Wowza! Common Ground Country Fair had a banner year of fair attendees — 67,848. Fortunately, they did not all walk through the Fleece Tent, where I spent all day every day selling bags of wool. We had 26 different shepherds bring in their clips, bags of shorn fleece, totaling over 600 lbs. of wool. And, almost all of it sold!

After three long years it felt really good to support our local Maine sheep farmers with this wonderful outlet for wool. Most of the wool shoppers are hand spinners. We did get a shopper who was going to felt himself a whole shirt with a fleece. A couple of people asked about wool insulation batts — a growing trend — but the Fleece Tent is totally unprocessed wool.

The fiber talks given outside the tent were well-attended. They covered such topics as, “I’ve bought a fleece, now what?” and demonstrated angora bunny shearing, as well as needle felting. A shout-out to all the Fleece Tent volunteers, without whom you would still be looking for me — lost under a mountain of wool.

Remembrances and loss

It is with much sadness that I share the passing of Marty Sarah Moore. Many of you will know her as the alpaca lady, here in Jackson, for the past 15 or so years. She even convinced me that I wanted a couple of alpacas, and was an amazingly knowledgeable mentor while I had them.

Marty was a big part of our fiber community, and a generous supporter of the Marsh River Co-op in Brooks, where she sold yarn spun up from her black alpaca fiber. She was a talented and successful geneticist when it came to breeding for a pure black alpaca fiber.

She will be missed at our spinning circles, at the Marsh River Co-op, at the Brooks Bible Church, and at the Marsh River Theater where she always had a kind word for the actors. Sympathy from all of us goes out to Bob, and to Marty’s extended family from away. And, to her darling corgis, Rosy and Caesar.

Building Permits

The town of Jackson would like to remind those who are thinking of building in Jackson that there is a Building Notification Ordinance that requires all people constructing a building, or addition, of 200 square feet or more to file a Building Notification Form. In addition to informing the town, which allows review by the code enforcement officer, the Building Notification Form will guide you as to what further permitting you may be required to submit to the town and/or the state. These forms are available in the Town Office.

Town Office

The next Planning Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. You hopefully will have received your tax bills by now, as they were to have been mailed out Sept. 30. Please note that the Town Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.