spring snow melt.
The new dam will have flood gates that can be controlled remotely from Concord. The state believes the new complex will help alleviate flooding on the lake, although it will not completely eliminate high water because of the lake’s geography.
Lastly, Freedom recently lost two wonderful, longtime community members, Nancy Seabury and Robert Hodge. They will truly be missed, and their families are in our thoughts.
Lisa Wheeler can be contacted at email@example.com.