Summer! So hot! and so cold? I saw the smoke from two wood fires burning in our Village on the evening of July 17, and then it was 100 degrees on my deck a day later! Haying is in full swing now. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates till we all get our hay in.

Interestingly on week 2 of my Maine Forest Tick Survey collection I could only find one tick! Though I’m happy they aren’t out there, I was hoping for more data for the survey. In other nature observations this week I found these two fascinating moths. One seems to be a type of Tiger Moth (with the stripes) and I am flummoxed by the other. Do share if you know.

Town roadside trimming has begun, progressing from the west side of town to the east. There was a bit of a delay due to a new hire for the job.

Town Office

Just a heads-up that for the next couple of weeks Brenda at Town Office will be taking a few vacation days (not currently finalized), so please call before you head over to the office, 722-3439.

Jackson Planning Board had its first meeting since February on July 21. If you are interested in reading the minutes from a prior meeting, please contact Meredith Toumayan at jacksontownnews@gmail.com. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

The Jackson selectmen have also resumed in-person meetings. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. To review minutes, please contact RoseMarie DeLernia at rosemarie.chris@gmail.com.

Jackson History Nugget

According to the Maine.gov website, under Forest Health and Monitoring, the Browntail Moth arrived from Europe in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1897. It then spread throughout New England and up through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

In 1912 the town of Jackson noted that “W.H. Amsden Jr. has been destroying brown tail moth nests on the highway. Also Raymond Chase, Fred Pollard, J.P. Putnam, D.B. Boody, and L.M. Eldridge.” Sounds like there must have been a lot of Brown tail moths in Jackson.

By the 1960s their population naturally and dramatically declined. I am here to tell you that they have been seen by our Jackson neighbors up on Route 7 almost into Dixmont. I have yet to see one in the Village. The Maine.gov map of the moths’ spread has Jackson as “Low” risk, but right next door, Thorndike is rated as “High.”

Be careful and be well!