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Hello everyone. Hope you all are well. Hooray — we've had our first snow! I love it, but I need to share some information with you. Our mailboxes are allowed to be curbside as a courtesy, and keep in mind that your plow driver is often working in low-visibility conditions on long shifts. Here are some reminders from the Town Office and selectmen: There is a state law (29MRSA2396) that prohibits pushing of snow into the public way. "A person may not place and allow to remain on a public way snow or slush that has not accumulated there naturally." Your driveway snow plow drivers should not be leaving snowbanks out beyond where the town plow contractor has pushed the banks; you must get the snow you plow from your driveway beyond the plowed banks. If you plow across the road, you must clean up snow cones left by your plow. In addition, mailboxes are in the right-of-way by permission of the municipality and if damaged, there is no legal entitlement to replacement or payment (thank you to Meredith Toumayan of Jackson for sharing this information).

Have you finished decorating for the holidays? No? The Town Office still has Santa flags, ornaments, sparkly decorations, large candy canes and odds and ends for sale at low prices. Come in and check it out.

Have you missed the 2020 season at the Marsh River Theater as much as I have? Plans are already underway for next year, but we have a big announcement: Congratulations to Frank Champa — he was able to get a large grant from the Maine Community Foundation (The Maine Theater Fund Grant). The money will be used to upgrade theater lighting. Thank you, Frank!

More good news — the town has received a signed deed from the Brooks Park Boosters Inc. and volunteers have been working on cleaning up the park this fall. Several people have mentioned how much they enjoy the park and how beautiful it is … or could be. Please visit the park as often as you can to enjoy its natural beauty. The more positive energy that is present may help negate some of the negative energy and vandalism. A walk around the park is a great way to enjoy the outdoors at this time of year. It belongs to all of us, so we need to take care of it and use it. More information will follow.

As I'm sure you are all aware by now, the Brooks Christmas Celebration had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. Instead, you are invited to join everyone for a Christmas Drive-Thru event at the Town Office/Fire Station. Bring your letter to Santa and leave it in his onsite mailbox. Visit other Christmas sets from the safety of your car and possibly get a treat. You may get a glimpse of Santa, the Grinch and others. This event will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to safely direct traffic.

A candlelight church service will be held in the Varney parking lot Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

Until next time … stay well and warm.