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What stellar, beautiful early summer days we’ve been having, though I’m struggling with the pollen — something I don’t usually have an issue with. It seems more intense than ever, my laptop screen gets coated after just a few minutes of writing on the deck, and I need to rinse my contacts after walking the dogs!

Our daughter has stopped off in Jackson for a brief respite between jobs. She’s keen on parkour, that free-running style of fitness, with lots of jumps thrown in. You can see a lot of parkour stunts in popular movies, like the opener of the Bond movie, Casino Royale, or maybe you’ve seen “The Office” episode with parkour.

Election results

We had a decent turnout of voters in Jackson on June 14. The total voter number was 79. There were 35 Republicans, 21 Democrats and 1 Green Independent Party voter casting ballots for their respective primaries.

Jackson’s Jonathan Lorenz received 55 votes for a seat on the Regional School Unit 3  Board of Directors. On the question regarding whether to approve a new Operations Center at the Mount View School Complex, 35 Jackson voters said “yes” and 28 voted “no.” Funds will come from federal grant monies and RSU 3’s capital reserve fund, so no new taxes.

New Hope for Women grant

Congratulations to New Hope Midcoast! The agency was awarded a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant, one of 200 nonprofits selected from a national pool of 4,000. Community members then voted to arrive at the final winners and New Hope Midcoast was the only nonprofit in the state of Maine to win.

New Hope Midcoast offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic and dating violence and provides educational resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future. If you or someone you know are in need of assistance, please call 1-800-522-3304.

Town Office

The next Select Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. Heads up – the Town Office will be closed on Monday, July 4.

Maine Trails Coalition

On May 27, The Maine Trails Coalition, joined by seven other active transportation organizations in the state, released for public comment a new report, titled Maine Active Transportation Arterials. According to Kristine Keeney, Northern New England manager for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, “these arterials would transform the communities they pass through by providing a valuable resource for recreation, safe and emission-free transportation, commuting, exercise, tourism, environmental stewardship, and connection to the outdoors. That the plan hits every one of Maine’s largest cities and towns is amazing.”

Some of these trails will complete the Maine section of the East Coast Greenway, which runs from Key West, Florida, to Calais. The coastal section of this route will pass through Waldo County on its way from Rockland, via Belfast, to Bucksport, Ellsworth and beyond. It’s a pretty complicated endeavor but will be a wonderful addition of easily navigable trails throughout the lower half of the state. FMI: mainetrailscoalition.org.