Library hosting
outdoor concert

The Freeport Community Library will host its only outdoor summer concert on Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m., featuring OC and the Offbeats. The four members of the Portland-based band are Owen Conforte (guitar/vocals), Emma Stanley (trumpet/vocals), Colin Winsor (bass) and Tyler Arnold (drums.)  The band pays tribute to early Motown/Stax Records greats and infuses this sound with the power and accessibility of modern music.  The family-friendly outdoor concert is free. In the event of rainy weather the concert will relocate to the library’s community meeting room, with seating for a maximum of 70 guests.

Those who bring a picnic dinner should plan on carrying their trash home. 

Winslow Park
concerts begin
The Thursday Evening Concerts Series at Winslow Park begins July 7, at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Coastal Winds Band, a 50-piece woodwind band playing popular tunes, traditional bandstand tunes and some military tributes. The schedule for the summer is:

July 14, O.C. and the Off Beats, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll; July 21, Cormack McCarthy, folksinger/songwriter; July 28, Zulu Leprechauns, music of the past and present; Aug. 4, Bishop Ave, acoustic rock and Americana; Aug. 11, Boneheads, roots; Aug. 18, Jimmy Junkins & Big Fat Cadillac, boogie woogie dancehall rock; Aug. 25, Greybeard, eclectic mix.

The cost is $2 for Freeport residents, $3 for non-residents; and free for campers and season pass holders.

For more information on the park, see

Library hosting
thriller writer

Maine author Vaughn Hardacker returns to the Freeport Community Library to speak about his newly released thriller, “Black Orchid,” on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and has published short stories in three anthologies. His novel, “Sniper,” was a finalist in the Crime Fiction category of the 2015 Maine Literary Awards, while “The Fisherman” has been selected as a finalist in the Crime Fiction category of the 2016 Maine Literary Awards. Hardacker is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and also served in Vietnam.

Summer lunch
volunteers needed
Freeport Community Services is running the Summer Free Lunch for Kids program, Monday-Friday, through Sept. 2, except July 4, from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Meals will be distributed at the Freeport Community Center, the Village View Apartments Community Room, Mast Landing School and Wildwood Acres on Elm Street. 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]

Arts & Crafts
Market Saturday
The summer’s first First Parish Church Congregational Arts & Craft Market, at 40 Main St. in Freeport, is Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Many vendors and a variety of goods will be on hand.

The market, featuring artists, crafters and other vendors, is also scheduled for Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. For more information, email Patty at [email protected] or call 865-6022.

Film series screens
‘The Finest Hours’
One Thursday each month the Freeport Community Library invites the public to enjoy a free film in its comfortable, air-conditioned meeting room. On July 21, at 1 p.m., the library will screen “The Finest Hours,” a historical disaster-thriller starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Released in 2016, the film is based upon the daring rescue attempt made by the U.S. Coast Guard after the SS Pendleton split in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern.

College honor
for resident
Hannah Morrissey, a resident of Freeport, has been named to the spring 2016 dean’s list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the dean’s list that semester.

Portland Metro
serves Freeport
Portland Metro has launched passenger bus service to and from Portland, Yarmouth and Freeport. The three Freeport stops are 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 makes its final stop at L.L. Bean Flagship store prior to turning around and heading south.

There are 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 discounted tickets. Tickets are available in Freeport at the Town Hall and at Shaw’s in Freeport and Hannaford in Yarmouth.

Church supper
on Saturday
A public bean and pasta supper will be held Saturday, July 9, from 5-6 p.m., at the First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St. The menu includes three kinds of homemade beans, American chop suey, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, cole slaw, pickles, rolls, pies, beverages and more. The cost is $9, and $4 for children. Profits support church outreach and roof repairs.

Browntail moth
outbreak precautions
Advice from the Maine Forest Service includes:

• Avoid places heavily infested with caterpillars whenever possible.

• This time of year, the larvae spin rough cocoons (webs), often on the underside of boats, deck furniture and on the eaves of houses and sheds full of hairs and at this stage the hairs are extremely toxic. The toxin remains a hazard for a number of years. Removing cocoons from furniture and trees should only be done with great caution (always wet down areas prior to removing cocoons)

• Take a cool shower and change clothes after any activity that might involve contact with browntail moth.

• Dry laundry inside during July to avoid the hairs getting into clothing.

• Wear long sleeves and pants tightly closed at the neck, wrists and ankles when performing activities that stir up caterpillar hairs such as mowing, raking and removing pupal webbing from eaves and boats. Caterpillar hairs can cause a severe rash (similar to poison ivy) and breathing problems. Consult a physician if you develop a severe reaction to browntail moth.

Upcoming meetings
Project Review Board, Wednesday, July 6, 5 p.m. site walk at Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, then Town Council Chambers.

Winslow Park Commission, Monday, July 11, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Conservation Commission, Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

Project Review Board , Wednesday, July 13, 5 p.m. site walk at the Outdoor Discovery Center,14 Marietta Lane, then Council Chambers .

Coastal Waters Commission , Wednesday, July 13, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

Shellfish Conservation Commission, Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

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

Wolfe’s Neck Farm offers haywagon rides Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 25, every 30 minutes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The outing, for all ages, is a 15-minute ride from the barn past the pastures and vegetable fields to the edge of the ocean. Courtesy photo

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