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By Penny Picard Sampson | May 21, 2020

Like many folks I seem to lose track of the days now; I sincerely apologize for missing last week's deadline.

Beautiful stretch of weather the last several days! The gravel roads have been graded, and the pedestrian crosswalks, stop lines and no parking areas all have fresh paint. Remember there is no parking in front of UHOP or the old AAA building on Main Street. Parking there creates a hazardous situation for people trying to pull out of the intersection and for pedestrians.

The boat launch has been put in, but it's still too cold to put the swimming dock in. We thank Ryan and Cami Parsons (and dog Emma) for their help and use of the ramp truck, and the other volunteers: Larry King, Dan Sampson, Ed Indelicato, Pam Niles and Craig Brown. The selectmen and town appreciate your generous gift of time.

All the flags have been put out in our seven cemeteries in anticipation of Memorial Day. Many thanks to Pam Niles, Caroline Levine, Kari and Schuyler Hunt, Lynn Warman, Pat Allen, Terri Dodge, and Mary and Jeff Vosburgh. My sister-in-law Lucia and I finished up Pond 2, the "new" side, early one morning in order to beat the black flies. Two days later I'm still lame! It's a lot of walking, but well worth recognizing our deceased veterans.

The next project will be sprucing up the "neckdowns" on Main Street. I have already picked up the flowers, an assortment of red, yellow and white "super" petunias. I also picked up some flowers from Green Thumb Greenhouse (located on Main Street across from the post office) for the "Welcome to Unity" sign on School Street.

The Market of Unity will be expanding to include crafters in addition to the farmers and food producers. The hours are still 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Town Office. As the weather continues to improve, the hours will increase. Serena Ard's onion rolls and Lucia Picard's bagels have been a huge hit. Larry King was there last week with kettle korn, which proved to be a hot commodity. Open Arms Farm also joined in the market with an assortment of goat cheese. We've had requests for a seafood vendor.

I was headed down to Mac's Hardware last week and Kari asked me to pick up a couple dozen eggs for her. When I dropped them off I opened the carton and was impressed by the size and cleanliness of the eggs from "Two Sisters" of Troy. The girls are 11 and 12 years old and are responsible for the care of 50 hens and also for the gathering and cleaning of the eggs.

Unity Farm Drop has been doing a banner business and has also expanded into Pittsfield. Order online by 3 p.m. for Friday pickup at the Community Center:

Mark and Donyse Babin's granddaughter Emmalia was recently featured in a video by the Humane Society Waterville Area's "Little Rescue Reader" program. Good job Emmalia!

ATV trails officially opened up May 15. The Thorndike Trailblazers ATV club have been working diligently prepping the trails and rebuilding bridges when necessary. The late snowstorm and windstorm created a lot of additional labor for them. Their hard work does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. It only takes one or two "bad apples" to spoil it, so please follow speed limits and stay on marked trails.

China Jade on School Street reopened May 13. It is takeout only at this time and their hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Of course I immediately went and got some of their scrumptious crab rangoons. It was nice to see Leon, Joyce and the boys.

UHOP will be open for dine-in on June 1. Their hours will be Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Their takeout window is still open.

Conez Ice Cream is open Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 1-7 p.m. I haven't gotten my hot fudge sundae yet but I did stop for a small cone.

Mammie's is open for both takeout and dine-in. Please call ahead of time to make a reservation for dine-in, 948-1515.

Chase Toys is expanding its showroom. Congratulations are in order as they won another prestigious award: MSA Dealer of the Year.

Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm on Crosby Brook Road is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required, as is social distancing.

Hair by Olivia salon has unfortunately closed and the space at The Village at Depot Crossing is available for rent. Call Bob Lamontagne at 314-7002.

You no longer need to make an appointment for the Unity Town Office. We will still be using the walk-up window and request that you maintain a social distance of 6 feet while waiting.

My dad, Charlie, recently underwent successful heart valve replacement surgery. He's still with my sister Patti in Dearborn, Mich. Her son Daniel is graduating from Edsel Ford High School this week. It seems he was just 2 years old yesterday! They were hoping to come home for a visit this summer, but with Dad's recuperation it doesn't look likely.

Get well wishes for my fellow correspondent Linda Dixon.



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