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By Meredith Toumayan | Apr 29, 2021
Photo by: Meredith Toumayan Brush burn on Bog Road with Paul Toumayan.


Whoa! I’m all for early spring, but not so much for early black flies! Greedy as the sheep are for the luscious new grass, they only eat for a few minutes before running back under the barn to hide. Even that is unusual — the sheep having grass to graze on in April. I hope the black flies leave as early as they came. And, Hallelujah! The CDC has relaxed outdoor mask-wearing guidelines. Of course I might as well keep wearing it to keep the black flies off of me.

Fire Department

Tis the season — for brush burning. I had a nice chat with our Fire Chief Don Nickerson. Maybe you heard the sirens and noticed the fire trucks headed through the village — twice just in the last week for brush fires — on weekdays, during the daytime. As a reminder, you need a fire permit to burn outdoors. More importantly, fire permits in Jackson are only allowable after 5 p.m. on weekdays, plus all day and evening on weekends and holidays.

With an all-volunteer fire department, if you burn on a weekday, it leaves few if any firefighters in town should something get out of hand. Evenings are a preferable time to burn not only because our firefighters are likely to be home, but also because you can better see escaping embers, along with the moderating influence of the rising damp and falling winds that are typical of an evening.

You can get a burn permit online for a small fee, but if you go directly to the fire chief (722-3373) or a deputy fire chief, you get the permit for free. No matter where you get a permit, if the wind picks up, probably it’s a good idea to shut it down.

And speaking of volunteering...Jackson Fire Department is always in search of new recruits, for the many types of jobs to be done in support of our fire department.

Town Office

Next Planning Board meeting will be Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. Reminder that the dog licensing deadline to avoid a late penalty fee of $25 per animal is fast approaching: June 1.

Food Pantry

Please note that the Jackson Food Pantry hours at the Jackson Community Center will be an hour earlier each month, from 9 to 10 a.m. Next food pantry is May 25.

Jackson history nugget

We’re about to get a boatload of rain again. A good thing! Hopefully our unpaved roads have dried out enough to get some of those ruts graded out. Back in the day, road grading was done with horses. Some of you will remember Beverly Ludden writing this column — for decades. Well, she also wrote some memories for folks to read, which can be found online:

“Dad was (the) road commissioner in Jackson for years. When it rained he and I went on every road and ditched water out of the road so it wouldn’t wash out the road. Dad graded roads with horses hooked to (a) grader. It had big wheels to lift and lower (the) blade. The horses’ reins were tied together over his shoulder and he’d turn his body to steer horses.”


Hope all you moms, grandmoms and great-grandmamas have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families!



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