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By Penny Picard Sampson | Jun 26, 2020

My cousin Kari got me the best gift this week; it is a "buff" like they use on the TV show "Survivor." The benefits are two-fold, it can be used as a face mask and when not in use can be used as a head cover to tame my unruly "C'rona hair." Since my childhood people have remarked how nice it must be to have naturally wavy hair. It's fine and dandy till the humidity hits and it turns into a frizzy mess.

My mother and I used to have a contest each year as to who helped the most turtles cross the road. I finally saw my first turtle of the year crossing Kanokolus. Although I didn't need to pick it up, I did escort it across. It was a swift little eastern painted turtle. I wish I had my camera with me to take pictures as it had some abnormal growths on the side of its head. It didn't seem to impair its vision and didn't affect the mouth or jaw, but it would have been interesting to send to a wildlife biologist.

Had a surprise driveway visit from Pat Allen while she was out riding her bike. I felt bad that her ride home was going to be all uphill. I also want to extend thanks to Pat for sending some ice water down to us on Friday, June 19, when it was scorching hot and we were trying to fix an error at the Farwell cemetery. I didn't realize we would be spending 2 1/2 hours there or we would have been better prepared.

Unfortunately Kati Ann will not be able to conduct swimming lessons this year at Kanokolus after all. We sincerely apologize, especially since we had just announced we were planning on it.

There is a Facebook page titled "Unity raceway photos & memories" run by Stephanie Burgess, daughter of famed race car driver Butch Burgess. Lots of history in the shared photos and fond memories of "Maine's Toughest Oval." This morning Walter Newell posted a picture of Ed and Bob Knowles from 1972 with an AMC Gremlin pace car sponsored by Amsden Auto in Newport.

Unity College announced that it will continue remote learning for the 2020-21 academic year. All courses for the academic year will be taught remotely through hybrid learning or online through distance education in five-week terms, which will give the college increased flexibility to more frequently reevaluate whether it is safe to resume in-person classes.

There's a new bunch of kid and young adult books at Aubri and Riley's Little Free Library at the Town Office. Many thanks to Jean Bourg for the donation from Good Steward Thrift Shop on Depot Street. The thrift shop is currently open Fridays and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with plans to expand to include Thursdays in July.

Save the date: Saturday, July 18, at noon at the Benjamin Berry Post 50 on Windemere Lane, there will be a chicken barbecue. $10. Takeout only.

Absentee ballots for July 14 are available by contacting the Town Office or going to the website. Make sure you give yourself enough mail time. The polls will be open at the Town Office for in-person voting.

The next selectmen's meeting will be held at the Town Office on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chair and bug spray, as we meet outside. Minutes from previous meetings are available on There is a delay because minutes from the previous meeting need to be approved before they can be posted on the town website.

The Market of Unity is still looking for vendors to join us. No membership fee and no space rental fee. I bought a Boston Red Sox mask to send to my old college pal Dave who is a state trooper in Oregon and got myself some of Serena Ard's cinnamon rolls. Nancy Rosalie has been giving away perennials and vegetable seedlings. Last week she also gave away different types of leaf lettuce. Royer Farm arrives each week from Brooks with a nice selection of meats and eggs and I understand their chorizo is great. I post pictures weekly to my personal Facebook page as well as Unity, Maine Citizens United page.


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