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“Owen” the opossum and I have one thing in common: We both love watermelon! The raccoons don’t eat it so Owen gets his fill.

Speaking of watermelon, my plants have blossomed but have yet to start fruiting. The beans I planted late are in flower and my two containers of Swiss chard are doing great. I planted two buckets of cukes and they are providing us with a nice crispy side dish every couple of days.

Chicken Barbecue at Benjamin Berry Post 50 on Windemere Lane on Saturday, Aug. 13, at noon until gone. $12. Dine in or take home. The Ladies Auxiliary will also be having a yard sale that same day at 11 a.m.

The Community Harvest Stand hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located one driveway past the Community Market and beside the Metal Roofing building on the Thorndike Road in Unity. Currently offering: Organic vegetables, cantaloupe, new potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, summer and zucchini squash, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and more.

New business in town! Unity Auction House is hosting auctions every other Thursday at 5 p.m. with a preview starting at 4 p.m. They are located at the Masonic Hall on Bangor Road in Unity. See their Facebook page FMI.

Unity Public Library in Maine serves the towns of Unity, Thorndike, Troy, Freedom, Burnham and Knox. They have many activities for young and old alike. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Be prepared for hunting season! The first session of the hunter’s safety course was canceled due to lack of participants. The second session will be held 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.

The “swinging bridge” on ITS 85 will be closed until further notice. This includes foot traffic for the Hills to Sea walking trail. The bridge will be getting a long overdue makeover. You can bypass the swinging bridge by using the Berry Road bridge.

The town of Unity has a tax-acquired piece of property on Windemere Lane going up for bid. Please see unityme.org for more information. I need to thank some of the good citizens of the town for graciously offering up time and sweat to help clean up the yard of debris.

I was sitting in the doorway to our storage room at the Town Office during a Planning Board meeting. There was a stack of old annual town reports so I started to peruse the 1901 copy. The more things change the more they stay the same. They had the same concerns: roads, schools, indebtedness and care of the “paupers” (as they were called then). The annual report, however, named the people receiving the support, even the lady who was sent to the “insane asylum” in Augusta.

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law and best friend since our college days, Lucia.

 

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