Time flies when you’re writing “Unity News” for The Republican Journal; this week marks my five year anniversary! My neighbor Dave, worries about me if he doesn’t see my weekly column, and sometimes I have to tell him there’s not too much news!

I’m patiently waiting for the thunderstorm to come rolling in so I don’t have to water my bucket garden or flowers. I love a good storm — nothing that’ll take down trees mind you — but the louder the thunder, the better.

While doing some research in old (1975-1976) town meeting articles, I came across an interesting article regarding hiring a town manager. The show of hands vote was one vote difference (the “ayes” winning). The citizens then decided to go to a written ballot. In that written ballot 20 more people voted than the show of hands and the “nays” won. I thought that was quite interesting.

I brought this up at the July 19 Select Board meeting where I read the article and minutes taken. Randy Parker was in attendance and he smiled when I read his uncle Stan Parker’s name as one who moved to pass the question. There were at least 117 people in attendance at that old town meeting, many more than we get today.

Melissa Bastien and Jean Bourg are stepping down from their duties as leaders of the annual loon count on Lake Winnecook (aka Unity Pond). Their hard work will be missed. Every third Saturday in July, Melissa and her team of volunteers paddled out into their assigned sectors for one half hour to spot loons and other birds, map their sightings, and then gather to report their results. Jean, ever the hostess, always provided a charming continental breakfast for the census counters.

Friends of Lake Winnecook now has a large void to fill with their stepping away. If you would like to learn more about helping to coordinate or participating in Maine’s last non-motorized loon census next year and  other volunteer opportunities, email

The Market of Unity is looking for new vendors, If you bake it, make it or grow it, reach out to us or show up! Prime location is at the Unity town office parking lot on Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. No fees! Just a smile and your best product is needed.

Hunter Safety Course. 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 Unity Town Office FMI.

Save the date: Chicken Barbecue at Benjamin Berry Post 50 on Windemere Land on Aug. 13. The Ladies Auxiliary will also be having a yard sale that same day.

Watch out for horses and buggies! To pass horses without startling them, slow down and leave as much space as possible (at least 3 feet). Please be kind! Purposely startling a horse on the road is a crime.

Highland Farms of Troy, 907 Bangor Road, has a stand selling fresh jams, ice cream toppers, honey and maple products.

I finally had my first ice cream cone of the season from Cone’z. “Baby” vanilla is enough to satisfy me. I took a ride down to Kanokolus while enjoying my treat and on the way back out I ran into my brother Matthew and his wife Lucia, headed down to enjoy their Troy General Store burgers at the beach. I no sooner left their company when I met Larry and Betsy King and their dog Bailey headed down to enjoy the lake.


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