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Sometimes my sister-in-law, Lucia, and I exchange odd little gifts for no reason at all. She stopped by this week to give me a unicorn Pez dispenser; I gave her and my brother Matthew a box of limited edition St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms cereal. They’re “magically delicious”!

A sure sign of spring: Racks of seeds are on display at Mac’s Hardware. I picked up a packet of watermelon seeds to get them started. Maybe I’m an optimist as I’ve not given up on the prospect of them coming to fruition this year.

The big news in town this week was the acquisition of UniTel by Direct Communications out of Rockland, Idaho. We met with representatives of the company last week and I believe they will be a good fit for our rural area.

Unity Public library is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I had to stop by this past week and talk to Jean. Volunteers were busily preparing additional books for the shelves and checking out customers’ selections. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do so. It is a bright space in town, nicely decorated with a great children’s section with a reading nook. As a child I was a voracious reader. One young girl was enjoying a book about horses; that made me smile.

Unity Shop ‘n’ Save has been working on a complete remodel of its deli space in an effort to offer an expanded variety of sliced deli meats and cheeses as well as subs and salads. They also have plans to add a variety of new items over the next several months, including fresh-brewed coffee, pastries and an assortment of lunch items.

Kirby Carleton of Honey Wilde Farm posted some pictures on Facebook of her pregnant goats. I swear some of the lady goats are more wide than tall at this point! I look forward to the pictures of the babies in a few short weeks.

History nugget: On March 22, 1944, the 61st Fighter Squadron took off from its base in Halesworth, England, on a bomber escort mission to Berlin. Just off the coast of Southold, England, the squadron was met by heavy overcast. Maj. James C. Stewart led his flight of four P-47 Thunderbolts into the overcast skies, and when he finally broke out of it, he was alone.

After the mission, he learned his entire flight of three P-47s and pilots was lost. It is believed the pilots had suffered vertigo from the lack of visibility, spun out and crashed into the sea.

Lt. Claude E. Mussey of Unity was one of the three pilots lost; he was flying his 41st mission. Lt. Mussey was born Feb. 2, 1921, and was the son of Claude and Margaret Mussey of Unity. His body was never recovered. He was 23. He was a decorated veteran of many missions, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and Semper Memento.