Hello Monroe!

The asters are now appearing on roadsides and pathways. With purple being my favorite color, it is nice to see these seasonal flowers making their appearance out and about.

The pretty splash of color the gladiolus bouquet, from my Nana, Beverly McKenney of Palermo, brought to our entry way is being replaced with the bright pop of orange from a pumpkin from our garden. Nana has been planting glads for as long as I can remember. Each fall, she digs up the bulbs, and dries and stores them in the barn, until it’s time to plant them again next year.

I always know summer is winding down when those bouquets begin appearing. For years, I would start the school year off with a vase full of bright blossoms on my classroom desk. It’s special to admire the flowers year after year and think of her.

On my to-do list this coming week is to finish harvesting our pumpkins, and see if I can’t find some onions and tomatoes amongst the jungle of weeds that took over our garden after Oliver’s arrival.

I also need to get to a Sherwin Williams paint store between Sept. 20 and 23 to enjoy 40% off! We’ve begun renovating our farmhouse, starting with new insulation in the upstairs and replacing windows. My goal is to get the new window trim painted before snow flies. How much do you have to accomplish in the coming weeks?

Around town

Monroe Food for All menu for Sept. 19: Fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, broccoli and dessert. Every Thursday at the church, the doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Free-will donations are graciously accepted. Perhaps Oliver and I will greet you with coffee or your hot meal some Thursday soon!

Sports news

We have many Monroe residents participating in sports throughout the year, from youth teams to the varsity level at high school. Periodically, they will be recognized here for their involvement.

Joe and Anthony Lepore are brothers from Monroe. Their parents are Ed and Tabitha Lepore.

Joe is a senior at Mount View High School and captain of the football team. He’s been playing football since seventh grade, and credits much of its appeal to the fact he can tackle people and release aggression.

Academically, Joe is part of the two-year automotive program at Waldo County Technical Center and hopes to be a mechanic or truck driver after graduation. He says his favorite part about living in Monroe is how quiet the town is and that he has “no worries!”

You can watch Joe and the rest of the MV football team in their next home game on Saturday, Oct. 5, as they’re scheduled to take on Belfast.

Anthony is a freshmen at MVHS and is starting his athletic career there with the soccer program. I watched him earn a varsity start on defense against Belfast last week. Having had Anthony in my middle school advisory for three years, I am proud to see him working hard and having success so early at the high school level. He admits the competition is a lot stronger than what he’s used to!

Anthony is also taking classes at WCTC. His favorite thing about living in Monroe is four-wheeling and the friendships he’s developed here.

If you have not been to a soccer game in a while, try and make it a point to catch one this fall. This group of young men are very talented and put on a great show! Find their full schedule on the school webpage.

Soccer opportunity

MiniMites, a free first touch soccer program for 4 to 6-year-olds, meets on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Mount View High School soccer field. There are registration forms for first-time participants to complete at the field.

If there is a schedule change, families will be notified via email, text or the organization’s Facebook page (Mount View Community Youth Soccer News). These sessions will go through Oct. 16.

From our farms

It’s that time of year! The open flag is out and waving along Route 141 at the Doak farm. Stop in for your pumpkins and winter squash grown by David and Bernys. Pumpkin prices range from $3 to $8, and the selection to choose from is plentiful this year. Stock up on a variety of winter squash, and know they have 40-lb. boxes available for $25.

Hooper’s Orchard 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 picking starts Friday, Sept. 20, at $1.25/lb. The trees are loaded this year! The orchard address is 856 Back Brooks Road, Monroe.

Have a great week!