Since my squash and pumpkin plants were annihilated by squash bugs I am most appreciative of my aunt Elena's garden; she shared her excess bounty of buttercup squash and Swiss chard.

I was invited to the Rotary meeting as I was nominated for a Paul Harris Fellow Award along with Mary Leaming and Tom Aversa. This award is given to non-Rotarians. Congratulations to Mary who was the winner. I had practiced my Academy Award speech, "It's an honor just to be nominated." Perfect Attendance Awards were given to Charlie Schaefer for 28 years and to Arlene Schaefer for 20 years. Rotarian of the Year awards went to Pat and Don Newell.

My sister Patti, knowing how sad I was about using the last of the D2 cleaning cemetery stones, sent me another gallon in honor of our mother, Linda, who was also passionate about the local cemeteries. Pam Niles and I planted some tulip bulbs in front of the Veterans Memorial in the Village Cemetery that was donated many years ago by the Cliffords. Also located there is a lovely granite bench donated by Ken Murch.

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 contact the Town Office at 948-3763. Please submit your bids by Oct. 5.

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 or Parson's Gun Shop in Unity Plantation for tickets. The drawing will be held Oct. 23.

Lead commonly found in fishing tackle is highly toxic, and hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Wildlife species are affected by ingesting lead fishing tackle, particularly the common loon. Loon bodies and behavior make them susceptible to lead poisoning. What better time than right now to clean out your tackle box, making fishing safer for you, your children, and Maine’s wildlife?

Thanks to Andy Reed, there is a lead tackle receptacle at the boat launch at Kanokolus. FMI about how you can exchange your lead tackle for lead-free tackle contact Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Also, congratulations to former Unity College professor Tom Mullin, who has accepted the administrative director position at WCSWCD.