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Happy Bastille Day! Not to be outdone by Les Americains, the French will be celebrating their own day of revolution, specifically the storming of the Bastille, a prison that held people by royal decree — for no given reason and with no appeal. The French will celebrate with fireworks and parades, and no doubt some very good champagne and macaron cookies.

On the home front you will no doubt have noticed that our regular mail carrier in 04921 has been on vacation this past week. We’ve missed two days of delivery so far. If you’re missing something, check with your neighbors — that’s where my Republican Journal was located! The USPS is terribly understaffed, so if you had the slightest inkling to work for them, please do apply! A quick look at their website tells me they are looking to hire in Belfast, Unity and Franklin.

Pilley House Museum

Jackson Spinners group had a lovely time at the Brooks Historical Society’s Open House at the Pilley Museum and Menard Barn on Sunday afternoon, June 26. It was a very warm day but we were comfortable in the shade of the large maple tree in front of the barn. We met newcomers to Brooks and enjoyed the treats brought by museum volunteers. It really is a gem of a museum, chock-a-block with a fascinating collection of furniture, clothing, kitchen utensils and historical artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, including many local photos. Mark your calendars for the next one on Sunday afternoon, July 17, 1-3 p.m.

Local happenings

Our local Marsh River Theater will be putting on the Eddie Mulligan Show at 7:30 p.m. on July 15 and 16. This variety style show will feature one of Jackson’s popular musicians, Dale Hustus Sr. (located at  24 Monroe Highway, Route 139, Brooks).

The following weekend, on Saturday, July 23, the Brooks Recreation Department will host a Meet and Greet from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brooks Community Park. There will be food and music and an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. If you are a local business or organization interested in letting Brooks, Jackson and other local folks learn more about what you do, rent a table for $20. (Fees go toward upgrades at the park — walking paths, dog park area, expanding the playground, concession stand improvements.) FMI: Call Michael at 207-323-8316.

Belfast Free Library is hosting a Family Fun Fest on the Harbor, at the Belfast Boathouse, to launch its summer reading program on Thursday, July 21, 2-3 p.m. There will be activities and goodies for the children provided by the library and local providers of services for local families.

Window Dressers

I always think of the people who put together fancy window displays in big city clothing stores when I see the name for this local nonprofit. But, Window Dressers is the name of a Waldo County nonprofit that provides insulating window inserts to keep your home warmer and your heating bill lower. There is low-income pricing available, volunteers will help measure your windows, and you are encouraged to participate in one of their community workshops to enable greater outreach into the community. FMI: Call 207-596-3073, or visit windowdressers.org.

Town Office

Reminder: Town Office will be closed on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. The Jackson Learning Center & Historical Society (aka the library) needs to have a rebuild of the handicapped ramp. If you know of a (insured) builder who could do this job for the town, please have them contact the Town Office, 722-3439.