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Sweet sounds of spring! The peepers and wood frogs have announced that spring has arrived. My friend Holly calls peepers "Nee Neeps."

My daffodils are almost in bloom and the tulips are up a couple of inches. I've started my spring cleaning, although I'm lacking some motivation in taking down and washing the curtains.

Many thanks to the Unity Fire Department for making Easter morning happy and bright with a fire truck parade accompanied by the Easter Bunny. Thankfully I was actually dressed this year; I made it out onto the porch to wave as they passed by. My husband was sad that we didn't have ham for dinner that day, but there's just the two of us and I hate ham!

Selectmen's meetings are first, third (and fifth) Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings returned to the Town Office starting Jan. 19 and we are now using Zoom for those who can't be there in person. See the town website, unityme.org FMI.

Tim Parker Jr. has already started clean-up of our cemeteries. I made the arrangements today for the annual service by Maine Gravesite Maintenance. They will be concentrating on Farwell Cemetery this year after finishing up a couple of stones in Pond Cemetery. Last fall Pam Niles and I planted some tulips in front of the Veteran's Memorial on School Street and I'm happy to report that they are popping through the ground.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, The brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the protests of the 1960s, Earth Day was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

Unity will be celebrating Earth Day week, April 18-24. The town is sponsoring an opportunity for you and family and/or friends to win one of three $25 gift certificates to local businesses. All you need to do to enter is take a picture of an Earth Day activity (e.g., picking up litter, clearing trails) and post to the CommUnity OpportUnity Facebook page or email the picture to unity@unityme.org. Drawing for the winner will be held at the May 4 selectmen's meeting.

The Amish Community Market has announced Saturday doughnuts will resume on April 24.

I was asked to post that people please refrain from entering the Unity Raceway parking lot. It is mud season, after all, and the likelihood of your getting stuck is pretty good. It is private property, and if you wish to reminisce, please do so from the road.

There will be a benefit chicken barbecue for Stephen Fowler at the Snowdusters clubhouse on Fisher Road in Unity on Saturday, April 24, at noon. $10 per plate includes a half-chicken, salads, baked beans, coleslaw and dessert. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.

Congratulations to Dion Rossignol and her brother Devin, who will be taking over Patterson's Store in Burnham as of May 1.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Sullivan.

Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Dot Quimby who passed away April 5.