Greetings, Brooks.

I hope this finds you all well. In case you are unaware, there have been multiple cases of COVID in the community. Despite being vaccinated and boosted, my husband and I tested positive and became very ill. We have still not recovered after a week and continue to test positive. We are home, but the outcome could have been quite different had we not taken precautions and gotten our jabs.

It was very discouraging to hear reports that some folks in Brooks continue to believe that COVID is some sort of hoax. I assure you that it is not and encourage you to take all precautions. Many thanks to friends and neighbors who called to express concern and asked what they could do to help. And to those who went above and beyond — we cherish you and are happy that we live in a place like Brooks.

On Tuesday, May 3, the Unity Area Rotary Club met at the Brooks Volunteer Fire Department and was pleased to present its Rotary Club District Grant Plaque to the Brooks Fire Department. The plaque specifically honors Jeffrey Archer, the town’s long-time fire chief. Very well deserved. Congratulations Jeff!

Members of Unity Area Rotary Club pose with Brooks firefighters May 3. Standing, from left, are Benjamin Foss, Hans Albee, Jeff Archer, Keel Kemper (Rotary president-elect), Bill Crawford, Izzy McKay (current Rotary president), Doreen Berry, Pat Newell and Charlie Schaefer. Seated is Arlene Schaefer. Source: Facebook

In more news, we are pleased to announce that this past week’s meatloaf dinner raised more than $800 toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera that will be used to find hot spots and life forms. Many thanks to those who came out in support and to those who worked to make it possible — Susan Champa, Pat Donovan, Nancy Quimby, Sue Gnatek and Nancy Kragh. We’re told that one of these cameras can cost about $10,000, so we really need to get out there and support the Fire Department.

Just one more reminder: The Varney Ladies Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Varney Memorial Building beginning at 9 a.m. There will be food, plenty of handcrafted items for sale and the raffle of two gorgeous quilts and 10 themed baskets. Hope to see you there with your support of a group that gives so much back to the community. Again, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

You are invited to a short ceremony officially transferring the funds from the sale of our American Legion Post 183 home in Brooks. The entire amount of $5,000 will be placed in an account used exclusively for maintaining and improving the Veterans Memorial Park located behind the Brooks Town Hall. The park honors all Brooks veterans who served their country. The ceremony will take place Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the park. Hope to see you there.

Until next time … be well.


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