What wild winds and chilly days we’ve had! Since they don’t get the weather channel, I have to encourage my sheep to stay under the barn, enticing them inside with extra hay and treats. Paul and I couldn’t resist taking a walk through the Belfast Ice Festival, rain and all. The sculptures were fun, and it was nice to see people out and about. It’s very clever how they made colored ice balls with candles inside them.

Glass recycling!

It may seem silly, but in this era of the pandemic the little things take on a greater interest — and I am excited to collect up my bags of glass jars that I’ve been hoarding in the barn for a year — over to the Unity Area Regional Recycling center. They have obtained a glass crusher. Please note, jars not only need to be washed but also labels removed “to the best of your ability.” All colors and types of glass except fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, or containers of pesticides or hazardous waste.

Jackson Food Pantry

Kudos to all those hardworking volunteers at the Jackson Food Pantry. So many are thankful for the way they have stepped up to the plate (pun!) during this pandemic time. It is now feeding about 560 people from Jackson, Monroe, Brooks, Waldo, Swanville, Thorndike and Troy monthly. Located at 260 Village Road at the Jackson Community Center, pickups are the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. winter hours (October-April); and 9 to 10 a.m. summer hours (May-September). Please note: You must call ahead the day before if you are a client in order to have someone pick up your box: 722-3205 or 722-3373.

Farmers to Families

Reminder that the USDA Farmers to Families food boxes (with no eligibility requirements) are again available Friday, March 19, 9 a.m.-noon, at athenahealth, 3 Hatley Road, Belfast. Are you unable to make the pickup time or get to the location? We have two Jackson volunteers who are doing a pickup and delivery for Jackson residents. All you need to do is contact them to request that they pick up your box: Marlene Thompson, 722-3350, or Heather Selin, email: heatherselin@mac.com.

Town Office

Next Planning Board meeting is on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. We’d love to fill the open seats. Come check it out. Also, we are still hoping one or two more folks could come over on Saturday morning, March 13, to help assemble the Town Report for distribution on the 14th.

St. Patrick’s Day history nugget

The scotch in Scotch-Irish does not refer to the whiskey only, but to a people (aka the Scots-Irish), Scottish Presbyterians who were on the run from religious persecution by the English. In the 1600s they fled to Ulster in Northern Ireland. Seeking a more secure religious freedom these Scotch-Irish — in addition to the many Irish with and after them — fled to the Colonies. They fought hard in support of American independence from the English, settling throughout New England and well up into Maine — still the Province of Massachusetts Bay at the time. So lift a green beer and cheer for our early settlers.

Tattooed Dad Brewing Company (on Route 7 in Jackson) is open again as of March 1 after a month-long hiatus. Wonder if they’ll be serving any green beer…. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!