Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Apr 15, 2013

soniadaniel3@yahoo.com

In my world

Earth Day is April 22 this year. I read an article recently about local Waldo County resident Joan Sheldon of Knox and her great recycling efforts. The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center is located in Thorndike and serves nine towns: Brooks, Dixmont, Freedom, Knox, Jackson, Montville, Thorndike, Troy and Unity. There are new materials accepted at the center, including rigid plastics such as buckets, lawn furniture and children's toys; plastic bags and wrap such as grocery bags, wood pellet bags and bubble wrap; and freon appliances such as refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. For more information, call the recycling center at 568-3117.

In your world

Minutes from the Unity town Meeting on March 30 are available at www.unityme.org/gov/compplan/index.html.

Comprehensive Plan Committee now forming

Do you want to join the new Comprehensive Plan Committee? Town meeting recently authorized funds for a new Comprehensive Plan. Unity’s last Comp Plan was developed more than 20 years ago. It’s time think anew about Unity’s future!

The selectmen have asked the Ordinance Review Committee to think about the composition of the new Comp Plan Committee. Consensus is that it should be a group that includes people of all ages, with various outlooks and skills, as well as an ability to be forward-looking and to work well in a group.

Members of the new Comp Plan Committee should be: Committed to the future of Unity; willing to attend most meetings, which will likely be weekly over a full year; prepared in advance for each meeting by doing any needed homework or research; open to learning; and willing to trust the process and to learn before acting.

The committee specifically needs people with skills and experience in finance, economics, housing, business development (at all scales), agriculture, forestry, public health, recreation, land use, natural resources, transportation, public facilities, public services, Unity’s history, public outreach, public opinion surveying and writing.

A Comprehensive Plan has two main components: 1) a detailed analysis of the current community (looking at its natural resources, businesses, housing, public facilities, population trends, etc.); and 2) a thorough community engagement process leading to the development of strategies to help Unity realize the future it wants.

The comprehensive planning process is intended to engage neighbors in a discussion about our future, develop a basis for sound decisions in town management, balance economic prosperity with quality of life, sustain both rural living and our village center.

If you wish to learn more, you can review the State Comprehensive Plan Manual, the State’s Comp Plan checklist or Unity’s old Comp Plan at www.unityme.org/gov/compplan/index.html. Hard copies of these three documents can be reviewed at the Town Office.

If you think you may be interested in joining the new Comp Plan Committee, contact Emily Newell at 948-6513 or enewell@tcreal.com. Formal appointments to the committee will be made by the selectmen probably later in April.

CIFF Selects film: King Corn

Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m.

At Unity Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

Poetry reading

Friday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Quimby Library, Unity College. Join poets Alison Hawthorne Deming and Liz Bradfield for "Poetic Science/Scientific Poetry" in the Quimby Library. This is an opportunity to listen to and meet with two of our country's most intriguing poetic voices, both of whom combine their reverence for science and poetry to create works that inspire activism and imagination. Sponsored by the K2 Foundation.

Joy Kills Sorrow

Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

At Unity Center for the Performing Arts. Rescheduled from Feb. 8 (original show was postponed due to blizzard).

MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: grafting fruit trees

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $50. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, and College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. Participants graft trees to take home and plant. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch. More info at www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=300.

Earth Day volunteer work day

Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Help MOFGA's landscaping committee prepare gardens, grounds and orchards for the growing season. Projects include garden cleanup, tree care and small carpentry projects. Meet other MOFGA supporters and learn about organic landscape maintenance. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Joe Dupere at jdupere@mofga.org or 568-4142.

Unity Historical Society meeting

Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Featuring John Ford. UHS Building is located on the corner of Main and Depot streets. Light refreshments served following the meeting.

Just outside your world -- (items of possible interest)

Free rabies clinic

Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m.

The Waldo County Humane Society will be sponsoring this at the Searsmont Community Center. Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times. Cats must be in a carrier. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Free to all Waldo County residents. Out of county, $8 per animal.

Beginners' sheep shearing schools

Saturday, April 20

Freeport. 15 participants each; $35 includes lunch and a shearing manual. For more information or to register, contact UMaine Extension at 781-6099 or andrea.herr@maine.edu.

Naturally wrapped and clabbered cheeses workshop

Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

State of Maine Cheese Company, Rockport. www.mainecheeseguild.org/.

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