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Waterville Humane Society
Community Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats

Do you have a cat that needs to be fixed in the Waterville area? 

We have availability for our spay/neuter clinics at the Waterville Human Society on select Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Pricing is $30 for males & $50 for females.  This includes a rabies and distemper vaccine. 

 

You must live in one of the following towns:  Albion, Benton, Burnham, Canaan, Clinton, Detroit, Fairfield, Freedom, Hinckley, Mercer, Oakland, Palmyra, Pittsfield, Shamut, Sidney, Solon, Troy, Unity, Waterville or Winslow.

Call (207) 721-8395

Text (207) 517-9974

Freedom Trash and Recyclables Information

 Freedom's household TRASH is picked up, curbside,

EVERY Thursday & needs to be out by 7:00 am.

Freedom's Solid Waste Department WILL NOT be picking up on holidays!!

***If holiday is on a Thursday then the trash will be picked up the following Thursday.

 

Each 30 gallon bag needs a sticker and 2 stickers per bag over 30 gallons.

These stickers can be purchased at the following locations:

Freedom Town Office $1.50,

Hilltop Store for $1.50, 

Freedom General Store for $1.75.

 

If your trash doesn't get picked up,

please bring it back in and put it out the following week to avoid trash being strewed about.

In the event of severe weather on a Thursday, the pickup may have to be rescheduled.

 

Your household RECYCLABLES may be brought to the recycling center in Thorndike.

It is the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center (UARRC),

95 Leonard Road,

Thorndike

568-3117

 

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am-4 pm, Saturday – 8 am–1 pm, Closed Holidays

 

There is no curbside pickup of recyclables in Freedom.

 

Though some recyclables can be put in with your trash,

they are more valuable if kept separated, cleaned and brought to UARRC.

UARRC is also able to recycle a variety of materials like electronic items,

all batteries, and air conditioners which cannot be put into the trash.

 

Questions? Call the Town Office at 382-6177

Get FREE at-home Covid-19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests.

The tests are completely free through the federal governement. 

Go to https://www.covidtests.gov/ to learn more and order tests.

The State of Maine has a partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

for households to order free at-home Covid-19 tests.  

To learn more and order tests go to https://accesscovidtests.org/

Surveys conducted by the Maine Forest Service this year picked up detectable browntail activity within your town. These surveys are by no means exhaustive or complete, but they give an idea of where towns might expect to see pockets of heavy browntail infestation.

 

Browntail moth caterpillars have hairs that can cause a rash similar to poison ivy and respiratory distress in sensitive individuals. The hairs persist for years and can cause problems when mowing or other activities stir them up.

In late-summer 2021, particularly in Waldo, Knox, Kennebec, Cumberland, and Androscoggin Counties, damage from newly-hatched caterpillars could be mapped from the air (see map). This mapping and other surveys indicate that populations are very high in parts of some towns and abundant enough to cause significant discomfort in a far broader area.

This year’s overwintering web survey will be conducted this winter, and results will be available in early spring. The survey is conducted from the roadside in areas that have previously experienced problems and expands outward to define the generally affected area. None of the surveys are exhaustive; people need to check the trees around them to understand BTM populations and the risk of encountering hairs at a finer scale. Mid-December through March is the best time to do that.

The MFS BTM website* has more information, including:

We encourage towns to help educate residents and visitors about BTM and encourage and conduct management where practical. The MFS can provide technical advice and assistance for identification and management and all the information on our website is available for electronic distribution or printing, a limited number of printed informational brochures are also available.  Consider signing up for our newsletters, and sharing the information found within them. 

 

Thank you,

Maine Forest Service