penny@unityme.org

Growing up in a small town like Unity has certain advantages. Oh, I've been "away," having lived for short stints in Brooklyn, New York, and Columbia, Maryland. As Dorothy Gale lamented in "The Wizard of Oz," "There's no place like home."

I was fortunate enough to have both sets of grandparents close by as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Unity gives me a sense of place, a feeling of belonging; I can't imagine living anywhere but home.

The Market of Unity will be starting up Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Unity Town Office parking lot. FMI: Call Larry King, 948-6521. Space for growers and artisans will still be free this year.

The Unity Barn Raisers will be having an ice cream social and annual meeting on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. All are welcome. FMI: 948-9005.

UBR is partnering with FarmDrop to launch Unity FarmDrop, an online farmers’ market with a social mission. This new local food program will launch in late June and work to support farmers and food producers in the area to reach a greater direct-to-consumer market that is looking for convenience, variety, and social good in their shopping habits. FarmDrop is structured so producers get 85% of the retail value, FarmDrop gets 5% for technology, and UBR gets 10% to support their food access programming.

Unity FarmDrop (https://unity.farmdrop.us) will be open for online orders from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Thursday, and pickup will occur each Friday at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Customers will be invited to join FarmDrop and adopt a weekly order cycle and place one payment online at their convenience. For more information or to sign up, please email unity@farmdrop.us.

There will be a free Narcan training (and potluck) on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Open to anyone. Hosted by the Waldo County Recovery Committee.

Reminder: Back in Black, the AC/DC tribute band, will be at Unity Raceway Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m.

Swimming lessons: July 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11and 12. Call or text Kati Ann Curtis, 207-322-2763. Free to Unity and Burnham residents. Out-of-town fee: $10/child (multiple child family discount). Registration forms can be found at the Town Office and online at the town website, unityme.org.

Many hands make light work. We had a work night at Kanokolus Beach and boat launch on Wednesday. Thank you to the Schaefers, the Manns, Pam Niles, Henry Chaffee, Mel and Trevor (and Hannah) Cole, Lucia and Josh Picard, Brian Levesque, Amy and Craig Brown, Cameron Grant, Larry King, Dan Sampson and Dan McCormick. We also enjoyed some great pizza from the Unity House of Pizza.

Deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Bob Ferreira who passed away Wednesday, June 12.