By Meredith Toumayan


All our farm nests are full of fledglings about to burst forth, lifted onto the summer breezes. I watch the barn swallow babies enthusiastically being fed by mama and papa. I am so afraid they are going to push each other out of the nest. But I guess Mother Nature keeps an eye on them till they’re ready to fly!

Jackson Village. Happy Fourth of July! Meredith Toumayan

July 4 events

I want to remind everyone that Brooks is again hosting our cherished Fourth of July celebratory events. On Saturday, July 3, starting at 9 a.m., there will be music, chicken barbecue, crafts, activities and fireworks at Brooks Community Park. On Sunday morning of July 4, there will be a Brooks parade, right through town, at 10 a.m.


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Town Office

Reminder! Transfer station will be closed on Sunday, July 4. Instead, it will be open on Friday, July 2, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Please note: The Town Office will be closed on Monday, July 5, and Friday, July 9.

New England History Nugget

In contemplating the bringing together of large numbers of people, I was drawn to read a bit more about this great Brighton market of the Boston area in the 1800s — where our local farmers brought their livestock for sale and slaughter. Originally the Brighton Market was one of the earliest and largest agricultural fairs in the nation, the Brighton fair and Cattle show. It was held in October of each year from 1817 to 1835. The expansion of the Boston and Worcester Railroad “encouraged livestock shipments to Brighton by setting low carload rates for cattle, sheep, hogs and calves… . By mid-(19th)century, Brighton’s Cattle Market was New England’s largest, doing some $2 to $3 million dollars of business in hogs, cattle, and sheep annually. By 1866 Brighton contained some fifty-five small-scale butchering establishments. On Market Day, a colorful melange of drovers, stockmen, cattle dealers, hawkers and peddlers were drawn to Brighton Center. The rough and tumble atmosphere of cattle and other farm animals being herded through the streets of the town as well as the revelry of inebriated visitors in hotel barrooms inspired the great writer Nathaniel Hawthorn to describe a Market Day in Brighton during the Fall of 1841.” Source:

Sounds like quite the experience — imagine the noise, the smell, the chaos. I shall have to look for that Hawthorne description.

Enjoy your crowds of people and happy Fourth of July to you all!


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