The talk of the week has been about Hurricane Florence. I'm hopeful all my friends and family in the Carolinas remain unscathed.

During Hurricane Gloria in 1985, which impacted the Northeast, I was on a trail ride with Harris Knowlton and his daughter Lori. We were at the Little Wilson camp on the Appalachian Trail in Monson. Streams that we normally crossed without issue became swollen and rapid. My mount was a solid trail horse; he handled the high water with ease.

The 21st annual BUMUPPFSF at Unity Pond Pottery will be held the weekend of Sept. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 20-percent off in-stock pottery and free wheel-throwing lessons on Saturday and Sunday. FMI: Wendy or Espo at 948-2400.

Of course let's not forget that the Common Ground Fair at MOFGA is coming up Sept. 21-23. Gates open at 9 a.m. I have yet to make it to the fair. Maybe this will be the year?

I still have "nightmares" of the first year they came to Unity when I lived on Depot Street. I made the mistake of going to my parents' less than 2 miles away and it took me over 1 1/2 hours to get home.

On Monday, Sept. 24, there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tozier Gym at Unity College. For more info, contact Angelia Makowski, administrative assistant for health services, 509-7126.

Mark your calendar: On Saturday, Sept. 29, will be Unity Barn Raisers’ annual Day of Service. Community volunteers come together to work, collaborate and break bread. The event culminates with a Community Meal, where volunteers and valued sponsors gather to enjoy the bounty of the season. FMI: Mary Leaming at 948-9005.

The Unity Fire Department Association is still selling raffle tickets for a hunting rifle package. Limit of 500 tickets, $10 each. Tickets are available at the Unity Town Office and from our volunteer firefighters.

We had the shed at the Town Office stained this week. We selected a gray/blue color; I can't see any blue. We thank Henry Chaffee for doing a great job staining it for us.

The town also just had some more sidewalk repair done on portions of School and Main streets. We'll be looking at more next year when some of the old poles on Main Street are removed.

CMP will soon have contractors on board to begin working on the LED street light conversion. The town of Unity was selected to be part of a pilot program. We will be one of the first towns to convert all current sodium cutoff fixtures to LED fixtures.

Why is this important? Clearer lighting with less energy usage that will therefore save money.

At the Market of Unity I bought some delicious-looking and smelling soap from Kris West of Holler Soap. I had to warn my husband not to eat it! Also at the market was Bruce Grantham of "Foil and Came Decorative Art Glass." He makes beautiful glass art — bowls, plates, ornaments and baubles. Bruce can be reached at 948-3231 or

Many thanks to the Thorndike Trailblazers ATV Club for spending a glorious day cleaning out two trailer loads of tires from the woods of Unity during the annual Landowners Appreciation Day in conjunction with the Maine Warden Service.