By Meredith Toumayan


Well, I think I’ve surprised myself — this issue of The Republican Journal marks my one-year anniversary of writing the column! I wondered how I was going to manage to find enough to say, and yet, there always seems to be something! Thank you for reading!

It’s turtle season. Beware our snappy friends as you go about your business — driving, walking, or bicycling. Remember to help them across the road in the direction they are headed. Speaking of safety

Lady snapper near the bogs and byways of Jackson. Meredith Toumayan

and roads, a reminder to take care when mowing lawns, avoid shooting cuttings into the street — it’s possible to hit a passing car with a stone, and, there’s a danger of skidding on grass for motorcycle riders.

I was pleased to see in the recent selectmen’s meeting minutes that the town is getting quotes for headstone repairs in the town cemeteries. In addition to respecting our dead, especially those that have no family left to speak up for them, our local cemeteries are a historical record for future generations to read and remember.

A huge thank-you!

… goes out to Louise Shorette, Rose Marie DeLernia, and Hazel Littlefield. They have currently tendered their resignations from the Library Board. These three hard-working and dedicated women brought our Jackson Learning Center and Historical Society to where it is today. They worked tirelessly sorting books and organizing fun, and fundraising, events, including the very successful spring plant sales. Thank you!

Metals dumpster

Please remember that the metals dumpster is not available for picking over and removing items. The dumpster is provided to the town for the convenience of disposal of metals, and the owner of the dumpster does not charge the town, in return for receiving those metals. It will go back to being locked if we are unable to respect the process. Also, when dropping off items, please put them as far back into the dumpster as possible so that everyone can fit their metals into it.

Town Office

Boat trailer stickers are available at the Town Office. There is a very informative publication online, with lots of detail regarding invasive plant species, that you should avoid carrying from lake to lake on boat trailers. Visit

Jonathan Lorenz was voted in as Jackson’s newest school board member. Sixteen people turned out to vote for Regional School Unit 3 board members on June 8.

The Jackson Library has been approved to open beginning Sunday, June 13. It will be open on Sundays at the same time as the transfer station hours. And the key for people to use the library during the week will be available from the Town Office during its open hours. The Library Board will be focusing on replenishing books for the children’s area, and for ‘tweens. They are also still hoping for two more board members — if you know anyone…!

Next Planning Board meeting is June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office.

Maine history nugget

Picking up my thread about the importance of sheep farming in Maine from bygone days, I thought I’d share this nugget. Clearly we’ve had a longstanding farming relationship with our Canadian neighbors, and sheep breeding in the mid-1800s was an important part of that exchange. I felt for them with their

concern about the Dishley import, its wool parting along its backbone and exposing the spine to cold. When I kept a couple of angora goats, this would happen, so I gave them a full-body Mohawk at shearing time in the fall to create a standing buffer to the weather.

“An essential service has been rendered to this section by Mr. Charles Perley, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, who, several years since imported from England into that Province, some large coarse-wooled sheep, said to be the pure Dishley. They are well adapted to this region, though there is an objection to the full-bloods of this importation, as their wool grows from 8 to 10 in long, and parting on the back, which particularly exposes the animal to the rigors and the vicissitudes of our cold New England storms. Some of the Rams of this breed have sheared at 1 clip 17 pounds of clean wool. The various grades of this breed of sheep have been driven by hundreds for several years passed from Aroostook County, adjoining New Brunswick, into other parts of the state, and, when crossed successfully with our common stock, are considered very valuable for their hardness, large quantity and superior quality of mutton, and for the heavy yield of wool they produce.” (Republican Journal, Feb. 23, 1855)