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By Penny Picard Sampson | Apr 24, 2021

I observed some never-seen-before action at one of my bird feeders this morning. I have one of those flat-type feeders that I put black oil sunflower seed on. A male cardinal was perched on one side; a white-breasted nuthatch was perched on the other side. The nuthatch, in his attempt to drive the cardinal away, spread his wings wide open and rocked back and forth side to side. His intimidation tactic worked!

Remembering the things of youth. I ran into Donyse (Higgins) Babin at the Shop 'n' Save this week. We've known each other since our Preskool days when her mother, Barbara, taught. It was located at their home on Thorndike Road. Donyse told me they had burned the "clubhouse" down the previous weekend. The "Busy Bee Club" was an effort on the part of us very young ladies to be good-deed-doers. I don't remember all the members, but I'm sure it included myself and Donyse and Barbara (Lewis) Jewett and Kerri (Breau) Oliver.

Beavers have been busy on the dirt end of Stagecoach Road trying to dam up a culvert. Selectman Dan McCormick had gone out several times to clear the culvert but the beavers were relentless and we had to call in the professionals.

Many thanks to the good citizens who have taken it upon themselves to rid the town of litter along roadways. I know I mentioned my neighbors' kids previously and this week I'd like to thank the Vosburghs, who own Unity Farmhouse Airbnb on Main Street, for picking up a whole mess of litter along Marina Road.

Deputy Jim Porter reminds us that you should take caution and if you see a plastic bottle with "sludge" in it, to not move it or otherwise disturb it. Please call the communications center. The non-emergency number is 338-2040.

There will be a food drive at Unity Shop 'n' Save on May 21, 1-3 p.m. This is also partially sponsored by Waldo County YMCA. It will benefit the Unity food pantry and The Open Door.

The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center would like to remind people that they should only be dropping off their recyclables during open business hours.

Turner and Sons Truck Works is available to haul compost for your gardening needs. Please call Shawn at 570-0169 or see their Facebook page.

Motorcycles are already out on the road. Please use caution and, as an added safety measure, please do not discharge grass clippings or blow leaves and dirt into the roadway. That causes a "slippery" surface that can be dangerous to cyclists.

Before Unity Raceway was all about horsepower, it was all about "real" horsepower. In the June 3, 1950, edition of The Bangor Daily News, it talked about track renovations made by then-owner Ed Knowles. New stables had been constructed and a new sound system installed. There was also a plan to add lighting for nighttime events. There was horse pulling and pony racing. The article also made mention of a baseball diamond that already had lights..


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