By Penny Picard Sampson

If you’ve been following the “riff-raff” kitten saga, I successfully wrangled one more kitten and it has been sent off to Hidden Valley Camp. Three down, two to go.

I saw an old blue Mercedes on Route 139 this past week; it immediately reminded me of Doc Aldrich. Remember his license plate, “TOPLESS”?

In case you missed the “thunder” rolling through town on June 6, Unity was visited by approximately 75 motorcyclists from various Masonic groups throughout the state. They took a break at Unity Shop ‘n’ Save and the Homestead Airbnb parking lot.

Welcome back Hussam “Sam” Alwari, his wife Kathryn Piper and their children to Unity. They bought the former Knox residence and will be opening up the Five Pillars Butchery and House of Meat.

Stone Tree Farm & Cidery is a small batch winery and cidery located on  Albion Road in Unity, founded in 2020 by Brian Erickson and Frank Haferland. They are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The swimming dock is in! Thank you to the volunteers that helped put it in and spruce up the play area. It is important to note that no one should be swimming near the boat launch. Although it may seem safe, the rule is in place for a reason. I know someone who recently got hit by a boat’s propeller. Ouch!

The dog area remains to the right of the boat launch. Please clean up after your dog as there are children running around barefoot and people like to sit in the grass. No fishing off either dock or the area between them.

Thank you brother Matt and sister-in-law Lucia for cutting up the large fallen oak branch at Kanokolus and another branch that had fallen in Pond Cemetery.

Unity Pond Ice Oval Racing is hosting its first-ever snowmobile swap meet at the Unity Raceway grounds on June 19. Rain date: June 20. Bring your sleds, new, used, racing, vintage … parts and pieces … winter, racing or collectible clothing/gear!!

Put it all in a truck or fill your trailer!! $15 for driver and truckload; $20 for driver and trailer load. Sellers can begin setting up after 7 a.m. Swap meet time, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Under 18 free. $2 adult admission. Bring an appetite. Home-cooked breakfast, doughnuts, and chicken barbecue will be available on the grounds!

The Community Market summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. CLOSED Thursdays and Sundays. Doughnuts are Wednesday and Saturday.

Get your business known to new residents! If you have a Unity business and would like to help welcome new residents, we’d love to include you. Do you have key chains or pens with your business logo? Maybe you have a “to go” menu? How about a coupon? Please drop off at the Town Office or give me a call and I’ll pick them up.

These “Welcome packets” are very popular and bring smiles to our new neighbors. We include all sorts of municipal information, a trash sticker, maps and whatever bling and swag we get from local businesses. Recently we’ve received small gifts and coupons from Chase Toys, Maine TradeHers, Mac’s Hardware, C&J Trucking and Unity College.

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