I celebrated my “double nickel” birthday by spending the day on the sofa. I had over-committed myself on Saturday and Sunday and paid the price. My wonderful husband took the day off and got me a card and ran to the Depot Store bright and early to get some trash stickers. I’m a simple girl; I don’t require too much to make me happy.

Kari and I spent the morning at the Ecology Learning Center with two civics classes talking about our roles in town government and what sorts of things we’re responsible for. It’s hard to touch on everything, but I think it opened a few eyes about what municipalities do and how tax money is used. We also talked about the importance of volunteerism, whether it be at the library, cleaning litter, working on trails, etc.

The next Waldo County budget meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 27. This is your chance to make public comments before the final vote. I really enjoy having the opportunity to talk with other municipal officers from across the county. We share information and learn from each other. Each town is different, with its own challenges.

The chains on the gates are up on Pond Cemetery (the “new” side). If you need to go down and remove fall decorations and/or put up Christmas decorations, please put the chains back up when you are done.

Get lit! Decorating your house for Christmas? Puttin’ up lights? Big Tigger Santa? Santa’s sleigh sitting on your roof? Or even just “candles” in the windows? Between now and Dec. 5 you can enter for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates from a local business. Enter by posting a picture (on the Facebook page CommUnity OpportUnity) of your home “lit up” for the holidays. Names will be randomly drawn at the Dec. 7 Select Board meeting. Unity homes only.

Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday. We have some small lovely retail shops: Unity Pond Pottery, Northern Solstice Alpaca, Holler Soap, Unity Flower Shop and more! If you don’t know what to get Grandma, maybe a gift certificate for a visit to one of our three salons. Grandpa might enjoy a gift certificate from Mac’s Hardware or Chase Toys. Cousin Earl might like a gift certificate from Mammie’s, UHOP or China Jade. Of course gift certificates for essentials at Unity Shop ‘n’ Save or The Depot Store might be welcome, too! Last year my dad got me a gift certificate from Waldo County Oil.

If your child is in third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade, attends a school in Regional School Unit 3 and is interested in playing Bum League basketball, please message Monica Furrow, on Facebook, to get signed up or email! The season starts soon!

Brittanie Holt Smith is a registered nurse and certified foot care specialist trained in routine and high-risk foot care. She provides in-home visits for toenail trimming/filing, sanding of corns/calluses and more in Unity and surrounding communities. She can be reached at 416-5382.

Stone Tree Farm and Cidery is now able to distribute, so look for their products coming soon to shelves near you! If you know of a great shop or location that should carry the farm’s products, reach out to them or have the establishment contact them directly.

Happy “double nickels” to one of my lifelong friends, Donyse (Higgins) Babin.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mary Ann Gerry. I will surely miss running into her at the store.


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