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It has certainly been fun watching the three little kittens romp and play over the last few weeks; I hope to have new homes for them soon. Alice and Franny come running and I pick them up and give them kisses; Betsy still keeps a wary eye on me, but I have managed a pat here and there.

The county budget meetings are over for the year. The increase is 5.72% over last year. In Unity this equates to approximately $14,000.

Select Board meetings are held on the first, third, and fifth (if there is one) Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Agendas are posted on the town website, unityme.org, and on the CommUnity OpportUnity Facebook page. Agendas are subject to change.

The Town Office will be closed Nov, 24 and 25.

After meeting with a Maine DOT engineer it was determined that the solar-powered flashing pedestrian lights will go on the crosswalk between the Ecology Learning Center and the post office. Students are crossing the road there several times a day. I am working on getting an additional streetlight for the area by UHOP.

The survey for the property graciously and generously donated to the town by Bob Fordyce for cemetery expansion has been completed. Now on to the title search and having the deed drawn up!

Shop Unity “Small Business Saturday” and support local small businesses. This year Unity Business Exchange will be hosting another “tour of Unity” to highlight some of what Unity has to offer. Each business listed will have a card for you to gather stamps from. If you visit five of the seven you can enter to win a huge gift basket. If you visit all seven you will get an extra entry. The basket will be on display at Holler Soap Co. after Nov. 16. Each business may have other sales and events that day as well. Check out their Facebook page for more information. Drawing will be held on Facebook live Sunday, Nov. 27, about 10 a.m. No purchase necessary.

The annual Parade of Lights will be held Dec. 4.

Edwards Brothers Supermarket in Unity November giveaway has started and ends Thursday, Dec. 1. One winner will be drawn from the entries. Contestants must be 18 years of age to participate, write their name, phone number and town they live in on an entry form. The winner will choose to receive a ton of Energex wood pellets or a $250 gift card.

Have you heard the story of Stone Soup?  Experience the soup and the story on Sunday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at MOFGA’s exhibition hall at the fairgrounds in Unity. Join fellow community members for an evening of storytelling, music, and friendsgiving. Chef Chris McGee will work with Ecology Learning Center students to create bountiful pots of soup, and 100% of proceeds will go to the Ecology Learning Center.

The personal and professional accomplishments of previous Mount View graduates will encourage present-day students to reach for the stars! Nomination forms for the 2023 Alumni Recognition Award are due at the Mount View High School office no later than Jan. 6, 2023. Anyone may make a nomination. For more information, requirements and the application form, email  mvalumni@rsu3.org or leave a message at 568-4640 to receive a hard copy.

A heads-up for the Saturday doughnut folks at the Amish Community Market … the last day for the Saturday doughnuts (until April) is Saturday, Nov. 19. Wednesday doughnuts will continue throughout the winter. Winter hours at the Community Market will start Friday, Nov. 25, and will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Save the date! Wreaths Across America Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Village Cemetery in Unity.

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