The Machias Fiber Festival was a hopping place. It was a pleasure to see a good turnout of fiber people, growing their yarn stashes, indulging in tasty baked goods, and catching up with seldom seen friends. It was a beautiful day for a drive Down East.

More Common Ground Fair-style gathering alternatives are coming up. On Saturday, Sept. 25, take a drive to New Gloucester and join in some autumnal fun at Mindful Folk Farm. “Join us for the Harvest Moon Craft Festival at Mindful Folk Farm — a daylong event featuring 30 makers, food trucks, live music and more. This festival was created to support the vendors who were scheduled to participate in the Common Ground Fair before it was canceled.

“NOTE: Everyone must be masked regardless of vaccination status. Asking for $5 donation at the gate if it’s within your means. Please share this event with anyone who loves a great craft fair!” Located at  290 Morse Road, New Gloucester, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And on Sunday, Sept. 26, head on over to Buxton, where the Lana Plantae Farm says, “We are having an open house! There will be Maine makers and farmers selling their wares. Please come support these vendors. Small farms and businesses continue to struggle through the pandemic. We will have food. Sheep and alpacas. Acoustic reggae from Nya of Stream Reggae band. Please come! Help spread the word. Thanks!” Located at 301 Long Plains Road, Buxton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Neighbors helping neighbors

This Sunday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. onward. Can you put in a little time to help a local family get their wood in? Many of you know Harold and Cheryl Moore, either through Harold’s years of firefighting service — along with his late son, Ed — or Cheryl’s contributions on our original Jackson Comprehensive Plan, and, still, on the Planning Board. They sure could use a hand this year — many hands, and chainsaws, and even a wood splitter. Those tree-length logs don’t process themselves! Stay for an hour, or bring snacks and stay all day. Rain date, or carry-on date, on the following Sunday. FMI: Contact Meredith Toumayan, 722-3087.

Contemplating COVID

Some school districts around the country are mandating both staff and students over 12 be vaccinated for COVID-19. This contrasts with Waldo County, where our RSU 3 “encourages” vaccination for children over 12 and suggests “appropriate” wearing of face coverings. Whatever your feelings are, with respect to whether your child’s teacher is vaccinated, you might be interested to learn that the Maine CDC is now providing a monthly update. These updates provide the percentage of “school and central operations staff” who are vaccinated by name of school.

Our local schools are showing the following numbers for vaccinated staff: Morse Memorial Elementary School, 20%; Monroe Elementary School, 33.3%; Mount View Elementary School, 12.2%; Mount View Middle School, 42.9%; and Mount View High School, 30%. For my readers further afield, check your school staff vaccination rates at maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/publications/vaccination-rates-school-staff.shtml?fbclid=IwAR2Yv_pe4y7s9bS8paNd72Oiu4K_ydwGGa2oxuaUxDlVoIdIEtysIZjqRIc

Rabies clinic canceled

Sadly, the Waldo County Humane Society rabies clinic that was going to be offered in Brooks on Oct. 16 has been canceled because of the high number of COVID cases in the county. There is no new date at this time.

Town Office

Tax bills are in the mail. They were all posted as of Wednesday, Sept. 15. If you are not living at the same address as last year, please do give the Town Office a call to get a copy sent to the correct address. The September Planning Board meeting has been moved from the 14th to the 28th.

Jackson Food Pantry

The next Jackson Food Pantry will be held on Monday, Sept. 27, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Jackson Community Center on Village Road.

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