I hope everyone has been getting out and about and enjoying all that our lovely county has to offer in the summertime. Monroe’s Toddy Pond Farm is open for dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons, noon to 6 p.m. They are extra fabulous this year with the addition of a wood-fired pizza oven and expanded seating areas.

Let’s not forget our own Jackson brew pub, Tattooed Dad (Route 7 — just north of the church). They have a great line-up of musicians for this month: July 16, Sara Trunzo; July 23, Milk and Honey Rebel; and, July 30, Thunderheart Lion.

For more excellent outdoor music entertainment, don’t forget Belfast Summer Nights concerts take place at Steamboat Landing on Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We had hoped to have our son visit over the July 4 holiday weekend, but he could not get here until it was too late to come. Twice his flight was canceled at his connection in Phoenix. Temperatures there have been in the low 100s. American Airlines told them that they couldn’t cool the planes down enough to fly. Just a little PSA, if you’re flying in the summertime don’t connect down south!

Food for All

There are some wonderful opportunities for folks to enjoy the food bounty of Waldo County this summer. There are 14 Give & Take Tables and Share Sheds now up and running across Waldo County! The tables offer a place where anyone can donate homegrown produce and anyone can take the fresh fruits and veggies — at no cost. There is one at the Brooks Town Office, Thorndike Town Office, Unity Barn Raisers Community Center, and in Monroe at Seek-No-Further Homestead, 522 W. Main St. All are available 24/7. FMI: Waldo County Bounty Facebook page.

Waldo Community Action Partners Community Cafés are being offered this year in Frankfort and Burnham. Meals are an extension of the USDA’s Summer Food Program for children 18 and under and are focused on bringing seniors and children together for fun activities, companionship and community building. Upcoming activities include all-ages bingo, special programming from Waterfall Arts, story hour, and more!

Cafés will be happening every Thursday until Aug. 11 at the Burnham Town Hall (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Waldo Peirce Library in Frankfort (noon-2 p.m.). Children eat free through the Summer Food Program and seniors eat free through grant support from Belfast Senior College! Those not age or income eligible are welcome to also eat for a suggested $3 donation.

Town Office

The next Select Board meeting is July 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Town Office. There will be no Planning Board meeting in July. Jenny Tibbetts is our new town representative for the UARRC.

I have heard discussion amongst residents concerning whether, or when, we would be opening up the recycle drop-off at the Jackson Transfer Station. The recycling drop-off here in town was closed during the pandemic. Now that so many things have resumed we would like to see the recycling drop-off also resume; however, the price of regular trash pick-up has increased so much that there is no money left in the budget for recycle pick-up as well. Hopefully we can add the cost of picking up recycling back into next year’s town budget.

You may have noticed the tank truck working away at the corner of Hadley Mill Road and Village Road this week. They were cleaning out the inside of what looks like a drainage grate, but is actually a catch basin to keep the sand and salt from washing into our lovely Great Farm Brook.

Searsmont Library

I noticed Joyce and Mickey not be writing their column for a few weeks. I figured I’d jump in and give a special mention to an event being held at the Searsmont Town Library on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m.: Facing Climate Change in Waldo County. Through music, projected image and science, this event will examine Waldo County’s landscape diversity, how our climate is changing, and future projections and impacts of this change, as well as welcome the sharing of thoughts on increasing ecological and community resilience. The event will feature ecologist Janet McMahon and music by the Halcyon String Quartet.

Pirate fun for all

Come on down to Belfast City Harbor dock on the breakwater on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see The Back and Forth and Milady arrive filled with pirates and hear the cannon fire! Will they take over the city? They’ll be recruiting young pirates and offering training, so come dressed for swashbuckling activities and fun! Free event.