penny@unityme.org

It’s a nice snowy day to stay home in my jammies and get some housework done. My husband is always excited about snow; he’s still hoping that we get enough to snowmobile around here.

I thought about visiting the “three monkeys,” Franny, Alice and Betsy, but were quickly adopted from the Humane Society. I wish them well in their new homes.

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 Town Office know so they can be removed from the system.

We held the first of the 2023 Budget Committee meetings this past week. Many thanks to our Budget Committee members: Pat Clark, John McIntyre, Jon Dowdy, Emily Newell, Tabi Littlefield, Alic Albright, and Larry King for volunteering their time serving the community. Many thanks to the Unity Snowdusters snowmobile club for use of the clubhouse.

If you’re interested in serving on any town committee, please let any of the selectmen or Kari at the Town Office know. We can always use Budget Committee, Economic Development Committee members, and Planning Board members. The Fire Department and Ambulance Service are also seeking volunteers.

This week I did learn that when you see a red flashing light at any of the Unity Utilities District pump stations to please call the non-emergency Waldo County Dispatch number (338-2040) and they will get in touch with the appropriate person. The pump stations are located at the bottom of Quaker Hill, by Wesley Road, and on Firehouse Lane.

The Maine Municipal Association has announced the new Douglas M. Eugley Scholarship for Public Service. It’s a $1,000 scholarship for Maine high school seniors planning to enter post-secondary education to pursue a career in municipal government or public service! MMA is committed to assisting in growing the next generation of municipal leaders and is excited to offer this opportunity. Details about the scholarship and the application form can be found at memun.org.

Paintings and drawings by Amy Gagnon on display at the Unity Public Library this month, Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 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.

The Amish Community Market is open and operating on its winter schedule: open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Thursday.

The Amish Charcuterie winter hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Need a plumber? Tanner Grant 944-4355. I know he’s right out straight, but he does quality work at fair and reasonable prices.

Save the date! The annual chicken barbecue at the Snowdusters will be held Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Many thanks to Lori Nason for organizing the fundraising effort. FMI: Go to Snowdusters Chicken BBQ & Auction 2023 Facebook page. I understand Paul Stewart is making the baked beans and if you’ve never had his baked beans before, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Lucious Nichols, son of Crystal Nichols, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma B cell stage 3 and also has cancer in his abdomen. 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 bake sale at Mac’s Hardware in Unity on Feb. 4.

Congratulations to my niece Amelia (Dennis and Sharon’s daughter), who recently received her first varsity letter in soccer. She’s only in eighth grade, but played on the Madawaska High School girls soccer team!

 

filed under: