Greetings, Brooks.

I hope this finds everyone well and vaccinated. I received an email from MaineHealth outlining the difficulties they and our local hospital are experiencing related to the increase in COVID cases. Hospital beds are now in short supply, so preventative care and elective procedures have to be postponed. ER wait times are much longer. Please, for all of us, get vaccinated.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The lighted wreaths are up in the village. Many thanks to the crew. The Brooks Rec Department has been sponsoring caroling each Sunday at various locations in town from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The Community Christmas Tree was lit at 5 p.m. on Dec. 9. The Rev. Russ said a few words and carols were sung. Thanks to Bryan Menard and the ground crew for making this happen. The tree is next to the Varney parking lot and is just gorgeous.

The Brooks Congregational Church Christmas Eve services will be outside in the Varney parking lot on Dec. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Pets and farm animals are invited to attend this outdoor service.

The annual calendar sponsored by the Brooks Historical Society is now on sale for $10 at the Brooks Town Office, the Marsh River Co-Op and the Varney Thrift Store. This year’s calendar features photos of historic businesses in Brooks, along with informational verbiage.

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The last day for delicious food and baked goods at Ralph’s Cafe is Sunday, Dec. 19.

Until next time … peace.



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