Hello Monroe!

And just like that: here we are almost in October. The splashes of bright red and orange foliage in the swampy areas of my travel routes are simply stunning right now. No camera filter needed.

With October comes open hunting seasons for my husband, Ethan. Rabbit, turkey and deer (by bow!) are on his agenda this coming month. Though rabbit hunting with his beagles is easily his favorite, he’ll focus first on turkey and deer, since he can run rabbits through March. There will be plenty of time for that later.

We’ve got our son Oliver his own ear protection; Ethan is anxious to take him on trips into the woods as soon as possible. I see many, many hunting and fishing adventures in their years ahead together. I will happily join them…on the nicest of days and to the locations that need cabin fires tended and dinner warmed for their return back at the end of the day!

This time of year also means my laundry and shower shelves will be taken over by scent-blocking detergent and body wash. Special loads of laundry and clothes storage locations are serious business to Ethan! I humor my husband and all his tactics, but am more entertained by my father, Darryl McKenney of Palermo. His preparation for deer season means stocking up on apple blossom-scented shampoo!

Good luck to all who will be out and about hunting this month. Be safe! Those not out and about in the woods for hunting reasons, it’s time to break out your blaze orange hats and clothing articles. Be seen!

Around town

Monroe Food for All menu for Oct. 3: Chili with meat, beans and tomatoes; cornbread and slaw; apple crisp with Stone Fox Farm ice cream. Lunch is every Thursday at the church and anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. — find a seat, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and socialize with old friends and new friends. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Free-will donations are happily accepted at the door. Come say hello and enjoy a fabulous meal!

Anxious for snow to fly? Ready to hit the local snowmobile trails? The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club maintains 38 miles of trail in Brooks and Monroe. Many hands make lighter work at keeping trails clean, open and accessible, so I encourage you to consider joining the group. Membership is just $20 a year. The club needs help maintaining the trails and has plenty of groomer sleds and equipment to be used. Trailmaster Dean Clements of Brooks will point you in the right direction. The club meets the second Wednesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the home of club president Bruce Stubbs. The first meeting is coming up Oct. 9. Contact Bruce at 322-6120 FMI.

It has been announced that the Monroe Country Store is now a state-certified Game Inspection Station. Store owner Kristin Weed shared with a smile last week that she has tagged her first turkey for a customer! She also shared that scales have been ordered. My husband was beyond excited to know he won’t have to travel far this fall to tag any turkey or deer he’s fortunate enough to harvest. I’m excited to know he can bring dinner home from the store those evenings!

Library news

I had a lovely conversation at the library recently with board director, Andrea Stark. The town library is volunteer, run by eight or so active volunteers. They welcome new volunteers!

The board has open meetings once a month, on the third Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall. Bring ideas, suggestions, questions or just come check it out. You can also contact Andrea directly at 525-3556, email or call the Town Hall during library hours at 525-3515.

Take advantage of the over 5,000 print, DVD and audio books at the library. If they do not have a book you’re looking for, just ask! They probably can get it quickly for you to enjoy.

The library is excited to host poet and writer Elizabeth Garber on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Monroe Church Fellowship Hall. Garber will share an illustrated presentation and light refreshments will be available. Copies of her book, “Implosion: a Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter,” are available at the library.

Save the date

The Monroe Church will be hosting its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Monroe Church Fellowship Hall. Plan to shop an assortment of treasures, including handmade items, baked goods, books and more. Hot food items and beverages will also be available for purchase. More information to follow as the date draws closer.

Have a wonderful week!