Well, we got our rain, and quite some wind. There won’t be much leaf peeping after that storm. Hope you got to keep your power – fingers crossed mine is still on as I write this.

This week I hate to say it, but I have a public service announcement regarding home security. A Jackson resident had a catalytic converter stolen right out of their vehicle in broad daylight. Apparently this has been happening in Monroe over the last few weeks. Be on the lookout for an older model red hatchback, and lock up what you can when you go out.

Locavores rejoice in apples!

I can’t say we have a Jackson commercial orchard, but there are three abutting Jackson, just over the line, in three directions. To the south, at 856 Back Brooks Road, Monroe, is Hooper’s Orchard; open Friday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. More details can be found about their orchard on Facebook and at hoopersorchard.com.

Once you are on Back Brooks Road and you head west toward Monroe Center, there’s a left onto Elwell Road where you’ll find Elwell Farm and Orchard — which also has pears, peaches and plums. Call 525-3130 to check hours. If you head north to Dixmont, Maine-ly Apples is just over the line on Route 7, again open Friday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; their website is mainelyapples.com.

You’ll find an array of apple varieties, pressed cider and other goodies at each of the orchards’ farm stands. Happy picking!

Meals on Wheels

Waldo County Meals on Wheels needs volunteer delivery drivers.

As we all know, Meals on Wheels drivers “do so much more than deliver nutritious meals to older, homebound adults, they act as a wellness check and socialization.” If at all interested or you have any questions, please contact Jessica Bucklin at volunteer@spectrumgenerations.org, or 620-1684.

Agricultural Trades Show

Sadly, the January 2021 Agricultural Trades Show has made the decision to go virtual. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry would like to hear from you all regarding “what you would most like to see and participate in during the virtual event, what are the technical needs of agricultural groups to robustly participate, and what promotional opportunities would be beneficial?” Please share your ideas and suggestions by emailing: acfagtradesshow@maine.gov.

Town Office

A wee correction/update is needed. Jackson selectmen’s meetings are not canceled, as per the Freedom column of Sept. 24. Jackson selectmen are holding in-person meetings at the Town Office. Members of the public are welcome. The next selectmen’s meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. The next Planning Board meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Transfer Station

You may have noticed that the transfer station dumpsters are mighty overflowing much earlier in the day. It would be a great help in filling them to their maximum capacity if we could just do two things. One, the farther back you throw your trash bags, the more we can fit into the dumpsters; and two, even if you prefer to throw out your recyclables instead of taking them to Unity Area Regional Recycling, flatten your cardboard! It will make a difference. Thank you!

Jackson history nugget

Let’s take a look at some recent history. Some of you may have noticed that about six months ago The Republican Journal discontinued its Deed Transfers section for space reasons. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep abreast of local real estate transactions, new neighbors and such like. So I thought I’d let you know that you can do an online search by town to check for Jackson. See what’s been happening in what seems to now be a hopping real estate market! Just visit waldocountyme.gov/rod/.

Happy October! Enjoy both the Harvest Moon (Oct. 1) and the Blue Moon on Halloween!