Hello all. Hope your August is going well. Mine includes trying to keep a garden alive in the absence of rain, fighting the onslaught of Japanese beetles (a losing battle), pulling weeds, stacking wood and trying not to succumb to the heat and humidity. We have harvested peas, beans, cucumbers, basil and some tomatoes. Local news remains elusive as always, so here is a brief rundown of what's been going on:

The Thrift Store is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face coverings and distancing are mandatory. Your temperature will be taken before entering and the number of people inside is monitored. We got a practically brand new hedge trimmer for $5 — score!. You never know what you'll find.

Ralph's Cafe is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch. Reservations are required for indoor dining (on the hour) and outside tables are available on a first come, first served basis. Face coverings are mandatory in order to enter the building. An assortment of baked goods and carryout are also available by calling 722-3236.

Information on RSU 3 can be found on the district's website: An entire section is dedicated to the plan for reopening schools this fall. The RTS Steering Committee is recommending modifying the plan to have K-12 students attend two full days on site and three remote days per week.

The First Congregational Church of Brooks UCC continues to hold services on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Varney parking lot. Tune your car radio to 94.3 FM to hear Rev. Russ read gospel passages and deliver an inspiring message. The socially distant choir also performs. I found this to be quite unique. I brought a cold drink and wore shorts! The audio was excellent!

On Friday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, the Belfast Garden Club open garden will feature two gardens in Brooks. The gardens of Nancy and Ray Quimby and Jeanne and Art Shea are open to the public. A donation of $5 is suggested, and checks or exact change is appreciated. I've been to both gardens, and both are just lovely. For more information, the Belfast Garden Club website is

Until next time …. peace.