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By Penny Sampson | Jul 24, 2020

penny@unityme.org

My husband and I had a lobster dinner this past week: it's a once-a-year treat. I think the best part is the melted butter. Unity Shop 'n' Save had them all cooked up for us. Me? I'd still rather have a steak.

I went to The Good Steward Thrift Shop today to get some more children's books for Aubri & Riley's Little Free Library at the Town Office. The thrift store also has a great selection of grownup books. I almost picked up a classic, "A Raisin in the Sun," but I knew it would be forever before I got around to actually reading it. I understand they will be getting a large quantity of large print books. I kept my favorite large print editions from my days at Thorndike Press: "The Killer Angels," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Pecked to Death by Ducks" among them. The thrift store is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

You don't have to be a farmer to sell produce at The Market of Unity. Do you have bushels of beans and no more room in your freezer? Plant too many summer squash and zucchini? (In my opinion, any zucchini is too much zucchini!) Enough tomatoes to open a ketchup factory? Corn coming out your ears? Henny Penny and her gal pals laying lots of eggs? You can sell your excess bounty at The Market of Unity on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Office. No fee. Bring your own table/chair/shade.

The 32nd annual Friends of Lake Winnecook meeting will be conducted via Zoom Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. Go to their Facebook page for the link to join the meeting. The recent loon count, held July 18, tallied 21 loons.

Even though we didn't have a town meeting, we still wanted to recognize Pam Niles for all her hard work on behalf of the town. She was awarded this year's Unity Pond Pottery berry bowl. The award was given during the July 21 selectmen's meeting. Past recipients include Sherry Powell-Wilson, Jean Bourg, Lynn Warman and Jackie Bradeen.

I was up way past my bedtime the other night. After the selectmen's meeting I hung out with Kari and Peggy Turner talking in the parking lot until 9:30, and on the way home I noticed the light at the bottom of Quaker Hill was out. I submitted a work order to CMP.. If you notice any other streetlights out, please let me know; I'm usually not out after dark. Speaking of streetlights, we were fortunate to get ours replaced at no cost as part of a pilot program through CMP. A nearby town is having its 107 lights done at a cost of nearly $40,000. We have half that number, so I figure we saved about $20,000. Yes, they eventually pay for themselves in reduced lease and energy costs, but our savings were immediate.

The Ecology Learning Center charter school will open this fall at the Unity Foundation building on Main Street. Enrollment is open to ninth and 10th graders. FMI: ecologylearningcenter.org or call Lisa Packard at 230-9275.

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