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As many of you know, I spend a lot of free time cleaning cemetery stones. This past week I was cleaning a baby’s stone and noticed the inscription, “John Berry, Son of George and Vivian Berry 1942-1943.” I grew up next door to the Berrys and never knew that they had a son who died at the tender age of one. I looked for their stone, not recollecting having seen one. I couldn’t find their stone.

When I ran into Beverly Winship at the Town Office later in the day, she explained that a lot of times other families (usually related) would offer up a small portion of their plot for a situation such as this.

While cleaning some stones at Farwell Cemetery, I enjoyed looking at Christian Hunter’s patriotic round hay bales in the adjoining field.

I did make my way down to Massachusetts to meet my doctor; I had an outstanding driver, Chels Hester, who got us there and back safely even with the chaotic traffic. He wasn’t too optimistic about doing surgery now as it is too risky and he really wasn’t confident the outcome would make a marked improvement. My next appointment is in September.

There was a great turnout at the season opener of Unity Raceway. Over 60 cars in the pits and the covered grandstands were packed with supplemental seating quite full. Remaining race dates: July 24, Aug. 14 and 21, Sept. 11 and 25, and Oct. 15 and16. Start times 1:30 p.m.

The community yard sale held at the Town Office on July 9 was fantastic. It was a beautiful day and lots of people showed up to sell their wares and browse the offerings. I bought a decorative lifelike Mallard duck for my flower garden. Tim Parker Jr. grilled up some awesome burgers and dogs for the “Meat and Greet” with Waldo County Sheriff candidate Todd Boisvert. We’ll be looking at doing another yard sale in the coming weeks.

Swimming lessons! Kanokolus Beach, July 18-22 and July 25-29. FMI and to sign up your kids, call/text Kati Ann Curtis, 207-322-2763. Forms are available now at the Unity Town Office. Unity residents are free. Out-of-town $10 fee per child. And just because it’s been asked before … if you’re a Unity resident and your grandchild is visiting you “from away,” the fee is waived.

Hunter Safety Course. First session: Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Second session: Aug. 10, 6-8:30 p.m., and Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Snowdusters clubhouse, Fisher Road, Unity. $10 fee. Please see Anne at the Town Office FMI.

The remaining horse shows for this summer at Unity’s horse ring: Saturday, July 23, Open Game Show; Aug. 13, Equitation Show, Judge: Anne Kozloff. Aug. 20, Open Game Show; Aug. 27, Open in Hand Show, Judge: Theresa Kozloff.

The Town of Unity is seeking bids for the old swimming dock. There are five 10-foot aluminum sections, miscellaneous decking, and a ladder. The bidder will be responsible for removal and must remove within 14 days of payment. Bids must be received no later than Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Bids may be mailed to P.O. Box 416, Unity, ME 04988. The envelope must be marked “Swimming Dock.” Bids will be opened at a public meeting on Aug. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The town of Unity is seeking bids for the winter plowing of the Town Office. The successful bidder will be responsible for plowing, sanding, cleaning all entries and the sidewalk around the building located at 74 School St. Bidders must be able to supply their own sand/salt. Bids must be received no later than Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Bids may be mailed to P.O. Box 416, Unity, ME 04988. The envelope must be marked “Town Office Plowing.” Bids will be opened at the Aug. 30 public meeting.

The Select Board reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids on both.

 

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