We certainly made the leap from unseasonably warm to unseasonably cold —no in between. We got the garlic in the ground in the nick of time as we had been holding off due to the warmth. If all goes well — between the air travel and the multitude of germs flying around — we will be down in Maryland visiting hubby’s family with lots of Toumayan kids, cousins and siblings. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Wreaths Across America visits Jackson

Marlene Thompson, our town sexton, and board member of the Jackson Corner Cemetery, has begun an initiative for wreaths to be placed on the headstones of all veterans in Jackson, in both private and town cemeteries. It will be a beautiful recognition of their service.

The wreaths will be delivered on Dec. 17 (time to be confirmed) by Wreaths Across America. They will donate eight special wreaths to get us started. All will be welcome to attend a presentation ceremony at the Jackson Corner Cemetery. From there Marlene and volunteers will distribute the wreaths across Jackson cemeteries. we are hoping that Jackson residents will be inspired to donate enough to cover all our veterans laid to rest in Jackson.

Each wreath costs $15, donate for one or more, or just donate what you can — it will all go toward the wreaths across Jackson cemeteries. You can buy as many wreaths as you wish, including personal wreaths for you to place on your own family headstones as you wish. We can place them for you and if you cannot make it to the cemetery we can take a picture of the wreath placed on your headstone of choice.

For wreaths to be placed this year we will need the funds by Tuesday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 29. If we are unable to collect enough to cover the number of wreaths needed for every veteran’s grave, the money will be held for 2023, when we will start the initiative a little earlier in the year. Please submit donations in a check made out to: Wreaths Across America, ℅ Marlene Thompson, 1354 Moosehead Trail, Jackson, ME 04921. And, put ID#ME JACT on the memo line of your check.

Questions? Call Marlene: 722-3350.

To learn more about the fascinating story of this charitable organization, please visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Maine Christmas wreaths

There are many places all around us to get local Christmas wreaths, made by hand and from our own local fir trees. Nan Dube Fickett of Monroe makes excellent quality and plump wreaths with a great variety of holiday ribbons and wreath decorations to choose from. She can be contacted via Messenger on  Facebook, where there are lots of photos of her wreaths. Murphy’s Tree & Wreath Stand on Belmont Avenue in Belfast has been making wreaths for three generations. Check their Facebook page also for updates.

Property Tax Stabilization Program

The Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens is a state program that allows certain seniors to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead. As long as you qualify and file a timely application each year, the tax billed to you for your homestead will be frozen at the amount you were billed in the prior tax year. The filing deadline is Dec. 1, the application is available on the state of Maine website or from the Town Office. To learn more about this program before the application deadline, all are welcome to come listen to Thorndike’s Town Assessor Agent, Garnett Robinson, go over the program on Monday, Nov. 28, 5 to 6 p.m. at the Thorndike Town Office Event Room, 125 Mount View Road, Thorndike. Please plan on arriving between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m.so that the meeting can start at 5.

Jackson Town Website

I am very pleased (and many thanks!) to share that Sami Li has taken up the banner to manage updates to our new and improved town website. The web address has changed — it is now: jacksonmaine.org.

Much of the site was stuck in 2020, but check back in the coming days for current updates to Town Office open/close hours/dates, transfer station hours, due dates for taxes and dog licenses, Jackson Food Pantry information, Select Board and Planning Board meetings, library information, and announcements/reminders for special events (e.g., brown goods day, Halloween).

Town Office

The town office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving. It is possible the office will also be closed on Monday, Nov. 28 — call and make sure it is open before driving over.

Jackson Food Pantry

Nov. 28 is this month’s Jackson Food Pantry distribution day, from 10 to 11 a.m.