NEW ENGLAND: By the People

When the snow is melting and the sap is running in the maple trees, town-meeting time comes to New England. Gone are the uncomplicated days when every municipal decision, big or little, was threshed out at weekly meetings; but most towns of less than 5,000 population (and some larger towns, too) still hold yearly or twice-yearly meetings at which the citizens elect local officials, vote appropriations and taxes, and turn a watchful eye—and often a sharp tongue—on the town administration's performance. Some meetings held this month:

¶ In Freeport, Me., the citizens took thought for their pocketbooks, voted against increasing the...

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