Hello Monroe!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. However you choose to celebrate your holidays this year, may they safely be filled with love and good health. Making memories doesn’t have to stop in our current state of affairs, and if customary traditions are not an option for you this year, perhaps this is the time to embrace a new tradition or two.

I look forward to individually wrapping 24 Christmas and winter-themed board books for Oliver this holiday season. Beginning Dec. 1, he can choose one book to unwrap and we will read it together. We’ll continue unwrapping and reading one book each night through Christmas Eve.

Monroe elementary leadership project

What is the purpose of town government? What makes a good leader? Who are our local leaders?

These questions were asked by Mrs. Norgang’s second and third grade students in a social studies unit on town government. Students interviewed leaders in Monroe and Regional School Unit 3, and created posters. A word cloud highlights the most mentioned words in the interviews, and is on display, along with all the posters, at the Monroe Country Store. The students did a phenomenal job contacting leaders and showcasing highlights of their conversations in each poster.

Take a few minutes to view the posters and see what the students learned from the following selected leaders: Keith Nealley and Ken Clements with the Fire Department; Town Clerk Janet Aitken; Monroe principal, Mrs. Kreider; Selectmen Rick Hillman, Jackie Robbins and Holly Emerson; Emergency Preparedness Point Person Mario Tribuzio; PAWs coach and lead teacher at Monroe Elementary, Mrs. Pellerin; Monroe PTO President Amanda Ingraham; RSU 3 assistant superintendent, Mrs. Pray; Monroe School Board Representative Michael Schaab; and Michael Norgang and Ashlie Stubbs, with the Monroe Conservation Commission.

Deer down

As the final weeks of rifle hunting season wind down, the Monroe Country Store is staying busy tagging deer.

Latest bragging rights listed under the town of Monroe go to: Toney Hall (two doe), David Tripp (doe), Katherine Raymond (8-point buck), Ashley Giles (106-pound doe), Jesse Andoscia (187.3-pound buck), Christopher Labonte (73.3-pound buck), Marina Hooper (6-point, 170-pound buck), Allen Porter (10-point, 199.2-pound buck), Craig Starrett (105-pound doe), Patrick Wadden (7-point, 125.8-pound buck), Christopher Savickis (10-point, 201.6-pound buck), Michael Clark (161.1-pound buck), Sharon Kelley (doe), Edward Homstead (10-point, 186.4-pound buck), and John Ellis (8-point, 209-pound buck).

Don’t forget to try whatever delectable baked goods are stocked on the counter, and I highly recommend the homemade garlic knots, baked fresh to order in the kitchen!

Rural Anti-Racist Group

The Monroe Rural Anti-Racist Action Group continues to meet on Sundays at 2 p.m. at Gesner Park to discuss systemic racism and how to address it. As always, all people, input, and ideas are welcome. For more information, email

Christmas trees are ready

A number of beautiful Christmas trees are on display outside at the Monroe Country Store, ready to decorate your home. Find your perfect tree, then simply remove the colored tag on the tree and take it into the store to purchase. Yellow tagged trees are classified as small and cost $32 each, blue tagged trees are medium size and cost $36, and red tagged trees are large size and cost $65.

Have a great week!