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By Melissa McDonald | Jun 26, 2020
Courtesy of: Paula Miron Brooks' community garden will furnish produce for families come harvest time.


Breaking news

The Brooks town meeting has been scheduled for Monday, July 13, 6 p.m., at the firehouse. More information to follow.


I hope everyone is well and enjoying summer as much as possible. Trying to get a garden going in the heat has been a real challenge.

Speaking of gardening, thanks to donations of tomato seedlings and potatoes to plant, plus some cukes, beets, eggplant and pepper plants, the community garden behind the Varney parking lot will hopefully help many this fall at harvest time!

Browntail moth caterpillars

The CDC is reminding the public to take precautions now that the caterpillars are emerging from their webs. They are covered with tiny hairs, which are shed, and can become airborne, potentially causing a skin rash like poison ivy and trouble breathing if inhaled. People in Waldo county are at risk for exposure.

Since the hairs can land anywhere (and are stirred up by various outdoor activities like yard work), here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

- Work on damp days or wet vegetation with a hose

- Cover your face with a mask and use goggles

- Wear long sleeves, pants and a hat

- Take a cool shower and change clothes after working in infested areas

- Dry laundry inside during June and July to avoid hairs being embedded in clothing

Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and eliminating ongoing exposure.

Benadryl and calamine for the rash, and anyone with respiratory issues should contact a physician immediately.

Browntail moth caterpillars are easy to identify. They are dark brown with white stripes along the sides and two red-orange dots on the back. Younger caterpillars may lack the white stripes.

More from the class of 2020:

"The last three months of school felt like I was thrown into the real world sooner than I expected. Since I was passing all of my classes before corona, I didn't have  to do any school work. I started working at Hannaford as I didn't have many options and was still waiting on my diploma. My favorite part of high school was sports and more particularly wrestling. Now that I have my diploma, I'm going in to interview to become a correctional officer at the state prison." — Mark Ward

Request for bids

Brooks Historical Society is seeking detailed bid proposals regarding the painting of the Pilley Museum. This building may be viewed on site at 11 Moosehead Trail Highway in Brooks. The proposal should include price quotes for scraping, priming and painting the building with white, oil-based paint. The quote should also include painting the window trim, doors and shutters of the museum black. Please submit quotes to: Brooks Historical Society, P.O. Box 111, Brooks, ME 04921. For more information, please call 322-6915.

Until next week...peace.




Browntail moth.
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