penny@unityme.org

I took a vacation of sorts this week. Basically it meant that I got some stuff done before we run out of summer. I went to Moose Point State Park in Searsport for the first time for a celebration of life for my Aunt Connie who died a year ago. Her youngest daughter Jennifer came from California and herĀ oldest daughter Julie came up fromĀ Florida. Joe, who lives locally, was there, but poor Jake had surgery the day before and could not attend. I did get to see other cousins that I seldom have a chance to visit with.

I also had dinner out with my husband to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary and dinner and a movie with my sister-in-law.

New porch babies! Four little racoons and their mother have been hanging out, scrounging up the leftovers. I also keep a big bowl of water out for them; they try to bathe in it and make a wicked mess!

The Little Red Snack Shack will be at Stone Tree Cidery the second weekend of August! Come enjoy some hand-breaded chicken tenders, chicken burgers, crispy chicken wraps, and ribbon fries. Grab one of the many picnic tables under the event tent, an ice cold wine slushy, and relax with the family!

100 Acre Wood Daycare at 475 Detroit Road, Troy, has openings! Call Dawn Spack before spots are filled, 735-3012.

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 “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. We’re also still soliciting bids for plowing the Town Office this winter and for the old swimming dock.

Save the date! Sen. Chip Curry and I are working on the Alton “Mac” McCormick Memorial Bridge naming ceremony for Sunday, Sept. 11, 68 years to the day Hurricane Edna struck Unity. More details as they become available. It looks like DOT has placed the signs, but they won’t be unveiled until the ceremony.

The green “algae” that many of you have noticed in Lake Winnecook (aka Unity Pond) is likely cyanobacteria, according to Linda Bacon of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This has been present in the lake in the past, and the state is planning to do testing soon to confirm. Swimming should be safe, especially where no algal concentrations are seen, but she advises that small children not play with the scums and that pets and humans not drink the water.

Uninets will be discontinuing its email service as of Oct. 1. If you have a uninets.net email address and need some assistance setting up a different account, please stop in at the library on Tuesday or make an appointment for another day. Unity Public Library will get you set up with a new email account.

 

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