Time to take the hummingbird feeder down; I haven't seen any activity at it for the last three days. My Macoun apples are ready for picking. Mary Ellen Hall has already been over to pick some for homemade applesauce. They also make a great cider. The grapes are a couple of weeks behind. I'll need a bucket truck to harvest them. Over the years they've grown well up into the trees. I always know when they are ripe, as my car ends up with purple "bombs" from the birds flying overhead.

The town of Unity is accepting bids for a term of three years for mowing and maintenance of its seven cemeteries and other town properties. Contract specs are available at the town office. Bids must be received in the Town Office by Friday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. and will be opened at the Nov. 5 selectmen's meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office, 74 School St. Bids can be mailed to: Town of Unity, Attn: Cemetery Maintenance Bid, P.O. Box 416, Unity, ME 04988.

We're also inviting bids for Unity Town Office plowing contract for the 2019/2020 winter season. This would include sanding when necessary. Bids are due by Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and will be opened at the Nov. 5 selectmen's meeting. Bids can be sent to: Town of Unity, Attn: Town Office Plowing, P.O. BOX 416, Unity, ME 04988.

Going shopping in Waterville? Starting Sunday, Sept. 1, a single-use plastic bag ban took hold. But, it's not for every store. The city ordinance says any business or retailer in a space that's 10,000 square feet or more must comply with the ban.

American Legion Post 50 in Unity will be having a Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall at 108 Windemere Lane in Unity. Boy Scouts from Troop 333 and Girl Scouts from Troop 1887 will be participating in the service. Following the flag retirement ceremony, Post 50 and ALA Unit 50 will hold a special dedication ceremony of a plaque in memory of the late Jerry and Linda Parker.

The Unity Snowdusters Snowmobile Club is desperately seeking members and/or volunteers to help with trail maintenance. This is not just running the groomer. This is for help marking and clearing trails. If you use the local trail system, I encourage you to help, otherwise there might not be a trail system to ride. FMI: Contact Josh Miville or check out the Snowdusters' Facebook page.

The Good Steward Thrift Store will be closed on Sept. 14 and 21 while they get ready for their fall and winter lines.

Reminder that the ban on handheld devices (e.g., cell phones) while driving a vehicle goes into effect Sept. 19.

The Market of Unity is still running through Columbus Day Weekend and is always seeking new vendors. FMI: Larry King, 948-6521.

Congratulations to Dylan Turner of Freedom who ran his first ever ACT race at Oxford Plains Speedway. It was a 150-lap race on the Saturday prior to the Oxford 250. Dylan started 32nd out of 37 cars and finished 16th.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Constance "Connie" (Waluk) Hubbard who passed away last week.