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By Penny Picard Sampson | Sep 12, 2020

penny@unityme.org

While I agree trees are important, anyone that knows me is aware of my disdain for pine trees. Not only did I spend hours and use a lot of peanut butter to rid my horse of pine pitch, they also have stopped my raised bed gardens from growing anything worthwhile. So, when my husband was on vacation last week, I finally rid my property of several of them. I'm thankful for the large chipper that handily chewed up the limbs.

Congratulations are in order to Johnny Clark of Farmingdale who finally pulled off the big win at the Oxford 250 and finished third in the Boss Hog 150 (named for Dave "Boss Hog" St. Clair of Liberty) the following weekend at Wiscasset. Several years ago Johnny also won the prestigious DNK 250 held at Unity Raceway. Chris King, a former Street Stock standout at Unity Raceway, and resident of Burnham is on his crew.

Until further notice, selectmen's meetings will be held at the Community Center on School Street. We had lucked out all summer long; no rain on our outdoor meetings at the Town Office. It's getting chilly now, so it's time to move back inside. If you plan to attend, please bring your mask. It was also decided at the last selectmen's meeting that in the months that have five Tuesdays we will meet on the fifth Tuesday along with the first and the third. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m.

The Unity Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Unity Community Center regarding the Dunkin' Donuts land use application. Immediately after, the Planning Board will have its regular meeting to act on the application.

Cassie's School of Dance is not able to begin classes in Unity at this time. She will update you when Regional School Unit 3 makes a decision on whether to allow facility use for non-school activities. It is her hope to be able to start in-person classes in Unity this season.

In the meantime she would welcome any Unity dancers to her studio in Bangor: Thomas School of Dance. She has large studio spaces in Bangor allowing them to accommodate 14 foot distancing. You can check out the list of classes at thomasschoolofdance.com.

Additionally, if there is enough interest, she would be happy to offer separate classes for her Unity dancers in her Bangor studio. Bangor classes started Sept. 9.

The next American Legion chicken barbecue will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at noon at the hall on Windemere Lane.

Waldo County Bounty has a table set up inside the Community Center to share your excess fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.

Unity United Methodist Church is reopening to services on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. They will be following the CDC guidelines.

Work in Pond 1 cemetery has commenced by Maine Gravesite Maintenance. Several stones had toppled over and they are resetting and cleaning those. They were able to find one stone that we thought was missing, but it had fallen over many years ago and was covered by inches of dirt and sod. Unfortunately the bottom of the stone is beyond repair with some of the marble missing. They will make a "cradle" for it and build a stone pad on which to lay the stone on.

Fun for one equals work for another. I'm disappointed that someone did doughnuts in the parking area at the horse show ring. This is town-owned property, but it is maintained by the horse club. It was rutted pretty heavily with clumps of sod strewn about. This makes it difficult to mow.

Spend the day, Friday, Sept. 25, on the bay with North Star Adventures. Launching from Belfast Harbor they will paddle to Moose Point State Park where they will enjoy a leisure hike of the park's perimeter trail. Following the hike, a lunch will be served. Menu includes lobster rolls, potato salad, fresh greens and dessert. Included in tour: sea kayaks and kayaking gear, lobster rolls for lunch, and instruction. See Nancy Zane or check out northstaradventures.me.

Enjoy the colors of the fall foliage season on a round trip scenic train ride as the Belfast & Moosehead Lake railroad takes you through the changing fall vistas of the woods, streams, and fields of Waldo County. Fall foliage train rides start Sept. 19 at the B&ML railroad on Depot Street.

Get well wishes to "Amelia" our canine clerk at the Town Office.

 

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