Hello Monroe!

It was a pleasure to enjoy dinner at Toddy Pond Farm on the last Friday of September. My mother-in-law, Jane McLaughlin of Brooks, my son Oliver and I arrived a little after 5 p.m. The farm, tucked up off Carver Road in Monroe, was beginning to fill with guests. We made our way to the timber frame barn and were greeted warmly by live Irish music, a fire crackling in a pit in the barnyard, and lights strung along beams in the barn and through loaded apple trees in the yard.

This was the last of Toddy Pond Farms' “Grill and Chill” Friday night events of the season. They had an extremely successful summer series, hosting live music each Friday and serving delicious local, homegrown and raised meals. After checking in with friendly farm owners Greg and Heide, we ordered our drinks, two cheeseburger plates, and took a stroll around the grounds while our meal was prepared.

The perennial flower gardens were still bursting with color and chickens pecked amicably along the pathways. We returned to the barn and found a spot at one of the tables made by Greg, joined by Marge Sheridan and friend, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the live music. Dessert of scrumptious ice cream sandwiches, one a homemade mint ice cream between chocolate chip salted caramel cookies, the other a homemade lemon balm ice cream between dark chocolate cookies, capped off our evening.

Congratulations to Toddy Pond Farm on such a successful dinner and music series; I hope they do it again next year — I’ll happily be back.

Around town

Monroe Food for All menu for Oct 10: Homemade chicken vegetable soup with rice and biscuits; gingerbread and Stone Fox Farm ice cream. Lunch is served on Thursdays at the church. Come one, come all; bring a friend or meet someone new. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at 11:30 a.m. Free-will donations are accepted at the door. Hope to see you there!

Take note: the Monroe Country Store has shifted to fall/winter hours. They will now be open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kristin has released her October kitchen specials. If you haven’t tried her cinnamon rolls, I would make it a mission! She also offers a gluten-free treat every Monday. Drop by the store and grab a copy of her October specials calendar, and grab your hard copy of The Republican Journal, now available at this location!

The Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (formerly Columbus Day; Maine has joined numerous other states and changed the name of the holiday to honor Native American communities). The hall will reopen on Wednesday of that week during normal hours.

The Monroe Lions Club met on the first Tuesday of October and is excited to be moving forward with a design and plans for the Monroe Veterans Memorial Park, to be established in the vacant lot across from the church. Monroe resident Robert Fenney created and shared professional, well-thought-out blue print design options, and the club unanimously voted to move forward with one. An official date has not yet been determined for ground work to begin, but it won’t be long now!

If you would like to donate to the Monroe Veterans Memorial Park, one way to do so is by purchasing an engraved, commemorative brick to be used as a paver as part of a special walkway in the park. Bricks are $60 each, and can be personalized with your choice of text and clip art. Consider names, dates and other messages you may want etched in history and included in this special park.

Bricks can be purchased online at or by filling out an order form brochure and submitting payment. Order forms are available at the Town Hall. If you need help or have questions regarding this fundraiser or the memorial, contact Lions President Mike Moody (322-2269) or Mike Schaab ( To date, over 30 bricks have been purchased.

You can now stay up to date on Lions Club events, park progress, and ask any questions by joining their Facebook page: Monroe Maine Lions Club.

Library news

Interested in joining a book group? Two ongoing groups exist currently through the library.

One group, Readings on Race, will be meeting in early November (exact date TBA) to discuss the graphic novel “Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel. Copies are available at the library. For more information, contact Andrea Starks at 525-3556.

The other group, the Wednesday Readers, will also be meeting in early November to discuss “The Nickel Boys,” a novel by Colson Whitehead. Check out your copy from the library. Becky Huefner has more information for those interested and can be reached at 525-3067.

Save the date

Looking for a safe, local spot to trick or treat this Halloween? Do you miss having local kids stop by your home on Halloween evening? Come by the Monroe Country Store and check out its first Trunk or Treat event, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. A costume parade will start at 6 p.m., and there will be games and cookie decorating as well. Walk from trunk to trunk and trick for candy, or come and hand out candy and see all the wonderful costumes there are sure to be!

Have a wonderful week!