Since the beginning of time, the Picard family Thanksgiving and Christmas were huge family gatherings. For the second year in a row we have canceled because of family illness and the pandemic. While on my way to Waterville last week I saw Aunt Elena out burning a brush pile so I pulled in and offered her a trade. I will make her some of the family carrot and turnip dish and in return I will get some of her incredible oatmeal rolls. I think I’m getting the better deal.

The boat launch is out of the water for the winter! Thank you to Ryan and Colby Parsons of Ryan’s Towing who always generously donate their time and use of the ramp truck. Also thanks to Larry King, Dan Sampson and Tony Avila for helping.

Save the date: Hunters Supper Saturday, Nov. 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Benjamin Berry American Legion Post 50 on Windemere Lane. There is also a raffle.

The 10th annual Austin J. Grant Hunters Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 4:30-10:30 a.m. at the Snowdusters clubhouse on Fisher Road in Unity. Eat in or drive-thru. This event helps support local charities. There is also a raffle with many great prizes.

Plenty of things to do for both kids and adults for Halloween. Come to the Market of Unity for a Spooktacular event Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors will be hosting a trick or treat event and will be handing out candy. Stone Tree Farm & Cidery’s 1st Annual Monster Mash Celebration Oct. 29 and 30 from 4 to 9 p.m. for age 21-plus. Admission is the cost of one non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry. Every bottle of wine will be $1 off. A “Hocus Pocus”-themed Halloween for kids will be held Oct. 29 at Maine TradeHers on Albion Road, noon to 4 p.m. and Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Unity Barn Raisers is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza Oct. 31, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Community Center. This will include a costume pageant, arts and crafts and a story walk. On Sunday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Kalaa does Hair and Holler Soap are teaming up to provide a fun day of face painting and pumpkin painting at the Train Station in Unity!

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Annual chamber awards has three local Unity businesses in the running this year! Unity Kitchen, Chase Toys Inc. and UniTelME.

A reminder: The Good Steward Thrift Shop has closed. They no longer take donations.

My nephew Daniel has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and is headed for AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Patti, Amir, Asiya and Nadia were able to make the trip to see him. He finished “The Forge” (a 72-hour endurance event) with a fractured hip.



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