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Halloween is just about here! Although these warm temperatures don’t feel very Halloweeny. I remember snow blowing through my costume as a kid. The big ole weather predictors on the news are saying this winter will be above average temperature-wise — something to do with La Nina.

Halloween events

Sunday is Halloween and it seems all the towns are making up for the way too quiet Halloween from last year. Jackson is hosting trick-or-treat goodie bags for all the kids (and you four-legged kids) at the transfer station on Sunday, Oct. 31, between 3 and 6 p.m. Bring your ghosts and goblins. And bring your doggies too! We’d love to see the pups in costume.

Also, Brooks will be hosting a Trunk ’N’ Treat at Brooks’ Community Park on Sunday, Oct. 31, 3 to 7 p.m. There will be tractor-pulled hayrides and Jack-o-Lanterns (with prize ribbons given for age groups 5 to 8 and 9 to 11 for scariest, funniest, most original and artistic). Pumpkins should be delivered to the park by 2:45 p.m. Halloween day. The concession stand will be open selling hot dogs, apple cider and hot chocolate. People who distribute treats from their vehicles should do so in bags, no loose candy. Trunk participants should arrive by 2:45 p.m. BEWARE of pedestrians walking. Non “trunk” participants should park in the parking lot. For more info, call Mike at Ralph’s Cafe, 722-3236.

Hunter orange!

Time to refresh the hunter orange wardrobe, whether you are a hunter or not. Replace faded gear and wash that musty smell out of last year’s accessories. Deer Season, Maine Resident Only Day is Saturday, Oct. 30. Firearms Season is Nov. 1-27. Be safe. For more information: maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/hunting-laws/season-dates-bag-limits.html.

VOTE!

Let your voice be counted. Please come out and vote next Tuesday, Nov. 2. Jackson polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be three state ballot questions. It seems Question 1 is the big dollar question, “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines…?” Millions of dollars are being spent on advertising to promote each side of this question. It’s like pulling teeth to try and find a balanced article that explores both sides. I think I finally found an informative and in-depth look in the Portland Press Herald, from Oct. 17, “Here’s what you need to know about question 1,” pressherald.com/2021/10/17/qa-on-question-1-will-transmission-line-be-clean-energy-link-or-scar-on-maines-landscape/?fbclid=IwAR2R5ISUJsHuwDqsWPMduxqYSffoH4LlSirOX-97agcPflqhMoopw2N02cs.

Condolences

Condolences to the family of Delbert Dodge. A celebration of life will be held at the Jackson Community Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Jackson history nugget

The 2020 Census results have come out. The Republican Journal printed a summary of all the towns in Waldo County and how their populations have changed from 2010 to 2020. Interestingly, Jackson’s population increased from 548 people in 2010, to 610 in 2020 — 62 new residents in Jackson — that’s an 11.3% increase. I must acknowledge that Paul and I are two of those who increased the numbers, having returned to Jackson in 2013.

When Jackson was incorporated as a town in 1818, the population was 707. It then grew to a high of 833 in 1850. For the next hundred years after that there was a more or less steady downward trend every decade to a low total of 217 in 1970. Notably, in 1910 there were four musical instruments in town, and in 1920, there were 353 people and 22 automobiles listed in Jackson.

Since 1970, for the past 50 years there has been a steady increase up to our current 2020 population of 610. I am sure there is a fascinating dissertation in these numbers, on how world events were reflected in the populations of small town rural America. (Pp. 14-26, History & Early Settlers of Jackson, Maine, Vol. 1, 1798 Revised, Vol. 2, Early Settlers, by Theo Stacey & Donna Nickerson, pub. Oct. 10, 2010)

Happy Halloween!