Seats on council

school board open

Nomination papers for two positions on the Freeport Town Council and another two on the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors will be available on Aug. 1 at the Freeport Town Office. Municipal elections coincide with the presidential election on Nov. 8. All positions are for three-year terms.

Terms are expiring on the council for James Hendricks, the former council chairman who holds an at-large seat, and for District 1 Councilor D. Scott Gleeson, now the vice chairman. The terms of Valy Steverlynk and Louise Brogan are up on the school board. Borgan served for one year, filling an unexpired term.

Residents will vote on two available positions on the Sewer District Trustees, and one opening on the Water District Trustees. The term of Clinton Goodenow Jr. is expiring on the Sewer District Trustees, while Michael Ashby’s tenure is up on the Water District Trustees.

Nomination papers are due back to the town clerk’s office no later than 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Museum, park passes

The Freeport Community Library provides museum and park passes, including daily passes for Portland Museum of Art, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine State Parks and discounted day pass for the Maine Wildlife Park. To reserve a pass, inquire at 865-3307.

Amazon explorers

giving presentation

“The Amazon on a Shoestring Budget,” a presentation by Mark Duffield and Joe McKenzie, is scheduled for Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., at the L.L. Bean camping department atrium.

In 1975, Duffield and McKenzie, two college roommates, left America for the jungles of the Amazon with few plans, little money and limited experience. Long before the invention of cell phones, they were out of touch with family and friends for months on end. The free talk is part of the L.L. Bean Lecture Series.

Cleanup numbers

At the conclusion of the June cleanup month promotion, the Freeport Recycling Facility reports that 678 cleanup coupons were redeemed. This number is down slightly from 711 coupons in 2015, and 733 coupons in 2014, when the program started. Thanks to the volunteers who took the time to staff the Swap Shop, the shop stayed open throughout each of the Saturdays in June.

Sgt. Goodman promoted

The Freeport Police Sgt. Nate Goodman, a 19-year veteran, was selected to fill the position of lieutenant. He is expected to assume his new duties at the end of this month. An internal promotional process for the sergeant’s position will likely begin in August.

Concerts Thursdays

At Winslow Park

The Thursday Evening Concerts Series at Winslow Park features O.C. and the Off Beats, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, at 6:30 p.m. on July 14.

The schedule for the summer is: 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

Catherine Gram

exhibits at library

The Freeport Community Library exhibit for July is “Explorations in Watercolor,” a series of works by Catherine Gram. In this show there are paintings of leaves, such as “Summer Birch,” and in works like “Nasturtium,” the viewer is presented an arrangement of flowers surrounded by a sea of white paper. There are a few more traditional works, such as “Yellow Poppies” that contrast the beauty of an old barn door with that of a few small poppies. Gram’s paintings emphasize the sea, from whimsical blue fish in “School’s Out!” to a bold and colorful painting of simple dinghies. Gram lives in Fairfield and teaches at Falmouth High School.

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]

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.


at Grange supper

Harraseeket Grange, 13 Elm St. In Freeport, is hosting a supper on Saturday, July23, from 5-6 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu includes three kinds of home-baked beans, hot dogs, biscuits, brown bread, potato salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, pies and beverages. The cost is $9, $6 for children 12 and under. For more Information, call 865-3363.

Haywagon rides

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, 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 a15-minute ride from the barn past the pastures and vegetable fields to the edge of the ocean.

Credit union celebrating

new headquarters

The new corporate headquarters of Midcoast Federal Credit Union, as well as its fifth branch, are open at 186 Lower Main St. The community is invited to enjoy a family-friendly grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event, with WJBQ’s Lori Voornas, will feature games, prizes, music and more. The event will offer giveaways from WJBQ, Midcoast Federal Credit Union and neighboring businesses, and complimentary food from Frosty’s Donuts and Buck’s Naked BBQ. Members of the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce will be present at 10 a.m. for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and thank you remarks from the Credit Union leadership.

For more information, see

Caleb Stephens wins award

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Caleb Stephens of Freeport recently received the “TNT” Client Development Award for his outstanding service efforts during the past year. Only 504 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisors received the award.

“When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service,” Stephens said in a press release, “it’s quite an honor to be singled out for your service record.”

Jim Weddle, Edward Jones’ managing partner, said in the release that Stephens “is an outstanding member of the Edward Jones team who personifies the ideal financial adviser, someone who is 100 percent dedicated to serving the financial needs of his clients.”

College honors

Thomas Dodge of Freeport graduated on May 14 during Emmanuel College’s 94th commencement exercises on its campus in Boston. Dodge received a bachelor of arts in sociology during the ceremony.

The College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y., has named Alayna Frey of Freeport to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. Frey is one of 721 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence.

Missing a dagger board?

A boat dagger board was found washed up on the shore on Flying Point in Freeport. For more information, call 865-0788 or email [email protected]

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.

Committee openings

The Appointments Committee is seeking residents interested in serving on town boards and committees. Currently, there are vacancies on the Shellfish Conservation Commission and the Coastal Waters Commission. Other vacancies arise throughout the year and a reserve list of interested candidates is maintained to fill future vacancies. Application forms are available at the Town Office and can be downloaded from the town website.

Upcoming meetings

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.

Freeport Sewer District trustees, Monday, July 18, 7 p.m., Treatment Plant, 43 South Freeport Road.

Town Council, Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

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

The Freeport Creative Arts Urban Sketchers Group gathers on Wednesday at 8 a.m., at Coffee by Design at L.L. Bean. Participants can bring their sketchbook and supplies and join in drawing from life with other artists. The group works in the coffee shop or, weather dependent, wanders outside for plein air sketching. Everyone is welcome.

Addie Monahan-Morang, right, receives the Freeport Rotary Club Student Scholarship of $2,000 for the 2016-2017 school year from club president Karen O’Rourke. Monahan-Morang plans to pursue a career in environmental policy with a double major in environmental science and political science at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. She earned this recognition through her volunteer work with the Freeport Interact Club, student government and Model United Nations. The Freeport Rotary Club, formed in 1983, is a diverse group of some 45 business and professional people from the Freeport area. For more information, see

“Four Dinghies” is among the watercolors on exhibit this month by Catherine Gram at the Freeport Community Library.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.