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What a spectacular week! The weather being almost summer-like, though, has brought out our nemeses, the black flies and mosquitoes. The lilacs should be on time for Memorial Day. My hummingbirds have arrived! We also keep a feeder at the Town Office, just outside Kari’s window; she has named them Chubbers and Chubette.

Thank you to Denise Whitney for her hard work in the Village Cemetery preparing for Memorial Day. She replaced the old flag holders with new brass-finish metal holders and she’s also trying to locate the two unmarked spaces that are occupied by veterans.

American Legion Post 50 is seeking participants for the Memorial Day Parade in Unity on Monday, May 30. Meet at the Unity Town Office area at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. parade. March to Pond Cemetery and back. If interested in attending or participating, just show up. If you have any questions, call Randal Parker at 323-3412.

Town meeting coming up June 4! Articles will include updates of the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, the Budget Committee Ordinance and a Commercial Solar Farm ordinance. The town also has some articles about ARPA and will be asking for an additional $12,000 for winter road maintenance due to the extreme rise in road salt costs. The Land Use Ordinance will not be on the warrant.

Most of your gardening needs can be found right at Mac’s Hardware. They have a great selection of plants, seeds, garden amendments and tools. I noticed today they have a nice selection of fruit trees. If you’re looking for flowers, you can also shop at Unity Flower Shop on Depot Street and Green Thumb on Main Street.

If you have old metal appliances, steel and fencing lying around, you can take them to TA’s at 314 Albion Road. They also are taking car and light truck tires for a $3 each disposal charge, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After-hours appointments available. Call Tony at 948-3400

Posted road signs are down. Kanokolus and Bailey roads will continue to be limited to 23,000 GVW.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory warning about potential toxins in freshwater fish at several locations in the state. In Unity Pond they are advising that no more than six meals of black crappie and no more than 12 meals of other fish be consumed per year. Per the Maine CDC, fishing, wading, swimming and boating remain safe.

The water is still too high to reach the pins and still a bit too cold for the volunteers to put in the boat launch at Kanokolus. I spoke with Ryan Parsons today (who generously donates his time and use of his ramp truck) and we plan on doing it the week before Memorial Day. If you are a Unity resident, you can pick up your boat launch pass at the Town Office; Burnham passes are available at the Burnham Town Office.

Now officially licensed, 100 Acre Wood Daycare at 475 Detroit Road in Troy will open its doors June 6! Please call Dawn at 735-3012 to set up an interview to get your paperwork done ASAP!

Troy General Store has a nice selection of meats and cheeses in its deli case. Crystal Nichols has been hard at work making stuffed chicken breasts and kabobs. I also like the fact that I can get small amounts of freshly ground hamburger.

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports swap/sell met at Unity Raceway. $15 for sellers. Any questions, please contact Michael Lancaster.

Touch-a-Truck event to be held Saturday, June 4, at Unity Raceway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have anything “cool” on wheels you’d like to show off for the kids, contact Holly or Joey Doyon. There is no cost to display.

I went to The Market of Unity last weekend and picked up some delicious anadama bread from Ash Czarny. Her husband Steve makes some beautiful wooden signs! One of my favorite breakfasts is a nice thick slice of toasted anadama with a poached egg.

In June I will start going back to the Boston area for probable surgery at some point. We had it all set up for January 2020 and the surgery got postponed and then COVID came. I have to start the whole process over again.

 

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