Jackson Town News
By Beverly Ludden
What a nice sunny day, but cold. Not much on TV, so I've been watching the Weather Channel. They've had rescue stories on it. I can't believe the waves in California. People go out, then nearly drown and the life guard has to go after them.
The town meeting is over. About the same people went in to assist the town. It was voted not to pay the road commissioner (a put-up job), but everyone else was paid the same as last year. They said let the selectmen do the roads (was a reason for that), but they have enough to do -- go to meetings in different places, plus twice a month here and put up wiht people interfering with a video camera, etc. to see if something is done wrong, taking phone calls if they are available, help the town clerk, etc. So they have enough to do.
Last year and this year the road commissioner went on every road on the Sunday after the meeting, wrote down what and where something needed to be done. It costs money to repair, then people complain.
Before the town meeting, the Jackson Neighbors Board furnished a free continental breakfast for those who wanted to attend (a few didn't, oh well), and most enjoyed the many different muffins and breads plus coffee, orange juice and cider. And we enjoyed just sitting and talking. We never visit here in Jackson, we all work.
The library group had a display and ideas they want to do. the fire department had a 50/50 raffle to support the Jackson Community Center.
Polly and I met Shirley at Walmart and went shopping, then to Angler's for lunch. Then we went back to the farm. I took potatoes to them from Robert. The bag broke, so my brother-in-law had to pick some of them out of a mud puddle. Then we stayed for tea and molasses cookies. Shirley made a new recipe. I thought there were a lot of ingredients. She ended up with 15 dozen or so, but she freezes them. I wish I had a few right now. They're big cookie eaters, so they won't last that long. She has a lot of grandsons and friends there a lot.
Cabin Fever Reliever
The second Cabin Fever Reliever will be March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center. Last year there was a nice crowd for music, skits, dancing, etc. Donations will be taken at the door, and there will be refreshments. It's sponsored by Jackson Neighbors.
Jackson Community Center
The alarm and sprinkler system have been installed, per order of the Maine Fire Inspectors. They can have no more than 300 in the building. Just a couple more things and it can be used like it used to be, with stoves and everything.
It's really cold out and there's not much on TV, so I sat with my coffee and read most of the letter in the town report. They're very interesting (read them), be it Heather Perry of SAD 3, Dave McDaniels of Jackson Neighbors, Waldo County Sheriff Scott Story, people in Augusta, Don Nickerson of the fire department, John Doerman of the Waste and Recycling Committee, etc. Now they have some cooking shows on TV, the I gotta get the dishes done and so on before "In the Kitchen With David," my Sunday afternoon show. I'll be back.
The First Lady sure has been on shows and at schools pushing different foods and exercise for the kids.
It's been one year since we were notified there would be no more Republican Journal. Then one month later, it was back. Thanks, folks, so many people look forward to it. They are down-to-earth folks. The TRJ called me this week and said there were about 11 town meetings and only four people to cover them, so they asked me to get the headlines of the Jackson meeting to them. So I've asked my daughter-in-law to do it. I don't have a computer. Lisa's kids are using theirs for school, especially LeeAnn, who is going back to college after spring break. They sure have a lot of time for for as much as it costs.
Several people went to Hermon tubing Saturday afternoon. It wasn't crowded, Lisa said, besides her, LeeAnn and Chris, there were Tom, Donna and Eric Roberts and Bill, Gerry and Katie Roberts.
A bit of this and that
Watch out for scams. Don't give anything over the phone.
It looks like Maine's hospitals and nursing homes might get what they are owed by the state.
Good Shepherd Food Bank received a donation of 1600 dozen eggs.
It takes 40 drops of sap to make one drop of maple syrup.
Twinkies are coming back.
Did you see that the old fellows who had played basketball at Bangor Auditorium had a shoot-around? How nice.
It is cold out. Johnny's pulling out a big tree Chris has cut down back. I stood out there with a movie camera. He has cut several and wants to saw it out to build a garage for Mum.