First of all, please accept my apologies for having missed writing this column the last few weeks. I was ill and then at Maine Medical Center in Portland for a week. I am on the mend; I am happy to be back.

So now it's time to catch-up.

Unity Fire Department recently had extrication training to certify new fire department members and refresh the veteran members.

Attention all ATV enthusiasts! On Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 a.m. at the Unity Fire Station, there will be a "Poker Run" with proceeds to benefit the Unity Fire Auxiliary. FMI: call Maureen Haley at 570-8764 or Melissa Sanborn at 660-3526.

Also, on Saturday, Sept. 7, there will be an open house at the Unity Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Public Supper at Mount View High School in Thorndike on Friday, Aug. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include spaghetti, sides, roll, drinks and cookies.

This is a disaster mass feeding exercise being run by the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency to prepare for possible disasters, such as hurricanes, winter storms and long-term loss of electrical power.

If you haven't tried out the Unity Farm Drop yet, it has added more local vendors. Orders need to be received by 3 p.m. on Thursday for Friday pickups at the Community Center. You can check out their website at

The Market of Unity is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You never know what you might find there: fresh fruits and vegetables, wood crafts, baked goods, and artisan goods.

There's always room for more vendors. No fees and you do not have to commit to the whole summer. FMI: Larry King 948-6521. You might also get a chance to pet the lovely "Bailey," who I refer to as "Brutus," the unofficial mascot of the market.

I got tagged on Facebook today by Mammie's Country Kitchen restaurant to let me know they had some freshly made crème horns. Of course I rushed right down there and got a couple for a special dessert.

Paving has started on School Street through to Benton this past week. They have the first layer down and will be coming back to finish and put in the new pedestrian crossings.

Kanokolus has a separate area so you can take your dog swimming. It is to the right of the boat launch. You are still responsible for picking up after your dog.

There have been a couple of people who have graciously picked up after others and even provided doggy-doo bags. Please keep in mind that having this area is a privilege.

Also a reminder that there is no swimming near the boat launch; this is a state law.

The town of Unity now participates in online boat registrations. This is for re-registrations only. Go to and follow the links.

Maine Cemetery Maintenance has finished up for the year at Boulter Cemetery, restoring and resetting a number of old stones. There was one intricately carved slate stone that had been completely buried. Rachel Ayer died in 1833 at the age of 70; you might recognize the last name from the Ayer Ridge Road.

The Open Door will resume making meals on Aug. 8.

Welcome home to Unity to my brother Dennis and his family.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Carol Ferreira who passed away on July 26.