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By Penny Picard Sampson | Feb 14, 2020

From "A History of the Town of Unity, Maine" by James Vickery III, regarding the turn of the century in 1899: "The farmers of this town performed their chores as they had for years; they pitched down hay from the mow, watered the cattle, milked the cows, chopped up a few sticks of kindling, lugged a few armloads of wood for the wood box; then they were ready for supper of bread and milk, a wedge of pie, two or three molasses cookies ... they removed their heavy boots ... smoked a pipeful, read the Republican Journal ... and retired to bed before 9 o'clock."

My understanding is that the statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect in April of this year. I'm sure many of you have been stocking up on these, as they are great for small and medium trash can liners. I always keep some in the trunk of my car for picking up litter at the beach.

On Feb. 23, Unity United Methodist Church will observe Scouting Sunday. The service will be led by members of the local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. The message will be offered by the newest Eagle Scouts. Worship is at 10 a.m. Bring a friend!

Maine is one of 14 states holding primaries March 3, also known as "Super Tuesday," following the signing of a bill changing the state's nominating contest from a caucus to a primary on the first Tuesday in March by Gov. Janet Mills June 20, 2019.

Enjoy pizza, a whoopie pie dessert, beverage, and a train ride on the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.

FMI or to purchase tickets, visit

The second ice oval race for snowmobiles was held Feb. 8. It was a brisk day, but still more snowmobiles and spectators showed up! I have heard that they are planning a third one, but I haven't heard the date as yet. FMI: Darren Doughty or Mike Lancaster.

Looking for something for the children to read? We are lucky to live in a community that offers two "Little Free Libraries" — one at Triplet Park and the other at the Town Office. Unity College still maintains a children's book section.

Save the date: Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m., annual town meeting at the gym. Note the earlier start time. Voting for selectman (one three-year term) will be held Friday, March 27. There are two people running this year: I am seeking reelection and Maureen Haley is also running.

If you've been to the Town Office recently, you might have seen our newest "employee." Amelia is Kari's 11-year-old yellow lab. She's as sweet as can be. The other day she hung out with a group of Unity College students as they learned how to read tax maps. She also helps Kari with the banking. We had to cut her "pay." Too many biscuits were making her chubby!

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