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Greetings, Brooks. Hope you are enjoying the summer.

Historical Society

The Brooks Historical Society will hold its second open house of the season on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 11 Moosehead Trail Highway in Brooks. Admission is free but donations are always accepted. Visitors will be required to wear masks inside the Pilley House Museum and Menard Barn. The air-conditioned “archives” room in the museum will be available for family research. Taped interviews and vintage pictures of Brooks people and events will be available to view in the Menard Barn.

Chicken barbecue

On Aug. 21, the American Legion will have a “dine in, take out” chicken barbecue. A plate is $10, and includes 1/2 chicken, barbecue sauce, baked beans, roll, chips, dessert and beverage. It will be held at 108 Windermere Lane, Unity. Food will be served from noon until it is gone.

ATV Poker Run

The Unity Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting another ATV Poker Run. They had such a great turnout two years ago, and since it couldn’t be hosted last year because of COVID, they are expecting even more this year.

– Depart and return from Unity Volunteer Fire Department, 5 Firehouse Lane, Unity.

– Registration 10-10:30 a.m., safety meeting 10:45 a.m.

– 25 miles of trails, best hand wins.

– 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $75, 3rd prize $50

– You must be 18 years of age or older to play poker, but any age can ride.

– $5 per ATV, $5 per game card, limit three cards per rider.

– Decorate your ATV and/or wear a costume. $25 prize for best costume and best decorated.

– Food and beverages will be available by the Thorndike ATV Trail Blazers and desserts by Unity Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

– For more information, contact Maureen Haley (570-8764) or Melissa Sanborn (416-7661).

Brooks Garden Club

Club members have been busy planting daylilies throughout the town. They now have a Facebook page — check it out.

Marsh River Theater

We feel a sense of loss since the theater has been closed because of COVID. We have not been able to perform with friends and family or gather together at the theater. Now for the big news: Next year is the 25th anniversary of the Marsh River Theater! The board has been meeting to start planning a special season with a lot of fun memories. Is there anything you would like to see?

We’ve discussed a re-do of a favorite show (“Pump Boys & Dinettes, Gee Haw”), a special booklet, a calendar and a musical review, just to name a few. Thank you so much for all you’ve done and your support — past, present and future. Our theater family could not survive without you!

Ralph’s Cafe

With the surge in Waldo County COVID cases, you will once again need to wear a mask inside the restaurant unless you are seated at your table.