Fall is here. The weather continues to alarm me. That hard frost grabbed my basil up on my deck! We are in a severe drought, with maybe some rain expected the last couple of days of September. We are already into the Greek alphabet naming Atlantic storms and there’s over two and half more months of hurricane season left. On a more uplifting note you can now enjoy the Virtual Common Ground Fair online from now through December, educational videos, speakers, and, of course, the shopping. Support your Maine fellow farmers, growers, and crafters.

Town Office

Pile up all that junk, time for Jackson Brown Goods Day! This will be on Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dog licenses will be available Oct. 15. Your dog needs to have a current rabies vaccination. If you are unsure if your dog is current please give Brenda a call to check.

Reminder! Please register to vote if you have not already done so. Again, you can check with Brenda if you are unsure if you are registered to vote in Jackson.

Obsolete pesticide collection — free!

Hey folks, do you have oldy moldy super toxic pesticides hiding in the corners of your barn or basement? DDT, diazinon, or perhaps some Poison Peanuts? Well, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control has set up free(!) obsolete pesticide collection points — Bangor, Augusta, Portland & Presque Isle. You must register by completing an inventory form at the website: thinkfirstspraylast.org. Complete and submit the form by Oct. 9 and they will “send you a map and instructions 10 days before your collection date.” Sounds a little mysterious. For more information, email pesticides@maine.gov or call 287-2731.

Jackson History Nugget

I thought I’d take a moment to remember Estelle Stevens, our illustrious Jackson town clerk and treasurer for 38 years — until 1977. In 1810, Estelle’s forebears, Thomas Morton and his wife, Hannah Wescott, moved to Jackson – eight years before we became incorporated as a town. Hannah Wescott was born Jan. 1, 1783, in Limington to William Wescott. He was known as “Fast William” due to his service as “a trusted dispatch carrier for General George Washington through the Revolutionary War.” — Pp. 121-122, History & Early Settlers of Jackson, Maine Vol.1, 1798-1976 Revised; Vol. 2, Early Settlers by Theo Stacy & Donna Nickerson.

Have a great week and please do share any fun, fascinating or important Jackson news to my email above.