I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking with my mother; I have committed most of her recipes to memory, but I wish I had them written down by her hand. She had beautiful penmanship. For my eldest niece’s Christmas gift I have been writing down family favorite recipes on index cards and laminating them.

No Owen the opossum sightings over the last couple of days. He’s probably like me and staying in where it’s warm. However, the birds have been very active around the feeders. I’m looking forward to joining in the annual Christmas Bird Count on the 18th of this month. Please contact Tom Aversa at if you’d like to join in the fun, too!

I finally got to spend some quality time with one of my besties, Holly (Aitken) Emerson, on the fourth. We first stopped at Maine TradeHers, then went to the Mount View Christmas craft fair, made a stop at Holler Soap, then off to Honey Wilde Farm (where we saw another classmate, Bill Carleton), and finally to Unity Pond Pottery. At that point we were pooped!

Congratulations to the winners of the Get Lit! drawing. Faith Knowlton won the Honey Wilde basket, Rosemary Pillsbury the Unity Pond Pottery gift certificate, and Tracey Lynn the Northern Solstice Alpaca gift certificate. We’ll plan on doing it again next year.

Hundreds of people showed up for the sixth annual Yuletide celebration and Christmas parade. Vehicles were parked on both sides of School and Main streets and several of the business parking lots and side streets were full of cars as well. I got there early enough for a prime parking spot where I could stay warm and still hear the caroling and see Santa light the trees. It got a little chilly and the line for hot cocoa and popcorn (sponsored by Chase Toys) was long. There were many beautiful floats and flashy horses and ponies. Thank you to everyone involved.

There is a “Toys for Tots” box located at the Town Office until Dec. 17. I donated a Little People’s school bus with lights and songs. I hope the small child who receives it gets as much enjoyment out of it as I have.

Our animal control officer, Crystal Nichols, has put up “giving garlands” at Mac’s Hardware and the Town Office. You can make a donation to help support the animals in need.

Do you and your loved ones have a special connection with Lake WinnecookUnity Pond? Would you like to have your gift make an impact by helping the lake and ensuring the next generation gets to make their own memories? Visit the Friends of Lake Winnecook website and purchase them a FOLW membership and merchandise. Be sure to check out their new 2022 calendar filled with members’ photos of the lake, lake dates, lake smart tips and more.

The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center will be closed Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 for the holidays.

Reminder! Winter parking ban Nov. 1 through April 15. What that means is do not leave your vehicle parked on the street at night during a snowstorm or it might get towed.

Is your house number readable from the road? To save precious time in the case of fire, illness or accident, it’s imperative that your house be well marked for emergency crews. Reflective, or lit, numbers are a huge bonus, especially at night.


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