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Hope everyone has been enjoying summer. The school year begins on Sept. 3. Be alert for students, buses and extra traffic.

If you weren't able to see it the first weekend, "The Revolutionists" will be performed on Aug. 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marsh River Theater. Don't miss it.

Marsh River's Got Talent will be on Sept. 28. Please see Mike or Melissa at Ralph's Cafe if you're interested in performing.

Brooks Action Group will be having its monthly lunch for those 55 and over on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Varney Community Building. Free-will donations accepted.

The Brooks Planning Board meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office. The meetings are open to all and your input is valued. The board mailed out surveys this past February (they were also available at the Town Office) and the results are in and tabulated. Two meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at noon and 6:30 p.m. at the Varney Community Building. Survey results will be shared at these times. Please attend a meeting and find out how your fellow citizens responded. You will find the results quite interesting.

An ancient remedy for an "ancient" patient: RQ had knee surgery a few weeks ago. The patient returned to the physician for a follow up and dressing change. Medical grade honey was applied to the operative site and the dressing was replaced. Instructions were given for further applications of the honey at home. The ancient Egyptians used honey as an embalming fluid and wound dressing with anti-bacterial properties more than 4,000 years ago. Everything old is new again (and the knee is on the mend).

A bit of Brooks History: Aug. 22, 1912, newspaper archives reported that "all public gatherings are off until the small pox scare is over…for a while we had no butcher, baker, or fish man, but they have now resumed their routes as usual. The small pox situation is not so bad as has been reported, though we have had a few cases here…those who had been to the house where they had it and stopped for a while. All are quarantined that have been exposed, and no one seems to feel very nervous over it."

If you see her, please wish Nancy Quimby (the Dahlia Empress of Brooks) a very happy birthday!