Unity Barn Raisers Unity Barn Raisers in Unity, Maine

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Unity Barn Raisers works pro-actively to enhance small-town character and rural environment, while nurturing a thriving community-based economy. UBR, which is guided by ten “Underlying Principles”, believes that a community working together can shape its own future, and in so doing, significantly advance the quality of life of its people, both now and for generations to come.

The Town of Unity voted on November 9, 2011 at a Special Town Meeting to accept Communities For Maine's Future bond money for a grant application to help put a new roof on the Unity Community Center and to rehabilitate two long vacant downtown buildings; 38 School Street and the old Grammar School. Unity Barn Raisers will administer the grant for the Town. Other project partners are Maine Farmland Trust and Trillium Redevelopment, the owners of the vacant properties. More...

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Story Walk and Pumpkin Hunt in Triplet Park on October 26, 2013.
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Day of Service October 2013 Teams of volunteers, combining Unity College students and townspeople, worked on a variety of community projects and finished up with a Community Meal.

Other Past Events

Jim Perry, the Unity Barn Raisers' Executive Director, is resigning for personal reasons. His last day will be Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Norma Rossel, the UBR Board of Directors' Chair, expressed regret at Jim's leaving, and is assuring UBR members that all current programs will continue, including Community Meals, our upcoming Day of Service, and the popular events at Triplet Park.

Bangor Daily News Video: One Minute Hike in Triplet Park

Congressman Michaud speaking with local resident and business owner, Greg Rossel of Troy at the Annual Meeting and Promote Yourself event.

Waldo County Trails Initiative Moves Forward

In November and December representatives from six Waldo County organizations and a few private landowners met at the Unity Community Center to develop a plan for a regional footpath network. The group met with Burnham Martin from the National Park Service’s (NPS), Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the community assistance arm of the National Park Service.

The meeting was the result of a successful grant written by Unity Barn Raisers. The NPS’s Martin will work with the group for 18 months to develop and oversee implementation of the group’s trail plan for the region. In addition to private landowners the partnership includes: Unity Barn Raisers, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Unity College, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance and Maine Farmland Trust.

The plan is to connect trails in Unity with trails on the Unity College campus and trails on property owned by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in nearby Thorndike. This past fall Jean English of MOFGA worked with a class of Unity College students to plan and build trails on MOFGA’s 320-acre property. The trail would, of course, also cross land belonging to individual landowners.

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Unity Barn Raisers
P. O. Box 381, 32 School Street
Unity ME 04988