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2022 certainly didn’t want us to forget about her as she laid a path of destruction throughout Waldo County two days prior to Christmas. Unity was not spared; we had several major washouts, including  Rich Road (which was completely impassable) and the south end of Waning Road. Dennis and Cindy Jones and crew were on the ball first thing Saturday morning, dumping over 20 loads of gravel on Rich Road alone. This was a costly storm and we’re hoping that it will be FEMA-eligible.

Unity had invested heavily in some problem road areas during the summer and that paid off! Those areas included Berry and Bailey roads and the dirt end of Town Farm Road. Also the problem ditch and culvert by the old Winship Farm held up perfectly.

Snowmobile and ATV trails were decimated with numerous downed trees and two new bridges being practically destroyed including the newly replaced “Swinging Bridge” behind Chase Toys and the “Million Dollar Bridge” which is part of the ATV club’s red trail.

Many people lost their power … some for an hour or two and several for days. Due to a power surge I lost several appliances and my well pump. With help from friends the well pump was replaced and the furnace transformer was replaced within an hour. (It’s good to have a friend who is a furnace technician!)

At the Town Office: Don’t forget dog licenses are due! Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for one three-year term for municipal officer (selectman). They are due back in the office by Jan. 23. My term is up and I plan on running for reelection. Sand has been dropped off at the Town Office. Limit two 5-gallon buckets per Unity household. No filling of a truck bed! But if you’re also getting a bucket for your elderly/disabled neighbor, we’re OK with that. Special Select Board budget workshops Jan. 10, 10 a.m., and Jan. 12, 9 a.m.

The Unity Union Church was able to be open just in time for Christmas Eve candlelight service. It is now open every Sunday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Matthew Corey. More information can be found at unityunionchurch.com.

Winter shutdown for inventory at the Amish Community Market will be Jan. 1. The store will reopen on Monday, Jan. 16.

And the winners for the “Get Lit!” $50 gift card drawings were: Amy Starbird (Unity Flower Shop), Laura Reed (Amish Community Market), and Elise Nason (Unity Shop ‘n’ Save). The drawing for the Christmas pet picture (sponsored by Judy Stoodley) was won by Sharon Coolen.

Mammie’s Country Kitchen is closed for a much-needed break until Jan. 4.

Custom Pebble Art/Sea Glass Workshop Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of creativity! During this session you will create a custom piece of art using sea glass, pebbles, and other unique items! The workshop is only $35 and includes all materials needed as well as a glass of wine or hard cider from Stone Tree! Space is limited as it is held in the heated greenhouse patio of Stone Tree Cidery on Albion Road. in Unity.

Now that the New Year is upon us I would be remiss to not thank the many community members who so graciously and generously volunteered their time over the last year enhancing our community: first responders, town committee members, Unity Public Library volunteers, snowmobile and ATV club members, food pantry and Open Door volunteers, coaches, and people who work on maintaining our beautiful town. I couldn’t possibly list them all, but I sincerely thank you!

 

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