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In my youth I had a black and white tobiano pinto named “Frosty” that led the horse brigade in almost all of Unity’s parades. When he died at the ripe old age of 32, it took me 15 years before I’d touch another horse. In this year’s Memorial Day parade there was but one lone equine; it was a black and white tobiano pinto pony! During the pre-parade gathering I went right over and stroked his nose.

A child snags a piece of candy before the fire trucks drive by in the Unity Memorial Day Parade May 30. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Thank you to all of this year’s parade participants. There was of course the Benjamin Berry Post 50 and Legion Auxiliary, cars, decorated ATVs, multiple fire departments, political candidates, a beautiful float from Quaker Hill Christian Church, baseball players and more!

Little Leaguers sit on a float riding by onlookers at the Unity Memorial Day Parade May 30. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Please come out to celebrate the seniors of the class of 2022 during their parade through Unity on Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. The route is from the Fire Department to The Field of Dreams.

Do you have an unserviceable American flag(s)? You can drop them off in the red/white/blue barrel located at the American Legion Hall on Windemere Lane for proper disposal.

The boat launch is in. Many thanks to Ryan and Colby Parsons, Melanie and Trevor Cole, Rocy Pillsbury, Espo, and Tyler Seals. Hannah Cole and Maxx Pillsbury also picked up some trash while the adults were working on the launch. I went down on the Sunday evening before Memorial Day; there were lots of boats coming and going.

The Farwell bridge on Berry Road has passed our engineer’s inspection and has been reopened. This is a 3-ton maximum weight bridge. This means passenger cars and light trucks only.

Reminder that ATV access roads have a speed limit of 15 mph. The state just allowed ATV access on School Street, part of Main Street and Depot Street. Please obey the speed limit and don’t jeopardize it for others.

Jason Johnson has retired from Bangor Fire Department after 26 years. He got to enjoy three days of “bliss” before starting his new job with Maine Municipal. The town of Unity regrettably accepted his resignation as our EMA director, so we are looking to hire a new one. Jason did a great job for us, and we will miss his humor and knowledge.

It’s that time of year when turtles are on the move. They may travel in search of new territory, breeding opportunities, or food, but this time of year you are most likely to see females crossing roads on the way to their nesting sites. Roadways are a dangerous place for a turtle, but you can help!

Try a hands-free approach when possible by just standing guard as the animal crosses the road on its own or put a car mat under the turtle and slide them to the other side. Move turtles to the other side of the road in the same direction it was going. Do not take it with you or move it anywhere except the other side of the road.

I met my new neighbors today at the Town Office when they came in for a building permit. Lovely couple and I noticed they’ve already plunked a lawn chair down on their lot! They were super excited about their “Welcome packet.”

Speaking of “Welcome packets”, we’re always accepting business cards, trinkets, menus, pamphlets and other assorted goodies to welcome our new citizens. Shawn Turner donated some “Turner and Sons Trucking” T-shirts and for people with small children, a gift bag with construction toys and a hard hat!

Looking for some produce vendors at The Market of Unity. Do you have eggs, greens, syrup, flowers, seedlings and such? Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Office. In July we’re planning on having a community yard sale to coincide with the market. I’ll post the date as soon as things firm up. It will be a free event. Bring your own table and chair.

Although the Amish Community Market is not open yet, you can stop by the Community Harvest Produce stand for organic fresh peas, homemade jellies, fresh eggs, onions and other spring vegetables. These peas are from the greenhouse; the outdoor peas will be ready in a few weeks.

Stone Tree Farm & Cidery opened June 12, 2021, with six wines and five picnic tables. They were only open two days a week because they were both working full time jobs. They didn’t even have cider on tap, logo merchandise, or even wine slushies!

Now, a year later, they have over 20 varieties of wine, cider and wine slushies! They  have 18 picnic tables, a giant event tent, multiple fire pits, and plenty of yard games for your family to go and enjoy! Celebrate Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, for Stone Tree Farm & Cidery’s one year anniversary! They will have the Salty Dog food truck there with delicious barbecue.

 

 

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