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Time to get the apples in, and we are really appreciating these blue sky September days for picking. Paul and I like to enjoy a little hard cider on a cold winter’s eve. And the sheep do their part too — summer fertilizer, autumn cleanup of the windfallen apples. I move the sheep from pasture to pasture so they can’t gorge too heavily on ground apples. This helps them avoid getting a little drunk from eating semi-fermented apples but still packs on some winter chubbiness.

Brown goods

On Sunday, Oct. 17th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring your brown goods over to the transfer station. Come early, come often, but, remember that once the brown goods dumpster is full, it is full! Please see Janice to sign up to bring any old tires over — at least a week before you bring them.

Town tax bills

Most all of you will have received your town tax bills. The due date this year is Oct. 7. Interest at 5% begins to accrue as of the 8th. I have to admit I was a little surprised seeing the due date, as it has generally been Nov. 1 over the past few years. I was reminded that, at our last town meeting, we voted on a tax due date of Oct. 1 (Warrant Article 10), though there may still be a variation in the due date going forward. This is because the tax bills are not calculated, and therefore mailed, until the Select Board has signed off on the Municipal Tax Assessment Warrant confirming the mill rate. Going forward, note that the due date will be Oct. 1, or 30 days after the Select Board signs off on the mill rate, whichever is later.

Town Office

Next Select Board meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Jackson Community Center is in the process of re-certifying its commercial kitchen. Please contact the Town Office should you have any interest in renting this kitchen space.

Library board

A big shout-out to Doreen Dickson and Jasmine Sawyer for volunteering to come onto the library board — aka Jackson Learning Center and Historical Society. Now that the board has filled out, we are all looking forward to what the future will hold for our small but fierce library. Thank you, ladies!

Maine history nugget

Every September brings me thoughts of my own school days, and how different it is now for the students — with their laptop computers, and texting notes on their cell phones rather than passing paper from desk to desk — behind the teacher’s back — as she stood at the chalky blackboard. I found this little nugget from the 1870s, quoted from a Ben Bryant of Machias about “His teacher cousin, Minerva Bryant … ‘She brought into play heavy leather straps, hardwood ferrules, and birch rods to keep her sixty-two pupils in order … she could lay into a strap like a teamster … One day she caught me passing a note to a girl and she lit into me like an infuriated hen, grabbing me by the left ear and marching me to the platform where she laid on the ferrule… . One of the big boys laughed … and she snaked him out of his seat and belabored him with a strap until he howled… . After school she would go skating and bobsledding with us and was as sweet and nice as pie.’” Well, some things certainly have changed!

(A Day’s Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920 Part II by W.H. Bunting)