Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Aug 18, 2014



Raising livestock for me is satisfying, rewarding and every once in a while, eye opening. Last week, I had pruned some low branches from some of our elms. The goats love elm leaves. I had also pruned some other shrubby bush. I gathered it all together and threw it into their pen. All of them rushed over, excited for the treat. An hour and a half later, one of my bucks was bellowing. I found him on his side, twitching. I carried him onto the porch and called the vet. I put the buck into the back of my Subaru and headed to meet her at the Thorndike Town Office, but when I got there, he’d already died.  After chatting with her, I learned that it’s likely I put cherry branches into their pen only a few hours earlier. Because this buck was so small, and likely ate quite a bit, he was poisoned. When the leaves on a cherry tree are crushed, they produce hydrogen cyanide as a defense mechanism against herbivores. Lesson learned. Booo.


Unity Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, August 21 & 28 at 6:30 pm

Koons Hall, Room 201 (upstairs) at Unity College. Observers welcome. Read the Minutes from Past Meetings www.unityme.org/gov/minutes/index.html Follow the Comprehensive Plan Committee on Facebook www.facebook.com/unitymaine

7th Annual Clifford Commons Block Party

Friday, August 22 from 11am – 1pm

At the Clifford Commons on Main Street. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, drinks and cookies for everyone who stops by – plus various door prizes from area businesses.

Morning Yoga

Friday, August 22 from 9 to 10:15

At Field of Dreams meet at the Gazebo - Yoga basics for all levels. Peace for body, mind and soul... Beginners come check it out! By donation $5 to $10. For more info contact Dhyana Blanchard at 568-3183

Hills to Sea Summer Trail Walk

Saturday, August 23 from 10am - 12pm

Walk with your kids, walk with your friends, walk for your health, walk to explore, walk to enjoy the outdoors! Meet at the trailhead across from Inland Family Care. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sponsored and led by members of the Waldo County Trail Association. For for info call 877-5880 or visit www.waldotrails.org

Unity Farmers Market

Saturday, August 23 from 9am to 1pm

At the Community Center. Sweet corn, wild blueberries, sweet summer onions, pickling cucumbers, green beans, yellow beans, kale, red and golden beets, dry beans, relishes, jams, and pickles. Plus -- fresh breakfast crepes for sale and free coffee and tea, as well as jewelry. Reminder: SNAP benefits available, too!

Unity Tax Increment Financing Advisory Committee

Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30pm

(UTAC) will meet at the UBR Community Center. Read the minutes of the last meeting www.unityme.org/gov/minutes/index.html.

Unity Historical Society

Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm

UHS building on Depot St

Trivia Night!

Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30pm

Come down to the Unity House of Pizza, enjoy delicious food and cold drinks, all while testing your knowledge with DJ Jim in this Trivia Contest! Sponsored by Samuel Adams, there are food and drink specials, and prizes! $5 Martinis, $3 Sam Adams, $2.50 Twisted Teas, enjoy any large pizza and get free cheesy breadsticks! Teams can be made up of up to 6 people. Come on down and get those gears turning!

Ordinance Review Committee meeting

Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm pm

At the Masonic Hall. Observers welcome. Read minutes of past meetings www.unityme.org/gov/minutes/index.html.

Just Outside Your World - (items of possible interest)

Union Fair

August 16 - 23

A large family fair famous for the annual State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. Large midway, crafts, animal pull events, harness racing. www.unionfair.org

Stevens Pond Paddle

Saturday, August 23 from 9am – 12pm

Canoe and Kayak instructor Nancy Zane, and Biology and Freshwater Ecology professor Gerry Saunders will co-lead a late summer paddle. Bring your canoe or kayak to the boat launch on Rt. 173 in Liberty. Sponsored by Unity's SRLT in partnership with Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance. For more information contact Anna Fiedler 589-3230 or swlamaine@gmail.com

Windsor Fair

August 24 - September 1

A large, progressive fair with extensive agricultural, art/crafts exhibits. Large midway, animal pull events, harness racing and mechanical pulling. www.windsorfair.com

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