Here we are in 2021, still in a pandemic of ever-increasing numbers, increasing unemployment, and fearful of what the news will bring each evening. For our part, we are focusing inward on peace and safety immediately around us. Big news of the day in the barnyard is whether the chickens laid one or two eggs or none. I just “attended” the MOFGA annual meeting on Zoom. 2021 will be their 50th year and they are hoping to organize celebratory events around this milestone – and maybe, just possibly, hold the Commonground Fair in person. Here’s hoping the Maine CDC can keep that vaccine schedule rolling!

RSU 3 schedule

A Jan. 5 memo to families from Superintendent Charles Brown (and shared on Mount View’s Facebook page) notified Regional School Unit 3 families that students will return to school in-person only two days per week. It had been hoped they could return four days a week after school break, but it was deemed too risky with the increase of COVID-19 cases in the community. They will stay at two days per week until further notice. Obviously those with kids are well aware of this, but I find I am looking for the bus each day and always wonder what day it is if it’s not going by in the mornings and afternoons.

Please support local food pantries

The Waldo County YMCA is collaborating with area businesses to support the RSU 3 school food pantries. Food and monetary donations made payable to Mount View Food Pantry are being accepted at Down East Federal Credit Union, 58 School St. in Unity, and at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, 338-4598. The dates of the food drive are Jan. 18-23. They will collect food at Hannaford on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1-3 p.m. Donations may be dropped at the Y during the week, or by appointment at Mount View in Thorndike, 568-3255. Delivery will be the week of January 25th to the schools Please help if you can, together we can make a difference.

Food Pantry info

Please call your local school for pick-up details for the Mount View Food Pantry mentioned above. The schedule for the Jackson Food Pantry for the next six months is: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20, 10-11 a.m.; May 25 and June 22, 9-10 a.m.

Jackson history nugget

The logging trucks keep driving by, the ground frozen enough for their timber harvesting, despite the temps in the 30s and periodic rainstorms. Our contractor friends tell us they are crazy busy with house construction projects right now. But it used to be boat building. On July 4, 1851, The Republican Journal published “Sketches of Waldo County.” These included a reference to Searsport being known for its extensive building of seafaring vessels, including barques and brigs, one weighing about 300 tons. It was noted that “The necessary timber for building comes from the towns of Monroe, Swanville and Jackson, principally.”