Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Jan 20, 2013


In my world

Happy birthday to my friend Cindi Smith!

I visited Half Moon Gardens in Thorndike at the end of December, just before they closed permanently. There wasn’t much left and the place looked empty and hollow. I used to enjoy going and feeling washed over with good feelings as I looked across the expansive greenhouses filled with petunias, geraniums, tons of other flowers, veggie plants and herbs. I’m sad to see it close, as are many I've spoken with.

After a stretch of frigid weather we had a break this past weekend. I don’t know where the motivation came from, but I cleaned out the chicken coop and gave it an early spring cleaning. The chickens seem so happy.

In your world

Friends of Winnecook Lake (Unity Pond) now has a Facebook page! Take a second to Like them on Facebook and learn how they work to preserve, enhance and protect the beauty of the lake, as well as events, special projects and other news about what's happening around our lake. www.facebook.com/FriendsOfLakeWinnecook

Nomination papers are now available for the position of selectman, a three-year term. Papers need to be returned to the Town Office by 2:30 p.m. Feb.12. Note: The election is for the position currently held by Chris Rossignol. Ron Rudolph's term expires in 2014; Clem Blakney's term expires in 2015.

Winter parking ban

"No person shall park a vehicle on any Town Way, in the Town of Unity, from Midnight to 6am on any day from November 15 to March 15. Your vehicle will be towed at your expense."

Unity Area Regional Recycle Center (UARRC) hours

Open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Yoga In Unity

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Slow Flow multi-level class – beginners are encouraged to come and all are welcome. $5 to $10 per class -- pay what you can, come even if you can’t. Mats and blankets available, bring your own mat if possible. For more info: Dhyana Blanchard 568-3183 or yogainunity@uninets.net.

Saturdays, 9-10:15 a.m.

Jan through March (no class 1/26, 2/16, 3/16) at Unity Centre, 42 Depot St.. Slow Flow multi-level class – beginners are encouraged to come and all are welcome. $5 to $10 per class – pay what you can, come even if you can’t. Mats and blankets available, bring your own mat if possible. For more info: Dhyana Blanchard 568-3183 or yogainunity@uninets.net.

Nia In Unity

Movement for health, wellness, and fitness Sundays 4-5 p.m.and Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Unity College Centre for Performing Arts. Classes are free to Unity College students, sliding scale for all others ($5-10/class). Drop in any time. Your first class with Anna is free! Feel free to bring a friend, as well. For more information: www.annania.wordpress.com, or contact Anna Fiedler: fiedlera@yahoo.com or 948-3925.


Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.

A 12-step program for family and friends of alcoholics at Unity college, 90 Quaker Hill Rd, Founders Hall South, Room 213. Use Parking Lot B, enter at farthest end of the building on left, upstairs.

Empathy workshop

Saturday, Jan. 26 (snow date, Jan. 27), 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

With Peggy Smith, nonviolent communication trainer. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. A fundraiser for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. Contact Peggy for more information at 789­-5299 or peggy@opencommunication.org.

Film: "The Atomic States of America"

Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.

At the Unity Centre -- A documentary on growing up in Shirley, Long Island, a nuclear-reactor community. From imdb.com, “In 2010, the United States announced the first new nuclear power plant construction in over 32 years. The 'Nuclear Renaissance' was born, and America's long-stalled expansion of nuclear energy was infused with new life. Our documentary takes the viewer on a journey to reactor communities around the country. This film exposes the truths and myths of nuclear power, and poses the question of whether or not man can responsibly split the atom.”

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Saturday, Feb. 2

First-ever encore festival screening at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival features outdoor films and shorts, all with Maine roots. Films in the festival represent a diverse selection of outdoor disciplines, representative of the vast Maine outdoor experience. Complete details at www.uccpa.unity.edu/events/maine-outdoor-film-festival.

Environmental Career Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The environmental career recruitment event is free and open to the general public, though focused on recruitment of recent or anticipated college graduates from across New England. Sponsored by the Unity College Career Resource Center, the event is expected attract over 60 employers. In the Tozier Gymnasium on the Unity campus.

Just Outside Your World - (items of possible interest)

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention

Jan. 25 and 26

Point Lookout, Northport. www.whcacap.org/farm-to-market/farmers-market-convention/schedule.php.

Top Bar Beekeeping Class

Feb. 9 and 10, Woolwich

Traveling Top Bar Beekeeping Class - a weekend intensive class that covers the how-to and the why-to of keeping honeybees using this natural method in this simple and easy, eco-friendly beehive. For more information on this event, www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/128/index.htm.

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