Is it just me, or are the colors spectacular this autumn? We’ve moved the sheep back to their winter pastures. I’m dithering about when the last mowing of the lawn should take place. We’re still working on filling the woodshed from the big outdoor piles — got the old outhouse filled up to the rafters.

I got some pumpkins, along with acorn and butternut squashes, from Donna Shute’s roadside stand (just south of downtown Brooks on Route 7). She has an amazing variety of gourds available for table displays, and the pumpkins are different sizes and prices — and all grown on the Shute farm in Brooks.

Local music

Please join Carla & Justin of Darshan Music for another Uplifting Autumn Kirtan on Monday, Oct. 17, at Belfast Yoga Studio. Open your heart to life’s endless possibilities in a safe Container of Sound!! Donations accepted at the door; nobody turned away for lack of funds. Kirtan to commence at 7 p.m. (The Belfast Center, 9 Field St., Suite 302).

“It seems that the human race has lost a great deal of the ancient science of magic, but if there remains any magic it is music.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Spooky happenings

Halloween is right around the corner. On Sunday, Oct. 30, Janice will be hosting another Halloween Doggy Dress Up Day at the Jackson transfer station. Come and get treats and show off your own ghoulish pets. On Halloween evening there will be a trick-or-treat event at the Jackson Town Office complex on Route 7 (more details to follow).

In Brooks there will be a Halloween celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m., at the Brooks Community Park.

And, in Monroe, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m., please join Friends of Gesner Park for a Halloween celebration! They are planning for many decorated trunks for trunk or treating, plus tractor hayrides around the 1/2-mile track, a chili cook-off (power for slow cookers is available), a pumpkin station … and more!

Town Office

Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Office. If you have already filled out an applicationt, you may pick yours up. You may also come in and complete the application for the absentee ballot and get your ballot right there. Speaking of ballots, please reach out to Brenda in the Town Office (722-3439) if you are available to work either during the day (checking voters in and out) or in the evening (counting ballots) on Election Day, Nov. 8. Note: This is a paid gig.

Dog licenses will be available as of Oct. 15. Proof of current rabies vaccination required.

Ranked-choice voting

The Republican Journal had a nice summary in the Sept. 1 issue of how to vote on a ranked-choice ballot. As a ballot counter, myself, I would like to remind everyone that we have guidelines on how to count your votes for those candidates that qualify for ranked-choice voting (which is NOT the gubernatorial race). On the ranked-choice ballots, you have the opportunity to rank each candidate as first, second, third, etc.

Things to watch out for: If you mark more than one candidate in the same column of choice, such as first, then neither will get the vote. If you skip two or more rankings in a row, none of the following rankings you mark will be counted. If you put no one in the first choice row then that vote will be considered a blank on Election Night. But, if the state needs to conduct their ranked choice count, based on the total numbers, then your second choice will be counted as a first choice. So, be sure not to duplicate your votes for different candidates in the same ranking choice column, and, feel free to vote only for a few of the candidates, but try not to leave more than one blank choice column in between your candidates. Clear as mud?

Mount View Craft Fair

The Mount View High School Craft Fair in Thorndike is coming right up, Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You should definitely mark your calendars. But also, if you are interested in being a vendor at this vibrant craft fair, please reach out for an application at 568-3255. Table space is 6 ft. by 8 ft. and applications and the table fee of $35 are due by Nov. 18.

Don’t forget Brown Goods Day is this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Sheep info!

Would the Kathleen who left me a message about sheep equipment please reach out again? I seem to have written down the wrong number! Funny story though, I sent a text message to what I thought was the right number. They messaged me back, letting me know they weren’t Kathleen. Then we had a moment when she said she was in Jackson. From there we had a lovely conversation about how she was interested in getting some sheep in the near future. I just love the serendipitous growth of our sheep community.