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Spring is really here, this I know because a Canada goose told me so — the first one I’ve seen return to the Kragh pond on Hadley Mill Road. These 50-degree days are a tease of what’s to come. Clocks leap forward Saturday night, and, town meeting is Saturday, March 20.

Transfer station

Summer hours are now in effect for the transfer station: Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The fourth dumpster is a great help in preventing overflow.

Town Office

Next selectmen’s meeting is Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. Last reminder! If you are at all interested in running for a three-year term as selectman, this is your chance. Come to town meeting ready to share why you would look great wearing the hat of selectman or woman.

Town meeting

Well, folks, per the Town Office, here’s the plan for holding town meeting according to state COVID guidelines. All attendees will be expected to be masked. The meeting will be held in the dance hall room of the Jackson Community Center at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20. Only the front door to the big dance hall will be open for admittance. Once the dance hall room has been filled to capacity (50 people), then the kitchen room will be opened for extra seating. There will be a sound system set up for folks in the kitchen room to hear all that is being said in the dance hall room.

The voting box will be brought to the doorway between rooms for voting. And anyone in the kitchen room wishing to address the floor will be given a cordless mic to use in the doorway between rooms. There will be no going back and forth between the two rooms once you are in attendance in one room. Please come to the town meeting prepared to be respectful of the guidelines in place. Thank you!

Jackson history nugget

You may be familiar with a type of bisque china doll, generally a mere one to two inches tall, and known as a Frozen Charlotte. So common that I’ve even got one we dug up in the flower bed outside my childhood farmhouse, here in Jackson.

Charlotte’s connection to Maine is frozen in time through journalist Seba Smith. Mr. Smith, who was born and raised in a log cabin in Buckfield — and went on to graduate from Bowdoin in 1818 — wrote a long-form poem called “A Corpse Going to a Ball.” This was published in the Maine newspaper, The Rover, in 1843.

The poem is a morality tale about vanity, and in 12 long stanzas relates the tragic death of Charlotte. She was headed out to a ball, driven in a sleigh by her fiance, Charles. Alas, she does not make it alive to the dance — refusing to wrap up warmly for the drive — and she freezes to death along the way.

Excerpt:

The mother to her daughter said,

“These blankets round you fold;

For it is a dreadful night, you know,

You’ll catch your death of cold.”

“Oh, no! Oh, no!” the darling cried,

She laughed like a gypsy queen,

“For to ride in blankets muffled up,

I never could be seen.”

To read the full poem, visit umaine.edu/folklife/what-we-do/programs-and-events/maine-song-and-story-sampler-map/places/wells-young-charlotte/.

I’d love to hear what treasures you may have discovered in your flower beds over the years!