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Ah, January — lighter, longer! All quiet here in the village except for the wood trucks. We walk in the woods almost every day; it’s quiet there too. Zooming continues. We Zoom wool spinning and knitting get-togethers. Next week I’ll be a Zoom guest for a Hutchinson Center Senior College class called "A Good Yarn — The History, Art, and Joy of Knitting in Maine." Apparently it is sold out. If it is such a hit, maybe they’ll offer it again.

For those of you who enjoy Zooming during these short cold days, there are a number of fascinating and free offerings from our local libraries and museums. You should check them out. These include the Farnsworth Museum, which has talks about painters, and classes for painters.

The Penobscot Marine Museum has a variety, including a Maine Whaling talk on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. — for free! Carver Memorial Library in Searsport is hosting DIY Zoom workshops and a monthly book club.

Thinking about your garden? MOFGA is offering a “Growing Seedlings Indoors” workshop for free on Friday, Feb. 12. Some of these events may have fees, many do not. Check out their websites for details on how to sign up and/or get the zoom links.

Town Office

Next selectmen’s meeting is Feb. 9. These meetings are in person, per guidelines. Feel free to attend, especially if you’re considering a run for selectman! And we hope some of you are — as it would be great to have our full slate of three selectmen complete!

The current plan for town meeting is to hold it on March 20, the third Saturday of March as per usual, and conforming to state of Maine COVID-19 parameters. Also: One day left to get those dog licenses without a late fee!

Public hearing

The Planning Board held a public hearing at its Jan. 19 meeting. Only two members of the public attended in addition to the Planning Board. There were no comments to oppose or change the proposed change to the Land Use Ordinance Access Management Standards. It will be put on a warrant for a vote at town meeting.

Please see Brenda at the Town Office to request a copy of the proposed changes to Road Access Management Standards.

Jackson history nugget

There’s gold in them thar hills! Or so it seems, according to a Maine Geological Survey document dated June 1, 1958, and compiled by the Department of Geology at Colby College.

Have you ever wondered what was really underfoot as you tromp about the woods in Jackson? According to the document, “during the period 1878-1883, Maine experienced a “Mining Boom.” It was noted that in the town of Jackson there was a “gold quartz vein 10' wide”, in addition to finds of pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, silver, copper, lead and zinc.

For the most part the mining boom went bust, and in the end it seems that for most prospecting around Maine, “the possibilities of taking a profit…appeared considerably more appetizing than the digging of a hole in the ground.”

And sadly in my search I could find no maps on the locations for any Jackson mine(s) — so be sure to let me know if you come across any of the gold quartz!