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In late September 1985 Maine was hit by Hurricane Gloria. That weekend I was trail riding (by horseback) along the Appalachian Trail in Monson with Harris and Lori Knowlton and the Maine Trailriders Association.

We camped out at the Little Wilson AT campsite. It was a wild and woolly weekend and where we crossed the Little Wilson normally was knee-deep; that weekend it was so high we had to swim the horses across.

Thirty-five years later we are already well into the alphabet with Hurricane Teddy approaching. Comparatively year to year, that's 13 additional hurricanes.

We can be hopeful that the wind dissipates some of the smoke we are experiencing from the fires out West.

I stopped to see Brian and Josh at Chase Toys and checked out the newly expanded and renovated showroom. It looks fantastic! Polaris ATVs, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Husqvarna power equipment, along with accessories and clothing and helmets are available to peruse and purchase.

I caught Najean Shedyak out watering her colorful selection of fall mums, asters, and decorative cabbages. If you're looking for some fall color in your yard, definitely stop by and check out her offerings. Also, located in the shop, she has "Unity" T-shirts available.

The Thorndike Trailblazers ATV Club held their annual "glow ride" on Sept. 12 with approximately 100 ATVs and SidexSides decorated for a chilly night ride to raise money for the food pantry and The Open Door. We thank the ATV club for their community spirit.

Enjoy the colors of the fall foliage season on a round-trip scenic train ride as the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad takes you through the changing fall vistas of the woods, streams, and fields of Waldo County. Fall foliage train rides start Sept. 19 at the B&ML railroad on Depot Street.

The Unity Fire Department Association is holding a raffle. The first prize is a Savage rifle with scope. Only 200 tickets are being sold at $10 per ticket. Please see any Unity firefighter for tickets.

It's going to be another couple of weeks before the roadside mowers arrive. Equipment breakdowns and lack of replacement parts (coming from overseas) have put them behind on their fall mowing.

Reminder: Summer cemetery decorations need to be removed by Oct. 1.

The Unity Town Office is seeking sealed bids for plowing the Town Office. The contract includes shoveling out the entrance/exit doors, and spreading salt if needed. For more information or questions, please call the Town Office at 948-3763. Please submit your bids by Oct. 5.

Fall is here, and the Community Market has Amish-built wood and cook stoves. The cook stoves are designed to heat as well as cook, and create a beautiful look in any home. Check out the Community Market on Thorndike Road. Closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm on Crosby Brook Road welcomes people to go see the newest addition to the herd, a baby boy! They are open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.