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On one of the few cloudy days in recent memory, we enjoyed a fabulous foliage drive Oct. 10 for the first Maine Fiber Trail, as well as Open Creamery Day. We visited the Hamilton Farm in Whitefield — I never tire of meeting sheep. We also stopped at the ME Water Buffalo Co. in Appleton. We enjoyed their super tasty sausages and buffalo mozzarella cheese. The water buffalo are remarkably relaxed and intriguing creatures.

Drug Takeback Day

Saturday, Oct. 23, is DEA National Rx Takeback Day, I like to think of it as: get rid of all those old bottles of prescription meds clogging up your bathroom cabinets and drawers day. You can take your old meds to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office or the Belfast Police Department between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. FMI: takebackday.dea.gov

Town Office

The next Select Board meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The next Planning Board meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Please come to either meeting. We are still in great need of more Planning Board members, especially as we tackle updating the Jackson Comprehensive Plan. Your town, your vision, your voice — make it heard. Snowmobile registrations for 2022 are now available. Please note the cost has increased to $55.

Election Day 2021

Election Day is coming right up on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Jackson polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Masking and social distancing will be required as per state of Maine current guidelines. In the event you would like an absentee ballot, you may now request one. You may use the  “Application for Absentee Ballot” sent to you by the state, or complete an application at the Town Office. Please note that this application must be received by the town clerk by Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. There are three state ballot questions. I encourage you all to read the questions, and the expanded details, available at maine.gov/sos/news/2021/21citizensguide.html.

Dog licenses

Dog licenses are now available at the Town office. Spayed/neutered dogs license fee is $6 Unspayed/unneutered fee is $11. All dogs must be licensed by Jan. 31, 2022, to avoid the state-mandated $25 per dog late fee. Your rabies shot must be current. Sadly, a number of local rabies clinics have been canceled this fall because of COVID. However, there are still a number of them available in the area for a fee: VFW Post, 34 Field St., Belfast, $5, Nov. 10, 9-11 a.m.; PAWS Animal Shelter, 123 John St., Camden, $10, Oct. 16, 9-11 a.m.; Tractor Supply, Belfast, $28, Oct. 24 and 31, 4- 5:30 p.m.

Jackson Food Pantry

October Food Pantry is Monday, Oct. 25, 9-10 a.m.

Jackson modern history nugget

Have you ever driven up Bog Road and noticed the straight line clearing crossing Bog Road and headed up the hill toward the end of Sullivan Road? This is a pipeline clearing, specifically, a swath of land owned by Buckeye Partners L.P., which was acquired in 2011. The Jackson leg of this pipeline runs from South Portland up to Bangor. Buckeye Partners L.P. (NYSE: BPL) is a publicly traded partnership that owns and operates one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States.

Since that acquisition in 2011, the town valuation has been $75,000, bringing in $1,515 in annual taxes. In considering the increased valuations of real estate across the town it became apparent to our town officials that the pipeline property also deserved to be reassessed. It now has an updated valuation of $200,000, bringing in an extra $2,385 in taxes, at a new tax bill of $3,900. Good to know everyone is kicking in their fair share. buckeye.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Z6UqNV2eS2w=&tabid=83; buckeye.com/portals/0/shipperbook/marketing_sys_map_062011.pdf.