Well, by the time you read this in the paper, we will have all voted, or at least all of us who wanted to will have voted! But will all the votes have been counted by two days after the election…? As of my writing this today, Oct. 29, 128 people in the town of Jackson requested absentee ballots, and 113 of those have already been returned. This (128 people) is approximately half of our registered voters, so maybe we won’t have to stand in a long line on Election Day! Next week I will plan to get you numbers on how we all voted in town.

Get your orange out

The 2020 All Hunters Deer Season is from Nov. 2 through Nov. 28. One can never be sure how heavily a particular area will be hunted, but you can never be too safe with your orange. Note the Maine.gov hunting laws require two pieces of hunter orange clothing when deer hunting — such as a hat and jacket or vest. Might be a good idea to wear said gear even if you’re not hunting but are in or near any forestland.

From Above…

… is a Waldo County nonprofit seeking to support the “Housing Insecure & Less Fortunate” of Waldo County. They are holding an Operation Holidays initiative to support local families through donations of clothing, blankets, backpacks, non-perishable food items, gift cards and donations to purchase the above.

You may drop off items at the UU Church, 37 Miller St. in Belfast, or mail checks to P.O. Box 452, Belfast ME 04915. For further info, please contact Matt Bolduc 299-7394, or check out their Facebook page, From Above.

Town Office

Thank you to Bill Murphy for his years of service as the Jackson code enforcement officer. That said, code enforcement officer needed! Jackie Robbins will be our interim CEO, and she is willing to guide a new CEO through the process if they need to get their Licensed Plumbing Inspector certification. There is a stipend for this position. Please contact Brenda for more info.

Selectman needed! At our next town meeting we will need to vote in a new selectman for a three-year term. If you think you might be this person, or would like to learn more about the position and responsibilities, please come sit in on future selectmen’s meetings.

Next selectmen’s meeting is Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. Next Planning Board meeting is Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

History nugget

Having spent some few years living in England, I cannot help but mention that Thursday, Nov. 5, is Guy Fawkes Day — immortalized in the poem that begins: “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!”

The treasonous "Gunpowder Plot" in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London was foiled, and Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators, was executed.

Nov. 5 became a day of celebration for foiling the plot. It is enjoyed to this day with large bonfires upon which effigies of Guy Fawkes are thrown, and fireworks let off, and English children typically make the effigies and carry them about town during the day, asking for “a penny for the Guy.”

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!