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Glorious blueberry season! Blueberries in pancakes, on cereal, in pies, crumbles and tarts. My hens love them, the sheep love them, and, unfortunately, so do the Japanese Beetles.

Things have been quiet around the village. I have been keeping busy behind the scenes on the plans for the Common Ground Virtual Fair. Yep, they are taking it online. This involves a wealth of unseen preparation. I am primarily focused on helping our wool growers get their raw fleeces onto the Virtual Fair Marketplace. Let me know if you have any wool to sell — three bags full, perhaps?

Town Office

Reminder: Town Office closed Aug. 13 and 18. Next Planning Board meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Condolences

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Luke Bryant of Knox on July 24. He leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Jolene Garvin Bryant, who grew up in Jackson, and his son Diesel. May God rest his soul.

In memory of Ed Moore, a memorial service will be held at the Jackson Town Fire Station this Sunday, Aug. 14, at 11 am.

Jackson Food Pantry

As many of you know The Jackson Food Pantry feeds about 560 people from Jackson, Monroe, Brooks, Waldo, Swanville, Thorndike and Troy monthly. For the past few years we have been hosting auctions and they are our main source of funding. Sadly, no in-person auction this year but still there is a fabulous selection of gifts, gadgets, household items and so many toys to be had.

Go to the now entirely online auction through the “Jackson Food Pantry Info” Facebook page. Check it out! Place a bid! If you win, there are arranged pickup times at the community center.

Free Summer Meals reminder

Summer Meals Program for kids and teens runs through Friday, Aug. 14. You may pick up two breakfasts and two lunches each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For Jackson and surrounding towns, pickup times and locations are as follows:

Jackson Town Office: 12:15-1 p.m.

Monroe Elementary School: 11:15 a.m.-noon

Morse Memorial School: 11:15 a.m.-noon

Mt. View Complex: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Troy Central School: 12:15-1 p.m.

Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by RSU 3 School Department Food Service Program. Questions/concerns, contact Tina Fabian, 568-4607

Return to school

RSU 3 has just released a draft of what returning to school will look like in September. It is a seven-page document that can be found at this web address: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/840161/RTS_Guide.pdf.

In quick summary they are proposing a “Green/Yellow Model” and a “Red Model.” The Green/Yellow Model involves attending school, mostly in a mask, and with a new AM/PM rotation of attendance. In the event of an uptick in COVID-19 cases the Red Model would be implemented, and all students would revert to online schooling.

The details remain to be finalized, and are a little hazy in said document. These are challenging times for everyone involved in schooling, all our students, their parents, their teachers, the administration who have to come up with a solution that will be challenging no matter what form it takes.

Jackson History Nugget

In 1906 there was a Jackson Cornet Band with about 18 members, including a snare drum and a bass drum. It must have been quite a sound to hear these gentlemen blowing their cornets in a military style brass band in July Fourth or Labor Day parades.