penny@unityme.org

It seems weird that I'm sitting here on the morning after Thanksgiving writing this column: I'd normally be out Black Friday shopping. I'm debating whether or not to get a Christmas tree this year. Last year I didn't have one because I was going back and forth to doctors and hospitals in Massachusetts. I still decorated, of course, but I didn't find fir needles all over the house for the ensuing months.

There are several local places to pick out your Christmas tree. I used to traipse through the woods to cut one down. One year I decided to use my horse "Frosty" to haul it out of the woods for me. That was a mistake! He was a saddle horse and not used to dragging something behind him. He went for a wild run with the tree bouncing along behind him.

Another year I was dragging one out of the woods behind my grandmother's house with my brother Matt and I tripped over a rock wall and a branch stabbed me in the cheek. You can understand now why I like my trees pre-cut.

Locally, trees are available at: Mac's Hardware, Maine TradeHers (Albion Road), Unity Flower Shop, McKay Farm in Thorndike, Cindi's Used Tack in Troy, and Troy Tree Farm.

The town of Unity does NOT put out a pile of sand/salt mixture to take "at will." If you'd like some, come to the salt/sand shed on Crosby Brook Road Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tony and I will be there to help. Bring your 5-gallon bucket to get some sand/salt mixture for your walkway. And yes, you can pick some up for your elderly/disabled neighbor as well. Unity residents only. If we happen to have a snowstorm that day we will reschedule.

Don't forget the fifth annual Yuletide tree lighting on Sunday Dec. 6. There will be many Christmas decorated floats and vehicles. It will start at 4:30 p.m. at the firehouse and go up School Street, along Main Street, and finish by the train depot. The seven trees by the moose statue will be lit up along with the lovely decorations by the gazebo. Many thanks to Unity Business Exchange and Unity Rotary for helping make the season magical.

There is a Toys for Tots box located at the Town Office. If you are able, please consider a donation of an unwrapped toy. They will need to be in by Dec. 14.

The date for this year's Christmas Bird count is Dec. 19. It will be done a little differently this year due to COVID-19. If you feed birds, you can conduct the count just by looking out your window. If you need more information on the CBC, see audubon.org/content/history-christmas-bird-count. FMI: Tom Aversa at tom.aversa@gmail.com.

Lots of new and used snowmobiles at Chase Toys. They also have great gift ideas for the snowmobile enthusiast in your life. If you're like me, and have zero snowmobiling knowledge, Josh and Brian are more than happy to help you out!

Unity Pond Pottery will be having a sale every Friday and Saturday in December. Call Wendy or Espo, 948-2400. Gift certificates are available.

I recently got to peruse some old Unity High School yearbooks, 1933, 1934 and 1941. My grandfather Constable was the baseball team's catcher as a freshman in 1941. He didn't finish high school as he entered World War II.

It was also neat to see all the old businesses that Unity had: Luke Pelletier's Barbershop and Pool Hall, Charles Carr One Day film service, Adam's Cafe, John D. Reed registered druggist, Mrs. Lyle Adams Hosiery and Underwear, and more.

Appeals Board Meeting: Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. Location: Snowdusters Club, 32 Fisher Road.

Don't forget your dog licenses! Current rabies vaccination required.