By Penny Sampson

Yes, I turned my furnace on in July. A cold and rainy Fourth. We needed the rain; I needed the rest.

I found my protege, someone who loves cemeteries as much as I do. Recently my brother Dennis and his wife Sharon took their youngest girls, Amelia and Phoebe, on a trip to Madawaska and they visited the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille where our Picard ancestors are buried in the churchyard. Before becoming a beautifully restored  museum of Acadian life, it served as a Catholic church. Phoebe fell in love with the cemetery there and she enthusiastically offered to volunteer to help me clean and treat stones in Unity cemeteries. We spent a splendid morning earlier this week working in Pond Cemetery.

Maine Gravesite Maintenance has also been working in Pond and Farwell cemeteries, restoring fallen and broken stones. Using a prod, we found three stones that had fallen over many years ago and were completely buried. They were able to restore the slate memorial of Lemuel Bartlett that had split in half. Lemuel Bartlett built the brick house in the center of town that now houses the Unity Historical Society.

Budget Committee members needed! If you are interested in how municipalities are funded and how those funds are spent, please get in touch with the Town Office. Learn what different revenue streams there are and how they can be applied to municipal expenditures. Meetings are held three-four times per year. We’re also looking to fill an empty spot on the Planning Board.

It’s duck hunting season. Sort of. There’s a very large bright yellow duck, “Daffy,” floating around Unity Pond. If you spot him, please sign him and set him free to visit others on the lake.

Unity Area Parkinson’s Support Group for Parkinson’s Patients and Caregivers meets on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at Unity Community Center, 32 School St. Free and informal and lots of information. FMI, call 948-1474 or email

Looking for fresh produce? The Heald Farm on the Unity/Troy town line has many offerings: new potatoes, cauliflower, summer squash and broccoli. Community Harvest in Unity is located on the former Chase farm, just up the road from the Amish Community Market. I bought a quart of snap peas this week to have as a snack. Much healthier than my usual cheese puffs! The Community Market summer hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Thursdays and Sundays. Doughnuts are Wednesday and Saturday.

The Market of Unity is held at the Town Office on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There have been a few new vendors and they’re still looking for more. More vendors bring in more people and more people bring in more vendors. There is no cost to sell your wares. Still looking for farm produce!

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