penny@unityme.org

Sometimes you choose a pet to live with you and sometimes they choose you. Fat Mama Z showed up in 2013 with three of her offspring in tow and insisted on living with me. She loved meeting people at the door; she was never one to run and hide. She liked sleeping in with my husband on Saturday mornings, watching old Westerns. I had to lay her to rest this week due to complications from her diabetes. I still have two of her progeny.

We made it through another town meeting! My mother used to drag me along as a child and I think that’s where I got my interest in civics. The faces have changed over the years. Thank you to the citizens who showed up to exercise their voices and their votes. Congratulations to Tim Parker Jr. on his successful bid for the seat on the Select Board that was vacated by Tony Avila.

Unity Barn Raisers is cosponsoring an Easter event April 9 with UBX and Unity Public Library. They are looking for some volunteers to help out on the day of the event. If you’d like to be one, send them an email at ubr@uninets.net.

Updated hours at the Unity Public Library: Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FMI: 948-BOOK

The Unity Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting an Easter bake sale Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cone’z on Depot Street. Homemade pies, cakes, cookies, bars, breads and dog biscuits. All monies go toward supporting the fire department with drinks, food and snacks during extended emergency calls and training events.

Unity Fire Department has a “new-to-them” ladder truck purchased from the town of Dixfield. The old tanker has been sold and the old ladder truck and heavy rescue are for sale.

The town is still looking for roadside mowing bids. Bid packages are available at the Town Office.

Holler Soap Co. now has a laundry detergent refill station! Lavender and bergamot scents. Unscented coming soon. Containers available or bring your own. Located at the train station on Depot Street

The UARRC, Unity Area Regional Recycling Center, is located on Leonard Road in Thorndike (right off Route 220). It is open Tuesday through Saturday year-round. (Check the website for times) Jeff and Steve can answer questions and direct you to the correct receptacles for your items. Everything is sorted. UARRC takes most plastics, electronics, metal, tin, newspaper, white office paper (please remove plastic address windows from envelopes), corrugated cardboard, colored paper, wrapping papers, magazines, batteries, lightbulbs (please don’t store bulbs and batteries together), and clothing items. It is a wonderful recycling center. Drive over, ask questions, call, check the website. The town of Unity does not have curbside pickup for recyclables.

Condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Cheeseman Sr., who passed away March 21. The Cheeseman house was a second home to me. I remember one night their youngest daughter, Liza, and I had to do the evening milking, as Gordon and Alice were away. Unfortunately we had watched the horror flick “Friday the 13th” the night before and had to drop hay from the unlit loft. We held tight to our pitchforks!

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