Finally, warm sunshine and melting snow! Lake Penny is full; I have to have my husband make a bridge so I can get to my car. Another sign of spring is the bright orange road "Posted" signs. There are certain exemptions (e.g., agricultural), so please see Kari at the Town Office or Tony also has some permits available after office hours.

Another telltale mark of spring is that Chase Toys is now showcasing their line of Polaris ATVs. They have fully stocked for this season with the super popular 450 and 570 models in all packages.

St. Patrick's Day is the 17th. I've seen a lot of corned beef and cabbage rolling out of Unity Shop 'n' Save this week. I'll take a hard pass on both. Roast beef will have to make a good substitute.

My hair had gotten way too long so I stopped by to see Gary Pratt at Hair Flair for a walk-in appointment. His regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8-3, and Saturdays, 8-2. He is closed Sunday and Monday. He showed me an interesting article from Downeast magazine about the Unity axe-murderer that had escaped and returned to the area in the early 1900s, but was caught. It mentioned some familiar names: Frank Bagley and Byron Pillsbury.

Dawson Julia at East Coast CBDs had an interesting find in the attic at his shop. A 16mm film of Cpl. Raymond Parsons' WWII service in India and Burma. He was able to make contact with the Parsons through Facebook. Raymond is the father of Gary and Steve.

Believe it or not, I made my first trip to the Community Market (the Amish store). I was delighted at the quantity of goods they have available: housewares, hardware, boots, toys, garden supplies and much more. I'm planning on going back to buy a bat house! They are working on getting me a comprehensive list of their businesses and contact info and I will publish that in a future column.

The Annual Report is posted online at The printed version has been dispersed to local businesses: The Depot, 93 Main and Mac's Hardware. They are also available at the Town Office. Please retain your copy to bring to town meeting. I also hand-delivered some copies and sent some to longtime Unity residents that, due to infirmity, are unable to pick one up.

The annual meeting is Saturday, the 23rd, at 10 a.m. sharp! The Recreation Committee is providing lunch that day. It is being organized by Peggy Turner and Cindy Jones. Please come hungry and enjoy a great lunch with your friends and neighbors.

Condolences to the family and friends of Carol Fowler who passed away this week.