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We had a lovely family outing to Down East, in Lubec, over Memorial Day Weekend. We enjoyed the fresh sea breeze, flotillas of seabirds, along with a view of Canada. Bill and Kathleen would like to thank their family and more who helped them celebrate their 60th anniversary — and special thanks to the lady who left them a delicious rhubarb cake!

On another note, I have to share that, as I write this, it is clear that COVID has not gone away. People who have never had it before, after two long years of dodging the dreaded “Miss Rona,” are coming down with it.

Perhaps we’re all a bit more casual, or maybe it’s inevitable, but our own two adult children, one in Los Angeles and the other in Ireland, have just caught it within a week of each other. Many of their friends and co-workers — in New York, LA and London, have caught it. And it’s not just millenials, my own friends in Massachusetts, hubby’s coworkers in Oregon, friends of family in Southern France. Wherever you travel this summer — even if it’s only Hannafords — be careful out there.

I like to keep an eye on the Waldo County cases as reported on the maine.gov site, and it seems we’ve been holding steady at around 50-100 or so cases a week over the last few months — keeping in mind, of course, that an influx of summer peeps may change that. What conclusions do I draw from all this:It’s still out there, it is not a pleasant experience, so I’ll probably keep on with the indoor masking myself.

Tattooed Dad Brewing Co.

Tattooed Dad’s is open for the season and rolling out some changes. Their hours are Friday and Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. They are making official a trend that developed on its own: Saturday Music Potluck. Tattooed Dad Brewing Co. will provide silverware, serving ware, plates, and a potluck table. If you are so inclined, please bring food to share. As always, you are welcome to bring food just for yourselves, too, and they will continue to offer popcorn gratis whenever they are open.

The summer music line-up is in place. The coming month will feature: June 11 – Russ Lloyd and Friends; June 18 – Curtis Russett and Ezra Rugg; June 25 – Muskeag; July 2 – The Once Over (July 9 – closed for private event).

Cal’s Food Truck

If you’ve got a hankering for a scrumptious burger, head over to Brooks and try Cal’s Food Truck. Open for the season, their hours are Friday and Saturday, 4-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. They are located on Route 7, right near the train station. Get takeout, or “dine in” on the picnic tables right out front.

Town Office

Please note that the Town Office will be closed on Friday, June 10. The town will be putting its snow plow contract out to bid in the next few weeks, if you know anyone who might be interested. Keep an eye out for the RFP in The Republican Journal.

There will be no Select Board meeting the night of June 14 due to it being Primary Day. Brenda is also still in need of a couple/few more people to work as ballot clerks and evening counters on Election Day — a great way to participate in the democratic process!

Saturday, June 11, is World Wide Knit in Public Day. If you’re a knitter, grab your needles and join in. If you’re not, now you’ll know why you may see many knitters out and about. Happy WWKIP Day!