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Greetings, Brooks. Happy Halloween!

There will be a fundraising tea to benefit the Marsh River Theater on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. This event takes place at the theater and tickets are just $18 for adults (less for children) and are available at Ralph’s Cafe and at the theater. There will be lots of great food and the wearing of costumes is encouraged.

Also on Sunday, Oct. 30, is the Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Brooks Rec Department. Lots of activities including games, hay ride, haunted house and the witches dance. This takes place in the Community Park (weather permitting; if not, at the Town Office) from 4 to 6 p.m. Candy donations are being requested — drop them off at Ralph’s Cafe, please and thank you.

It’s back! The first BAG (Brooks Action Group) Senior Lunch returns after a too-long hiatus (COVID). It takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Varney Building, and the menu features chicken pot pie. Free will donation. Hope to see you there.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, there was a special town meeting at the Varney Memorial Building, attended by approximately 48 voters. The purpose was to see if the town would vote to authorize the Select Board to sell the “town forest” and to see if the town would vote to authorize the Select Board to commit an additional $75,000 to enter into an agreement with Unitel for broadband internet service.

The “town forest” is located near the intersection of Route 7 and Morgan Pitch Road and contains approximately 100 acres. The town voted to keep it, which was surprising since it is not maintained and has been harvested once since being acquired for non-payment of taxes in 1975.

The town overwhelmingly voted to commit additional money for broadband internet service. Our current service is abysmal and very expensive. Unitel service would wire every house in Brooks with fiber and residents will be able to either refuse altogether, get the hook-up but not the service, or hook-up with service (the price is much less than Consolidated and the speed is much faster). The project will be completed by the end of 2024, assuming grant funding is acquired.

Until next time … peace.

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