Conservation trust

hosts author Hoose

Portland-based author Phillip Hoose will talk about his well-reviewed book, “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” as guest speaker at the Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at the Freeport Community Center.

The young-adult book follows a small rufa red-knot shorebird that migrates in his lifetime the distance to the moon and half way back. The Washington Post wrote about the book: “With an effective mix of facts and conjecture, Hoose conveys B95’s wide experience, from the challenges of his first month in Arctic Canada 20 years ago to the physical demands of flying for three days straight. Hoose’s vivid prose and the book’s close-up photos give a sense of other red-knot talents, like fattening up for a long flight and sleeping while staying alert for predators.”

The public is invited. For more information, see

Free summer

lunches for kids

Once again, Freeport Community Services will be running the Summer Free Lunch for Kids program, Monday-Friday, June 20 through Sept. 2, except July 4, from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Freeport Community Services will prepare and serve free, healthy lunches for all children. Meals will be distributed at the Freeport Community Center, the Village View Apartments Community Room, Mast Landing School and Wildwood Acres on Elm Street. There are no income or residency requirements. All children under the age of 19 are welcome.

For more information, call Sarah Lundin at 865-3985, ext. 205.

Volunteers are needed daily to prepare, deliver, serve and monitor lunches at lunch sites. Those interested in helping should contact Debbie Daggett, volunteer coordinator, at 865-3985, ext. 206, or email [email protected]

Adults can sign up

for reading program

Signup is under way for the new summer reading program for adults at the Freeport Community Library. The program will run through Labor Day. Participants are eligible to win prizes both throughout the summer and at the end of the program in September. Prizes include library book bags and gift cards donated by several local businesses to the summer reading raffle. The four-week signup period ends Monday, June 13.

Waldorf teacher, parent

win literary awards

Maine Coast Waldorf High School Humanities teacher David Sloan, and high school parent Liza Bakewell of Freeport, were both named 2016 Maine Literary Award Winners on May 26th at SPACE Gallery in Portland. Sloan, also a winner in 2012, won the Short Works Competition, Poetry. Bakewell won the Book Award for Anthology (editors) for her book, “A Gateless Garden.” Wilson Haims, a Maine Coast Waldorf High School freshman, was a finalist in the Youth Fiction category.

The Maine Literary Awards is an annual state-wide competition sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The 2016 awards honor books published during 2015, as well as adult and youth manuscripts in drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This year’s competition brought in a near record-breaking number of submissions.

Parkside Prelude

kicks off summer

FreeportUSA’s Parkside Prelude is Friday, June 10, from 5-8 p.m., at Memorial Park. The free evening includes live music by Dave Pahanish and Hugh Mitchell, both Nashville-based singer songwriters. Lawn games like bocce, giant Jenga, lawn bowling, cornhole and, of course, Bean boot tossing, will be available. Treats will be offered from SPüN Bakery, Bridgham & Cook, Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware, Wilbur’s of Maine, Café Crepe and Linda Bean’s

Food producers or chefs who would like to get involved should email [email protected] for more information.

A different

view of fishing

On Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in the L.L. Bean camping department atrium, Macauley Lord will present a program about what it’s like to float the great trout rivers of Argentina in a kickboat powered solely by scuba fins. Lord, from the seat of his 16-pound inflatable boat, floats under willow trees that shelter big rainbow and brown trout, runs rivers that flow off the crest of the Andes Mountains out into the Patagonian desert, and hooks big trout in remote mountain lakes.

College honor

Freeport resident Jonathan Mervine has been named to Husson University’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. Mervine is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s bachelor of science program in communications technology with a concentration in video production.


Boyle back with

new crime novel

Freeport Community Library will host Maine author Gerry Boyle on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Boyle is a popular crime novelist and creator of the Jack McMorrow series. The newest title in the series, “Straw Man,” is just being released by Islandport Press.

His experiences as a reporter for the Morning Sentinel in Waterville inspired his first McMurrow novel, “Deadline,” published in 1993. “Straw Man” is his 11th McMorrow novel.

Church cooking

beans and more

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport, will host a bean supper Saturday, June 11, from 5-6 p.m. On the menu will be three kinds of homemade baked beans, macaroni and cheese, American chop suey, hot dogs, rolls, pickles, cole slaw, pies, beverages and more. The cost is $9, and $4 for children. Profits support outreach programs.

Library hosts

two music events

Freeport Community Library invites the public to dust off their acoustic stringed instruments, warm up their voices and come make music with friends and neighbors, on Sunday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m. There will be folk and bluegrass lyrics with chords projected for all to see. Those who have songs they wish to lead should bring a one-page document with chords and lyrics. Listeners, singers, and all musician levels are welcome.

The next Freeport Open Stage Coffee House will take place on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m., at the library meeting room. The coffee house is a safe zone for creativity and an opportunity for performers to get in front of a supportive audience of peers and fans. Past coffee houses have featured Shakespearean actors, poets, singers, songwriters, mimes, dancers, guitarists, harmonica players, and “house band” Crabapple Jam. Performers should sign up for slots upon arrival and perform for approximately 6 minutes (the equivalent of about two songs).

Proceeds from the sale of baked goods at the coffee house are donated to the Freeport library for the upkeep of the piano.

Family Fun Day

set for Sunday

A Family Fun Day, hosted by Freeport Conservation Trust, is scheduled for

Sunday, June 12, from 1-3 p.m., at Powell Point Preserve.

