Brooks News

By Melissa McDonald | Feb 21, 2020


Greetings. Hope everyone is having a good week.

Leap year

A leap year is a calendar year that contains an additional day added to keep the calendar years synchronized with the astronomical year or seasonal year. Leap day (Feb. 29) is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days. Feb. 29 holds significance for women thanks to an old Irish tradition called St. Bridget's Complaint, which granted women permission to propose marriage on that day.

Upcoming events

Mac & Cheese Suppah to help Fair Haven Camps move forward from the recent fire that resulted in the loss of the gym. Held at the Varney Community Building, 24 Veteran's Highway, Brooks, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Donations gratefully accepted.

Join the Brooks Action Group (BAG) for lunch on the first Tuesday of the month at the Varney Community Building. Serving those 55 and older from 11 a.m. to noon March 3. Free-will donations. See you there.

Susan's adventures in Ecuador

"It's been kind of quiet. I met a nice couple from North Carolina and we did a good tour of the town. Had great empanadas with a traditional Cuenca drink that reminded me of runny rice pudding. It's warm with fresh hominy and cinnamon. We had spit-roasted pork — it was delicious. A bunch of different local fruits including a frozen, chocolate-covered banana.

"The flower market is on a corner next to a church that is home to a cloistered order of nuns. They are given certain flower petals that they use to make tea. It was actually pretty tasty. There are loads of people walking around selling what I though was ice cream. It's really meringue that gets scooped into a cone and sells for a quarter. Not a fan.

"We had a hot alcohol beverage in a beautiful restaurant. Unfortunately, the couple just returned home. Expecting visitors Saturday."

Spotlight on a Brooks resident: Paula Miron

- How long in Brooks? Except for 22 years, all of my 75 years.

- Tattoos? No

- Car: Van

- Can you drive a stick? Yes. Learned on a tractor when I was 12.

- !st job: Scraping chicken crap off eggs.

- Dream job: Journalist.

- Astrological sign: Pisces.

- Hobbies/Interests: Painting, reading.

- Pets: Two male cats, Oscar and Squeeky.

- Early a.m. or night owl: Night owl.

- Tea or coffee: Green tea.


Pizza: Hawaiian.

Food: Lobstah.

Ice cream: Orange sherbet.

Color: Green/Blue.

Holiday: Thanksgiving.

Movie: "The Color Purple."

Animal: Panda.

Song: Probably something by Willie Nelson.

Disney character: Cheshire Cat (I know, by Lewis Carroll) but the one in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland."

Paula is also a tireless community volunteer. The next time you see her, thank her for all of her hard work!

Looking for something to read? Linda Lord recommends books by Gerry Boyle. His books are set in central Maine and mention familiar towns like Brooks, Monroe and Knox. His descriptions of Bangor are very interesting in his latest book. Great fun to read about local places.

Another recommended author is Paul Doiron — his central character is a Maine game warden who often gets in the middle of crimes involving the police as well as himself. The Maine settings are excellent as are the mysteries. Watching the characters mature and relationships change from book to book is captivating.

I just finished "The Body: A Guide For Occupants" by Bill Bryson. Full of really interesting facts presented with his usual dose of humor. Highly recommend any of his books.

Presidential primary

Please vote. It is now more important than ever. Tuesday, March 3. In addition, please make sure that you understand exactly how you are voting regarding the referendum question since it can be difficult to understand because of the wording.

See you next week!


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