I vacuum and vacuum and then when the sunbeams come through the window and highlight parts of the room, Then I wonder if I've vacuumed at all; I think it's more noticeable when the leaves are off the trees.

"A Pirate's Life"-themed Halloween will be at the home of Dennis and Sharon Picard on Main Street Oct. 31 starting at 5 p.m. The pirate ship is ready to set sail and I'm sure there will be other themed decor as well. Last year they wowed Main Street with Harry Potter.

Drive-up flu shots will be available to established patients at Northern Light on Main Street Oct. 19-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. FMI: 948-2100.

Unity Fire Department Association still has tickets available for its annual rifle raffle. Please see any member of the department or at Parson's Gun Shop.

Save the date! Oct. 31 will be the ninth annual Austin J. Grant Hunters' Breakfast. This year it will be held at the Snowdusters' clubhouse on Fisher Road in Unity. You can choose to eat in or take it to go. Door prizes and raffle. This is a great community event for a good cause!

We had four local nominees to the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce annual chamber awards: North Star Adventures, Chase Toys, UniTel and Maine Alpaca Experience (Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm). Congratulations to all!

Unity’s Rotary club will be offering navel oranges (22 per box) for $26, pink grapefruit (15 large per box) for $26, or half & half (12 oranges & 10 grapefruit) for $26. They will be offering the gift boxes again for $20. These are either navels and marmalade or toffee and mandarins.

The deadline for ordering the fruit will be Nov. 3 for expected delivery to be around the middle of December. They are offering people the option to order online and then you can have them delivered directly to your door, from the fruit groves, for $6.95 per box.

For more information, stop into Varney Insurance Agency at 5 Clifford Common, Unity, 426-2784, or you can message the club through its Facebook page or message any member of the club. This is one of the club's biggest fundraisers of the year.

Kari has been very hard at work at the Town Office diligently making sure all the absentee ballot requests have been mailed and collecting them when they come in. There is no "drop box" in Unity. Voting in person will take place at the Community Center on Nov. 3,  8 a.m.-8 p.m. Since the election falls on a regularly scheduled selectmen meeting we will be postponing that until Nov. 10.

In other Town Office-related news, Mary Ellen, the deputy clerk, has decided to retire. Anne Goodblood will be returning.

Heald Farm, on the Unity-Troy line, now has 50-lb. bags of Red Norland and Caribou Russet potatoes available. They are $20 per bag. If 50 pounds is too much for you, they have 10-lb. bags for $7. They also still have a good selection of pie pumpkins, carving pumpkins, squash and ornamental corn.

While writing this column I had to take a break to "supervise" the removal of the boat launch at Kanokolus. In other words, I watched and hung out with Pam Niles while the men did the heavy stuff. It was unfortunate that we disturbed the happy home of two muskrats who had decided to build their den under the boat launch. When we left they were still swimming around wondering what the heck happened. Many thanks to Ryan and Colby Parsons.