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Fall is my favorite season and we certainly felt it this week! I hate to get rid of my summer flowers; they are still going strong, but it’s time to consider replacing them with mums and pumpkins. Apples are ready for picking. My “no-fail” crisp topping: 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup quick oats and 1 stick room temperature margarine. Mix well until “crumbly” and spread evenly over your apple mixture.

Brad Brockway, who was one of the children Unity Assistant Fire Chief Alton McCormick rescued in 1954, speaks at the dedication ceremony Sept. 11.

What a great turnout for the bridge dedication! I need to thank Sen. Curry for his help getting the legislation passed. There were large contingents of the McCormick and Brockway families, along with citizens who showed support. Thank you Melanie, Trevor, and Hannah Cole et al who organized the flag line on the bridge. Thanks to Rosemary Pillsbury for her inspirational readings.

Speakers were Sen. Curry, Fire Chief Blaine Parsons II, Sharon (McCormick) Spizak, Brad Brockway (who was one of the children rescued), and Selectman Dan McCormick.

Descendents of hero firefighter Alton “Mac” McCormick at the bridge dedicated to him Sept 11. Courtesy of Alicia McCormick

We also enjoyed a great spread of refreshments at the Firehouse put on by the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Maureen (McCormick) Haley provided the picture board and beautiful decorations.

Sen. Glenn “Chip” Curry, who sponsored the bill to rename the bridge for Alton “Mac” McCormick, speaks at its dedication Sept. 11. Courtesy of Alicia McCormick

The Common Ground Fair is right around the corner. Believe it or not, I have yet to attend the fair. The Community Market is hoping to reopen that same weekend. There are also vendors at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm and at Unity Pond Pottery’s annual BUMUPPFSF. The Market of Unity will be located at the pottery shop for that weekend only, which is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 23rd-25th. Stone Tree Farm and Cidery is also planning on music and food for the weekend.

The Unity Public Library is sponsoring board game nights for those 14 years of age and up on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m.

Crystal Nichols is working on another spay/neuter clinic for cats to be located at the Snowdusters clubhouse in late October. I will provide more details as they become available.

Reminder! Unity has several access roads available for ATV use including Main, Depot and School streets. Please obey the posted ATV speed limit signs, which are slower than the vehicle speed limit signs, and please ride to the right. There are several “park and rides” located in Unity. Please refer to the Thorndike Trailblazers Facebook page FMI.

Thorndike Trailblazers ATV club’s annual “Glow Ride” raised $800. They presented a check in the amount of $400 to the good folks at The Open Door in Unity. The remaining $400 will go toward trail maintenance. Over 60 machines participated in this year’s ride.

The Open Door serves lunch every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. They are located at the food pantry building on Depot Street. This past week they had baked chicken, mashed potatoes and stuffing along with dessert. They usually have “extras” to pass out as well, and this past week that included new potatoes, corn, and farm fresh eggs.

Veggies For All has been an important Unity-area hunger relief effort since 2007. The project was founded by young farmers as a food bank farm and spent over a decade custom growing produce for food pantry and soup kitchen partners.

VFA now operates as a gleaning project, working with local farmers and volunteers to redirect surplus fruits and vegetables to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community distribution sites. Funds raised through Common Cents at the Belfast Co-op will help them increase their gleaning operations and distribute more fresh, nutritious food.

Cassie’s School of Dance classes in Unity are being held at Unity Elementary School. Our own Cassie Pillsbury, who also owns the Thomas School of Dance in Bangor, is excited to offer tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and more to our local youth and adults.

Classes will be every Thursday beginning Sept. 22. Please email thomasschoolofdance@gmail.com to register. Please note that classes in Unity have their own pricing and do not follow the same calendar info as their Bangor classes.

Bangor Savings Bank is halfway through its annual peanut butter and jelly drive this month. Donations will be shared with local food pantries. I put my apple jelly donation right in the drive-thru window along with my deposit!

I met with Bill Russell, former Unity selectman and a current trustee of Unity Union Church, this past week and got updates and pictures of the progress they have made on the church since the fire last winter. Pictures are available on the CommUnity OpportUnity Facebook page. There is still significant work to be done, but the bulk of the major stuff has been done. There is no anticipated reopening date at this point.

Sharon (McCormick) Spivak, eldest granddaughter of hero firefighter Alton “Mac” McCormick, speaks during the ceremony dedicating the bridge over the Sandy Stream in his honor. Courtesy of Alicia McCormick

Flowers tossed into Sandy Stream Sept. 11 in memory of firefighter Alton McCormick and Ruth Brockway, 8, who perished there during a 1954 hurricane in which McCormick helped the rest of the stranded Brockway family reach safety. Courtesy of Alicia McCormick

Rosemary Pillsbury reads during the dedication of the Alton “Mac” McCormick Bridge Sept. 11. Courtesy of Alicia McCormick

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