Over the last couple of weeks I have run into a couple of my old classmates from Mount View (class of ’85) that I had not seen in many years: Ray Ashland and Joanne Stauble. I had gone to the store and looked at a familiar face and asked “Are you Joanne?” She replied, “Are you Penny?” The last time we had seen each other was June of 1985, 37 long years ago. A big hug ensued; we caught each other up on our lives. My bus ride along Albion Road had a few of my classmates: Joanne, Raymond Stevens, Doug Rich and Lynne Fagan. How I miss those years!

Another classmate of mine, Donyse (Higgins) Babin, stopped by to pick up a couple of old quilts that her daughter-in-law Reagan is repurposing in her new business, Sewgoony. I tried to send her home with a couple of the kittens as well, but to no avail.

Mine and Dan McCormick’s birthday party at the Select Board meeting was great. When you listen to the audio of the meeting you’ll be able to hear Kari and Anne sing us the birthday song. We were presented with the most delicious, moist and rich, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache made by Dawna Nickerson.

Reminder: The Town Office will be closed Nov. 24 and 25. We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday. A Toys for Tots box is located at the Unity Town Office. When you do your Black Friday shopping, if you are able and so inclined, please donate a new, unwrapped toy.

Unity Auction House will be moving to Sundays (every other) starting on Nov. 27. Doors open for preview at 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. auction. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

The last day for Saturday doughnuts (until April) was 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.

Shop Unity “Small Business Saturday” on Nov. 26 and support our 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. 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. This will coincide with the seventh annual Yuletide celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Main and Depot streets. The Market of Unity will be there along with Santa. Caroling, led by students of the Ecology Learning Center, will take place just before the trees are lit and Santa arrives via firetruck.

The 33rd annual Mount View Craft Fair will be held at Mount View on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. I look forward to this every year; it’s a great chance to see a lot of familiar faces and make some awesome holiday purchases. I have a standing date with one of my “besties,” Holly (Aitken) Emerson.

“Christmas at the Farm” Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. Honey Wilde Farm, owned by Bill and Kirby Carleton, on Cross Road in Unity, will be hosting a pop-up holiday market with The Market of Unity, local crafters, small businesses, and other vendors!

Ecology Learning Center student Emily Peirce’s 2022 Grand Slam: a bear, two turkeys, a moose and a deer. Courtesy of Vicki Gordon

Ecology Learning Center student Emily Peirce, 14, of Albion achieved her hunting “Grand Slam” this year. Her parents are Lyle and Ashley Peirce of Albion. At the age of 8, Emily took an interest in hunting. She has applied for a moose permit in years past and was lucky enough to be drawn this year, which prompted her to try for the Grand Slam.

To start the season, Emily shot her bear in Upper Enchanted Township on Sept. 16, weighing 87 lbs. On Sept. 21, she harvested two turkeys on family land in Albion. On Oct. 15, the last day of her permit, she was able to shoot her moose in Zone 4, weighing 769 lbs. with a 50 ¼-inch spread. With determination and support, she shot a 4-point buck weighing 156 lbs. on Nov. 10 to complete her Grand Slam and her personal goal for the 2022 season. Her friends and family are incredibly proud, and Emily is overjoyed with her success.


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