penny@unityme.org

The hardest part of writing this weekly column is the first paragraph. It's often about the weather, a trend I've noticed in the other weekly columns as well. Be thankful it's not about my cats.

Congratulations to Hannah Coolen, daughter of Roger and Sharon Coolen, who has been named a "Rookie of the Year" for KVAC Class B. Only a freshman — I think she might end up being one of those talents that could become a "franchise player."

The chicken barbecue at the Snowdusters this past Sunday was well-attended. They cooked 200 halves and nearly sold out. I had made 4 dozen cupcakes: chocolate with peanut butter frosting and lemon with vanilla buttercream and coconut. I was bested in the "pretty" category by one of Jimmy Porter's daughters ((Krysta?) who made lovely chocolate with a light blue frosting and white chocolate snowflakes. Absolutely gorgeous!

Reminders: Public hearing Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Unity Community Center for the two proposed ordinances. Train ride with pizza and whoopie pies, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Public supper for Tracy and Debbie Knight at the Masonic Hall Sunday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.

The selectmen met with Kelly Hurley of Mission Housing Investments this past week. She and her partner should be closing on the purchase of Sandy Stream Trailer Park in the beginning of April. They have some great plans for this mobile home community.

A Unity Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has been established. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Unity Fire Station from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. They are looking to have fundraising activities to purchase items to provide nourishment and drinks to the firefighters during extended fire and emergency calls. FMI: Maureen Haley eves at 948-5244 or you can find her on Facebook.

I saw Bruce from Overland Farm today at the Town Office. I asked how his cattle were weathering the cold and snow. Overland Farm raises Scottish Highlander cattle; they are well-suited for brutal winter weather.