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Hello Monroe!

I thought the fall show of color was over with the rain and wind we’ve had these last few weeks, but the shades of yellow, gold and brown still clinging to the trees is another wave of beauty in the right light. Walks along the snowmobile trail to Thistle, and the edges of the ridge lining our field, display full glowing glory as the month of October comes to its end.

Speaking of coming to an end, congratulations to all fall athletes, specifically to the seniors at Mount View, for what you were able to make of your abbreviated sports season in Waldo County. With the recent COVID outbreak in the area, the county has been shifted from “green” to “yellow,” prompting many schools in the area to terminate the remaining practices and games scheduled.

As a former high school athlete, I remember how big a part sports played in my life at the time. Certainly not just a physical benefit, but a huge social and emotional piece of my world and development, too.

To all current Mount View athletes I’ve had the pleasure of teaching, coaching and cheering for in the past, I’m sorry your season has been cut short and been so altered, but am happy you were able to get something in and had the dominating success you did! I really missed seeing you on the fields in person, but enjoyed the photographs, articles and other virtual updates made available.

Worth celebrating

Happy belated birthday to Sydney Vogel and Madison Oliver of Monroe.

Happy anniversary to Samantha and Chris Tomlin of Monroe. They celebrate 23 years of marriage this month.

Transfer station protocol

The selectmen’s directives for personnel safety require that all persons entering the Monroe Transfer Station must wear a mask. Please wait in your vehicle to allow proper social distancing and practice proper dump etiquette. Linda, Dan and Barb thank you!

Bridge

Word on the town Facebook page is the Stream Road bridge is almost done! The crew at the bridge reported to a nearby Monroe community member that paving is slated to start soon. With any luck, the bridge will be open and operable well before an earlier projected December finish date.

Youth day

Rifle season for deer is just about to come into full swing. Saturday, Oct. 24, was open youth day in the state of Maine. My nephew Luke and cousin Addison went out early in the morning with Ethan and my father here in Monroe. Both saw deer in the morning, but no shots fired. Luke ended up connecting with a doe Saturday afternoon, a perfect shot for the first-time hunter! I wasn’t prepared for how excited the smile on his face would make me feel for him. A proud family moment, for sure. Congratulations, Luke!

Congratulations to Rossalyn Turner of Palermo for opening day success! She connected with an 8-point, 212-pound buck Saturday morning. Her first deer and she’s already eligible to become a member of the Big Bucks Club of Maine. Way to get it done, Bean!

I can’t help but think of how proud Luke and Rossalyn’s late great-grandfather, George McKenney of Palermo, would have been to hear their stories and see their deer. It comforts me to believe he has a front row seat up above and sees all the action down here with ease.

If you take to woods with your rifle this time of year, good luck, stay safe and have a great week!