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The peonies have bloomed! A little late maybe, but I'm enjoying their aroma nonetheless. My understanding is that strawberry picking season is about a week behind. I love picking strawberries; I pick them right up off the counter at the Heald Farm just over the Troy/Unity line.

I was getting tired of my frizzy hair so I tried out the new "Hair by Olivia" at Depot Crossing. I'm in love with my new "do." Olivia can be reached at 416-2138.

Oh my! I stopped in for breakfast at Mammie's Country Kitchen. I made the fortuitous mistake of sitting by Diane's freshly made crème horns. Simply heavenly!

Don't forget the Market of Unity opens for the season on July 6 at 9 a.m. Larry King is anticipating 30-plus vendors this year. Still no vendor fee and you don't have to commit to the whole season.

I had coffee with Sheriff Trafton and Waldo County Commissioner Betty Johnson at 93 Main Café to discuss "aging in Waldo County." Unity is fortunate to have a few programs already in place so help fight off social isolation and food insecurity. There are more things we can do and I have asked Pat Clark to assist with the program. We'll need some additional participants and as soon as we can get stuff set up I'll let you know.

Please remember that Kanokolus beach and boat launch is there for everyone to enjoy so we ask you to follow the few simple rules. Dan McCormick and I went down on Monday to put up some fresh new signs to remind people that they should not be swimming near the boat launch nor fishing from the swimming dock and that there is a separate area where you may take your dog swimming. There are two trash receptacles there and the beach should never be used as an ashtray.

The town of Unity is seeking a "public works" person. This is a very part-time position, with no guarantee of regular hours. Must be able to handle power tools such as chain saw, power broom, weed whacker, etc. and must be able to lift 50 pounds.

If interested, please drop off your name and contact info at the Town Office.

The Unity Fire Department was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to replace some of their SCBA packs. The town of Unity is grateful for the donation and the UFD.

Please do not drop off recyclables at the recycling center when they are closed. This past week they had to chase items around the yard because of the big winds that blew in on Sunday.

The next selectmen's meeting will be held on July 9 instead of July 2. Regular time 6:30 p.m.

Something to look forward to: Unity Festival on July 20 starting at 9 a.m. This will be held at the Town Office/elementary school and there will be many activities including a 5k race, a color run, K-9 demonstration, chicken barbecue, kids games and more!