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It may be early in the new year, but for the wool growers out there it is definitely time to start thinking about booking your shearer. And before more fleeces pile up in the barn, I needed to take a couple, still hidden by my hay bales, out to be processed.

Though I often do every step from washing to spinning the yarn and knitting the garment, it is nice to have someone else help with the washing and carding to jump-start the process. Nancy and I took a drive up to Milford this week to drop off fleeces at Stacey’s Spinning Haven.

This is a new small business in the area, and she has a Belfast Mini Mill set-up that can do every step with the wool: picking, carding, spinning — into whatever weight yarn you choose. This equipment, for processing wool, is manufactured on Prince Edward Island by a family business — operating for over 30 years — pretty local, all things considered.

Dognapping

Apparently, there have been reports of stolen dogs in Monroe and Brooks, as well as suspicious activity observed by dog owners in front of the house. These dogs went missing from right out in their front yards. Perhaps it’s an easier score than catalytic converters — of which I have not heard there are any missing lately.

Dog licenses

One more reminder — you have until Tuesday, Jan. 31, to license your dog(s) without incurring the $25  per dog late fee with their registration. As of the time of this writing, there were approximately 80 dogs on the books that need renewals.

Rabies Clinic

There is one more rabies clinic being held in the area. This will be held at the Dixmont Town Office on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 – 7 p.m. The fee will be $15. This clinic is open to anyone, and the vet can come to your vehicle if your pet is nervous.

Jackson Food Pantry

The next Jackson Food Pantry distribution day is Monday, Jan. 23, 10 to 11 a.m. The full 2023 schedule is now posted on the “Jackson Food Pantry Info” Facebook page.

Try a new craft

Many of you will know Bob Nichols from Jackson. Bob is a very talented needle felter — where you stab raw wool to get it to lock into 3-D sculptural shapes. He is teaching a class on needle felting through the Regional School Unit 3 Adult & Community Education program Thursdays, Feb. 2 and 9, 6-8 p.m. This is open for all skill levels and ages 8 and up. FMI: rsu3.maineadulted.org.

Free museum outing

From now until the end of March, Maine Maritime Museum in Bath will offer free admission to all weekend visitors. Marketing and Communications Manager Amanda Pleau said, “We are really working hard to get members of our community into the museum.” On Saturdays, visitors can tour the Percy & Small Shipyard at 1 p.m. There are also new exhibits at the museum for guests to explore. The last day for free weekend admission will be Sunday, April 1. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Town Office

The new and improved town of Jackson website is up and running. Go to jacksonmaine.org. Meeting dates and times for Select Board, Fire Department, Planning Board and more have been, and are being, updated. Get in touch with Brenda, our town clerk, by emailing her at clerk@jacksonmaine.org. Thank you so much to our new webmaster, Sami Li.

Fun fact

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of Yellowstone, the TV series. This present-day western stars Kevin Costner (Happy 68th birthday on Jan. 18!). He is also a producer on the show — as he was for the fabulous movie, “Dances with Wolves.” A true fan of the West, he has donated millions to environmental causes.