By Penny Picard Sampson

A few years ago while traveling through a neighborhood in Winslow, I saw what I swore was an opossum. No one believed me; they insisted there were none in Maine. Imagine my excitement when earlier this week at 5 a.m. my husband exclaimed from the back deck, “Come here quick! There’s a ‘possum!” Sure enough, there it was, meandering through my backyard foraging for food. I didn’t think to grab my camera, but at least this time I had a witness.

Mike and Janet Murch attended a Select Board meeting. I asked Mike how the haying was going. What started off as glorious in June, then turned to drought, and now it’s been raining for what seems like days on end. The expression “Make hay while the sun shines” used to be used literally; now it’s used figuratively, meaning to take advantage of a good opportunity.

Unity Fire Department’s new pumper tanker “Engine 3” arrived on July 18 after it was delayed by a couple of days. The transport truck broke down in New Jersey. Blaine brought it to the Select Board’s meeting and took Dan McCormick for a ride in it. I would have liked to have gone for a ride as well, but one look at the steps to get into it deterred me.

The sidewalk paving project in front of UHOP and the installation of the solar-powered pedestrian light has been delayed once again. We’re waiting to hear if the construction company will be able to fulfill the contract or if we will need to start the process all over again.

We are still waiting for the engineering report on the Farwell bridge project. We’ve been told we should have it by the end of the month. The bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic.

Ronnie Turner’s celebration of life will be held at the home of Dawna and Larry Duclos on Saturday, July 31, at 4 p.m. For directions, please see one of the family members.

Thank you, Larry King, Trevor Cole and Dan Sampson, for straightening out the boat launch. It had shifted during a couple of heavy storms and needed to be adjusted. It isn’t an easy task and the town appreciates their help.

Unity Barn Raisers wants to engage more volunteers and bring some new excitement to community-oriented projects. They want to be able to communicate more directly with you. If you are inclined, they would love to have your email and your ideas:

Save the date! Saturday, Aug. 14, 7-10 a.m. Benefit breakfast for The Open Door. More details next week.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is now having meetings at the Star of the West on Main Street in Unity. They meet on Mondays. Weigh in at 5 p.m. and the meeting is at 5:30. All welcome and your first meeting is free. Please call Regina at 207-679-7870 with any questions.

Unity Area Rotary Club will be hosting a “Wild Game Dinner” at MOFGA to benefit the Waldo County Woodshed Saturday, Aug. 21, 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $100. FMI: Izzy McKay 207-322-5494.

Yard Sale Saturday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine, 181 Unity Road, Thorndike. Hood vent, books, bedding, truck chains, pillows, cushions, dishes, clothing, kitchen appliances, Lots of Christmas decorations.


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