Looks like maybe we’ve turned the corner into the wild winds and freezing nights of autumn. I’m only sad the fall foliage has fallen so quickly. I’m sure you, like me, are getting sucked into the media frenzy which is this election season … no politics here, but lots of info below on the voting process!

Register to vote

Are you registered to vote? Let your voice be heard. If you still need to register to vote in the town of Jackson, please, please, go in to see Brenda to register. You will need a picture ID. If your picture ID/license does not have your Jackson address on it, please bring another item to confirm your Jackson residency such as a telephone bill or bank statement.

You may also register to vote by mail. Please note, the date by which you may send in your voter registration by mail has been changed to Monday, Oct. 19.

Absentee ballots

Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Office. The last day you can request an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 30. (Note: Town Office hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays.) If you have not requested your absentee ballot by that time, either online or in person at the Town Office, you will need to vote in person on Nov. 3.

The state of Maine recommends that your absentee ballot be in the mail by Oct. 26 to ensure your ballot arrives at the Town Office by Nov. 3 and can be counted. Instead of mailing your absentee ballot, you may drop it off in person at any time the Town Office is open. As a reminder, Town Office hours are Monday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday, 3-7 p.m.; closed Wednesday; Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; and every third Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. You can drop off your absentee ballot up until polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Town Office

Please note: On Monday, Nov. 2, and Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, no town business will be conducted at the Town Office. Election business only will be conducted on those two days.

Are you willing and able to work on Election Day? Please contact Brenda if you are available during the day. Are you a night owl? Please contact Brenda if you like to count.

Next selectmen's meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are held in person and the public is welcome.

Dog licenses are now available to purchase at the Town Office for 2021.

Reminder: Brown Goods Day is Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Help wanted

Jackson is a small town (548 souls as of the 2010 census) with voices that need to be heard and we need people to fill our empty seats. We need Planning Board members, one full-time and at least one alternate. We need a School Board member to represent our children’s interests in Regional School Unit 3. We need a Webmaster for the Town Website (jacksonmaine.net). Check it out, all our tax maps are scanned into the website, updates are given for office hours, the transfer station, animal control, etc. We need you!

Jackson history nugget

“September 27, 1901. Eugene Fletcher of Jackson has received a new Peerless thrashing (sic) machine with which he proposes to do business this autumn … they all say it is a very nice machine.” Peerless threshers were the state-of-the-art threshing machines, invented in the mid-1800s, used to separate the wheat from the chaff after the fall harvest. They were the precursor to the current combine, which can both reap and thresh. Today’s combines still use some of the same internal processes as the original thresher. Jackson’s early farmers would have grown their own wheat for flour and, I’m sure, been happy for the mechanical help.

Source: Pg. 36, History & Early Settlers of Jackson, Maine Vol. 1, 1798-1976 Revised; Vol. 2, Early Settlers by Theo Stacy & Donna Nickerson; farmcollector.com/gas-engines/without-peer.