Jackson Town Column Sally-Anne Partoon ToonsVillageHouse1@roadrunner.com

A warm welcome to Jackson newcomers, Tom Ryan and ‘Atticus’

Having recently been signed by Brian DeFiore, the head of DeFiore and Company — the literary agents that handled  “Marley and Me” — writer Tom Ryan has moved to Jackson to work on his new book entitled “Following Atticus”, which chronicles Tom’s adventures in the White Mountains for the past four years with his remarkable little dog, Atticus, a 25 pound Miniature Schnauzer.
In the fall of 2004 Atticus and Tom hiked 4,000-foot Mount Garfield, the following summer they hiked all 48 of the 4,000-footers in 11 weeks. They have also gone on to climb 193 winter 4,000-footers in four years, raising money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
During this time, little Atticus has overcome blindness, thyroid cancer and being attacked by a large dog 6 days before he and Tom were to be honored at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library as winners of the MSPCA’s annual Human Hero Award. Despite having to undergo emergency surgery, Atticus surprised one and all by proudly marching into the JFK Library as if nothing had happened. Throughout the evening he made his way around the festivities and by night’s end he captured the hearts of everyone.
Tom can often be seen walking the Jackson Loop with Atticus in the mornings; his hiking column, Adventures with Tom and Atticus, is a popular read in the Northcountry News and can be viewed at www.tomandatticus.blogspot.com .

Michael Clemons
It is with great sadness that the Jackson Selectmen announced the sudden passing of Michael Clemons in the early morning of Friday, May 29. A long time employee of the town on the road crew, Michael was also a volunteer fireman for many years. The funeral will be held at the Jackson cemetery today, Thursday, June 4, at noon.

Whitney Center hosts first theatrical production
Last weekend saw the first theatrical production held at the new Whitney Center presented by Jackson Grammar School. Under the direction of travelling theater group, Children’s Stage Adventures, youngsters had been working all week on the musical comedy "Androcles and the Lion" ready for their performance on Saturday night. The lead roles were split between Malcolm Badger and Esmae Doucette playing Androcles, and Marco Ross-Parent and Lizzy Duffy playing the Lion. A great evening was had by all and the new facility was fully utilized for dressing room space, entry points on and off the stage, accommodating changing scenery and lights, and for the serving of light refreshments for the audience.The Whitney Center is available for public use between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, except Monday through Wednesday during school hours. Request for use forms, a fee schedule, school board guidelines for use along with a link to the calendar of events can all be found on the Jackson Grammar School Web site: www.jacksongrammar.org.

K2 T-Ball in Town
Tuesday, June 2, saw Jackson K2 students take to the field for their first ever game competing against another team from Bartlett. The children showed great enthusiasm and respect for both their team mates and the visiting team. Although the coaches from neither team kept score, some of the players from each of the teams would, no doubt, say they won by several runs. The whole purpose of this after school activity has really been to teach the fundamentals of baseball and of sportsmanship in general. Another game will be played at the fields of Attitash next week on Wednesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. for those interested in coming out and supporting the children.

Hosts sought for two female Turkish students
The Belcher Family would like to thank the Jackson Community for their support during the last two years when they managed the Christmas Farm Inn for the Tolley Family. Following the recent sale of the inn to new owners, the Belchers will now be devoting all their attention to The Lodge at Jackson. Due to new arrangements of the sale, they are now looking for summer housing for our two female students from Turkey from June 15 through early October. If anyone knows of housing arrangements available here in Jackson, please call 383-0999 with details.

31st annual Jackson Covered Bridge 10k Footrace and Kids Fun Run
The 31st, annual Jackson Covered Bridge Footrace and Kids K Fun Run is set to take place this Saturday, June 6. The unique 10 kilometer footrace, sponsored by the White Mountain Milers, will begin at 9:30 a.m. for walkers and 10:00 a.m. for runners. The Kids K Fun Run will start at 11:30 a.m. following the race. Beginning at the Jackson Covered Bridge, the course winds through the village and along the scenic Jackson Falls. It includes a 1.5 mile uphill at the start, rising about 500 feet in elevation.
On-site registration is available for $24. Interested runners and walkers may register online at: www.active.com. A downloadable registration form can be found at the White Mountain Miler web site at www.whitemountainmilers.com. For more information, contact Race Director, Lorraine Tilney, at jackson10K@hotmail.com or call her on 383-6153.

Selectmen's summer meeting schedule
The Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Schedule for the summer months is as follows: June 4 and 18, July 2, 16 and 30, Aug. 13 and 27. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the town office meeting room.

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