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Hello Monroe!

And here we are now, almost in October. For all 2020 has thrown at us, the year certainly is approaching the end. I’m choosing to be optimistically positive that things have got to go up and approach more of what we remember and think of as “normal” soon now.

Oliver and I have increased our hikes in the woods and trips to the ocean, soaking in the smaller moments and beauty surrounding us in our own world. It helps mute and distance the seemingly crazy happening all around, even if for just a little while.

Basin trails

Ray Wirth has announced that new trail signs are now up on the Basin Pond Trails. The east side of Basin Pond is land owned by the town of Monroe and accessible to all. The trails are in good shape (Oliver and I can vouch for sections of the Hemlock, Steel Reserve and Shore trails!), and this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the fall colors in the woods. Parking is located just off Route 139, on your left a couple of miles out of town headed toward Brooks.

Flower share wraps up

What an absolute pleasure it has been to spend Friday afternoons stopping by Bo Dennis’ flower stand at Dandy Ram Farm off Route 139 in Monroe. His bouquets have been bright and cheerful and a welcome weekly addition to my kitchen. Over a dozen signed up to be the recipients of a weekly bouquet from Bo this season, and word on the street is the flower share will happen again next year! Thank you, Bo, for sharing the beauty and joy of your arrangements with so many.

Worth celebrating

Happy birthday to the following community members celebrating in October: Paige Emerson and Maxine Clements (7th), Brea Milliken (13th), Holly Emerson and Chris Tomlin (26th), Thurston Illingworth and Brody Gibbs (31st).

Library opens to public

The most recent library hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, curbside pickup only; Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., open for patrons and curbside pickup.

Masks are required to enter the library. Due to the size of the space, there is a limit of one person at a time (or one adult with one child under 12 years old). The Children’s Reading Cupboard is open by appointment only.

The guidelines, including hours and current conditions, will be reviewed monthly, with the safety and welfare of patrons and staff kept foremost in mind. Currently, please use the book drop outside the building to return all library books and materials before entering. Please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be supplied. If you are not able or are unwilling to wear a mask in the library, they will happily offer you curbside service.

Please use the hand sanitizer outside the library door before entering the library. Please refrain, as much as possible, from touching material you will not be checking out. Please practice 6-foot social distancing in the library. A public computer will be coming to the library, but is not yet available. Please do not visit the library if you are experiencing symptoms of illness or it is recommended you quarantine due to possible COVID exposure. Curbside service is available to you.

Please be patient and courteous. The library is happy to welcome you back. And a huge thank-you to the library staff for working diligently and conscientiously to offer as safe as possible access to the books and materials available in Monroe.

Have a great week!