penny@unityme.org

A little bit of winter this week. The cold has returned and we've gotten a couple of inches of snow. It's no secret I dislike both the cold and the snow. It's the one thing my husband and I disagree on.

I did have to go out early one day to take my car for a dealer repair. I saw Nancy Bradeen out for her morning walk; she was bundled up enough that I almost didn't recognize her. Of course walking in from the cold into a warm store, coupled with the use of a face mask, makes for severely fogged up glasses.

I had to go to Mac's Hardware and get restocked on black oil sunflower seeds. I'm glad I went as I got to see my Uncle Ed, Mary Kenney and Dennis Smart. I hadn't seen Dennis for a few months and I'm glad to see he's feeling better.

There was a Budget Committee meeting at the Snowdusters clubhouse this past week. This was regarding the proposed 2021 Fire Department budget. The club forgot we were coming, so when we got there it was cold inside. Between me crumpling newspaper, Jim Porter splitting kindling and Jonathan Dowdy lighting the stove we soon had the fire humping.

USDA food box distribution at Mount View will be held Feb. 5 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The homestead exemption provides a reduction of up to $25,000 in the value of your home for property tax purposes. To qualify, you must be a permanent resident of Maine, the home must be your permanent residence, you must have owned a home in Maine for the 12 months prior to applying, and an application must be filed on or before April 1 with the municipality where the property is located. The exemption applies to any residential property that is assessed as real property. For instance, a mobile home located on a rented lot may qualify for the exemption.

A permanent resident is an individual who has a true, fixed and permanent home to which the individual, whenever absent, has the intention of returning. You may have only one permanent residence at a time and, once a permanent residence is established, that residence is presumed to continue until circumstances indicate otherwise.

The completed application must be submitted to the municipality where you reside. If your home has more than one owner, only one signature is required. Forms filed after April 1 of any year will apply to the next year’s tax assessment. Once the exemption has been approved, it will remain in effect as long as your ownership and residency status remain unchanged.

The homestead exemption is limited to only your primary residence; camps, vacation homes and second residences do not qualify. If you also qualify for a veteran or blind exemption, the homestead exemption is in addition to those exemptions.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Beverly Murdock. One of the matriarchs of Unity, she was instrumental in the founding and success of Unity Ambulance.