Halloween is almost here … and you know what’s spooky? How easy it is to catch COVID. It would seem it’s still flying around with a vengeance — like so many ghouls.

The numbers are up in Waldo County. The CDC says the following as of Aug. 31: “A high-quality mask should be worn around others at home and in public through day 10. A test-based strategy may be used to remove a mask sooner.” Hopefully we can all be respectful of others in our community and observe this gentle reminder. And yes, I have caught it — so we’ll keep it short and sweet this week.

Jackson Trick-or-Treat

Stop by the Jackson Transfer Station on Halloween evening, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with your little ones for a treat. The Jackson library is also donating kids’ books to make it an even sweeter treat.

Jackson Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at the Jackson Community Center changes to winter hours with the Monday, Oct. 24, pickup from 10 to 11 a.m. Check out the Jackson Food Pantry Info page on Facebook. There’s all kinds of goodies for sale for their Christmas fundraising efforts — lots of toys for the kids. It’s an online sale; request your item and arrange for payment and pickup.

Prepare to vote!

Absentee Bballot applications may be submitted up until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. The ballot itself may be dropped off until 8 p.m. on Nov. 8, Election Day.

Are you a new voter in Jackson? After Oct. 18, any new voter registrations must be done in person at the Town Office.

Election clerks needed

Keep democracy alive in small town America! Step up and sign up to volunteer to do voter check-in and/or count ballots in the evening. Please contact Brenda at the Town Office to sign up, 722-3439.

Taxes are due

Thursday, Oct. 20, is the last day to pay your Jackson real estate taxes before interest of 5% begins to accrue on the outstanding amount. Thank you to everyone who has paid early and in full. That’s how we keep this little town chugging along.