Hello Monroe!

Our freezer is filling back up. We’re thankful! I don’t remember the last time we purchased red meat. Ethan filled one of his two deer tags this month, harvesting a 170 pound, 8-point buck during archery season. Oliver enjoyed helping Dad track it!

Tag out at the store

Monroe Country Store wants to remind readers that as hunting season starts coming into full swing, don’t forget they are a tagging station, also equipped with a state-certified scale to weigh your trophy. Their current hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While you’re there, order something scrumptious from the kitchen and splurge on a treat from the baked goods display. My personal favorite lately has been the chicken, bacon, ranch pizza. Yum!

Monroe artist exhibit winds down

Monroe’s own Alison Rector has an exhibition of 20 new oil paintings currently on display at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth. “Hours of the Day” opened Sept. 9 and is on view through Oct. 30. See the exhibition in person (observing COVID protocols) at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is also viewable online at

Get out and vote!

In-person voting in the upcoming election for those registered to vote in the town of Monroe will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls are located on the main level of the Monroe Town Hall and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Snowmobile club

The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club, overseeing the maintenance of trails in Monroe and Brooks, is planning to meet Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., at the home of club president Bruce Stubbs in Monroe. Contact Bruce at 322-6120 for directions.

Wreaths and more!

Morgan Murphy in Monroe wants you to know: “It’s that time of year again. It’s getting close to Christmas and I will be starting my wreath season. I can make 8-inch, 12-inch and 18-inch wreaths, as well as kissing balls, now until Christmas. Wreaths and kissing balls can be ordered plain, with a bow, or decorated. Contact me directly for decoration details. Prices range from $5 to $30, depending on the size you order. I offer bulk discounts and discounts for referring friends.” Contact Morgan through Facebook or at 525-3112.

Anti-racist group update

On Oct. 11, the Monroe Rural Anti-Racism Action Group met with candidates Chip Curry and April Turner to discuss the report from the Maine Permanent Commission on the status of Racial, Indigenous and Tribal Populations in Maine. Both candidates gave valuable insights into the legislative process as well as their views on systematic indigenous racism.

The next meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. at Gesner Park in Monroe. Discussion will be on the work of the Cultural Equity Committees that are occurring in Regional School Units 71 and 3. The group will also be looking at the legislation for indigenous people recommended by the Permanent Commission to see if they’d like to support any of these efforts. Additionally, they will discuss ways to keep the conversation on systematic racism going in our communities going.

As always, everyone is welcome.

New Toddy Pond hours

The farm store at Toddy Pond Farm off the Carver Road in Monroe is stocked and ready to meet your needs. Their fall/winter hours are Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit to view what’s available and preorder, if you’d like.

Have a great week!