This week Catherine, Sophia, and I returned from a wonderfully fun and relaxing trip to South Carolina. Catherine’s father got married and had a small wedding near Charleston. Catherine, her sister and Sophia flew down, while my brother-in-law and I drove overnight, both down and back.

It was nice to escape this unusually cold month for a moment and enjoy 84-degree, essentially humidity-free weather. I am thankful for the bonding time I got, especially with my brother-in-law (spend 40 hours one-on-one with someone and you get to know each other really well), but also with many of Catherine’s family who live out-of-state, or in-state but we do not often see. I was also able to totally divorce myself from work for a few days — a much-needed respite.

My thanks to a Unity community member — who knew of me because of this column — who referred a veteran friend to me for potential disability benefits help. I appreciate the word-of-mouth and hope I’m able to help him.

American Legion Post 50 is seeking participants for the Unity Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. Participants will meet at the Unity Town Office area at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. parade. They will march to the Pond Cemetery and back. If interested in attending or participating, just show up, no RSVP needed. If you have any questions, call Randal Parker at 323-3412.

Don’t forget the Dirigo Grange Bake Sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Grange Hall.

I understand ticks are projected to be fairly bad this year. Know the signs of Lyme disease by attending a live Zoom presentation on Monday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Regional School Unit 3 Adult and Community Education program. To register, call 568-3426, or email adulted@rsu3.org.