A couple of years ago at the annual town meeting, I made a comment about "magical unicorn money" and it has become a longstanding inside joke between myself and the Fire Department. I have received unicorn Christmas ornaments from Fire Department members and in return have gifted them with unicorn marshmallow hot chocolate and unicorn pudding.

This year I donned a unicorn tiara for town meeting. I needed to wait for Jim Porter's arrival before I took it off. I removed the unicorn tiara prior to the actual town meeting; I had bought it for last year's meeting and didn't want it to go to waste.

Many thanks to Lucia Picard and Lynn Warman for manning the check-in desk, Sherry Powell-Wilson for taking minutes, Don Newell for moderating, Kari Hunt for organizing, Emily Newell for her hilarious Bingo cards and Regional School Unit 3 for providing not only the venue but also the technology.

We no sooner got the meeting started when a fire call went out for a structure fire in Thorndike. Our dedicated firemen quickly responded and we tabled the Fire Department budget requests until they returned.

The lobby at Bangor Savings Bank is now open and the remodel is complete. It's sleek and modern and is furnished with a coffee and water bar. (I think it looks like a coffee and wine bar … a girl can always dream!)

In order for Unity Area Regional Recycling Center to process the materials that are brought in, they must be completely free of any contamination. The most common type of contamination is food residue. This is especially true for glass. They cannot process any glass with any type of food contamination/residue through the new glass crusher. As always, they appreciate all of their recyclers.

Chrissy Hunter posted a picture to the CommUnity OpportUnity Facebook page of her son Isaac with one of the family's Jersey cows, Comet, who is 13 and will be retiring soon. A popular post, it was fun for those of us who grew up on local dairy farms to reminisce about the old days and recall some of our favorite cows. Chrissy and her husband Keith operate Little Darling's Dairy and sell milk by the gallon and homemade butter. FMI: 877-5450

If anyone is interested in joining the Masons, the lodge in Unity has the welcome doormat out. Call Pat Holt at 431-0335 for more information.

April is synonymous with "kitten season." f you have a female cat who is pregnant or has recently had kittens, bring the mom and babies to the Humane Society Waterville Area! They will place them in foster care, spay the mom and give her back to you, free of charge. When the kittens are old enough to be spayed/neutered, they will adopt them out.

Please call 873-2430 or email for more information. This program is available to residents of the communities they serve, including the Waldo County towns of Burnham, Freedom, Knox, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo.

The Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its 2021 plant sale. Their colorful 2021 catalog and online ordering are now available! Order until April 20 online or mail in your order. Plant sale pickup is April 24, 9 a.m.-noon. The sale will be held outdoors, with “curbside” pickup for orders and socially distanced shopping for perennials and plants available the day of the sale, at their new location, Hunter Green Farm/Maine TradeHers in Unity at 956 Albion Road (Route 202). Go to their website or Facebook page for more info.

You may be ready but the trails are not! Riding on trails before they open can cause significant damage and cause landowners to close trails to all in the future. Do your part to maintain Maine's ATV trails and wait until they are open.

Wonder when will the trails open? Conditions around the state are varied and the decision to open trails is managed by the property owner and/or the club or organization that maintains the trail system. Nobody should expect any of the trails to open before May. All signs should have an opening date of May 15 or later.

Thank you for respecting private landowners and ATV clubs by obeying all mud season closure postings.