penny@unityme.org

Wow! That 30-degree drop in temperature was certainly welcome! Growing up we never had air conditioning; maybe that’s why we spent so much time at the lake. I always felt sorry for my mother, who worked nights, and had to try to sleep in the heat of the day.

The 1950 census information has been released. My neighbor down the road sent me an email inquiring about Elzear and Doris Picard and their four children: Charles, Andrew, Linda (we call her “Din”) and Edward, who resided where she lives now.

I confirmed Elzear (“Pat”) and Doris were my grandparents and Charlie is my father. It was called the “Green Farm” at that time. They eventually moved to the “Plantation” (Unity Township) where Hawk Ridge is now.

Also listed on the page of the census she sent me were Donald and Christine Constable (relatives on my maternal side) and Peter and Grace Beaudreau. Mrs. Beaudreau used to babysit my older brother and me when we were kids. My parents were either at the racetrack or out dancing the night away with Bob and Carol Ferreira and Winnie and Peggy Turner at the 10-4. There is a new home being built where the Beaudreau home was.

The Town Office hasn’t moved, just the signs! Tim Parker and I took the Town Office signs over to Craig Lowe’s to be refurbished. Tim did the grunt work; I just went along for the ride. Wouldn’t you know it, someone “from away” had a hard time finding the office because there were no signs!

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.

“The tax man cometh,” or as Kari puts it, the “tax woman cometh.” It’s not all bad news. The mil rate decreased from 16.15 to 15.9; translated, that means $25 per $100,000 (valuation) decrease in your tax bill. This is the third year in a row and four out of the last five years we’ve managed a decrease (unless your valuation increased). Tax bills were mailed Aug. 8. The 2% discount is good thru Sept. 7.

For those of you 65 or older, there are tax stabilization packets available in the lobby for next year. They are due back in the office by Dec. 1. We can start accepting them Sept. 1.

The town is looking for some volunteers to join the Budget Committee, the Appeals Board and the Economic Development Committee. The EMA position, vacated by Jason Johnson when he moved, remains open. That is a paid (stipend) position. If interested in any of these, please see Kari at the Town Office.

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. They are offering help for those in need of setting up new email accounts when Uninets becomes obsolete in October. They are soliciting monetary donations to help improve the children’s section and hold more events this coming fall.

Unity Historical Society meets Aug. 23. Have you ever wondered what happens at the Unity Historical Society brick building on Depot Street? The meeting will start at 7 p.m., but the house will be open at 6:30 if you want to tour or explore the building. This will be a show and tell meeting, so bring an item to share, or just come and see what new items have been loaned or donated to the society. Everyone is welcome!

The Unity Union Church will not be ready to open by Sept. 11. Rather than try to set another date, they have decided to wait.

TOPS ME 0167 Unity welcomes new members. They are a weight loss support group. They meet at the American Legion building at 108 Windemere Lane in Unity on Monday nights. Weigh in starts by 5:15 with a meeting at 5:30. New members can attend one free meeting before joining. For more information, call Sharon at 234-2402 or Regina at 679-7870.

The Food Pantry is desperately in need of some good banana boxes. If you can help out the food pantry, call 416-9371

Reminder! We have a collection box at the Town Office for your old prescription glasses/sunglasses and reading glasses. They are recycled through the Lion’s Club Recycle for Sight Program.

Ditching and shouldering work has been done on the Berry and Mussey roads along with the dirt end of Town Farm Road. There is more work scheduled. Great job by Cindy and Dennis and crew!

His final resting place disturbed a couple years ago because he was missing a marker, Seldon Crosby now has a new marker, installed this past week by Provost Monuments of Benton at the Farwell Cemetery.

I did manage to get over to the small Douglass Cemetery and cleaned and treated the stones there. I always seem to run across some “sad” stones wherever I go. In the Douglass Cemetery there is a row of four small stones simply marked “Infant.” Either miscarriages or stillbirths, they didn’t survive to warrant a name. The fifth small marker I believe to be for another sibling who died as a tot.

Nearby in Albion, “That Place” formerly located on Unity Road in Benton has relocated to Dow’s General Store on Main Street. I understand Dow’s also offers fresh homemade doughnuts on Wednesday mornings.

Lots of fresh farm goodies to be found locally at many stands, markets and central Maine farm drop! Support your local farmers!

 

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