Kids and their parents are invited to an outing at one of the trust’s more varied trails. Those who attend the free event can float boats, make fairy houses, sample water and toast marshmallows.

Attendees should park at paved turnaround on Lambert Road, about a mile from South Freeport Road. Continue on Lambert Road on foot to Powell Point trailhead sign on the right. For more information, see

Congregational Church

schedules VBS

Cave Quest Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Friday, June 20-24, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road, for children ages 5-12.

This free camp (donations welcomed) offers storytelling, singing, dancing, arts and crafts discovery time, snacks and more. For more information and registration, call 865-4012 or email Beth at [email protected]

Portland Metro service to begin

Portland Metro will launch passenger bus service to Freeport and Yarmouth on Thursday, June 16. The first trip for the public to leave Freeport will be at 11:30 a.m.

The three Freeport stops will be in front of L.L. Bean headquarters at the intersection of Lower Main Street and Casco Street, in front of the Town Hall, then the bus will make its final stop at L.L. Bean Flagship store prior to turning around and heading south. There will be nine weekday trips, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., and five Saturday trips, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The regular one-way fare is $3, and a reduced one-way fare is $1.50. Persons 65 and older and disabled persons with a Medicaid card are eligible for the reduced fares.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm

hosts weekend programs

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, is hosting a 15-minute haywagon ride, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 25, every 30 minutes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The family-friendly rides goes from the barn past pastures and vegetable fields to the edge of the ocean. The cost is $3 per person.

A 45-minute farm fields and livestock tour is Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 25, starting at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Participants can see the organic dairy, chickens, diversified vegetable fields via the haywagon, and learn how the arm is training new farmers, teaching youth about food and farming, and connecting visitors to sustainable agriculture. It is recommended for young adults and adults (parent/guardian participation required).

The two-hour Wagon Ride to the Past is scheduled for Saturdays, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hear stories of the ship captains, fishermen, farmers, teachers, and homemakers who have lived on Wolfe’s Neck over the past 250 years. The farm and its surrounding countryside are explored in the history tour, where the work of the farm today weaves through the story, connecting past and present. The program is recommended for those ages 12 and above. Cost is $10, $5 for ages 12-18.

For more information, see

Camp scholarships

Freeport Community Services summer camp scholarships are awarded based on need and availabilty for local and residential camp programs. For a complete listing of camp options for children and to receive an application, call 865-3985, ext. 205.

Psychic fair

Leapin’ Lizards of Freeport will sponsor a Psychic and Crystal Fair, Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., at 123 Main St. Psychics, mediums, aura scans jewelry and crystal vendors will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 865-0900.

Yard sale tables for rent

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church hall. Tables can be rented for $15. Call ahead and leave a message for Candy, 865-9288, or Brenda, 865-3700.

Spring Cleanup

During June, on Wednesdays-Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Freeport residents will be allowed to bring one free load of waste to the Recycling Center using the cleanup coupon contained in the town mailer that they received in their mailboxes. Residents will be required to have a 2016 facility sticker. It costs $6, and can be purchased at the Recycling Center the day of disposal or can be purchased ahead of time at the Recycling Facility and the Town Hall. As in years past, some material will have fees associated with them, review the flyer for the list of acceptable items and fees or find it at

In the past, the Swap Shop has been closed during the cleanup Saturdays as there wasn’t sufficient help to supervise the donations. Last year, volunteers helped keep the Swap Shop open by managing donations and keeping the room organized. Volunteers are again needed this year. If interested, call Suzanne Duplissis at 865-3740.

First Parish Market

calling for vendors

Vendors are now being sought for First Parish Market, where artist, crafters and other vendors can sell their wares in front of First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St. in Freeport. The dates are July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Patty at [email protected] or call First Parish Church 865-6022 and leave a message.

Women’s ride

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Women’s Ride, Sunday, June 12, will be based at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store’s Discovery Park, 95 Main St. The routes (10, 25, 50 or 62 miles) follow quiet roads, offering beautiful views of the Maine coast and countryside. There are rest stops, healthy snacks and support vehicles along the way. See to register.

Vegetable farm shares

The Teen Ag program at Wolfe’s Neck Farm will be providing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, including 15 weeks of freshly harvested vegetables. Each week will bring something new and reflect the changes in the field and weather.

Teen Ag is a sustainable agriculture immersion program that cultivates all of Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s vegetables and fruit, manages the farm stand and contributes thousands of pounds of produce to area food pantries each year. For more information, visit

Upcoming meetings

Appointments Committee, Wednesday, June 8, 7 a.m., Town Hall.

Project Review Board, Wednesday, June 8, 6 p.m. Town Council Chambers.

Coastal Waters Commission, Wednesday, June 8, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

Shellfish Conservation Commission, Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community

Winslow Park Commission, Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Conservation Commission, Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

Active Living Committee, Thursday, June 16, 7:30 a.m., Town Council Chambers.

Sewer District Board of Trustees, Monday, June 20, 7 p.m.,Treatment Plant, 43 South Freeport Road, Freeport.

Solid Waste/Recycling Committee, Monday, June 20, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Traffic and Parking Commission, Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 a.m., Town Council Chambers.

Town Council, Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

A full listing of upcoming town meetings and agendas is available at

The Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, Wednesday, June 8, will feature a talk by Phillip Hoose, author of “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.” Courtesy photo

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