penny@unityme.org

What a spectacular day! A little hint of fall was especially nice after all the heat and humidity. I took the opportunity to go clean some more old stones at Pond Cemetery. I find it very peaceful there; dead people don't ask me any questions.

At the Aug. 18 selectmen's meeting we presented Riley and Aubri Bosco with the 2020 Spirit of America Award. They have been very generous in gifting Unity with the Little Free Library at the Town Office and volunteering their time for the betterment of our community. We hope that these young ladies serve as a catalyst to inspire others. They are the daughters of Jason and Rebekah Bosco.

Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm has a shop on Crosby Brook Road. They sell an assortment of alpaca clothing and gifts. You can also check them out at mainealpacaexperience.com.

It's time for membership renewal for the Friends of Lake Winnecook. Dues are $15 per person. They do a lot to help keep our lake clean and safe. FMI: LakeWinnecook.org or their Facebook page.

Raven’s Nest Child Care in Unity has multiple slots open for a variety of ages. If you or anyone you know is looking, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 465-5951.

Unity Outdoor Yoga is holding morning classes through September at Triplet Park on Wood Lane (off School Street) $10 per class. FMI: certified instructor Nicole Lazure nslazure@gmail.com.

I did attend the alumni of Unity College support rally at the Field of Dreams Saturday the 15th of August. I saw a few of my old alumni friends including my old housemate Lars who has been in Maine most of the summer. Afterward he treated me to lunch at Mammie's Country Kitchen.

The legion chicken barbecue that was held on Aug. 15 sold out again. They are planning another one for Sept. 19. Since they will not be having their annual hunters' supper this year due to COVID-19 concerns they are raising funds through the chicken barbecues.

The Unity Recreation Department is hosting a "flocking campaign" to raise funds for fall and winter decorating contests and other activities. To obtain an application: Visit the Town Office or visit Najean at Unity Flower Shop or call her at 649-1925. You can also call Denise at 948-6320 and leave a message.

The next community yard sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from the Unity Town Office. Bring your own table/chair/shade. There is no fee. Contact Lori Grant Nason FMI.

Absentee ballot applications are available. Complete, print and return to the Town Office. The ballots for the Nov. 3 election are NOT available at this time. If you complete an absentee ballot application, it will remain on file and ballots will be sent when they become available.

Tax bills have been sent out and are due by Sept. 11 for the 2% discount. Taxes are due Nov. 30 without penalty. The real estate tax commitment book can be viewed by visiting unityme.org. Most people are enjoying a small decrease.

You never know what you're going to get while at the Town Office. A gentleman came in doing historical research on aeronautical beacons. He was looking for one that he believed was built in Unity in the 1930s. What is an aeronautical beacon? It is a light on a tower that helped guide planes flying at night along a specific corridor (before the current technology).

Not being old enough to recall ever seeing one in the town of Unity, I put him in touch with Bob Constable, pilot and lifelong resident of the town of Unity. With Bob's help he was able to locate remnants of the tower behind the auto sales (formerly Nitro Trailer) on School Street.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Roger Lancaster who passed away Aug. 14. Sympathy also goes out to Linda Clark (Mac's Hardware) whose husband Charlie also passed away Aug. 15. Condolences are also sent to the family and friends of Warren Champlin II, who used to own the Champlin Insurance Co. on Main Street (where UHOP is now). He passed away Aug. 12.