Everybody gets a haircut! One of my biggest spring projects is shearing day. Our shearer, Emily Garnett, came to Jackson and sheared my sheep, Nancy Patrick’s sheep and Marty Moore’s sheep. All seven of my sheep have been relieved of their fleeces, which weigh anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds each. They also got a mani-pedi. We lucked out because the rain finished 24 hours before the shearer came. You can’t shear sopping wet fleeces. Hopefully next year we can get back to inviting people over to watch one of mankind’s earliest activities.

Brown Goods Day

Sunday, April 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., will be Jackson Brown Goods Day — kind of like a holiday, eh? Get there early to be sure there is space. Be sure to check the list of acceptable and UNacceptable items for the brown goods dumpster. For instance, any kind of wood/construction debris is OK — but no hazmat, fridges or computer anything. Janice has this list available for you to check now.

Reminder: you may take tires to the transfer station on any weekend, but you must sign up with Janice, in advance, to bring them over.


A big shout-out to Emma and Morgan Fonger, twin seniors at Mount View High School who are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian! It’s so wonderful to see them recognized for all their hard work. Congratulations!

To read more about their wonderful accomplishments please see last week’s Republican Journal article, “Fonger Twins Rock Mount View” April 1.

Town Office

Thinking about bringing your spring building projects to life? The Town Office would like to remind everyone to be sure and review town permitting processes and regulations. These include obtaining a permit for any driveway installation — both on town roads and state roads — and for any building over 200 sq. ft.

Don’t forget that the minimum lot size for any structure is 2 acres, as well as having 200 feet of road frontage. There are also setback requirements. Please contact the Town Office should you be in need of clarification or further information.

The next Planning Board meeting will be Tuesday evening, April 13, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Jackson history nugget

So, last week I was doing some sharing about Liberty Men, and White Indians, and rebelling against the Great Proprietors — who were just up and given all the land hereabouts. They felt entitled to squeeze the already established settlers for their hard-earned dollars.

Those folks who had settled here in the Jackson Plantation were no different in having grievances to be rectified. Settlers were mostly upset “when they felt pushed too hard, too fast for payment.” Sometimes the Great Proprietors would send out a local sheriff to collect the monies they felt they were owed, sometimes they pretended to be the sheriff themselves.

In the early 1800s Henry Knox was the Great Proprietor of lands, including Jackson. A list was compiled of “Incidents of Extralegal Violence Associated with Land Controversies” — this list included the following notes: “September 10, 1801. Jackson … Armed settlers burn a stack of hay belonging to the Cates family, who had assisted Henry Knox’s surveys. March 15, 1808. Jackson … Armed and Indian-disguised men intercept Deputy Sheriff Andrew Grant and destroy his writs. April 1808. Jackson … Armed and Indian-disguised men stop Daniel Clary, a man posing as a deputy sheriff to serve his own writs. January 1809. Jackson … Armed settlers beat Deputy Sheriff Captain Leavitt and destroy his writs.” They were extraordinary times which we have done well to move beyond these past 200 years.

Source: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820, by Alan Taylor (pp. 235, 271, 275, 276).