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I have to say it, I can’t not say it, please(!) wear your masks and keep a distance. This pandemic makes us all feel powerless, but the small power we do have is to help prevent the spread, each in our own small way.

My socially distant activities have been to do some leaf raking on the lawn. I have read you are supposed to leave the leaves for the insects to bed down in, but I figure we live in an area of ample leaves — which are currently alive with ticks, be warned! — so rake, I will.

Driving for seniors

Have you heard of ITNAmerica (itnamerica.org)? They are a national organization whose mission is to “Promote lifelong mobility for seniors. We support sustainable, community-based transportation by leading a national transportation network.” This transportation would be provided at no or minimal cost to the seniors.

A small local group would love to see this service get off the ground here in Waldo County. To learn more, volunteer to drive, or, to be an organizer for our towns, please contact Russ Arnold in Brooks at 508-330-7256.

Town Office

Please note: Masks are required to enter the Town Office. Masks are also required on Sundays when you visit the transfer station.

Dog licenses are available; don’t forget to bring your current rabies certification when coming in for your license.

Reminder: Taxes are due Nov. 1.

Vote! Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pumpkins & gourds

Still looking to grab that pumpkin for a Jack-o-Lantern, or maybe some exotic gourds for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece? Buy local and check out Donna Shute’s vast array of pumpkins — all different sizes — and glorious gourds, and squashes. Look for her place on the left side of Route 7, headed south out of Brooks.

 

Halloween history nugget

Speaking of Jack ’o' Lanterns: Did you know that our American carved pumpkin tradition originated from an Irish folktale about Stingy Jack? Dating back to as early as the 1500s, stories sprang up to explain the strange and eerie lights that would flicker over the peat bogs of Ireland. The lights were actually gases from decomposing plant matter which would find a way to naturally ignite.

Stingy Jack was a fellow who made a few deals with the devil, who disallowed him into hell upon Jack’s death. Instead, the devil gave him a single coal, which the lost soul of Jack put into a turnip and used the light to wander the earth searching … for what we know not.

As the Irish brought their traditions to America, the turnip became a pumpkin, and we still remember Jack of the Lantern — in name at least — on Halloween.

(Source: mentalfloss.com/article/12865/whats-origin-jack-o-lanterns.)

Happy Halloween! And don’t forget to vote!