It’s been a bit on the downright cold side. When I was a kid we lived in an old poorly insulated farmhouse with single-pane windows that you could feel the draft through. Of course the windows had plastic placed over them, and a banking of hay around the cellar walls helped. There was virtually no heat in the upstairs bedrooms. But we also raised German Shepherds, so at night I always took one to bed with me so I had a warm body to cuddle up with.

It’s unfortunate that the Ice Oval races scheduled for the 29th had to be canceled because of the impending blizzard. They are discussing having a double-header in February. I will keep you posted.

Congratulations to Hannah Coolen, daughter of Roger and Sharon Coolen, of Unity for scoring her 1000th point in her dynamic basketball career at Mount View. She is a talented multi-sport athlete.

Unity Public Library is currently open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. They are also offering free access to the Udemy online learning platform that offers thousands of courses. See for more info.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There are many opportunities to shop locally for your special person. It’s nice to think outside the chocolate box, so to speak — Holler Soap, Unity Flower Shop, Northern Solstice Alpaca farm store, Maine TradeHers, Stonetree Winery, Amish Charcuterie, Unity Pond Pottery, Chase Toys to name a few. If chocolate is your thing, you can find that at Unity Shop ‘n’ Save and Family Dollar.

Batter Up Bakery is now providing a multitude of flavors of cheesecake at the Depot Country Store. My sister-in-law Lucia bought one and she exclaimed it was the best cheesecake she ever had. They also carry them at Hilltop in Knox and Albion Mini-mart.

Unity Pond Pottery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They are working most days if you need to schedule a time other than Friday or Saturday. Call 948-2400.

Regarding donations to help the Amish after the tragic loss of the Community Market, donations can be made to: Community Market, c/o Bishop Caleb Stoll, 368 Thorndike Road, Unity, ME 04988 or Downeast Credit Union, Community Market Savings Account, 58 School St., Mailing address: P.O. Box 760, Unity, ME 04988.

We are in the throes of municipal budget season and preparing the annual report. It looks like there will be two town meetings; the meeting in March will be for the regular “housekeeping” articles, and a special one in June to consider ordinance changes and some articles that should draw more interest and participation.

My husband is home after a week in the hospital. I need to thank family and friends for the help and offers of help. My neighbor Dave kept an eye on the place while I was away and even interrogated my brother Matthew who was there to dump the cat litter. That is what’s great about living in a true community!


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