I sure hope everyone is out there enjoying this glorious summer weather. It’s just the right temperature and dryness to bring out the cicadas. Their buzzy humming is such a definitive part of summer for me. To be clear, though, I would not want to be inundated from a 17-year hatch of the crazy critters.

Thankfully, our Maine cicadas are “annual cicadas” because some of their members emerge every year as adults.  Individual nymphs of annual cicadas remain underground for anywhere from two to five years, but in any given year, some of those will be ready to emerge. I will continue to enjoy their song secure in the knowledge that it won’t ever be warm enough for those southern “periodical” cicadas to end up here — or will they? https://extension.umaine.edu/home-and-garden-ipm/fact-sheets/common-name-listing/cicadas/

Musical evenings

Tattooed Dad Brewing Co. has a great August lineup of performers: Aug. 6, Stove Up Truck; Aug. 13, Ando Anderson and Jeff Densmore; Aug. 20, Kelly Ravin; Aug. 27, Between the Lines.

All music begins around 4 p.m. and ends at last call, 7 p.m. Tattooed Dad’s is also hosting a Saturday Music Potluck! Bring your favorite dish to enjoy and share.

This Saturday, Aug. 6, Tattooed Dad’s will host a special fundraising event with Louisiana native John McMillan. He will be cooking jambalaya on site and collecting donations for Restorative Justice Project Maine. In addition, $1 from each beer sold that day will go to this local nonprofit. “We are excited for this collaboration and opportunity to support important work in our community.” Please also note that the expanded parking area is now complete.

Belfast Summer Nights continues through August as well. I always look forward to taking a walk around Belfast on a Thursday afternoon and stopping off for the free concerts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Steamboat Landing. Our absolute favorite is Tuba Skinny (this year, on Aug. 25), a traditional jazz street band based in New Orleans. They are a foot-stomping good time! FMI: https://mainstreetmaine.org/listing/belfast-summer-nights/

Chicken Barbecue

There is a summer Chicken Barbecue sponsored by American Legion Post 50 on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 108 Windermere Lane in Unity. They will be serving from noon until gone.  It is dine in or take out. For $12 per meal you get half of a chicken, barbecue sauce, baked beans, roll, chips, dessert and beverage. Delicious!

Jackson Corner Church

You’re invited to an informational meeting to see if there is community interest in holding services again at the Jackson Corner Church (the lovely little white New England church on the corner of Village Road and Route 7). On Monday morning, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m., the Rev. Debbie Arnold will be there to meet with and provide information on reviving services here in Jackson. All are welcome.

Town Office

Applications are now available at the Town Office for the Property Tax Stabilization program for Senior Citizens (from the LD 290 bill). The application is due by Dec. 1 in order to get your real estate taxes  stabilized at the 2022 tax year amount.

You can also access the application online at Maine Revenue Services.  They have a very helpful Q&A on there as well. Please go to: maine.gov/revenue/taxes/property-tax.

Please note that “30 Day Notices” for the town of Jackson real estate taxes will be mailed out this month. These notices will be for real estate taxes in arrears for the 2021 tax year. Property liens and additional fees go into effect 30 days from the date of the notice.

The next Select Board meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This is the meeting at which they will open and consider the bids for this winter’s snow plow contract.

Winter is coming.

Living here, in Maine, I have come to truly appreciate this little quip, “Maine has two seasons: winter, and getting ready for winter.” In that vein we have gotten in our hay, been scraping and painting, and always, there is the cutting, stacking and restacking of firewood.

We still need to do some squirrel-proofing in the barn. This spring I found a red squirrel nest (I did see the cheeky little varmints so I know it was them!) in the middle of my leftover hay bales — they had stolen an old kitchen curtain I had on a shelf. The curtain was swirled into a big cocoon — complete with rings attached. I only wish I could have watched them dragging it from a shelf on the ground level all the way up to the loft and deep into the hay bales. How do I not notice these things happening?!

Don’t forget to schedule your burner tune-up sooner than later because all the oil companies get wicked busy once the fall sets in. If you need heating assistance, please reach out to Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP). They accept applications year-round. Priority is given to senior citizens, veterans, those with disabilities, and families with children 7 and under.

In addition to local heating assistance funds, WCAP is an agency with which you can apply for federal fuel assistance through HEAP. FMI: call WCAP at 338-3025, or 1-800-498-3025, or go to: waldocap.org/WCAP-programs/energy.