Monroe Town News
Monroe Library calendar fundraiser
Our Monroe Library Board is in the process of creating next year's calendar as a fundraiser for the printing of a book of local history. The calendar will feature "scenic Monroe," with the best digital pictures they can find. They are calling on all residents to submit photos of high quality (resolution and color) that are beautiful or of interest because of their subject matter relating to nature. Include a location or caption and send your submission to Charlie Biebel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson Congregational Church benefit
There will be a dance at the Jackson Community Center Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m.-midnight. The cost is $10 per person and is BYOB. The entertainment for the night is Alan Orcutt and Matt Littlefield, along with First Stone and drummer George. It is my understanding that this will not be a Last Exit (Alan's new band) gig, but for those of you familiar with Alan's talent for putting on a great show, it should be a fun time, as well as a good cause to help raise money for. So put on your dancing shoes and hoot, holler and have a good time. For additional information or details you can give Marlene Thompson a call at 722-3350.
Upcoming meeting of interest
For anyone who may have questions or concerns regarding the ongoing changes within our local school district, Superintendent Heather Perry is trying to go to each town and have a question-and-answer session. There was such a meeting held on Aug. 8 at the Waldo Town Hall. However, that meeting was at the express request of Waldo Selectperson Kathy Littlefield. I apologize for not getting that meeting time, date and location in the print form of this column in time for those of you wishing to attend to make time to go. There was already a planned date for Heather Perry to come to Monroe locked in, so for anyone who was unable to go to the previous meeting, Sept. 5 at the regular selectboard meeting time of 6 p.m. during the open-to-the-public time slot, Heather Perry will be available to answer any questions or concerns parents or other taxpayers may have.
Local Labor Day event reminders
I am sure many of you have already seen the signs that the Jackson Neighbors are holding a chicken barbecue and "fun for all" event at the Jackson Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 1, starting at 2 p.m. and going until midnight They will be having games for kids and several bands and local musicians will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening. Also, if you are planning on eating the chicken barbecue, they would like to get an approximate headcount so they are prepared with enough food. You can call Debbie Ludden at 722-3195 for more information and I will try to have additional details as they become available.
Also, remember the upcoming Harold and Lucy (Dickey) Moody family reunion being held at Gesnor Park, that I wrote about in a previous week's column. For anyone who missed that notice, you may call Maxine Clements at 525-3242 for details.
On a personal note
I apologize to all for my lack of a column the week of Aug. 9. Honestly, there were many contributing factors, but in the end I was unable to submit a column in time for print publication.
Our daughter Sylvia recently spent a week at Camp NEOFA in Montville, thanks to a generous scholarship provided by the Odd Fellows Lodge here in Monroe. On behalf of my husband, Ken, as well as Sylvia, we would like to thank everyone who contributed in helping provide this very enjoyable experience. Sylvia had a great time and made many friends and she hopes to return in the coming years and maybe even eventually go as a junior counselor.
This has turned into a summer of many changes for me. I had plans and intentions of doing a lot of things and as we quickly draw close to what we parents call the "end of summer," it could very well get crazy with events, both community- and school-related, so on that note I once again urge anyone with news that they would like in the paper to either email me or swing by 139 Dickey Hill Rd. with details.
If I remember correctly, there are several community organizations that resume their monthly or weekly meetings in September, so keep that in mind as well. All submissions must be received by noon the Friday before you want them to be in the paper. So the sooner I have the information the more likely it will get into the column in time for print publication. I can always submit information for viewing in the online version of the Republican Journal and in this age of computer communication through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook I am able to pass things on at the last minute in a pinch.