Helloooo from sunny SoCal! We’ve just arrived out west to visit friends and family. It is a little warmer and a little dryer out here, well, much dryer. I feel guilty every time I let the tap water run a minute to cool off. Our son and daughter-in-law live in Valley Village. Yup, that’s the first valley north of Hollywood and LA proper. It’s so flat you could ride a bike for hours and never get tired.

Interesting fact, though I always associate LA with the many palm trees lining their streets, there was only one native palm ever in this area, and that grew in the Mojave Desert. The rest of the palms here were imported for a variety of reasons: exotic appeal, to provide palms for Palm Sunday by the Franciscan monks, and of course shade. In time for the 1932 Olympic Games, over 40,000 Mexican palm trees were planted along 150 miles of LA streets in a citywide beautification program. Till next week, I’ll be seeking shade under the exotic palms.

Waldo County Triad Auction

The Waldo County Triad is a wonderful organization whose purpose is to allow our elder residents to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. If you, or someone you love, needs services, please reach out to them. They have a wellness check program. They provide free carbon monoxide and fire detectors, and their volunteers work hard to provide connections between seniors and appropriate social services agencies.

If you are interested in giving back, Waldo County Triad’s annual auction is on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Tarratine Hall building, 153 Main St., Belfast. Viewing of the items up for auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the auction will start at 5:45 p.m. You can donate, or come participate! FMI: 866-426-7555.

Your Local Brew Pub

Tattooed Dad Brewing Co. will be closed Sept. 3-11. It will reopen on Friday, Sept. 16. The fall lineup includes Jaded Ravins, Sept. 17; Thunderheart Lion, Sept. 24; Jolene Bryant (one of our personal faves!), Oct. 1; Left 4 Dead, Oct. 8; and Smoke & Mojo, Oct. 15.

Free rabies clinic

There will be a free (for Waldo County residents) clinic for rabies shots on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Troy Town Office from 9 to 11 a.m. If you are a Jackson resident and not sure if your dog is due for its rabies shot, please call the Jackson Town Office to confirm, 722-3439.

Town Office

Please note the Town Office will be closed on Sept. 5, Labor Day. Brenda will be looking for ballot clerks for the November election, and clerks do get paid for their time. If interested, please call the Town Office.

The next Select Board meeting will be at the Town Office on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

I hope everyone enjoys a peaceful and rejuvenating Labor Day Weekend!