Greetings. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Hopefully, no more heat waves. Pray for rain.

Gardens seem to be doing OK. I hope you've had time to check out the community garden at the rear of the Varney parking lot — tons of tomatoes. Come and pick your own. Thank you, Paula and Dan Miron.

Have you heard about Waldo County Bounty Give & Take? Tables to allow for the free Give & Take of fresh, local produce. The Brooks table is located on the porch of the Town Office and runs all summer and into the fall. Any gardener with extra produce can give to the table — just sign in what you are leaving. Any person who cannot readily access fresh produce can take what they can use. Share the bounty!

The trustees of Brooks Congregational Church held their August meeting where it was unanimously decided that it is still too early to open up to the public while the pandemic is still not under control. They will re-visit the issue at the September meeting. For now, all activities in the Varney remain restricted except for Monday night AA meetings and the Thrift Store (open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

It's early yet, but our town clerk, Jane McLaughlin, is asking that we check all of our necessary information prior to voting in the upcoming election — name, address, registration (if you haven't registered, please do so now). They expect a large turnout and want everything to go as smoothly as possible.

Pat Roberts celebrated her 80th birthday this past week. She would like to thank everyone for the many cards she received and really appreciates your thoughtfulness. Happy birthday, Pat! And many more.

Until next time…..peace.