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We took an early morning ride down to Belfast this morning to see the McCrum potato plant engulfed in flames. Such a shame. Thank goodness they got it under control before the gas or ammonia tanks caught fire. Sad to think of all those jobs lost, 138. It’s hard to imagine the amount of work it will require to rebuild after such a complete loss.

Back here in Jackson, I have been busy crushing ticks. They are definitely on the move. Our chickens are very busy doing their bit, raking through the dead leaves, and chomp, chomp, chomping.

Town meeting

Town meeting had a good turnout, pre-pandemic numbers — about 65 people by my count. Please see Kendra Caruso’s article for a good summary of key warrant articles voted in. The moderator moved briskly along so there was not too much discussion on topics.

Jeri Roberts mentioned that Brooks Ambulance made 29 calls to Jackson in 2021. She also made a plea that anyone who has the time and interest should get in touch to volunteer. You don’t need to be an EMT, but they can definitely use drivers and other types of volunteers.

A few words were spoken by our Maine state senator for District 11, Chip Curry. We also heard from Heather “Betsy” Garrold. Betsy is running for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives this November, on the Green Independent Party ticket, for District 38. Both Mr. Curry and Ms. Garrold expressed their support for passing legislation to help with the effects of PFAS contamination on farmland.

Jackson resident Scott McCormick also took a few moments to share his family’s unfortunate experiences with discovering PFAS on their farm on Sullivan Road. He is happy to discuss this issue further if residents are interested in learning more about testing their own property and about Maine Senate Bill, LD 2013, which would assess the extent of contamination across the state, as well as provide financial relief for those affected. FMI: mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0729&item=1&snum=130.

A concern was brought up at the meeting about poor public access to the Kimball Cemetery on Kimball Hill Road. There was a short discussion regarding acceptable access to this cemetery. Kimball Cemetery is the final resting place for at least eight members of the Kimball family. After Etta Kimball was laid to rest there, in 1918, a trust fund was put in the hands of the town for the perpetual care of the cemetery. Two members of the family buried there were veterans. Eleazer Kimball (1781-1858) fought in the War of 1812. And Caleb Y. Kimball (1826-1908), Eleazer’s son, was a veteran of the Civil War. (Maine Veterans Cemetery Records 1676-1918 database.) Hopefully, the access for visitors and upkeep can be resolved soon.

Cat spay/neuter clinic

On April 2 and 3 at the Brooks Fire Station there will be a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. The cost of a spay is $90 and a neuter is $60. There will also be state of Maine “Help Fix Me” vouchers available. If you are eligible for this program, then you just have to pay a $10 co-pay. Prepayment is required. FMI about eligibility or other questions please contact Cindy Ludden, 322-9469, or Crystal Nichols, 716-6338.

Fun classes!

Regional School Unit 3 has a couple of fun classes coming up, both held at Mount View High School. On April 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. ($55) is a Pet Portrait Painting Class. After emailing a selection of your favorite pet’s pics to the teacher, she creates a canvas with the outline for you to paint with acrylics. See her work at shirleyandersonfineart.com.

Looking forward to Easter? On April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($15), learn how to create fancy cupcakes just in time for the Easter holiday. Learn more about the teacher at bakingwithdanielle.com.

To register for either class: https://rsu3.maineadulted.org or call 568-3426.

Town Office 

Next Select Board meeting will be Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office.

Happy April Fool’s Day! March sure came in like lion — hope it leaves like a lamb!