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It feels so good to know that people are getting together in-person after two years of fear and frustration.

People are eager to gather for a variety of events all over the country, from music to motorcycle rallies and of most interest to me — Sheep and Wool Festivals.

The year’s first such event will be the Maine Fiber Frolic at the Windsor Fairgrounds on June 4-5. It is a celebration of all things wool. There are great demos including spinning on a walking wheel — great big wheels you walk on to draw out the wool.

If you are thinking of buying any type of fiber equipment — looms, wheels, drum carders, wool combs and books galore — there is a fabulous used equipment barn. Now you know where I’ll be the first weekend in June! FMI: fiberfrolic.com

Brown Goods Day!

Here’s another day we all look forward to each spring and fall: Jackson Brown Goods Day is Sunday, April 24, 8 – 4.

Keep in mind there is only ‘the one’ dumpster and when it’s full it’s full. Please make note of the following materials which are NOT accepted on Brown Goods Day: hazardous waste (as per the DEP), white goods, anything with a glass screen – TVs and monitors, as well as computer components, containers, which have had gas in them, fluorescent bulbs/lamps, batteries and anything containing mercury (thermostats/thermometers). As always, you must call ahead to request to be on the limited list for tire drop-offs. These items may be taken to the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center.

Why?!

Why do people take things that do not belong to them? On Saturday afternoon, April 2, members of our Jackson Volunteer Fire Department were out washing equipment. When they left for the day a wash bucket and brush were accidentally left outside the Fire Station. Upon returning Sunday morning, the bucket and brush were nowhere to be found.

Jackson is a small town. Our taxes fund our fire department and our volunteers drop everything to come save your house and/or your life. It’s just a small thing but someone has to take the time, and the money, to go out and buy a replacement. If you mistakenly picked up said bucket and brush please feel free to drop them back off.

Free Rabies Clinic

Rabies vaccinations will be offered for free in Brooks on Saturday, April 30, from 9 to 11 at the Brooks Fire Station. Rabies shots are free to animal owners residing in Waldo County. Pets from other counties are $7.  Please bring all animals on leashes or in a portable pet carrier. It is also important to bring proof of a previous rabies shot so your pet can receive a 3-year rabies certificate. Masks are required. Waldo County Humane Society is sponsoring the clinic. FMI: call 852-5033 or 323-6308.

This month is a holy month for many across the globe. A very Happy Easter to you and yours! Best wishes to those who will be celebrating Ramadan from April 2 to May 2 this year. And a very Happy Passover to those in our community observing this Jewish holiday from April 15 to April 23.