penny@unityme.org

My “three little monkeys” are now available at the Waterville Humane Society after being socialized in a home, spayed and vaccinated. They were given new names: Arista, Adella and Ariel. I understand these are “Little Mermaid” names … I preferred the ones I gave them: Franny, Alice and Betsy. As my brother Matthew pointed out, they were probably placed in a temporary foster home with a young girl.

I ran into Debbie Eldridge and Diane Hull at Unity Shop ‘n’ Save the other day. As we were checking out I told the young cashier that Mrs. Eldridge had once owned the store, when it was called B&D Market. When we were kids, junior high school and high school age, the bus would drop us off at the elementary school and while we waited for the next bus to pick us up to deliver us to our final destination we had enough time to walk over to the store and get an after-school snack. Mrs. Eldridge allowed us to run a “tab.” I would pay once per week with my babysitting money. Can you imagine that happening now?

At the Town Office

Don’t forget dog licenses are due! Late fees are $25 per dog after Jan. 31. If you are licensing your dog for the first time or have a new rabies certificate, you will need to bring the certificate. If you no longer have a dog that has previously been licensed, please let the office know so they can be removed from the system.

Nomination papers are available 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.

This past week the selectmen worked two days on the 2023 budget. Dan McCormick also met with EMA Director MaryAnne Gottman and FEMA doing a road assessment from winter storm Elliot. We are already at over $53,000 in “Band-Aid” fixes and looks like it will be another $100,000 in replacing culverts, and final fixes once winter is over. Let’s hope for a short-lived and easy “mud season.” Fingers crossed that it will be covered by FEMA, but even if it is, reimbursement can take a year or more.

Paintings and drawings by Amy Gagnon will be on display at the Unity Public Library during the month of January, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Amy’s current work is inspired by local history, flora and fauna and landscapes around the Sebasticook. Amy works in oils and watercolors, studying traditional painting techniques. She also does nature journaling, printmaking and mural painting.

Save the date! The annual chicken barbecue at the Snowdusters will be held Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many thanks to Lori Nason for organizing the fundraising effort. FMI: Go to Snowdusters chicken BBQ & Auction 2023 Facebook page.

Have you noticed the lovely new sign at Unity Union Church? It was provided by Evan Aspinall as his Boy Scout project.

January hours at Unity Pond Pottery are Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lucious Nichols, son of Crystal Nichols, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma B cell stage 3 and also has cancer in his abdomen. The family could use some prayers and positive vibes as Lou starts his journey to get better with chemo. A gas fundraiser has been set up at Troy General Store to help the family with travel expenses to and from doctor visits and treatments. If you would like to help with donations, send them to Troy General Store, Attn: Crystal Nichols, P.O. Box 2 ,Troy, ME 04987. You can also make donations in the store with the clerk. There will be a benefit dinner scheduled in the near future.

 

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