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Greetings, Brooks. Many thanks to those who attended and supported the events of the June 25-26 weekend. The Brooks Rec Department held a fundraising spaghetti dinner and (along with a grant from the Masons) was able to realize more than $800.

The opening event of the Marsh River Theater was “Dancing with the Local Stars.” What a great evening it was! Attendees enjoyed watching an eclectic mix of performances.

The Brooks Historical Society held its first open house of the season with more to come. It’s time to get out and support these organizations and their events.

A special town meeting was held at the Varney Building on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. to consider two issues.

Article 2: To see if the town authorizes the Select Board of Brooks to negotiate and enter into an agreement with a broadband vendor and expend up to $75,000 in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds for the purpose of broadband in Brooks.

Article 3: To see if the town will accept money from the American Legion Grant-Staples Post 183 to be kept in a separate account for maintenance of the Veterans’ Memorial Park located by the Town Office parking lot.

After discussion, both of these articles were passed.

The Brooks Recreational Department is hosting a “Meet & Greet” at the Brooks Community Park on July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be food and music and you will have a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

If you are a business or organization and are interested in letting the town and surrounding area know what you are about, consider renting a table and spend some time telling park-goers about your business or organization. The cost to rent a table is $20. That fee will help the department with some of its ongoing plans: walking path, a dog park, expansion of the playground area and upgrading the concession stand. For more information or to rent a table, call Mike Switzer at 207-323-8316.

The Rec Department will hold its next meeting on July 11 (Town Office, 6:30 p.m.) to finalize plans for this event. All are welcome.

Marsh River Co-op’s “float” in the Brooks Fourth of July parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Anniversary celebration

On Sunday, June 26, the Congregation of the First Congregational Church of Brooks UCC honored the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Russell Arnold. Rev. Russ was presented with an engraved watch remembering his ordination date of June 29, 1997. A reception with a special cake followed. Congratulations! Brooks is lucky to have Rev. Russ.

Until next time … peace.

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