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I decided at the very last minute to head over to the Union Fair for an afternoon of wool spinning with the MidCoast Spinners group. It was quite roasty-toasty all week but we had a lovely spot under the big maples in Sherman Park. It overlooks the track where the trotters were warming up, in between multiple generous sprinkling circuits by the water trucks. We sure got summer all in one intense bunch of days this year.

Town Office

Next Select Board meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. The library is open — come on over and check out the new books, especially in the children’s area. Library hours coincide with Town Office hours and Sunday transfer station hours.

Hooper’s Orchard

Hooper’s is open for the season. In addition to an insane number of varieties of apples — some ready for eating now! — they have apple cider doughnuts, honey, corn and pears. Be ready to lose yourself in this year’s corn maze! Open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 856 Back Brooks Road, Monroe. Though they are in Monroe, there is a fabulous view out over Jackson, while facing north from the corn maze.

Jackson Fire Department

Good news for our dedicated local Fire Department. A Maine Forestry Grant was applied for and approved, and $1,172.50 was awarded as a matching grant for equipment purchased to fight brush fires. This will include specialized helmets and high-visibility protective clothing. Additionally, thank you to the local resident who donated $100 to our Jackson Fire Department!

Jackson ATV Trails

For those who are following the process of ATV trail approval in Jackson, here are a couple of ways to keep informed. On Facebook, follow: Jackson Wheel & Ski. This is a regularly updated page. Also, there is a new website created by residents who live along some of these ATV trails and wanted to share links about Maine ATV trail usage law, along with the permitting documentation from Jackson specifically. You can check that out at: https://jacksonatvs.wordpress.com.

Maine history nugget

Thinking about the racing trotters, flying along the track over at the Union Fair, I came upon the following: “’Men who are familiar with all kinds and breeds of horses now agree, I think, that the American Trotting-bred horse is the most useful all-round horse in the world. He excels not only as a race horse at the trot and pace, but also as a roadster, a saddlehorse, a carriage and coach horse and as a light-weight farm horse.'” — Henry C. Merwin, 1917.

“Gambling, of course, has been generally frowned upon by our Puritan forebears, however, though the Puritan clergy branded saddle racing as evil, no such condemnation was attached to harness racing, perhaps because preachers too much enjoyed their own fast roadsters…. Despite the fact that Maine fairs were originally intended as occasions of education rather than entertainment, harness racing was permitted on the grounds that horse breeding was an important segment of the agricultural economy.” — Page 294, “A Day’s Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920: Part 1,” compiled and annotated by W.H. Bunting