Winter has arrived — along with 2023! Fortunately, despite the torturous air travel, we had a fabulous family respite in tropical Bonaire for Christmas week. Eighty-degree ocean and air temperatures.

The reefs in turquoise waters teemed with colorful fish — cowfish, parrotfish, angelfish and butterfly fish; so many fish peculiarly named after creatures above the sea. It was a joy to snorkel with them and alongside numerous sea turtles — a favorite of ours, they are so calm and unhurried despite our presence near them.

Happy to be home in Jackson — despite winter — I see that Janet Mills is about to send out heating assistance checks. These will be much needed by many. Kudos to Waldo County Woodshed who distributed upwards of 77 cords of wood through year-end 2022 — almost double what they did the previous year.

TWO rabies clinics

These are for both cats and dogs. The first one is at the Troy Town Office, sponsored by Searsport Veterinary Hospital, on Wednesday Jan. 25, 5 -7 p.m., and is $10. (While there you can also license your dog with the Troy town clerk if you are a Troy resident.) The second clinic is on Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., at Waldo County Pet Food Pantry (VFW building), 34 Field St., Belfast. Cost is $10 per vaccination. (Must show proof of previous vaccination to get three-year vaccine.) Note: All animals must be leashed or in carriers.

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16. Don’t forget to license your dog(s). Dog licenses expired Dec. 31, 2022. Unlicensed dogs as of Jan. 31 are subject to a state-mandated $25 late fee, each, plus their registration. Please bring your current rabies verification certificate (unfortunately we cannot just accept a vet receipt that it was paid — we need the actual certificate) or you can call the Town Office to verify whether we have a current rabies vaccination record on file to save you time during your visit. If your dog is no longer living or is not in your possession at this time, kindly advise this office so that your records may be corrected.

Town job opening

The Town Office is in search of a part-time employee, about four to five hours per week, for light cleaning, and possibly paper filing duties. Hours are flexible during open hours at the office. To inquire, please contact Brenda at 722-3439.

Town meeting

Mark your calendars: Town meeting will be on Saturday, March 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Jackson Community Center on Village Road. Come support democracy and vote for your town representatives for the Emergency Management Agency and the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center, as well as fire chief and sexton, and one Select Board seat.

Happy Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious? Looking for an excuse to get out of work? If you have a fear of Friday the 13th, you could suggest to your boss you suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia!