COVID crept into my house last week. Fortunately, I was away for the weekend when hubby returned from a work trip with it — thereby avoiding the pre-symptom exposure. I immediately instituted a total separation protocol. And now, on day eight for him, I am still COVID-free and he is feeling much better.

Why do I mention this to the world? To let you know that COVID is alive and well. If you get your boosters you will hopefully not be as sick. More importantly if you have any type of underlying health risks, you should definitely be following distancing and masking suggestions because at risk elderly, and others, are still dying every day from this disease. And, finally, I know of half a dozen people in Waldo County and beyond who have gotten it in the last month.

On to the happy stuff. Common Ground Country Fair begins this Friday, Sept. 22-24. You will find me in the Fleece Tent, all weekend! This is the place to find a wide variety of fleeces, in a multitude of natural colors from all sorts of sheep breeds. There will be fleeces from Merinos, Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydales, Shetlands, Icelandics and more. There will also be bunny fiber. If you spin, knit, felt — wet or dry — or are a doll-maker, come visit the Fleece Tent — or just come by to say “Hi!”

Common Ground tickets

Please note that MOFGA has gone the way of so many businesses, with online ticketing. You can still stand in line on the day to purchase a ticket, but it will of course be quicker to have one handy on your phone or a home print-out. Gone are the days when you waved your membership card and your family followed you in. Find all the details for attending the fair here: https://www.mofga.org/the-fair/.

Town Office

Tax bills have not yet been finalized as of this writing (Sept. 16). However, rest assured that the due date for payment will be, as always, 30 days after the commitment date. The commitment date is that date when the Select Board signs off on the assessments and mill rate calculation. So, not to worry, we all will get a tax bill this year, but, clearly it will not be due on Oct. 1.

Free rabies clinic

There will be a rabies clinic held at the Brooks Fire Station on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. This clinic is free for Waldo County residents.

Election Day is coming

Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. Ballot clerks are needed to work during the day, and there may also be a need for counters after 8 p.m. Please contact Brenda in the Town Office (722-3439) if you are interested in working at any time on Election Day.

Absentee ballot applications are now available in the Town Office or online. https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absenteeguide.html.

You will receive the actual absentee ballot within 30 days of the election.

New resident in Jackson? Please try to come into the Town Office to register to vote BEFORE Election Day. If you voted in the last election, then you are already registered. Your name will already be on the voter roll, and you need do nothing further to vote this November.

Brown Goods Day

Brown Goods Day for Jackson residents will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or whenever the dumpster is full). As a reminder, acceptable materials include: construction/demo debris; bulky waste such as furniture, mattresses, box springs; flooring including lino, rugs, carpets, tile; tarps; rope; netting; wood — both treated and untreated.


The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center is sending some love to all of us for driving our many bins of plastics, glass and papers over to them: “This past week, Sept. 6th-10th, was the busiest week for customer traffic we have ever had. We serviced 207 customers over the past week. Our previous single week record was 203, set the first week we were back from the two-month COVID hiatus we took. We are extremely proud of all our customers, and appreciate their patience and understanding when things are so incredibly busy. We want to thank you all for your support and continued patronage. Best, Jeff/Steve, UARRC Staff.”