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Just before Memorial Day 2014, I became gravely ill and spent most of the next three months at Maine Medical Center in Portland where I was nursed back to health by some very caring and competent professionals. I also realized what a small world we live in.

One nurse’s son had attended Unity College, another had a boyfriend that grew up here. One nurse in particular I spent a significant amount of time with; she has a family camp on Unity Pond. I run into her on occasion when she’s “upta camp.” Last weekend she and a couple of her cohorts were gracious enough to spend a couple of hours playing fiddle and accordion at The Market of Unity. Everyone enjoyed their performance.

Taxes have been committed and will be mailed out Aug. 16. The mill rate in Unity went down 1.3. There were multiple forces at work: municipal budget down, county budget down, revenue sharing up (that’s the money the town receives from the state from sales taxes) and the state share of education increased (which is most of your property tax). You should be saving about $130 per $100k in assessed value.

The town is still waiting on the engineering report on the Farwell bridge on Berry Road. It’s been promised multiple times, but has yet to make it to the office. The bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic, but is still passable by ATV, bicycles and walking.

I had to go to the Farwell cemetery to check on a stone. It’s really a lovely spot, with nice shade and a breeze blowing across the open fields. The “Hope Stone” is grand, not only in size but also in detail. It needs to be cleaned, but it’s a little much for me to do so we’ll have the professionals do it next year. While there I cleaned and treated some Cornforth family stones.

The green “algae” that many of you have noticed in Lake Winnecook (Unity Pond) is probably cyanobacteria, according to Linda Bacon of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This has been present in the lake in the past, and the state is planning to do testing soon to confirm. Swimming should be safe, especially where no algal concentrations are seen, but she advises that small children not play with the scums and that pets and humans not drink the water. You can contact Friends of Lake Winnecook on their Facebook page at lakewinnecook.org or email if you have more questions.

A “flocking frenzy” of pretty pink plastic flamingos is happening across Regional School Unit 3 to raise money for 2022 Project Graduation. I saw a picture of my friend Holly (Aitken) Emerson’s house in Monroe adorned with the tacky lawn decor. I’m sure Tim is thrilled. For more info on how you can brighten your neighbor’s/friend’s lawn, please call Amy at 592-1482.

WCAP is supplying backpacks stuffed with age-ready school gear! Free to income-eligible children K-12 living in Waldo County. Call 338-6809 to schedule pickup, and don’t forget to bring masks and MaineCare or WIC cards.

American Legion Post 50 will be holding another chicken barbecue Saturday, Aug. 21, at noon on Windemere Lane. Cost is $10.

Save the date! On Saturday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m. at Mike and Doreen Berry’s on Palmer Road in Thorndike, the Thorndike Trailblazers ATV club will be hosting another Glow Ride.

Congratulations to Don Newell, 2020 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year finalist. The Newell Tree Farm is open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on designated groomed trails. Don has hosted numerous events and tours, including forestry professors from Sweden and UMaine, Unity College students’ forestry projects, and the annual MOFGA Low Impact Forestry 101 session.