Hello Monroe!

My pumpkin patch wasn’t a total bust this season. Ollie and I harvested what we could this past week, and have an assortment of jack o lanterns, jack be littles and white pumpkins to scatter about the farm, hopefully out of harm's way of our, at times pesky, free range chickens.

From the selectmen

The Monroe selectmen would like to remind residents of the importance of filling out Intent to Build paperwork, required for any structure on your property valued at over $2,000. There is no fee to fill out the Intent paperwork; there is a $100 fine for not completing it, and such fine will be billed when your structure is discovered by the town assessors. Please contact the Monroe Town Hall at 525-3515 if you have any questions.

New Toddy Pond Farm hours

Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe continues to run its well-stocked farm store at the farm on the Carver Road, now open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. You can also visit their online store to shop and pre-order for pickup at either ther farm or at the Belfast Farmer’s Market. Operating during the pandemic has been challenging, but Greg and Heide’s resolve is to “continue to work hard, foster community and do our best to help and lift each other up.” Support local when you can!

New additions to the Moody farm

“Duck, duck…we got a goose! Two actually!” said Troy and Cassandra, as they welcomed the newest additions to their farm in Monroe. The male and female pair happily are welcomed by fellow chickens, ducks and dogs.

School staff appreciation

The staff at Monroe Elementary School wish to thank Bo Dennis of Dandy Ram Farm for dropping off lovely bouquets of flowers, and the Ladies of Monroe for delivering a special teacher survival packet…just in time! The packet for each teacher included a mug, sticky notes, fancy tissues and a tasty beverage.

They also thank the Monroe Lions Club for putting up the tents for outdoor classrooms. “We sincerely appreciate the support that we have received from the Monroe,” said Sue Pellerin, staff member at the school.

Monroe Lions Club

The Monroe Lions Club will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the barn of Ashlie and Ethan Stubbs in Monroe. New members are welcome! Come meet the current crew and hear about the community-based missions the Lions organize, support and contribute to.

If you’d like to attend, please contact club president Mike Moody (322-2269), club treasurer David Doak (525-4431), or myself to RSVP. The barn may be a bit chilly, so dress in layers. There is plenty of room to distance and abide by CDC COVID recommendations.

Many thanks to Lions members David Doak and Mario Tribuzio for erecting a new flag pole at Gesner Park in town recently. The old flag pole rotted and fell down this past summer. David found a company online, owned by veterans, to purchase the new pole and flag from.

Thank you also, David, for your time at the park cleaning up blow downs, sawing up debris on the walking track and bush hogging. We’re all anxious and hopeful to gather at the park again as a community in May for Memorial Day.

Have a great week!