Unity Town News
In my world
I start off by wishing Ted Converse of Unity a wonderful happy 90th birthday! We gathered at Unity House of Pizza with many of his family and friends. Happy birthday also goes out to Miss Hailee Wolph, and lastly, a very special day of birth to my brand new niece, Brielle Fay. I’m an auntie again!
Last week, Nautilus Seafood & Grill was serving a Portuguese dinner, so, naturally, I couldn’t help myself and made a reservation for us, and we were kindly joined by friends Erik Perkins and Katie Glessner of Appleton. The menu was spectacular and was the first in a series of monthly dinners featuring food and wines from around the world.
The first course was a house-made chorizo sausage and a selection of cheeses provided by Eat More Cheese in downtown Belfast. Portugal is home to rustic, strong and unique cheeses. Most are made with thistle rennet and raw sheep’s milk. Cheesemakers produce in the traditional way: herds of sheep are allowed to roam free and the cheese is handmade in small batches. This was paired with a 2009 Dom Divino wine.
The second course was bacalao, a traditional salt cod and potato dish, with green beans, paired with Calamares Vinho Verde. The third course was a delicious braised pork and mahogany clam stew with tomatoes, onions and potatoes, along with a 2009 Altano Douro wine. For dessert, we had roasted fig and almond pudding with just a hint of chocolate and a Warres 10-year-old Otima Tawny Port matured for 10 years in seasoned oak casks. All this for $35! If interested, like them on Facebook, and watch for notice of their next month’s dinner featuring Greece.
And to finish on food, we enjoyed an amazing rabbit stew, thanks to Megan Anderson and Adam Joy. Sharing a great meal with even better folks is a blessing.
In your world
Friends of Winnecook Lake
Friends of Winnecook Lake (Unity Pond) now has a Facebook page! Take a second to Like them on Facebook and learn how they work to preserve, enhance and protect the beauty of the lake, as well as events, special projects and other news about what's happening around our lake. www.facebook.com/FriendsOfLakeWinnecook.
Board of Selectmen vacancy
Nomination papers are now available for the position of selectman, a three-year term. Papers must be returned to the Town Office by 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Note: The election is for the position currently held by Chris Rossignol. Ron Rudolph's term expires in 2014; Clem Blakney's term expires in 2015.
Winter parking ban
No person shall park a vehicle on any Town Way, in the Town of Unity, from Midnight to 6am on any day from Nov. 15 to March 15. Your vehicle will be towed at your expense.
Unity Area Regional Recycle Center
Open Tuesay-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Yoga In Unity
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Slow Flow multi-level class – beginners are encouraged to come and all are welcome. $5 to $10 per class -- pay what you can, come even if you can’t. Mats and blankets available, bring your own mat if possible. For more info: Dhyana Blanchard 568-3183 or email@example.com.
Saturdays, 9-10:15 a.m.
January through March (no class 2/16, 3/16) at Unity Centre, 42 Depot St. Slow Flow multi-level class – beginners are encouraged to come and all are welcome. $5 to $10 per class – pay what you can, come even if you can’t. Mats and blankets available, bring your own mat if possible. For more info: Dhyana Blanchard 568-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nia in Unity
Sundays, 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Movement for health, wellness, and fitness at the Unity College Centre for Performing Arts. Classes are free to Unity College students, sliding scale for all others ($5-10/class). Drop in any time. Your first class with Anna is free! - feel free to bring a friend, as well. For more information: www.annania.wordpress.com, or contact Anna Fiedler: email@example.com or 948-3925.
Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.
A 12-step program for family and friends of alcoholics at Unity college, 90 Quaker Hill Rd, Founders Hall South, Room 213. Use Parking Lot B, enter at farthest end of the building on left, upstairs.
Film, "The Atomic States of America"
Thursday Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.
At the Unity Centre - A documentary on growing up in Shirley, Long Island -- a nuclear-reactor community. From imdb.com, “In 2010, the United States announced the first new nuclear power plant construction in over 32 years. The 'Nuclear Renaissance' was born, and America's long-stalled expansion of nuclear energy was infused with new life. Our documentary takes the viewer on a journey to reactor communities around the country. This film exposes the truths and myths of nuclear power, and poses the question of whether or not man can responsibly split the atom.”
Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Saturday, Feb. 2
First-ever encore festival screening at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival features outdoor films and shorts, all with Maine roots. Films in the festival represent a diverse selection of outdoor disciplines, representative of the vast Maine outdoor experience. Complete details at www.uccpa.unity.edu/events/maine-outdoor-film-festival.
Webinar: Effects of Climate Change on Insect Communities in Organic Farming Systems
Monday, Feb. 4
David Crowder, Washington State University, will outline the potential for climate change to affect insect communities, and their interactions with plants, in cropping systems. Register at www.extension.org/pages/66899. Upcoming and archived webinars at www.extension.org/pages/25242.
Environmental Career Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The environmental career recruitment event is free and open to the general public, though focused on recruitment of recent or anticipated college graduates from across New England. Sponsored by the Unity College Career Resource Center, the event is expected attract more than 60 employers. In the Tozier Gymnasium on the Unity campus.
Just Outside Your World - (items of possible interest)
Top Bar Beekeeping Class
Feb. 9-10, Woolwich
Traveling Top Bar Beekeeping Class - a weekend intensive class that covers the how-to and the why-to of keeping honeybees using this natural method in this simple and easy, eco-friendly beehive. For more information on this event, www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/128/index.htm.