Wishing a everyone a splendid Father’s Day, and a happy Juneteenth! As you are out there enjoying all the best things about summer in Maine, keep keeping an eye out for those ticks. I was fascinated to read the Maine Forest Tick Survey results for 2021. It was only the second year for this project. One hundred fifty volunteers, spread across nine southern and coastal Maine counties, collected 5,283 ticks. My skin is crawling just writing these words!

Forty-four percent of those were blacklegged ticks (aka deer ticks). Waldo County had 22 volunteers who collected a total of 617 ticks, 30% were deer ticks. Between 20% and 24% of the ticks collected in Waldo County were positive for the Lyme Disease pathogen, Borrelia Burgdorferi.

The results from this study are incorporating how land management practices, specifically timber harvesting and invasive species, impact tick populations. If you’d like to read more, please go to: https://umaine.edu/forestticksurvey/wp-content/uploads/sites/557/2022/05/2021-MFTS-Summarized-Results.pdf.

So, my PSA today is: Don’t forget to strip off every time you come in the house after playing in the woods or fields.

Town Office

The next Planning Board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, held in the Town Office meeting room. Looking for some beach reading? There are extra copies of town reports from the last 10 or so years available for pickup in the Town Office — just ask.

Please note the Town Office will be closed on Monday June 20. This is in observation of Juneteenth, now a federal holiday as of 2021, celebrating June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. This has become a day for African Americans to celebrate not only their freedom, but their history, culture and achievements. (govinfo.gov/features/juneteenth)

Jackson tax maps

Who doesn’t love studying town tax maps? Curious about just how many acres your neighbor owns?  And which parcels exactly? Maybe you wonder how many residents are on your road, or how to spell someone’s name to send a Christmas card.

Jackson’s tax maps have not been updated since 2004. This means that all the parcel splits that have taken place since then are not reflected in the current set of tax maps. The town could use a few volunteers, anytime the office is open, to come in and help work through checking each tax map against the current deeds, in order to to send updated information to the mapping company already contracted to create the updated maps. It’s a great quiet, and flexible, volunteer opportunity! If you think this might be for you, please give Brenda at the Town Office a call, 722-3439.

Summer school

Sign up for summer support! There are a variety of classes available at Mount View to help students achieve their next goals: Computer Skills, Career Prep, College Prep, HS Diploma, Free College, and Career Testing. Coursework will be individualized to each student’s goals. Classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays — in person on Mondays at MVHS, virtual classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! FMI: visit rsu3.maineadulted.org/course/super-summer-session/.