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Watching the first real snow storm of this season and thinking how glad I am that I no longer have to travel the road to Belfast. I can stay home in my jammies and clean house to get ready for Thanksgiving. We do the Picard Thanksgiving dinner here and I have to prepare for about 25 people.

Cemetery Committee volunteers are needed. The Cemetery Committee has been getting older and smaller and what people remain are no longer able to devote as much time. The committee meets two or three times per year and makes decisions and recommendations regarding the care of our seven cemeteries. You can contribute to the perpetual care of our cemeteries; please let us know at the Town Office if you are interested.

Congratulations to Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm for being elected as the new Maine Farm Bureau president! Jim and his wife, Hannah, have owned and operated Buckle Farm on Fisher Road in Unity for five years. They understand the importance of engagement in the agricultural community. Jim and Hannah are eager to encourage more of their peers and young farmers to join Maine Farm Bureau and participate in this grassroots organization.

Please join Unity for their third annual Unity Yuletide Tree Lighting Event on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Main and Depot streets (at the big moose). Community caroling, led by the Unity College chorus, begins at 4:30 p.m. with Santa arriving at approximately 5 p.m. to light the holiday trees. Fun, festive activities will follow at the Unity Elementary School Gym located at 84 School St. There will be free photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves; harp music by Amy Kercsmar and a dance performance by Cassie’s School of Dance. There will be hot dogs, cookies, popcorn, coffee, hot chocolate and ginger bread men cookie decorating. This fun and free event is open to the public. This collaborative event is hosted by the Unity Business Exchange and made possible by generous donations from Unity businesses.

The Unity Area Rotary Club is hosting the Mount View Chamber Singers at the Unity Methodist Church, 13 Depot St., Unity, Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. It is open to the public. Free will donations are accepted.

Annette Reynolds of Muddy Paws pet grooming is organizing an effort to help Lena, an 8-year-old chocolate lab with tons of love to give a special someone. She was kept outside hooked to a chain in a kennel, used only for breeding. She has some lumps that need to be removed by surgery, the estimate is $500 through Searsport Vet. She is holding a "Holiday Pet" photo session Sunday, Dec. 2, with the money going to Lena's surgery. FMI: Annette, 322-6044. She will also be accepting donations at Muddy Paws Grooming on Hunter Road.

Santa's Snowbird Express is a new event in Waldo County and is a collaboration between Farwell's in Thorndike and The Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. Over 60 round-trips between Unity and the Mill are planned, starting Friday, Nov. 23. Visit Thorndike Mill & Meeting Place to book your tickets. All proceeds will benefit both of those nonprofit organizations.

The town of Unity is looking for someone to plow the Town Office parking lot; this includes clearing the sidewalk around the building and all entrances, as well as sanding when necessary. Insurance is required. Drop your quote off at the Town Office. Contact the office if you have questions, 948-3763.

Special note of thanks to Arlene Constable Schaeffer for making me a triple-decker German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting for my 52nd birthday. Super yummy!