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Some of you may remember the saga of the porch kittens from earlier this summer. I received some updated pictures of the “Fluffernutters,” now named “Betty” and “Colin.” My, what beautiful cats they have turned out to be! The three all-black kittens were all adopted by campers at Hidden Valley Camp. They all have happy homes; I am grateful.

I had the opportunity to work with some students from The Ecology Learning Center one morning cleaning some old (from the 1800s) stones in Pond 1 cemetery. They were a great bunch of kids who took great care and pride in cleaning the stones that “spoke to them.” I try to make this service work a learning opportunity. Once upon a time I wanted to be a teacher … so I also gave them a homework assignment.

Trash reminder: All trash must be bagged and tied even if it is in a barrel or tote. If you have a large barrel or waste receptacle (one that would hold multiple 30-gal. bags), please use the 30-gal. bags and try to limit weight per bag to 40 lbs. Please use one sticker per 30-gal. bag. All cardboard must be broken down and bundled (or taken to the recycling center). Syringes need to be disposed of in capped containers (e.g., laundry bottles), which can then be thrown in the trash bags. Trash stickers need to be affixed to the actual trash bags. Do not attach the stickers to the outside of the barrel. This is for the safety of our trash picker-uppers! We appreciate them!

We met with a regional engineer from Maine DOT at the last Select Board meeting. The “neckdowns” along Main Street will be removed, possibly this fall. This will make winter plowing easier for the crew and allow for better drainage of melting snow and rains. It will also eliminate the need for the town to maintain the neckdowns, thus saving us some tax money. The sidewalk that had been removed to accommodate two of the neckdowns will be rebuilt.

Drive-up flu shot clinic in Unity: Sept. 20-24, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. No appointment needed. For established patients at Northern Light Family Care, Main Street, Unity.

We received water clarity readings for Unity Pond. The clarity dropped after significant rainfalls. With the Unity Pond watershed being 29 square miles with over 100 miles of brooks, streams and bogs, major rainfall equated to major stormwater runoff that carried phosphorus (external load) and added to the phosphorus load already in the lake (internal load) that equated to algae blooms. That all tied into the watershed survey conducted this spring, where 109 sites of erosion were identified. Property owners will be receiving notifications soon with recommendations and support to address them. Learn more by visiting lakewinnecook.org/folw-blog.

The snowmobile season will quickly be upon us and the Snowdusters will have its first meeting Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Snowdusters clubhouse on Fisher Road in Unity. All are welcome to attend.

If you are a new or existing landowner and have not filled out a landowner permission form, we can mail you one, or stop by and see Josh at Chase Toys and fill one out. This form passes liability off the landowner and onto the state. Plus it gives the club rules to abide by on your property.

If you would like to volunteer some time on the trails, please feel free to attend the meeting or private message Josh Miville and they can find you something. They appreciate any time you have available to give. All high school and college individuals in desperate need of volunteer hours: This is a great way to earn your volunteer hours. Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have. With over 30 miles of trail, they can use any help they can get.

There will be a community party Friday, Sept. 17, at the train depot in Unity from 4 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Unity Business Exchange as a thank you for supporting local businesses.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, take a tour through the greater Unity area and visit some amazing businesses! If you get your “passport” stamped at four of the six stops on the tour, you are entered to win a huge gift basket at the end of the night! Schedule:

9 a.m. – Maine TradeHers Market is hosting the Market of Unity. Stop in, get your passport and your first stamp while you visit the shop and some terrific and unique vendors. Store hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Market of Unity hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

9 a.m. – Unity Pond Pottery is holding its annual fall sale and offering tours of the studio. 25% off pottery in stock, open until 4 p.m.

10 a.m. – Stone Tree Farm & Cidery, with the bluesy sounds of Ezra Rugg. The winery is open until 6 p.m., and Ezra will play from 1 to 3 p.m.

10 a.m. – Celebrate National Alpaca Farm Day with Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm with 41 beautiful alpacas, including this summer’s babies!!! Tours are FREE! Shop in their on-farm gift shop filled with beautiful, soft alpaca clothing and gifts. In addition, Northern Solstice is hosting a number of vendors outside as well.

11 a.m. – Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad is offering three fantastic train rides on Saturday. At 11 a.m. is the Pizza and Whoopie Pie Train, at 1:30 p.m. is the Fall Foliage Tour, and the 3:30 p.m. train is the Special Extended Fall Foliage Tour.

Noon – End your tour with a locally sourced harvest dinner at Outland Farm Brewery in Pittsfield, which provides fresh artisanal beers crafted from Maine-grown ingredients in a relaxed, beautiful, and family-friendly atmosphere.

Passport cards will be available at all locations, and you do not need to be present to win. Drawing will be at 8 p.m. at Outland Farm Brewery.

Please adhere to respective COVID-19 precautions as outlined at each location.

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