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It seems that when I prepare for a storm I do not lose power; when I am ill-prepared, without fail, I lose power. We saw a large blue flash fill the sky and most of the town went dark. I do have a generator, but since it was relatively warm out we did not hook it up. We went to bed and hoped for the best. I had charged my cellphone, so I was able to see the extent of the power outages.

The kind of snow we got, which was heavy and wet, along with high winds, made for nasty travel and I'm glad to see not many people ventured out in the worst of it. Hats off to our plow contractor, Todd Littlefield, for keeping the roads passable and well-sanded.

It appears the stretch of road in front of my house has become a hot-spot for car/deer collisions. Just in the last few months there have been four, all resulting in the death of the deer and the vehicle needing a tow from Ryan Parsons. He and Colby are quick to the scene and do a fantastic job of clearing the road of carnage.

I went to The Village at Depot Crossing today and I noticed a new hair salon had opened up. Kaala (ok) Does Hair. I checked out her Facebook page. You can set up an appointment by clicking "book now" at the top of the page, messaging, or send a text to 944-3350.

With the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on the way to Maine, the state’s EMA and CDC were in urgent need of cold storage. Unity College staff loaded their -80C freezer onto a truck headed to Augusta for the state to borrow for its COVID-19 vaccine efforts. The freezer is one of only two so far that the state has acquired from participating colleges.

The Amish Community Market and Bakery, located on Thorndike Road, has announced its winter hours. It will be closing at 4 p.m. daily. Keep in mind that it is closed all day  Thursday and Sunday. The delectable doughnuts will only be available on Wednesdays until April. There are other bakery items on Fridays and Saturdays. The bakery's annual break for inventory will be Jan 1-18.

My cats adore me, mostly because I feed them, but I got them a treat of a catnip toy at the Town Office this week. You, too, can support the Waterville Area Humane Society by purchasing an ornament, leash, collar, or cat toy, or simply drop off a monetary donation or other gift of choice. They can accept the following items: dye-free cat and dog food, both dry and canned, kitten food, paper towels, bleach, blankets and towels.

In partnership with Waldo County Bounty, WCAP, and Waldo County EMA, Belfast Soup Kitchen will offer another Farm to Families Food Box Distribution Dec. 18. The Mount View distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Open Door will be serving a baked stuffed chicken Christmas dinner at 11 a.m. Christmas Day. Drive-thru. Please note the location change to the food pantry on Depot Street. I did have an opportunity to speak with Richard Moore this past week. They are planning on resuming the weekly meal starting in January, and it will be held at the food pantry instead of the Community Center. They can always use your support in carrying out their mission, whether it be monetary or volunteer time.

The Wreaths Across America event in Unity will be held Dec. 19. Because of the pandemic it will look a little different this year, but most importantly our deceased veterans will be recognized. Kudos to Melanie Cole for the hard work she puts in year-round to make this happen.

The date for this year's Christmas Bird count is Dec. 19. It will be done a little differently this year because of 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 tom.aversa@gmail.com.

Don't forget! Unity Pond Pottery will be having a 20% off sale every Friday and Saturday in December as well as Dec. 21-23. Call Wendy or Espo 948-2400. Gift certificates are available.