Hello Monroe!

What a gorgeous beginning to the month of September! My son, Oliver, and I have been taking advantage of each dry day and the comfortable temperatures with lots of outdoor adventures. Most are walks that keep us local, sometimes just to the mail box and back. Others have been nearby trips with Nannie Lisa; a few jaunts along the Belfast Rail Trail and Harbor Walk; a beautiful, leisurely climb to the sod-roofed stone hut at the top of Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport; and a harbor view loop around Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

We attempted the Breakwater in Rockland last month with family, but rain turned Oliver and me back early — perhaps before fall is over I can get us to the end and back! Where does your favorite outdoor adventure in Maine take you?

Around Town

Monroe Food For All

This Monroe community-based group serves hot, home cooked lunches every Thursday at the Monroe Community Church (28 West Main Street). Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for social hour. Choose a seat and enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate while you visit and wait for the 11:30 a.m. meal to be served.

The menu varies weekly and often is composed of ingredients from the Good Shepherd Food Bank, as well as from local farms, including fresh milk from Jack Hill. The cost is free (though free-will donations are gratefully accepted) and seats are open to anyone. Often, surplus groceries and produce are available to take home after the meal.

For more information, check them out on Facebook (Monroe Food For All) or call Nancy Fenney at 525-4443. Transportation for Monroe residents is available by calling 525-4428.

Food For All Menu for Thursday, Sept. 12: Hot dogs and beans with corn bread and carrot slaw, cookies and Stone Fox ice cream.

Oliver and I had the pleasure of helping at our first Food For All lunch recently that was hosted by the Monroe Lions Club. Monroe Lions Club members David and Bernys Doak, Dave Knupp and Kasey Shute planned, cooked and served lunch that day, along with some other helpers.

Oliver and I helped pour coffee (well, Oliver slept wrapped to me while I poured coffee!), and Kasey brought her girls to help plate and serve, too. It was really neat to see over 40 guests gather for a home-cooked meal served on real plates at tables decorated with bright table cloths and cloth napkins, and set up with real silverware and drink ware.

If you are ever looking for a unique lunch experience on a Thursday, I encourage you to come check it out!

Monroe Harvest Supper and Auction

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall: This annual event is hosted by members of the Monroe Community Church, UCC, where guests will enjoy home-cooked dishes provided by the folks at the church.

As dinner winds down, stay for the Harvest Auction! Auction items from the past have included lots of local beautiful garden produce, home-baked and canned goods, local dairy products, gift baskets, summer wreaths, local honey and maple syrup and much more. Monroe’s Roland Clements will serve as auctioneer and is sure to make this an exciting evening event.

No reservations are needed and all are welcome. Dinner costs $8, and proceeds from the meal and auction will go toward the church's general operating budget.

The Monroe Country Store has released its September kitchen calendar! Get your copy from the store or access it on the store’s Facebook page (Monroe Country Store). Owner Kristin Weed brainstorms a variety of delicious daily specials and deals for each month, including weekly pizza specials and cinnamon rolls every other Saturday.

I hope to try the Steak and Cheese pizza special the week of the 15th and the Reuben pizza special the week of the 29th! If you have not been in the store since Kristin reopened it (the store’s one-year anniversary under her ownership is Sept. 8), make a plan to check it out.

Choose a fresh-baked pastry, order a scoop or two of Monroe’s own Stone Fox Ice Cream, or choose a hot sandwich or pizza from the kitchen. There is a delightful indoor dining area or front porch benches outdoors, both overlooking Main Street, to enjoy your treat.

Last school year, I would often detour by the store on my way to work at Mount View Middle School for a fresh-out-of-the-oven muffin or pop tart (yes! She makes her own pop tarts!) and coffee. Much more comes out of the kitchen than just what is posted on the calendar, so check in often, and many local Monroe farms have products available in the coolers, including milk, yogurt and cheese.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s BikeMaine 2019: Coastal Connections event is taking place Sept. 7-14. On day six (Friday, Sept. 13), an expected 450 riders will be cycling a 42.8-mile loop from Belfast into Swanville, Waldo, Brooks and on to Monroe, with riders stopping at the Monroe church for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Check out for more information. Motorist, please be cautious of cyclists!

Sports News

Youth Field Hockey opportunity

Youth Field Hockey practice is Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. on the Mount View High School field hockey field. Any girls K-fifth grade are welcome to come and play. Please bring a water bottle, sneakers, a mouth guard, shin guards, and a stick if you have one. If you do not have a stick, there will be sticks you can borrow.

If you have any questions, please email We are looking for more third-fifth-grade girls so we can play in the coastal league with Belfast and Rockland/Camden.

From our farms

Hooper’s Orchard's 11th annual Pig Roast and Applefest is happening Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pig roast, bean hole beans, cider and apple tasting are free! Free hay rides begin at 1 p.m. The Dinosaur Corn Maze Challenge is $8 for kids and $9 for adults, with free prizes and giveaways. Honeycrisp apple-picking starts Friday, Sept. 20, at $1.25/lb. The trees are LOADED this year! The orchard address is 856 Back Brooks Road, Monroe.


2019 real estate tax bills have been mailed. First payment is due by Oct. 14, and second payment by Feb. 14, 2020. Payment reminders will not sent; to avoid accruing late interest, mark your calendars!

If you have questions about your bill, contact the Monroe Town Office at 525-3515. The Town Office is open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Common Ground Fair is happening Sept. 20-22 in Unity! If you know you will definitely be going, you can pre-buy tickets online or locally at the Green Store or Belfast Co-op, or at the Marsh River Co-op in Brooks, for $10 until Sept. 15. This is a $5 savings, as day-of gate admission is $15. Seniors aged 65+ pay just $8, youth 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

Fair programs are also available locally and information is online at I enjoy going each year in search of the perfect coffee cup to add to my collection, as well as for the scrumptious food, and to see the animals and produce displays.

A free rabies clinic for cats (bring them in a carrier) and dogs (have them on a leash) is being held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brooks Fire Station. This free clinic is open to any resident of Waldo County. If you have any questions, call the Brooks Town Office at 722-3254.