Bulletin Board

In search of Freedom resident to be an alternate board member on the
Unity Area Regional Recycling Center Board. 

Are you interested in recycling?

The town of Freedom has an opening for an alternate board member on the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center board. This a selectperson appointed position so no need to get signatures or run for office.

As a board member you can have a voice in the future planning and the current operation of the center.

 

What would be your responsibilities?

  • Learn about the center, how it works and what it needs to keep improving service to our towns.

  • Attend monthly meetings when you can. Meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7PM.

  • Be available to attend meetings as a substitute for Freedom’s board member if he or she cannot attend.

 

Freedom gets one vote at meetings.  The alternate can contribute to all board discussions and would be a voting member in absence of the regular board member.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference by acting locally in solving a global crisis. The center may not save the earth, but it’s a lot better than sending all our trash to landfills and incinerators.

Please think about helping out. Contact Phil Bloomstein for more details. pbloomstein@gmail.com.

Dog License Time
 

You can start licensing your dog(s) on October 15, 2021 at the Town Office for 2022.

The cost of licenses   -    Spayed/neutered dogs is $6, Unsprayed/unneutered dogs is $11. 

 

A  current rabies certificate must be submitted when licensing

unless the Town Office already has an updated one on file.

All dogs must be licensed by January 31, 2022 to avoid a $25 late fee.

You can also license your dog online: 

https://apps1.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/dog_license/index.pl

Any questions, please contact Town Clerk at 382-6177

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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