Greetings, Brooks. It sometimes feels like fall is in the air.

Please send get well wishes and healing vibes to Cathy Butler — in the hospital in Portland dealing with multiple issues.

I began to write this week’s column on Aug. 24, the 80th birthday of Brooks resident Dan Miron. I’m sure most of you know Dan, but there is quite a bit to share about him. Dan enlisted in the Army in 1961, and since his discharge, he has had more than a few various jobs.

Dan Miron celebrates his 80th. Courtesy of Paula Miron

Dan married his lovely wife, Paula, in 1984 and the couple moved to Dan’s hometown of Belchertown, Massachusetts, where they lived for the next 22 years. Then, in 2007, Dan and Paula moved to her hometown of Brooks.

Over the course of his lifetime, Dan has been involved in many organizations, including Brooks Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, performer and board member of the Marsh River Theater, member and trustee of the First Congregational Church of Brooks, UCC, member of the First Congregational Church choir, Brooks EMA director, former member of the Harvest Home Grange, active staff member and volunteer of the Varney Thrift Store, member of the Brooks Historical Society and sexton.

If you need something done, ask Dan! He has nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He deserves a big “thank-you” from all of us. Happy birthday, Dan (and many more).

Welcome to the newest citizen of Brooks: Big Ben (Benny) Lord. Benny weighs in at about 16 pounds and is approximately 18 inches long. Proud mama is Linda Lord. Congratulations!

A reminder that the Heritage Days Open House at the Brooks Historical Society takes place Saturday, Sept. 11, this year. If you have a craft to demonstrate at this event, please contact me as soon as possible.

The Varney Ladies Fellowship members are now putting the finishing touches on the next two quilts they will be raffling off this fall. Stay tuned, you are going to love them!

Until next time … peace.

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