By Meredith Toumayan


Well, there you go! From sleeping with two fans facing the bed to lighting a wood fire on July 4th, I am now sitting, wearing a Swan’s Island wool sweater, as I write. Strange times. After a year, we were so happy to have our son and daughter-in-law come for a July 4th visit — all the way from Los Angeles. They were delighted by how green everything is here.  We took a drive Downeast, and we got yummy lobster rolls from Sadie the lobster lady at her Must Be Nice Lobster Shack on the Belfast waterfront.

Rosa rugosa, invasive but also beautiful, on Bog Road, Jackson. Photo by Meredith Toumayan

Local COVID Vaccine Clinic!

For those folks who have not yet gotten their vaccine, here’s a super easy way to feel that freedom — at the Thorndike Town Hall.

On Thursday, July 15, 1 to 7 p.m. at the Thorndike Town Hall, 125 Mt. View Road in Thorndike. Johnson & Johnson (single-shot) vaccine will be available for those 18 and older. Pfizer (two-dose) vaccine will be available for those 12 and older. If you need a second vaccine, it will be scheduled that day. Sign up in advance by calling 568-3655. DROP-INS ALSO WELCOME! You can find the info directly at this website; scroll all the way to the bottom in the section called: Pop-UpClinics:

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, July 22, and Thursday, July 29. The next Planning Board meeting is Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. Heads-up: The 2020 tax lien letters will go out toward the end of August. To avoid late fees and extra filing fees, please try and get your taxes paid before then.

Homestead exemptions

The Town Office has mailed out reminder letters to new townsfolk who may be eligible for the Maine Homestead Exemption. “The homestead exemption provides a reduction of up to $25,000 in the value of your home for property tax purposes. To qualify, you must be a permanent resident of Maine, the home must be your permanent residence, you must have owned a home in Maine for the 12 months prior to applying and an application must be filed on or before April 1 with the municipality where the property is located.” (

FMI, please contact the Town Office: 722-3439.

Jackson history nugget

It’s always wonderful to be able to share nuggets with you from original source material. I have come across the “Historical Address of the Town of Jackson given by Everett E. Morton at the one hundredth anniversary of Jackson as a plantation and of the Congregational Church on October 5-6, 1912.” In Mr. Morton’s summary of early history and “firsts,” he stated the following:

“The first couple to be married in Jackson was Nicholas Hamlin, who came from Gorham, and Deborah Cates. They were married by Elder John Whitney. In those days all the minister received for performing the ceremony was the privilege of kissing the bride. Nowadays he wants at the least one dollar and a half and wants to kiss the bride, too, if she is good-looking. One of the first causes of the high cost of living.”