The date has been set for Thorndike's 200th birthday bash. Sept. 14 will be the day. Events so far include a parade, live music, chicken barbecue, children's events and historical activities. I will get the time and place for their meetings and post next week.

A family picnic and salute to Waldo County veterans will be held Saturday, July 13, noon to 4 p.m. at Mosman Park in Searsport. Please bring a dish to share and a lawn chair. We hope to see you there. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas available for a small donation. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. the Danny Harper Band will give a concert. His tribute to veterans is part of every show. This event is hosted by the Waldo County Republicans.

This a notice from the Unity Area Recycling Center: Please do not leave anything at the recycling center when they are closed. Doing so carries a fine of up to $500. They have found everything from milk jugs to hazardous materials left when they were closed. They will be more than happy to assist you with your recycling efforts when they are open. You can reach the Recycling Center at 568-3117 if you have any questions.

The Thorndike Town Office is currently accepting bids for upcoming plowing and sanding period of Oct. 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020. The specifications and requirements can be requested from the Thorndike Town Office or viewed online at Bids will be accepted until 12:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Thorndike Town Office and will be opened at the selectmen's meeting on July 17.

The regularly scheduled selectmen's meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. They also have workshops on the first and third Wednesdays, 11 a.m. until noon. These are also open to the public.

Dustin and friends would like me to mention the radio station 93.5, Cruisin' Country, in this column. It seems everyone that enjoyed the kind of country music that was popular in the '60s, '70s and '80s is tuning in to this station. I enjoy it myself while out cruising around. If you haven't yet, give it a try.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July with family and friends.