By Meredith Toumayan


Make hay while the sun shines — truer words were never said. Seems as though haying began a bit early this year, but we definitely want to get that hay in before it starts suffering from any possible drought conditions. I’ve got my hayloft all swept out, old seed on the pastures, and ready for my new bales. Hope you all enjoy every moment of summer solstice, and have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Summer Meals Program

The Summer Meals Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has meals available in Jackson on Wednesdays at the Town Office complex. Breakfast and lunch meals are available for pickup from 10 to 10:30 a.m. These meals will be available on Wednesdays in Jackson through Aug. 11.

Chicken Barbecue

Have you been craving a good old-fashioned chicken barbecue? Here’s your chance to dive into summer with the kind of barbecue we’ve all been missing: Chicken Barbecue, sponsored by American Legion Post 50, 108 Windemere Lane in Unity on Sunday, June 27. Serving from noon until gone. Dine in or takeout. $10 per meal includes a half-chicken, barecue sauce, baked beans, roll, chips, dessert and beverage.

Town Office

Next selectmen’s meeting is June 29, 6:30 p.m. Reminder: All TVs, computer monitors and microwaves must be taken to the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center, not the transfer station. Unsure about your item? If so, please check with the Town Office before leaving any items at the transfer station.

Jackson airbnbs

Pandemic restrictions are lifting. People are eager to hit the road. Are you having friends or family coming to stay? Can’t quite squeeze them all into your house —- or maybe would love them more if they stayed in an airbnb? Well, Jackson has you covered with three great options. Jim and Doreen have a handful of adorable cabins, and campsites, available. Lisa has a tiny house with a spacious screened porch and a campsite. If your visitors enjoy the farming experience look for Douglas at Mending Wall Farm, a working sheep farm with a delightful antique farmhouse.

To make a reservation, please visit:–United-States/homes?adults=2

Gabriel, Sherlock and Sheba grazing like there’s no tomorrow. Bog Road, Jackson Village. Meredith Toumayan

Jackson history nugget

Thinking on sheep farming, with its current return to favor in Waldo County, and Maine, here are more wise words from a Jackson sheep farmer back in 1855. I can’t say my average cost of keeping a sheep is $1 a year, but in a good year I can keep them on pasture from mid-May to mid-October.

“Statement of Samuel Johnson, of Jackson, Waldo County, Maine. Sheep, in order to make them most profitable, should be wintered chiefly on corn or beans. I give each of mine about a gill of corn per day, or 3/5 of a bushel during the winter. This, with a trifling amount of hay or straw, will keep them in excellent condition, and there need be scarcely a kernel of corn, nor a straw of fodder wasted. The average cost of keeping sheep in this way is about $1 a year, and the net profit is about 100%, per annum. The average yield of wool is about 4 lb to a sheep. The average price of lambs is about $2, when from 3 to 4 months old.” — The Republican Journal, Friday, Feb. 23, 1855