My apologies for missing last week's column; I had a multitude of meetings and a trip to Portland to see my surgeon.

The selectmen did a road trip Monday to check the conditions of the roads for winter preparation and also to start planning for next year's summer work. My car started making a funny noise so it was handy to have Tony riding along. Now I just need to make an appointment at his shop, TA's Automotive, for some brake and rotor work.

The older I get the less I like the winter months. I did go to Mac's Hardware today and bought some weather stripping. Although I've had all my windows replaced and new exterior doors put in, on these very windy days we still can get a draft.

My younger brother, Dennis, wrote to me about how happy he is that he will not have to suffer another Maine winter since he moved to Apex, N.C., this year. I don't know if I could stand their brutally hot and humid summers.

I had a nice visit from one of my "besties," Holly Aitken Emerson. We had a tasty breakfast at Mammie's. Her birthday is tomorrow and for a gift I got her some hand-knit dish cloths from Holler Soap Co.

My husband and I attended the Landowners and Selectmen Appreciation Dinner put on by the Thorndike Trailblazers ATV Club at the Snowdusters Clubhouse. It was a fabulous affair and the food was excellent. The coleslaw was a "full blown 10," courtesy of Troy General Store. Many thanks to our hosts for an excellent evening. I did win one of the door prizes, a medium ATV club T-shirt, that I promptly gave to Chris Lewis' young son.

There will be no selectmen's meeting on Nov. 6 because of the election. The date has been moved up to Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled one will be Nov. 20. The mid-term elections will be held Nov. 6 at the Community Center on School Street. Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

The Open Door lunches are now being held weekly on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center. They will be serving on Thanksgiving Day, but request that you sign up ahead of time for this.

Volunteers from Waldo and Kennebec counties are invited to take part in a winter window weatherization project the week of Nov. 25 at the MOFGA Education Center. AmeriCorps member and Energy Efficiency Coordinator Casey Hess, who is based at Unity College, will host the event in conjunction with the nonprofit Window Dressers of Rockland, which has been building insulating interior window inserts in Belfast and Searsport in recent years. Between now and Oct. 30, Hess is taking measurements and quoting prices for window inserts, which will be provided at little or no cost to qualifying residents. To arrange an appointment, contact Hess at 970-230-2179 or

Our EMA director, Jason Johnson, has been hard at work updating the town of Unity's emergency preparedness plan. He has scheduled an EMA class at the Unity Fire House Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Residents of Thorndike and Troy are also invited to attend. We may all think we know what to do in case of an emergency, but Jason has some excellent pointers that you might not have thought about.

There will be a Hunters' Supper on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Windemere Lane in Unity. All your favorite casseroles and salads and, of course, baked beans. They also hold a raffle and you can purchase tickets from any member or at the door.

Finally, "happy birthday" to my "baby" brother, Dennis. I hope they have Pumpkinhead Ale in North Carolina!