Greetings, Brooks. We hope the people of Florida are safe and hurricane damage is repaired quickly.

It seems we have quite a problem here with lack of participation across the board. It was pointed out to me that in a relatively short time we’ve lost the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Grange, the American Legion and sports teams (we lack volunteer coaches). Yes, we are all busy, but the same people volunteer over and over again to keep things running. They won’t be here forever, and then what? Who do we pass the stewardship of Brooks on to?

There are a number of things each of us could do to make Brooks a better place to live: pick up roadside trash beside your property (sad that it’s even there), visit the Community Park to see what an asset it is, support the Rec Department (currently looking for Halloween candy donations for Trunk or Treat), provide a dozen cookies/bars to be sold at just one Marsh River Theater production, attend just one Marsh River Theater production each season (attendance has been way down and it would be a shame to lose this asset), attend a public supper at the Varney Building (great food, inexpensive and raises money for civic causes), introduce yourself to an immediate neighbor so they are comfortable asking for help when in need, obey the speed limits in our village (an awful problem with no end in sight), support local businesses, visit our library (located above the Town Office) and volunteer at the local school.

On to happier things.

There will be a free for Waldo County residents rabies clinic on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 to11 a.m. at the Brooks Fire Station.

The next Play Reading Group will be on Monday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Brooks and features “Sylvia” by A. R. Gurney, a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Sylvia is a street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle who becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. Cost is $20 per reader and includes a script to take home. To register, email

In case you haven’t noticed as you head down the hill going north into town, the Congregational Church has been given a face lift. New paint has been applied on the ramp, windows and trim of the church. Thanks to the loan of JP’s man-lift and some very energetic church volunteers, the spruced-up look was accomplished in record time. The church trustees would like to thank everyone involved in the completion of the project(s).

Until next time … peace.

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