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I imagined I might have some blowy and snowy pictures to share, but, apparently there is no snow this year. I will have to buy some cans of that fake stuff you spray on your windows, and start cutting out paper snowflakes. The rainstorms have been sufficient to take out the power on a regular basis.

It’s good to know that Jackson has a Warming Center in the event of an extended power outage — the Community Center on Village Road. Dale E. Hustus is our go-to guy for emergency preparedness in Jackson. The Community Center has a generator to make heat and water available, along with cots for sleeping if necessary, and a full kitchen for hot meals. Speaking of power, CMP has given us all ample warning that its rates will probably jump for all of us by 30% or so in January. Not to be a Grinch, with Christmas around the corner, but I know I’ll be pulling the plug on those outdoor Christmas lights on New Year’s Day.

Tattooed Dad

Holiday season update from our local brew pub: You are invited to our first-ever Solstice Party. This will be held Friday, Dec. 23, 3-7 p.m. We will host a potluck and a re-gifting Yankee Swap. Please do not buy a gift. Instead, wrap something from home that you received in the past that no longer serves you and bring it to the swap.

Live music will be provided by Stove Up Truck. This band features our very own Cody Tibbetts on guitar and lead vocals, Jimmy Rorden on drums, Tim Valliere on bass, and Josh Moody on lead guitar. We are really looking forward to the party. We hope you can join us.

We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our last open day in 2022 will be Friday, Dec. 30. We will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Peter Cottontail

There goes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail…If you happen to see him or his friends, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would love to hear from you. Cottontail rabbits do not hibernate, and the state is trying to determine rabbit populations. Please share the date, time and town seen, along with type of habitat — shrubs, forest, lawn — and even a photo. Send your info to: mefishwildlife.com/rabbits.

Veterans’ wreaths

All are welcome to come to the Veterans Memorial at Jackson town complex on Route 7 for a short ceremony blessing the wreaths from Wreaths Across America, this Saturday morning, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m., after which wreaths will be taken to the Jackson cemeteries for laying on veterans’ headstones. If you ordered an individual wreath to put out on a family plot, please come Saturday morning, or get in touch with Marlene (722-3350) to make other arrangements. More volunteers would be welcome — dress for the weather!

Planning Board

As chair of your Jackson Planning Board, I thought I would give you a year-end summary of the work we have been doing — and invite you to any and all of our future monthly meetings. The next one will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Currently the Planning Board members are reviewing the Jackson Land Use Ordinance. This document reflects the ordinances put in place following the creation of our Comprehensive Plan. These two documents were written around 25 years ago.

Many aspects of our town have not changed since then; for that we are mostly grateful. At the same time, it has come to the attention of the Planning Board and our Select Board that updates and clarifications are needed. Rest assured, material changes will be brought to town meeting on a warrant article.

In the meantime, we are reviewing and discussing the Land Use Ordinance, section by section. Updated permit fees and fines for new, and ongoing, construction in town, are in the process of being recommended to the Select Board. Currently under discussion is Section IV, which includes allowing a second residential structure on one lot.

If you are interested in how Jackson will develop going forward, come to our meetings — they are informative and enthusiastic.

Holiday hours

The Town Office will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26. The transfer station will be open Friday, Dec. 23, but with a change in hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The transfer station will be closed on Christmas Day but will be open as usual on New Year’s Day.

Dog licenses

Dog licenses, new and renewals, are due on Dec. 31. After Jan. 31, 2023, there are late fees. Please let the Town Office know if you no longer have a dog that was previously licensed.

Be safe out there, people! The triple threat (COVID/Flu/RSV) is everywhere — with a little care going into the holidays, maybe we can come out in the New Year with less illness, not more!

 

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