Penny Picard Sampson

I’ve watched a bit of the Olympics this year; most of the time I already know the results. There’s very little equestrian coverage. Dressage was up first and I suppose for most people that would be like watching paint dry. The majority of  people wouldn’t know the difference between a piaffe and a passage.

During my outing on Saturday the 24th, Unity was a hopping town. There were double the number of vendors at The Market of Unity. The horse show ring was packed with horses and ponies and riders of all ages. Yard saling was happening. Lots of people were enjoying a sunny day at Kanokolus. In the evening, 42 ATVs left from the Snowdusters clubhouse for an evening group ride in search of Sasquatch.

Corn season is here! I’ve got some roasting in the oven now. Local corn at Heald’s, the Amish farm stand and the farmer’s market on Saturdays at the Community Center.

Friends of Lake Winnecook (Unity Pond) annual meeting will be held at Benjamin Berry Post 50 on Windemere Lane Saturday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 a.m.

Maine TradeHers Market is opening up one of its fields for overnight camping during the week of the Common Ground Country Fair in September.

Save the date! Saturday, Aug. 21, the second annual ATV Poker Run sponsored by Unity Fire Department and its Auxiliary. Cash prizes. Registration starts at 10 a.m. at the Firehouse. FMI: Maureen Haley, 570-8764, or Melissa Sanborn, 416-7661.

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 at 322-5494.

The parent group for 2022 Project Graduation for the Mount View seniors is rolling out a local fundraiser. It will be starting next week and running through mid-October to end homecoming week. The fundraiser is called a Flocking Frenzy and is all about friends flocking friends with plastic flamingos on their lawns. They have this open to all towns in Regional School Unit 3 and possibly surrounding towns. Contact them by email at or phone, 592-1482.

Unity College is happy to welcome public patrons back to the Dorothy W. Quimby Library beginning  Aug. 3. Please note that only patrons who have obtained a Campus Access Pass will be permitted to use the library. (Patrons with a Campus Access Pass may be accompanied by children under the age of 12 who are wearing a mask over their nose and mouth.) Individuals interested in obtaining a Campus Access Pass should fill out a Campus Access Pass request form or email Juanita Murray ( for more information. If you are unable to access email, you can reach Juanita Murray at 509-7236. Individuals must present their Campus Access Pass when entering the library and upon request by Public Safety or any other Unity College employee.  Non-vaccinated guests are not allowed on campus.

Library hours for public patrons are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Kathryn Piper has organized a women’s walking group on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 8:30. Child friendly.

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