Hello Monroe!

Well, I hope you had the opportunity to get out and about and enjoy what was some beautiful fall foliage in the area before the storm last week came through and stripped a noticeable number of leaves from the landscape. The reds and oranges always seem to catch my eye first, but also seem to be the first to go.

The maples lining our driveway are yellowing distinctly. Standing outside recently as the fog filled the fields, even without the sunshine and blue skies, the view was really beautiful. While watching Oliver push his tractor around the yard, our world was the only place I wanted to be.

Speaking of Oliver, at just over 14 months old, we finally have a walker! He had been flirting with steps since mid-September, but just really started walking from person to person and branching away from cupboards and chairs on his own the other day. I can honestly say happy tears came to my eyes the first time I held my arms out to him and he walked with his own little arms outstretched over to me on his own. I know…I know…some real fun is now just beginning with this new mobility!

Worth celebrating

Happy 90th birthday to Brooks’ one and only Mr. Vaughn Ellis! I enjoy seeing Vaughn at Mount View basketball games and chatting about his memories of working with my grandmother at Walker School in Liberty. All my fingers and toes are crossed that something will give with COVID-19 and I’ll see him again this winter cheering on his nephew on the basketball court. In the meantime, happy birthday, Vaughn!

Congratulations to Abigail Martin of Monroe who has won a 2020 Chet Jordan Leadership Award, as announced by the Maine Community Foundation. Abigail will be attending the University of Maine.

Happy belated wedding anniversary to Dick and Sharon Smith of Monroe! The Smiths celebrated their 53rd year of wedded bliss in late September.

Anti-Racist group meets

The Rural Anti-Rascist Action Group of Monroe will meet at 3 p.m. at Gesner Park on Oct. 11, the Sunday before Indigenous People's Day. Their discussion will focus on systemic racism as it relates to the native people of Maine. If you feel this is an important issue for us as a community, please join. Everyone is welcome!

Dickey Hill Farm

James and Noami announced that they made it through the summer, their storage crops are harvested and their high tunnels are seeded and planted with winter greens. And their online store is back operational for pre-ordering!

Visit to place your order between Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Pickup is on Thursday between 4 and 7 p.m. at Toddy Pond Farm store on Carver Road in Monroe, or on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Belfast Farmers’ Market. You can also still just good old fashioned shop at the Belfast Farmers’ Market on Fridays for their yummy produce.

EBT, Maine Harvest Bucks and WIC can be used to purchase their farm goods. Preorder online with the discount code EBT and pay at pickup at the Belfast Farmers’ Market.

Support local, and have a great week!