Just over 10 years ago, on Jan. 12, 2000, a house fire on Wood Lane in Unity destroyed a home, trapping three young boys — triplets — inside. While fighting the blaze a local firefighter collapsed. Family, neighbors, rescue workers and passersby were there at the scene and witnessed the events firsthand. Other community members saw the fire from a distance, and newer community members have only heard about this tragedy.

With help from the boys’ family, Unity Barn Raisers, and hard work on the part of some very dedicated volunteers, the site of this fire has been transformed. The family donated the land to Unity Barn Raisers and a community park has been created. The park contains a recreational trail with a beautiful boardwalk, perennial and wildflower gardens, edible and interactive gardens and places for reflection and remembrance.

At the request of a member of the triplets’ family, Unity Barn Raisers is exploring the possibility of adding a garden plot to help produce food for the local food pantry at the park this year as part of the 10- year anniversary plans.

A community meal celebrating Triplet Park and featuring local foods will be held at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St., Saturday, Feb. 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Proceeds from this meal will be used to help fund new and continuing projects at Triplet Park for the upcoming year. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $4 for children, but larger donations will be gladly accepted.

For more information contact: Tess Fairbanks Woods, executive director, Unity Barn Raisers, P.O. Box 381, Unity, ME 04988
phone 948-9005, e-mail ubr@uninets.net or visit unitybarnraisers.org.