Auction to benefit trip? to Dominican Republic

The Freeport High School Interact Club will host an auction on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m., at the Freeport Community Center. The Interact Club is a community service club whose members who work with the Rotary Club to bring aid and service to other countries.

The club will be taking a service trip to the Dominican Republic to install water filters, teach residents how to maintain the filters, donate money to hospitals and bring shoes and clothing to the children of La Romana. Proceeds from the auction will go to the trip.

Historical Society ?hosts presentation, ?rum tasting

The Freeport Historical Society will host “Peddling Your Wares: A Look at Itinerant Merchants in Early 19th Century New England” presentation and rum tasting,” Sunday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m., at the Freeport Community Library.

Tom Kelleher, curator of Historic Trades, Mills and Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, will present a first-person visit to learn how a wide variety of goods reached settlements and the importance of the exchange of news. The presentation will be followed with questions and answers and a tasting of Eight Bells rum from New England Distilleries. The program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, contact the Freeport Historical Society at 865-3170, or on Facebook.

Nomination papers available

Nomination papers for a seat on the Town Council for District 2 area available in the Town Clerk’s Office, 30 Main St., Freeport. Nomination papers with no fewer than 50 signatures are due to the Town Clerk’s Office no later than 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. The special election will be held Wednesday, March 20 in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 30 Main St., from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Freeport Town Clerk’s office at 865-4743 ext. 123.

Firewood raffle ?for charity

Doherty’s North Freeport General Store is again selling tickets for a firewood raffle to raise money and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation. The winner of the raffle will receive a cord-and-a-half of firewood split and delivered. The firewood is donated by longtime Freeport resident and local business owner Chris Stilkey of D.C. Stilkey and Sons, who also has epilepsy. Tickets are $2 each or five for $5.

The firewood will be on display at the North Freeport General Store until the drawing on Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are available at the store or by calling Becky and James Daniel at 865-0645.

Women’s Club meeting

The Freeport Women’s Club will meet on Friday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Freeport Community Library. The speaker will be Tom Wilbur of Wilbur’s of Maine who will discuss the growth of his business. Refreshments will follow the program and visitors are welcome.

Used police car for sale

The town of Freeport is accepting bids for a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria four-door police car with 102,402 miles. The vehicle can be viewed during normal business hours at the Freeport Public Works, 7 Hunter Road. An $100 earnest money deposit is required with bid submission. Checks will be returned to unsuccessful bidders.

Sealed bids must be received by Feb. 13, no later than 3 p.m. Submit bids to Used Police Car Bid, 30 Main St. Freeport, ME 04032.

Public skating

Skating areas at Gorman Park and the Freeport Community Center are open. There are lights at Gorman Park that can be activated with a timer switch on the post near the shelter

Community Services needs volunteers

Freeport Community Services is in need of volunteers. The new Estate Furniture Annex, at 2 Depot St. is successful and FCS is looking for volunteers to help with service to their customers. They are also looking for drivers to offer rides to medical appointments on a flexible basis. To volunteer, call Debbie at 865-3985.

Free tax help

AARP will be providing free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income households with special attention to those 60 or older from Feb. 6-April 10 on Wednesday mornings at the Freeport Community Center. Assistance is available by appointment only. Call 865-4743 ext. 120 to schedule an appointment.

‘Lunch with Locals’ series continues

The Freeport Historical Society is hosting a series of lunchtime meetings to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its collections with input from the community. The “Lunch with Locals” series will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, March 22 and Tuesday, April 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be at the historical society’s headquarters at the Harrington House, 45 Main St. The public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch for informal discussions about particular aspects of the collection, as well as a rare close-up view of the society’s collections. The project is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. For more information or to RSVP, contact the historical society at 865-3170 or [email protected] .

Winter parking ban

The Freeport winter parking ban on all town streets runs from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. through April 15.

Library news and notes

The GWC (Giving Children Warmth) program will be making blankets for children in Afghanistan by knitting squares and sewing them together. The group meets on Mondays from 2:45-4 p.m. to teach volunteers from age 11 through adult to knit.

Story time for toddlers and preschoolers takes place every Tuesday. There are two 15-minute story times at 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. for younger kids with shorter attention spans. At 10, there is a 30-minute story time for preschoolers. The morning features songs and a small snack.

February’s Art at the Library will feature the artwork by the Art Guild of Freeport, which will be on display throughout the month of February.

The library will be hosting its annual chocolate bash on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature chocolate treats to sample for $2 per person, raffles for items such as a basket of chocolate goodies, chocolate desserts like cakes and Arlene’s famous whoopee pies and a basket of art donated by the Art Guild of Freeport. Music will be provided by Cul de Sax.

The movie “Frankenweenie,” rated PG, will be screened Thursday, Feb 14, at 2:30 p.m., as a free after-school movie for grades 6-8. Free popcorn and a special Valentine’s Day treat will be served.

The library will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 18 for the Presidents Day holiday. The library will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

The tour guide for the next Armchair Travel Series, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., will be Ethel and John Wilkerson, who will present a barge trip through France. The program Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., features tour guides Burt Brewer and Chris Hastedt, who will present a sailing trip to Newfoundland, St. Pierre and Miquelon.

The Thursday midday movie on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. is “Undertaking Betty,” starring Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts and Brenda Blethyn. The film is rated PG-13.

This month’s Tech Talk, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m., will focus on using and other genealogy resources.

Upcoming meetings

Feb. 13 – Coastal Waters – 6 p.m. – Freeport Community Center

Feb. 14 – Shellfish Commission – 6:30 p.m. – Freeport Community Center

Feb. 19 – Conservation Commission – 7 p.m. – Freeport Community Center

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