Run/walk kicks off midnight Black Friday

Freeport High School Student Interact Service Club is hosting the Moonlight Madness Fun Run/Walk benefit event, Thursday Nov. 26, at 11:45 p.m. The event kicks off Black Friday, when many stores open at midnight.

The run starts and finishes at Olympia Sports on Main Street, a primary sponsor for this event. Area businesses are sponsoring the event, as well as donating merchandise and coupons for goodie bags that all participants will receive. The top three runners will be awarded prizes.

Registration is from 10:30-11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night or register at www.runinarace.com/MoonlightMadness/registration.html. The entry fee is $10, or $15 the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the fuel assistance fund at Freeport Community Services.

Volunteers needed for town boards

The Freeport Town Council Appointments Committee is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the Project Review Board and the library Board of Trustees. Applicants for other town boards and Committees are also welcome, and these applications will be

maintained on a reserve list for future consideration as other vacancies arise. An application can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office, 865-4743, ext. 123.

Holiday craft workshop Nov. 29

South Freeport Congregational Church will hold a Holiday Craft Workshop, open to all ages, on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 3- 6 p.m., in the Community Hall at 98 South Freeport Road. Participants can create their own balsam evergreen centerpiece, Christmas ornaments and handmade Christmas cards. A certified art teacher and creativity specialist will be on hand to provide instruction. Supplies will be provided. Participants can also bring their own special centerpiece container, own materials and ideas.

A $20 suggested donation will help pay for supplies, materials and instruction. A portion of all donations will benefit the church.

Tea tasting

Customers at Jacqueline’s Tea Room, 201 Main St. Freeport, can sample five varieties of tea, while browsing the gift shop, Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6-7 p.m. For more information, see www.Jacquelinestearoom.com. (207)865-2123.

Radio astronomy family-friendly program topic

Award-winning science teacher Jon Wallace will present a family-friendly program about how astronomers are making use of radio astronomy and the advantages of radio versus optical observing, at a program Monday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at The Freeport Community Library.

Radio telescopes can be found the world over and are used to study celestial objects such as galaxies and stars, as well as more difficult to understand phenomena such as Masers and Pulsars.

Wallace was a high school science teacher in Meriden, Conn., for more than 32 years. He is past president of the Connecticut Association of Physics Teachers and was an instructor in Wesleyan University’s Project ASTRO program. He has managed the Naugatuck Valley Community College observatory and run many astronomy classes and training sessions throughout Connecticut. The evening’s “Introduction to Radio Astronomy” will be rescheduled to Dec. 14 if canceled due to inclement weather.

‘East Meets Weston’ exhibit opening

A photography exhibit by Bruce Barlow of Westport Island will be on display at Freeport Community Library during December. Barlow’s exhibit, “East Meets Weston,” consists of pairs of photographs – one from the East Coast and one from Weston Beach in the Point Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel, Calif. Some of the work is black and white, some is color. Barlow has been making pictures since 1984, has run photo workshops and published two books on photography.

Dine-out benefit

On Thursday, Dec. 3, customers who eat at participating Freeport restaurants will receive a raffle ticket for a week on Daytona Beach, Fla. Proceeds from dining will benefit Freeport High School class of 2016’s Project Graduation.

Participating Freeport restaurants include Amato’s, Gritty McDuff’s, Subway, Stirling & Mull and The Corsican (lunch only).

Film classic

The 1947 holiday classic film, “Miracle on 34th Street,” will be shown Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m., at Freeport Community Library. The public is invited to enjoy this enduring holiday film, along with tea, coffee and homemade cookies, free of charge. “Miracle on 34th Street” stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and an 8-year-old Natalie Wood.

Holly Jolly Fair? Dec. 4-5

First Parish Church Congregational will hold its annual Holly Jolly Fair in the church hall at 40 Main St., Freeport, on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

There will be homemade baked goods and crafts items for sale plus white elephant, a cake party, cookie walk and a raffle on both days. On Saturday there will be a fish chowder/Italian sandwich luncheon, plus a special visit from Santa between 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All are welcome.

2015 Holiday Helpline under way

Sign-up has begun for the Freeport Community Services Holiday Helpline program for Freeport and Pownal residents. The Holiday Helpline program is designed to provide warm clothing and toys, thanks to a partnership with the Press Herald Toy Fund (formerly called the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund) to needy residents. Freeport Community Services is hoping to find volunteers and donations to help this effort. Residents needing help this holiday season should see Sarah Lundin at Freeport Community Services to pick up an application. Deadline for completed applications is Dec. 1. The toy fund will provide four brand-new, pre-selected, age-appropriate toys for each child up to age 19.

