Hello Monroe!

Cold weather seems to be creeping back in, and is likely to hang around for a while now. What a nice, mild start to the month we were spoiled with though!

Worth celebrating

Abby (Stubbs) and Ryan Sampson of North Berwick welcomed into the world their daughter, Madeline Louise, on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Maddie Lou weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Bruce Stubbs of Monroe and Jane McLaughlin of Brooks, the proud grandparents from this neck of the woods, cannot wait to meet and snuggle their perfect new granddaughter. This also makes great-grandchild number 12 for Pony Stubbs of Monroe!

Deer down

Tagging at the Monroe Country Store hasn’t slowed down! Hopefully those doing the tagging have also taken advantage of a delicious meal made by Kristin or crew in the kitchen while there. I cashed in on a scrumptious piece of Banana Nutella Swirl Cake during a recent visit.

Updated bragging rights, as taken from the ever-growing list on the store poster, under the town of Monroe, go to: Nicholas Lafrance (buck), Anthony Smen (buck), Eugene Kelley (doe), Wayne Clark II (buck), Harold Lavine (10-point, 207.3-pound buck), Benjamin Hooper (4-point, 150-pound buck), Eric Lowell (doe), Wayne Sundquist (6-point buck), Andrew Hayden (100-pound buck), Andrew Gibbs (6-point, 202.5-pound buck), and Brody Gibbs (89-pound doe).

Church news

An invitation is being extended to one and all to attend the next ONA meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m., for the opening of the ballots that will determine whether Monroe Community Church shall become an Open and Affirming church.

This has been a process of love, set out to achieve the result of officially being Open and Affirming for the LGBTQ community and the congregation.

If attending, please practice the church protocol of mask-wearing, entering through the back door, signing in, proper hand-sanitizing, and social-distancing. They look forward to seeing you.

Rural anti-racist news

The Monroe Rural Anti-racist Action Group continues to meet on Sundays at Gesner Park. The start time has changed to 2 p.m. to capture more sunlight.

The group is continuing its discussion of the legislative and other efforts of indigenous peoples in Maine to see if there are ways to support those endeavors. The group is also looking to support other area groups doing similar work and examining the possibility of forming a coalition, seeking volunteer opportunities in Monroe and other area towns, and continuing to examine members' own biases and how other people may be thinking about these issues. Please join!

Preorder pie

The Monroe Country Store is ready to make a delicious pie…or two…or three…for your Thanksgiving feast. Or simply for your eating pleasure. Choices include chocolate cream ($16), pecan ($18), pumpkin ($16) or Key lime ($14), with or without homemade whipped cream. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 23, for pickup during the day on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Stop into the store to fill out your order or call 525-3300 to place an order over the phone.

From the town

A friendly reminder that amidst the still ever-present global COVID-19 pandemic and per the Maine governor’s most recent mandate, face covering are mandatory at the Town Hall and transfer station.

Also, the selectmen would like to begin reminding residents of Monroe that dog licenses are due by the end of the year. Register your canine friends early to avoid a late fee! This can be done now at the Town Hall, open Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Have a great week!