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Week of April 20, 2014
Cemetery Clean-Up Notice
All winter decorations on grave sites in Unityís cemeteries must be removed by May 1st.** All decorations will be removed and discarded after May 1st. If you wish to save your winter decorations, please remove them promptly. Thank You, Unity Cemetery Committee
**Town of Unity Cemetery Ordinance Enacted March 30, 2002

Community Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19. More photos...

Tuesday April 22

  • 2014 Womenís Environmental Award winner, Lara Hansen Ph.D. 11:00 am in PW 204 at Unity College and 6:00 pm at the Unity Center for the Performing Arts. Both events free and open to the public. This yearís awardee is Dr. Lara J. Hansen, Chief Scientist and Executive Director for EcoAdapt, an organization that has one goal - creating a robust future in the face of climate change. The organizations brings together diverse players to reshape planning and management in response to rapid climate change. Hansen is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems. She serves on the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist.

  • Unity Historical Society meeting 7 PM at UHS Building, corner Depot and Main Streets. Speaker: Pat Clark: "Finding my birth family." Refreshments following meeting.

  • The Unity Tax Increment Financing Advisory Committee (UTAC) will meet at the UBR Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Read minutes of the last meeting.
Wednesday April 23
  • Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity. $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home) Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead.

  • Yoga In Unity. Wed 5:30 to 6:45 pm Sept thru June at Unity Centre, 42 Depot Street. Slow Flow multi-level class Ė beginners are encouraged to come and ALL are welcome. $5 to $10 per class -- pay what you can, come even if you canít. Mats and blankets available, bring your own mat if possible. For more info: Dhyana Blanchard 568-3183 or yogainunity@uninets.net

  • Unity Board of Selectmen Meeting 6:30 at the Town Office. Read minutes of past meetings. Agenda: Discuss decisions about he bids for the new town office: L & B Construction (Tony Brilliard) $258,225, Prays Modular $224,761, Bellerose Construction $182,739.

  • Ordinance Review Comittee meeting 6:30 pm at the Masonic Hall. Observors welcome. Read minutes of past meetings.
Thursday April 24
  • Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting 6:30 pm in Koons Hall, Room 201 (upstairs) at Unity College. Observors welcome. Read the Minutes from Past Meetings.
    Follow the Comprehensive Plan Committee on Facebook.
Friday April 25
  • First Annual Pre-Harvest Event at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, 141 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. (across from the Common Ground Fairgrounds) 10AM to 4PM Rain or Shine. Free Admission. Visit the alpacas and see them with their full annual growth of beautiful fiber before they are shorn. Informational Sessions include: Working with Alpaca Fiber, Spinning Demonstrations, Benefits of Raising Alpacas - Alpacas are Green, Alpaca 101 - the basics about alpacas at 1pm, plus childrens's crafts and activities.
    See the end product in our fully stocked store, Fibers of Unity! We have beautiful, luxurious alpaca hats, socks, yarn, scarves, mittens, gloves, sweaters, blankets, etc... Celebrate Earth Day - Free Bucket of Alpaca Compost (BYOB - bring your own bucket). Bring your own lunch and picnic with the 'pacas. Picnic Tables and Restrooms Available
Saturday April 26
  • Springtime Evening Exploration 5 pm. Gather the kids (of all ages) and join Sebasticook Regional Land Trust for a guided visit to where the wild things get down to business each spring: vernal pools. These concentrated pools of life are where frogs, salamanders and more gather for courtship, attracting even more critters looking for a good meal. If mother nature cooperates, we will see and hear the residents of a local vernal pool in Unity, as well as woodcock and other spring birds. Our guides will be ornithologist Tom Aversa and Colby College biologist Cathy Bevier. Gather at the SRLT office, 93 Main St., for a short carpool to the sight. FMI and to pre-register,948-3766 or jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org. Rubber boots recommended. No dogs please.

  • Unity Poetry Slam 7:30 pm at the Unity College Student Activities Center, with $1,000 in prizes for winning poets. Because Unity is a small community, and because students will be competing in this slam along with more seasoned poets, one of our biggest challenges in putting on this event is gathering enough impartial judges. Please consider volunteering as a judge! Contact mleavitt@unity.edu.
Tuesday April 29
  • Notice of Public Meeting 5:30 PM at the Unity Community Center regarding the proposed remediation of the Former Unity Grammar School at 75 School Street in Unity.
    Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) plans to rehabilitate a vacant building in the town of Unity for the purpose of creating a food hub that will serve local farmers and consumers. As part of the building renovation, MFT is seeking grant and loan funds to help remediate any environmental hazards at the site. As a requirement of receiving those funds, MFT is making public this notification. Public comments on the draft plan for the proposed remediations will be accepted at this meeting. The cleanup activities recommended in the plan include the following: Removal of lead-impacted soil from the perimeter of the building and installation of a clean soil cover system; removal and proper disposal of asbestos, lead based paint and universal/hazardous waste from the building while preserving certain elements of historic significance; removal of small quantities of petroleum impacted soil from the building's basement.
Thursday May 1
  • RSU 3, in collaboration with Teen Truth and sponsored by the Unity Foundation will be presenting an evening forum entitled: "Building Community Understandings: Moving Forward to Address Issues of Bullying in the RSU 3 Community."
    The main event will be held at the Clifford Performing Arts Center at the Mt.View Complex on May 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This presentation will be broadcast out to all outlying elementary schools (Troy, Monroe, Morse, and Walker) via Video conferencing. Food and day care will be provided for families at the Mt. View Complex site only.
    The overall purpose of this presentation will be to bring members of the RSU 3 community together to better understand what bullying is, to identify community pressures, and to continue to build a path forward to address them TOGETHER.
    Part of the agenda will feature a showing of the award winning "Teen Truth: Bully Film" as well as a community panel discussion involving Superintendent of Schools, Heather Perry, Waldo County Policy Chief Trafton, SRO Deputy Oettenger, Middle and High School students, and other community members. Please be advised that the film being shown may not be suitable for children under the age of 10.
Monday May 12
  • Spring Clean-Up Week May 12-16 For all items not included in the regular trash pick-up. There is a fee for this pick-up. Call Sullivanís Waste at 948-2658 for details.
Saturday May 17
  • Yard Sale 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the UniTel Parking Lot (Main Street, Unity). Proceeds benefit 2014 holiday outreach for children in the UniTel Service Territory