Community volunteers are essential to the success of the Holiday Helpline program. Here is how to help:

• Adopt a family: While the toys come from the toy fund, FCS still hopes to supply two articles of warm clothing per child, and one gift for each adult in the family.

• Adopt an adult: FCS provides one gift per adult, for some elderly, disabled, ill or unemployed adults. This may be the only gift they receive this holiday season.

• Provide cash donations: FCS uses these donations for items such as Bow Street Market gift cards and gas cards. Each family or adult, in addition to the gifts provided by donors, will receive a “Fund-a-Feast” Box from Hannaford and a Bow Street Market gift card. Donors also can make a contribution to the toy fund.

• Donate time: Help with gift wrapping, sorting, and delivering gifts and food boxes.

To volunteer, contact Debbie Daggett, at 865-3985, ext. 206. To adopt a family, make a contribution or apply for help, contact Sarah Lundin, 865-3985, ext. 205, as soon as possible.

‘Radio’ opens Dec. 4

Freeport Players’ “WFCP Home Time Radio Hour” will be back “on the air” with an all-new collection of music and radio sketches to kick off the holidays. The 1950s holiday edition of “Radio” will be performed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St.

Tickets are $15 at the door. They are also available at Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile, 304 U.S. Route 1, and R&D Automotive, Varney Road; or by mail at Freeport Players, PO Box 483, Freeport ME, 04032. Patrons can save $5 and get tickets online at www.fcponline.org/tix.htm.

The “Radio” show will include hit songs of the 1950s and a few holiday favorites, new episodes of “Joe Tanner,” “Home On The Rang”e and “Rocket Space Quest,” new sketches, new product jingles, live music from the band, led by Tom Dube (Dube Music), and, of course, the Sound Effects Ladies.

The “Radio” cast of familiar faces and new talent includes Maryellen Carew, Barb Finn, Betty Gravelle, Randy Roy, Judy Lloyd, David Wallace, Elizabeth Guffey, Penny Davis-Dublin, Sam Hunneman, Cole Tamminen, Erik Brobst, Hilary Manuel, Gordon Adams, Deborah McLean, Andrew Hammann, Bernie Horowitz, Sally Grover, Trish Scott, Phil Chin, Jackie Downing, Jake Junkins, Don Labbe, Johannah DeGrandpre, MaryAt Lessard, John Paterson, Gar Roper, Denise Shannon, Betsy Roper and more.

Freeport Players was founded in 1989 to provide opportunities for members of the community to be involved in all aspects of theater. Freeport Players produces a wide range of theater experiences – classical and contemporary, comedies and dramas, plays and musicals.

‘Night Tree’ event

A holiday tradition for children, Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s “Night Tree” event, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book, “Night Tree.” Her story is about a family that feeds the forest animals by making decorations for a special tree. Each hour during the day, a reader will share the book and children will decorate pinecones with birdseed and string popcorn with dried fruit and cranberries. A short hike will take the children on the trails to leave the treats in the woods for the animals.

Programs begin at 9 a.m. The last program is at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 for those 2 and older and free for members. Tickets are available at www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Toys for Tots

Caleb Stephens, financial adviser with Edward Jones, is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year’s toy drive.

Local residents can help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, at 5 Depot St., Suite 24, Freeport, during regular business hours, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.,

Monday through Friday, from Monday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Dec. 4.

“With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities,” Stephens said. “And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors.

2015 Citizen ?of the Year

Each year the Freeport Town Council presents a Citizen of the Year Award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the quality of the town. Nominations are now being accepted. Nomination forms are available at the Town Office, Freeport Community Library and at www.freeportmaine.com. Deadline for is Dec. 10.

Upcoming meetings

Town Council, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Planning Board, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

A full listing of upcoming town meetings and agendas is available at www.freeportmaine.com.

Society seeks funds to rid farm of beetles

An infestation of powder-post beetles was recently discovered at the Pettengill Farm house, which may threaten the integrity of the 19th-century structure that is part of the Freeport Historical Society. The organization will work with Modern Pest Services of Brunswick to eliminate the threat, at a cost of $6,000. The historical society is now turning to the community for donations to help.

Ridding the farmhouse of the invaders is relatively straightforward. A non-toxic solution of boric acid will be applied to the exposed woodwork in the house, which will kill the beetle larvae when they emerge in the spring, and prevent new insects from making their homes in the historic house.

Freeport Historical Society needs to raise $6,000 by December to treat the woodwork and protect the historic building. Those interested in making a donation can do so online at www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org/beetles or by calling 865-3170.


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