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I was checking on the Pond Cemetery the other day. I met a gentleman; I wish I had caught his name. He was there cleaning the burial plot of his grandparents, George and Virginia Shorey. We chatted for awhile. He knew some of my relatives and I knew some of his. He told me he reads my "Unity News" in this paper.

Honey Wilde Farm of Unity, owned by Bill and Kirby Carlton, offers several products available online at honeywildefarm.com or at Unity Kitchen on Main Street. They offer chevre and feta goat cheeses in a multitude of flavors, goat's milk soap, lotion, and balm, and goats.

Our animal control officer, Crystal Nichols, would like to remind everyone that it's time to start licensing your dogs for 2021. Make sure your rabies vaccination(s) are up-to-date.

Turner and Sons Snowplowing still has a few openings for driveways in the Unity area. Call Shawn for a quote at 570-0169.

The Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $45,508 in USEPA Clean Water Act Section 604(b) grant funds to create an updated Watershed-Based Management Plan (WBMP) for Lake Winnecook (Unity Pond), located in the towns of Burnham, Troy and Unity.

This two-year grant will help fund an updated water quality analysis, water quality monitoring, watershed modeling, and watershed surveys. The results of these studies will be used to put together an updated 10-year strategic plan for improving the lake’s water quality.

The District will work with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Friends of Lake Winnecook, and other local groups to guide the development of the plan. Funds for this project, in part, were provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act. The funding is administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with EPA.

The Waldo County budget process has begun and we have the first meeting under our belt. For the first time in years we have a full complement of nine committee members, three from each district. Congratulations to my esteemed colleague Josh Gerritsen, Lincolnville selectman, for being elected chairman. The budget, as it stands now, shows a decrease of 3.12%.

There will be an Appeals Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center on School Street regarding the Dunkin' Donuts permit that was approved by the Unity Planning Board.

Many thanks to Wendy and Robert Esposito, along with a crew from Unitel, for taking down the old Christmas lights by the Unity Historical Society. They are testing to see which ones are still in working order.

Mammie's Country Kitchen is taking orders for Thanksgiving rolls and pies, 948-1515.

The Open Door will be offering a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Roast pork, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and dessert. Must sign up. You can sign up at the Community Center or by calling Richard or Bunny Moore at 948-6232.

Great job by Lori Grant Nason and crew for hosting another delicious hunters' breakfast in honor of her eldest son, Austin Grant. It was a sunny, but cold day. I had the opportunity to speak with friends that I do not see very often, including my Mount View classmate April (Clark) Crawford and Anni Roming. We reminisced about things we did "back in the day."

Who remembers Mak's Restaurant and the Mobil gas station that were located where the UHOP parking lot is now? Oh how I loved that red winged horse! I know my mom worked at the restaurant when she was in high school, but obviously that was before my time. I do remember going there as a child and having Wilma Stewart as a waitress.