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How terrible to see the flames take away the Amish Community Market in Unity. A regular stop for us to find treasures of all kinds, from birdhouses to belts — in addition to doughnut day! I truly hope that our whole community can come together to help them find a way forward to rebuild.

On a brighter note, I’m enjoying every extra minute of daylight in the afternoons while I take my dog, Runa, for walks. We’re also happy to have our daughter, Adrienne, home for an extended visit — you might see her walking with us. It will be a nice change to enjoy cooking for three instead of two — makes one want to pull out the cookbooks and try some new things. We have a Persian cookbook with many delicious recipes, mostly involving lamb, and they are very fond of pistachios, walnuts and saffron in all the dishes, including desserts.

Condolences

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Marlene and Clifford Thompson, and their whole family, on the loss of their son, Brian Thompson. They are planning a celebration of life for Saturday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast. Please confirm details at ripostafh.com.

Planning Board

New year, new resolve to accomplish new things! I’m on my recruitment hobby horse for the Planning Board. There’s only four of us, we could really use someone to fill in our fifth seat, and — dare I dream — have a couple of alternates. Now is the time to get involved as we update the Jackson Comprehensive Plan. You can even get involved without being on the board — we have lots of volunteer tasks available. We will be crafting an updated Comprehensive Plan based on input from all of you, along with current statistics from the state regarding population, employment and town businesses. You should have received your Jackson Comprehensive Plan survey in the mail by now. We’re really looking forward to reading your responses. If you want extra copies for others in your household, stop by the Town Office.

History nugget hiatus

While I do enjoy digging up history nuggets, it seems I will be taking a wee break from including them in the column. This is due to a good thing — many town columnists contributing — versus a limited amount of space available in the paper. But they shall return in time.