The buzz is starting for Girl Scout Cookies! Thin Mints are my perennial favorites. Do we have any Girl Scouts selling cookies in Jackson? Let me know so we can get the word out. On a more somber note, I saw that Mount View High School had to have a remote learning day on Jan. 31: “Due to the recent COVID surge across the area we have numerous staff members that must be out of the building. Additionally, RSU 3 continues to experience a substitute shortage.” Thankfully, we have the option to go to a remote learning day, but it is not ideal. If you enjoy the kids and school and extra income, this could be your chance to try substitute teaching!

Community matters

Bangor Savings Bank is once again sponsoring community grants in amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Vote for your nearest and dearest nonprofit on the bank’s website. You can even do a write-in vote for the Jackson Food Pantry, Waldo County Humane Society, or Waldo County Pet Food Pantry at bangor.com/community/community-matters-more/cmm-voting.

Town Office

Please note that the Select Board is aware of the challenges of getting around during this winter weather. Steps will be taken to prevent and correct ice accumulation in front of the transfer station dumpsters, as well as to disperse large water puddles on our roads.

Planning Board

The next Planning Board meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Hopefully you all have received your survey for the Jackson Comprehensive Plan Update in the mail. We would love to hear your thoughts on what the town of Jackson should look like in the coming years. You can refer to the existing Comprehensive Plan to review the vision the townspeople had for Jackson in the 1990s as you contemplate how things have changed and how you may or may not wish to see change going forward.

Fiber fun

Many of you know that I am knee-deep — or more — in wool most of the time. I wanted to share that two local fiber-focused businesses in Belfast are looking forward to welcoming new students to their classes. Heavenly Yarns is putting together its knitting class schedule for the coming season. If you have any particular knitting skills you’d like to see a class cover, please contact Helen at 338-8388. Belfast Fiber Arts offers a variety of classes in spinning, weaving and more on an ongoing basis. Please visit their website for further information, belfastfiberarts.com.

Till next time — shovel safely!