Well, I don’t know about you, but I have been thoroughly enjoying these bizarre warm November days — sitting on my porch, stocking up on Vitamin D, riding my bike, letting the sheep wander through pasture not yet frozen tasteless, and squeezing in a little more outdoor painting! I hope you’ve gotten the most out of these late autumn days, too.

Jackson firemen's fundraiser

Cheryl and Harold Moore have initiated a fundraiser in honor of their son and firefighter, Ed Moore, whom we lost in April of this year. The funds raised will be held in an account to be used by Jackson firefighters who are injured on the job, while they wait for their worker’s comp insurance monies to come through. They’ve had some sharp black T-shirts made up — you may have seen some wearing them at the Memorial Service at the Fire Station. They're $10 each — pick yours up at Tattooed Dad Brewing Co. on Route 7, open Friday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Town Office

Thinking about running for the open selectman’s seat? Mark your calendar for the next selectmen’s meeting to learn more, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Please note: TVs and microwave ovens are not accepted at the Jackson Transfer Station. You are welcome to take them to the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center – for free! Please do not leave them at the Jackson Transfer Station.

Planning Board

The Planning Board is currently working on updates to the Land Use Ordinance. These will pertain to the Managed Access on Route 7, specifically driveways and screening. This is covered in Section V, Article 6, in the Land Use Ordinance. Public comments are encouraged, and public discussion will continue at the Dec. 8 Planning Board meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Buy local!

Did you know we have a well-known published knitwear designer living in our midst here in Jackson? Kristen Tendyke’s knit designs can be found under the name Caterpillar Knits. She designs patterns in both knit and crochet techniques, and in a variety of sweaters, hats, scarves, and more.

Follow her on Instagram at kristentendyke; check out her books, “Knitting Maine,” “No-sew Knits” and “Finish-free Knit.”

And once you’ve found a pattern you can’t resist, head down to Heavenly Knits, your local yarn store, located at 133 High St., Belfast. Heavenly Knits is owned and operated by another Jacksonite – Helen Sahade. She carries an abundance of yarns for everything from baby knits to luxury fibers for that super special Christmas gift. I definitely look forward to knitting by the wood stove once winter rolls around.

Jackson history nugget

Henry Hill Boody and his nephew, David Augustus Boody, were both born in Jackson, and went on to make great contributions in their time, in Maine and beyond.

Henry Hill Boody graduated from Bowdoin College in 1842, and became a professor at Bowdoin upon graduating. In 1854 he was elected to the Maine Legislature, and, seeing a need to combat slavery, created the Maine Republican Party.

From Maine he moved to New York, invested in railroads and founded a stock brokerage, Boody, McLellan & Co.

David Augustus Boody became a lawyer in Belfast, then joined his uncle’s firm in New York, became a member of Congress, and then mayor of Brooklyn.

Finally, he was instrumental in the establishment of free libraries, including the Brooklyn Public Library.

And all of this from the humble roots of Jackson.

For a more detailed article regarding the Boody family, and resources, please see George Harvey’s Oct. 31 article in PenBayPilot.com, “Jackson Men Left Lasting Political Legacies,” along with History & Early Settlers of Jackson, Maine Vol. 1, 1798-1976 Revised Vol.2, Early Settlers by Theo Stacey & Donna Nickerson (pp. 92-93).