Greetings, Brooks. I hope this finds you all well, dry and warm. Things are beginning to pick up and I have several things to report.

As you probably know, Brooks Volunteer Fire Department is having trouble recruiting members. Not a good thing and it’s a statewide problem. If you can help, please contact the Fire Department directly. Those of us who cannot join (read: too old) are re-forming the Auxiliary. If you would like to join, please contact me at the above email address. Our Fire Department needs our support.

The Marsh River Theater board continues to meet to plan the upcoming 25th anniversary season. Fingers crossed that we’ll be able to do this. Be on the lookout for the annual appeal letter.

The Varney Ladies Fellowship will be hosting a “Takeout Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner” on Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each meal includes 16 ounces of soup, a biscuit and three cookies. Gluten-free is available. Pick up at the back door of the Varney Building, 24 Veterans Highway. Cost is a free-will donation. Flyers with information will be posted at various locations around town, and additional order forms are available at the Varney Thrift Store.

The Masons of Marsh River Lodge 102, working through the Grand Lodge of Maine’s Masons Assisting Communities Program, helped raise a 2 for 1 matching contribution of local funds to purchase and install the lights on the 40-foot spruce Christmas tree adjacent to the parking lot at the Varney Memorial. Many thanks to those who made this happen. So beautiful!

The Masonic Lodge also regularly supports the local “Bikes for Books” programs, providing bikes at Morse and Monroe Schools to encourage reading, and has raised money for several other community programs and events.

Until next time … peace.


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