Brooks News

By Melissa McDonald | Feb 07, 2020



Hope everyone has a great week! Happy Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) and Presidents' Day (Feb. 17).

Happy birthday to Donna Ravin on Feb. 9, Mike McDonald on Feb. 10 and Cindy Dyer on Feb. 13.

Congratulations to Kelly Carey! United Midcoast Charities, a nonprofit dedicated to grant-making and capacity-building for local nonprofits, has promoted her into a new, full-time program coordinator role.

The Brooks Historical Society new website is up and running. While it's still a work in progress and under construction, it looks great. Check it out:

Brooks Fire Department

While it's a little after the fact, it's important to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and many hours these volunteers put in to help all the families in Brooks and surrounding communities. The annual potluck dinner/holiday party was held Dec. 16, 2019. The following acknowledgements and awards were presented:

Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Jesse Harriman. This award recognizes exceptional leadership skills, willingness to assist the chiefs with duties throughout the year and participation in specialized training.

Jesse came to the department a little over a year ago after having completed nearly 190 hours of fire academy class. Upon joining Brooks, he completed classes and hours that enabled him to be an interior fire attack firefighter, certified within the department.

Joe Donovan was recognized for his efforts for fire prevention awareness at Morse Memorial School.

Elena Donovan was presented with the Public Safety Award, given to non-firefighter personnel, for providing education to Morse Memorial School students regarding phone contact with 911 and an explanation of the process.

Kris Beirne was recognized for her work on Brooks Fire Department history research.

Susan Champa was recognized for fundraising support of the Fire Department.

Firefighters were also acknowledged for years of service:

Roscoe Kenney, 34 years; Jeffrey Archer, 21 years; Christina Coulsey, 17 years; Clayton Ellis, 14 years; Bryan Menard, 14 years; Jennifer Kenney, 11 years; James Coulsey, 10 years; Hans Albee, 9 years; Joe Donovan, 9 years; Jacob Archer, 5 years; Zach Harriman, 4 years; and Arthur Butler (who passed away last year), 44 years (1975-2019).

Many thanks to all the firefighters and those listed here for the combined 192 years of service. Amazing!

Susan's adventures in Ecuador

"This past week I went on a bus tour. This was to see parts of the city that weren't on my walking tour. The funny part was going to Gringolandia — that's what everyone calls it! Loads of Americans retire here.

"This part of town is filled with condos, gyms, spas and American fast food.There are Western-style grocery stores. Lots of old white people walking about. Also went to my local market. For less than five dollars I came home with a quart each of strawberries and dark cherries, six cucumbers, six avocados, four each yellow and green squash, a large bag of limes and a big bunch of asparagus."

Until next week, stay warm and safe!




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