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The highlight of so many of my Septembers has been the Common Ground Country Fair. Bad news is the on-the-ground version was canceled, good news is the fair has been reinvented as a Virtual Fair.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, it will be live online, yay! And it will be available, including all the vendors, online until January! Go to fair.mofga.org and find many videos from fair participants offering education, art demos, and speakers, plus a link to both the Fair Store (store.mofga.org) and the online Marketplace (fairstore.mofga.org).

The online Marketplace will have almost 250 vendors, both your annual favorites along with new vendors. I can attest to the long hours put in by both staff and volunteers to bring the Fair to you in your home. MOFGA hopes you will enjoy this interim virtual offering.

Town Office

Many thanks to Louise Shorette for her many years of service on the Jackson Planning Board — thank you! Louise has been a steadfast participant in many aspects of the Planning Board over the years.

Needed: Planning Board Members. Have you ever thought about getting involved where the action happens in town planning? This is your opportunity! Due to a recent resignation, we have one opening on the board, and two alternates, unfilled. Please feel free to attend Planning Board meetings to get a sense of how we work and what we’re working on. The next Planning Board meeting will be Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Signed, sealed and delivered — we had a wee envelope stuffing party and you should see your Jackson tax bill in the mail any day now.

Jackson Food Pantry Info on Facebook is the place to check for early holiday deals! I saw some greatly discounted lawn sleighs and so many kids' toys. United Bikers of Maine stopped by for their toy drive last week. The Jackson Food Pantry Christmas Store is open Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

Jackson History Nugget

I saw in the news that the 2020 census takers are still rounding out the count, but I was impressed to hear that nearly 90% of Maine’s residents have responded to the request for census info. A census taker, whose territory included Jackson in 1810, reported back to his supervisor, “I have completed taking the Census of my District — … scattered over a territory of more than one hundred miles in length and nearly thirty miles in breadth — and some of the most horrible roads that I ever traveled…— through swamps and over streams without bridges or causeways. In many instances no other guide except spotted trees and with out bridges & cause ways.

"I presume, you have traveled places equally bad which I conclude will qualify you for a good judge to pay my compensation ought to be….” I do hope he was adequately compensated!

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Till next time…!