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Week of February 22, 2015

Free Digital Literacy Classes Being Offered

Beginning in 2015, the Unity Foundation will be offering free digital literacy classes in Unity. In addition to these classes, low cost or no-cost computer equipment may be available to attendees. These opportunities are designed to help local businesses and individuals learn to access the internet safely and conveniently and to develop skills to take full advantge of its benefits. Read More...

Waldo Community Action Partners’ Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program to help eligible low-income households pay a portion of their home energy or heating bills. Fuel assistance benefits can only be used for fuel delivered to heat your home. LIHEAP will pay directly to your contracted vendor. If you have already been determined eligible since August 15, 2014, you are not eligible to reapply this heating season. If you have been denied LIHEAP benefits this year but your financial situation has changed, you may reapply. If you have not yet applied, it is not too late to do so. WCAP’s fuel assistance program is still accepting applications for the 2014-15 home heating season. The benefit can be used for your primary heating source; LP, pellets, wood, electric, oil, or kerosene. For more information or to schedule and appointment to apply, please call 338-3025 or stop by the WCAP fuel assistance office located in the Belfast Center at 9 Field Street, Suite 203, in Belfast.

There are quite a few Unity residents on the state treasurer's unclaimed property list. Search by name or by town here.

Sunday February 22

  • Nia In Unity. Movement for health, wellness, and fitness Sundays 4:00-5:00pm at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St. Classes are sliding scale ($5-10/class). Drop in any time. Your first class with Anna is free! - and feel free to bring a friend. For more information: annania.wordpress.com, or contact Anna Fiedler: fiedlerak@gmail.com or 948-3925.

  • Unity Budget Committee meeting 6:30 pm at the Community Center.
Monday February 23
  • Ananda Meditation and Prayer Group 6 -7:30 pm at Unity College Harrison Aldrich Wellness Center - Ananda means "Bliss" -- learn to meditate to reduce stress and increase peace and JOY in your life. Simple meditation technique taught for beginners with experienced meditators having an opportunity to deepen their practice. UC staff and students FREE, community members "free will" donation ($5 suggested). FMI email Dhyana Blanchard or call 568-3183.
Tuesday February 24
  • Pre-buy your electricity! Unity Barn Raisers will hold the second information session in their series about how to invest in solar power in the Unity area. As a solar energy broker, UBR is looking for interest among groups of homeowners, groups of non-profit corporations, and groups of businesses for bulk purchase of solar power capacity. Interested persons are also being sought for a committee to establish an Energy District in Unity or other municipalities for purposes of lowering the cost of electricity in order to lower the cost of residing or conducting business. Options include bulk purchase, community solar farms, power purchase agreements, and creative financing ideas will be explored.
    This information session will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, February 24th at the Unity Community Center located on 32 School Street, Unity. All interested people are encouraged to attend!

  • The Unity Tax Increment Financing Advisory Committee (UTAC) will meet at the Town Office at 6:30 p.m. Read the minutes of the last meeting.
Wednesday February 25
    Yoga in Unity 5:30-6:45 pm Unity Community Center on School Street. Slow flow yoga for all levels. Reduce stress, sleep better, improve overall health with mindful movement followed by short meditation/stillness practice. For this class you will need to be able to get down on the floor/yoga mat - no other requirements. If you have ongoing medical conditions you should consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs. $5 to $10 pay what you can, join us even if you can't. FMI Dhyana Blanchard yogainunity@uninets.net 568-3183

  • A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees an exhibition of recent photographs and vignettes by Margot Anne Kelley – will appear in The Leonard R. Craig Gallery at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25.
    A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees will be exhibited Feb. 25-28. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Kelley will give a short reading and sign copies of her book, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Ordinance Review Comittee meeting 6:30 pm at the Town Office. Observors welcome. Read minutes of past meetings.
Thursday February 26
  • Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting 6:30 pm in Koons Hall, Room 201 (upstairs) at Unity College. Observors welcome. Read the Minutes from Past Meetings.
Friday February 27
  • The Maine Composition Coalition, a state-wide organization of colllege writing teachers who work to improve literacy will be hosting a meeting at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. 2:45pm to 4:00pm. Free.
    Unity College professor Stephanie Wade will share the reseach she completed during the summer of 2014 with a Unity College faculty grant for scholarship. Wade's research uses permaculture as a design principle to create alternatives to industrial education. In her presentation, she will review the parallels between industrial agriculture and industrial education, and review principles of permaculture design, in addition to presenting examples of place-based community literacy projects that embody permaculture principles. She will conclude with an interactive exercise to help participants apply permaculture to thier own teaching. Participants will be able to make connections with possible community partners at the end of the talk.
Saturday February 28
  • The Good Steward Thrift Shop, at 17 Depot Street, is open from 9 – 3 on Saturdays (weather permitting).

  • Yoga in Unity 9-10:15 am Unity Community Center on School Street. Slow flow yoga for all levels. Reduce stress, sleep better, improve overall health with mindful movement followed by short meditation/stillness practice. For this class you will need to be able to get down on the floor/yoga mat - no other requirements. If you have ongoing medical conditions you should consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs. $5 to $10 pay what you can, join us even if you can't. FMI Dhyana Blanchard yogainunity@uninets.net 568-3183 NO CLASS March 7th
Tuesday March 3 Wednesday March 4
  • Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) meeting 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Free. Unity College will be hosting the Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) meeting at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Special attention at this meeting is being given to the involvement of undergraduate students and promoting soil science and its important connections to other fields including agriculture, ecology, hydrology and more. This is a great opportunity to meet with professionals in the field, representatives from graduate programs, and more. If you are at all interested please consider stopping by to learn more about soil science.
Thursday March 5
  • The Great Invisible 7 pm at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Free. Presented by Unity College's Sustainability Science Documentary Film Series.
    On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the worst oil spill in American history. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, heartbreaking human drama, and peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, THE GREAT INVISIBLE is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in-depth.
Friday March 6
  • Maine Woods Forever’s 30th roundtable at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Free. The next spruce budworm outbreak is on Maine’s doorstep and is the focus of Maine Woods Forever’s next roundtable on Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m., at Unity College. We invite you to join us for this (our 30th) timely roundtable, featuring a presentation by Patrick Strauch and Barry Burgason on the Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force risk assessment and preparation and response recommendations for this outbreak.
Wednesday March 11
  • Participatory English Country Dancing 7-9:30 pm at the Unity Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street. On second Wednesday of every month. Live music by the North Star sisters. All are invited, no need to bring a partner. All dances taught by Nancy Rosalie & John McIntire. Donation requested, except for UC students, to cover musicians' expenses. For more information, call 568-7597.
Tuesday March 17
  • PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Unity Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at the Unity Community Center on proposed changes to the Town of Unity’s Floodplain Management Ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance are available at the Town Office.
Saturday March 21
  • 21st Annual Rural Living Day 8:30am – 3:00pm at Mt View High School, 577 Mt View Rd (Rt 220), Thorndike, ME. Pre-Registration is required. 25 Workshops, a locally sourced lunch, and tracks for kids, all for $20. Deadline to register is Friday, March 13. Come early and enjoy coffee and tea in the cafeteria!
Friday March 27
  • Voting for Unity Selectman, Noon to 8 pm at the Town Office, 74 School Street. For early voting, absentee ballots are now available at the Town Office. The candidates are Clem Blakney and Emily Newell. A statement and bio for each will be posted here soon.
Saturday March 28
  • Unity Town Meeting 10 am at the Unity Elementary School on School Street. The warrant will be published here as soon as it is available.