Yep, you saw right — there was no Jackson column last week. Never mind post-COVID, we seem to be living in pandemic purgatory. I had it pretty bad — guess I waited a minute too long to get the fall COVID booster. I went through quite a few test kits before finally testing negative about 13 days later.

Speaking of test kits, Maine residents can still get free test kits mailed directly to your home from Project ACT. It’s super easy, I just ordered some — though I’d better not need them for quite a while! Just go to accesscovidtests.org and fill in your mailing info.

Election Day Nov. 8

Participate in your democracy! Work at the Town Office on Election Day! We still need daytime registration clerks and evening counters on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Please contact Brenda (722-3439) if you can work at all on Election Day. Jackson has already received over 50 absentee ballots.

Please note: The last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. It may be submitted up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Town Office

As a reminder, clocks fall back on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m. Jackson Transfer Station hours will adjust to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that Sunday for the winter. The Town Office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, through Monday Nov. 14. Dog licenses are now available. A correction to my previous column: This year’s interest rate on late real estate taxes is set at 4%, the maximum under state law.

Sealed bid property

The town of Jackson is receiving bids for a tax-acquired property located on Sullivan Road, Parcel 1: Tax Map 002 Lot 004. The property has a house, a garage and is approximately 95.8 acres. The minimum bid will be in excess of $50,000. All bids will be opened by the Select Board at the Town Office at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. FMI: Call the Town Office, 722-3439.

Local holiday shopping

Come shop a unique collection of holiday decor, books and collectibles, and support the Monroe Community Library. From the elegant to the whimsical, this sale has something for every taste! The event will include a bake sale and children’s craft activities on Saturday morning! This sale is happening Friday, Nov. 4, 4-7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Monroe Town Hall, 8 Swan Lake Ave.

Hunters Supper

There will be a Hunters Supper and raffle drawing sponsored by American Legion Post 50 on Saturday, Nov. 12, serving 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 108 Windermere Lane, Unity, $10 per adult, $5 under 16, free for 5 and under. Dinner includes baked beans, hot dogs, rolls, casseroles, salads, dessert and a beverage. There will also be a raffle drawing and door prizes.

No one hungry on Thanksgiving

Waldo County Bounty wants everyone to know: “The holidays are supposed to be a restful time of peace and joy, but the festive season is simply no fun without an equally festive meal. Fortunately, there are lots of options for finding a warm, delicious and free meal in Waldo County for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2022. Multiple organizations are offering free onsite dining with all the fixin’s, from turkey and cranberry sauce to mashed potatoes and gravy. Further, there’s a massive community effort to deliver baskets full of holiday groceries right to your front door through the Heroes for Hunger (H4H) and Neighbor for Neighbor (N4N) programs.” Please go to their website, waldocountybounty.org, or email waldocountybounty@gmail.com for details for how to apply for each program, or to donate.