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Phew! The hotter it gets, the more I realize I’m a winter person! My poor sheep spend all day hiding in the shade and graze after dark. And thinking about winter, a big shout-out to Waldo County Oil and Propane in Troy, which just spent a couple of days with us overhauling our heating system. They were timely, efficient and competitively priced.

On another note, I received an I.D. on the second moth photo (the camo moth) in the July 30 column. It is called Harris’s Three Spot Moth. Thank you, Marilyn Boyer, in Belfast.

Scavenger Hunt visitors

Maine Farmland Trust has been hosting a Maine Farms Scavenger Hunt which began in early July. What a lovely idea for people to get out and about without being in a crowd. Marianne and Gene from Belfast came for a visit and the sheep loved extra cookie time! For virtual visiting, Maine Farmland Trust has put up a fabulous exhibit on its website, "200 Years of Farming." The artwork and photos are beautiful and fascinating. Take a visit at mainefarmlandtrust.org under “Events.”

Share the Bounty

Waldo County Bounty gardens have organized Give and Take tables around the county to get fresh produce out there for all. These will be set up across 10 Waldo County towns including at the Brooks Town Office. The table coordinator (for both giving and getting) is Catherine (406-880-0177). The table will be available seven days/week. For more information about the program and its mission, visit wcbgardens.org

Absentee ballots

Here we are talking about absentee ballots again! As of Aug. 3, three months ahead of the election, you may request an absentee ballot. Currently there are absentee ballot applications available on paper in the Town Office. The maine.gov website is hoping to have the absentee ballot request system up and running online by mid-August. You may request your absentee ballot at any time until the day of election. You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail from the Town Office the first week of October, one month ahead of the election. Once you receive it and complete your vote, you may mail it back to the Town Office, or, if you are not feeling secure about the USPS, you are welcome to hand carry it to the Town Office.

Town Office

Tax Bills should be in the mail by the end of August.

First call! If you or anyone you know in town would be the least bit interested in working on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020, please call Brenda at the Town Office.

Firewood

I’m still thinking about winter … and, if you haven’t already found your firewood for this year, you can buy it from our very own Jackson firewood providers: Graham Mallory (219-4283), Scott McCormick (974-6846), Chris Michalowicz (722-3189). (Did I miss anyone? Let me know!)

Jackson history nugget

Land clearing and tree harvesting has always been dangerous work, including back in the day of using horses instead of heavy machinery. Jackson was a new and growing town in the early 1800s with a population of 707 by 1818, when it was incorporated. In 1800 Mr. Eben Morton moved to Jackson and “was killed in 1809 by the fall of a tree,” along with Mr. Amos Chandler, also killed by a falling tree in the same year. Be safe out there, all you wood cutters.

Please reach out to me if you have any Jackson news you’d like to share with our community — new ventures, student achievements or life changes.