My first big post-COVID journey! The hubby and I flew out to Los Angeles for our son’s wedding celebration a week ago, and it was fabulous. (Apologies for the missed column!) It was a little too hot for me inland — but Redondo Beach was perfect every day.

The wedding was all outdoors — on a patio along the harbor seawall, the harbor seals serenaded us with their distant barks, and the “old” people stole the dance floor. But as for swimming in the Pacific, the temps are no different than the Atlantic, brrr. Now, if I can only get back into the rhythm of things here ….

Town Office

Please note that the Planning Board meeting has been moved this month from Aug. 17 to Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. Next town Select Board meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Jackson Food Pantry

Coming up! Next food pantry is available at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at the Jackson Community Center.

Live music!

Tattooed Dad Brewing Co. will host Moto Man, aka Wayne Garvin, and his bonny lass, Jolene Bryant, on Saturday, Aug. 21. Outdoor stage, outdoor seating — see you there!

Chicken barbecues — going fast!

Sponsored by American Legion Post 50 Saturday, Aug. 21. $10 per meal includes 1/2 chicken, barbecue sauce, baked beans, roll, chips, dessert and beverage. Serving from noon until gone. Dine In or take out at 108 Windermere Lane, Unity. Info shared by Randal Parker, post commander.

ATV trails in Jackson

Maybe some of you noticed that a whole bunch of new ATV trail signage popped up Aug. 1 along Hatch, Chase, Long Swamp and Hadley Mill roads. Apparently an “ATV Trail Use Permit” was granted to the Jackson Wheel-N-Ski Club by the Town of Jackson a year ago, on Aug. 11, 2020. It seems that there was a somewhat contentious Select Board meeting this past week on Aug. 10, when about 10 townspeople  showed up to express their surprise at the installation of this signage with no perceived forewarning that an ATV Trail Use Permit was issued by the town of Jackson — a permit issued with an expiration date of “unlimited.”

After some two hours of discussion, it was moved and passed that: (paraphrased) Although the permit remains in effect as signed, “The selectmen will ensure that the ATV trail signs come down, and that the question of ATV trails will be put to a town vote at next town meeting, with an opportunity for a public information session in advance.”

The copy of the permit that was passed along to me did include a number of aspects that might warrant further discussion. These included: not having attached a map — just a list of streets “Long Swamp Road, Hadley Mill Road, Chase Road, Hatch Road, and Littlefield Road.” The permit appears to include off-road motorcycles and dirt bikes — along with the ATVs. It also gives permission to install “cameras to help with law enforcement.”

It seems there is lots for discussion there, and the Select Board will now give us the opportunity to do that. It’s wonderful to see the democratic process at work. Stay tuned!