Greetings, Brooks.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful October days!

Congratulations and a lifetime of happiness to the following Brooks couples who were recently married: Meghan Cronin and Scott Grant, Erin Beeton and Anthony Foster, and Brooke Raven and Austin Higgins.

Dog licenses

The calendar on the town website states that dog licenses are due on Oct. 15.   That is incorrect and is clarified as follows: You may start licensing your dog(s) on Oct. 15 at the Town Office. The cost of licenses for spayed/neutered dogs is $6 and $11 for unspayed/unneutered dogs. A current rabies certificate must be   submitted when licensing. All dogs must be licensed by January 31, 2022 to avoid a $25 late fee per dog. Summonses will be actively issued for unlicensed dogs beginning in March of 2022.

Rabies clinics

Tractor Supply, Route 3, Belfast ($28) Oct. 10, 24 and 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; PAWS Animal Shelter ($10), 123 John St., Camden, Oct. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.;  VFW Post ($5), 34 Field St., Belfast, Nov. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Thrift Store

The Thrift Store continues to be open on Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are accepted only when the store is open. It’s a great place to find items for your Halloween costume or spooky decorations.


The Brooks Recreation Department presents Trunk ‘N Treat! This event will be held Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Brooks Community Park, 24 Community Park Drive, from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be treats from trunks, tractor-pulled hayrides and, of course, the witches will be dancing again.

Jack-o-Lanterns with prize ribbons for age groups 5-8 and 9-11 given for most original, scariest, funniest and artistic. Pumpkins must be delivered to the park by 2:45 p.m. Oct. 31. The concession stand will be open for purchase of hot dogs, apple cider and hot chocolate.

People distributing treats from their vehicles should do so in bags (no loose candy). Trunk participants should arrive by 2:45 p.m. and prize ribbons will be given for best decorated car. Be aware of pedestrians! Non-“Trunk” participants should park in the lot.

Please call Mike (or myself) at Ralph’s Cafe, 722-3236, for more information   or to let us know you will be participating. This is a safe alternative for rural areas with high-speed traffic. Again, the Brooks Recreation Department is sponsoring this event, not Regional School Unit 3.

Outback Bicycle Repair

Outback Bicycle Repair is located at the rear of the Marsh River Cooperative on the ground floor. Hours are Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Phone 323-1804. Proprietor Ed Hamel explained that this is a bicycle kitchen — that is, a place where people can go to learn maintenance and repair from those who “know what they’re doing.”  This is well-suited to home   schoolers, summer camps and families in general.

The shop is designated as an L3C Corporation, which is defined as a low-profit corporation. To that end, there are various used bikes for sale — mostly donated (ranging from fat tire to classic 10-speeds and kids’ bikes) with pricing for what it cost to repair them. The shop is very well organized with tons of tools and spare parts (parts can also be ordered if needed).

The benefits of biking are many: low-impact exercise, an environmentally benign form of transportation, a community exchange of ideas and recreation. Outback will be offering free one-on-one sessions on common repairs, maintenance and bicycle safety and rules of the road. If you need a bike, but lack cash, you can also volunteer at Outback and earn credits toward repairs or a bike.

I also need to mention that I know for a fact that Ed can bike up the hills between Jackson and Brooks. Impressive!

Until next week…peace and good health.



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