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Hello Monroe!

I’m hoping my intro paragraphs stop including weekly power outage reports. This part of Monroe went dark again Dec. 5, with power not coming back on for us until almost 48 hours later. I am very appreciative of all the hard working electrical crews logging hours around the clock to get everyone back up and running. Safety first, always. In the grand scheme of things, a day or two without power certainly isn’t the worst we could have it.

With just a few gifts left to shop for, our holiday cheer is rising with every Christmas card we receive in the mailbox. For a year that has involved more distancing than this family desires, it is nice to still safely connect with family, friends and neighbors by way of the good ol’ fashioned postal service. The cards, some decked with personal photographs and others beautiful seasonal imagery, are daily bright spots pinned up in our kitchen.

Bragging rights

Pictured are Melissa Moody, daughter of Steve and Barbara Moody of Monroe, with her daughter Brooke and the monster deer harvested in Brooks this year. The deer tagged out at 229.6 pounds and sported 12 points on his rack (and what a rack that is!). Probably the deer of a lifetime! Congratulations, Melissa!

Monroe Community Church

It is with great pleasure and PRIDE that the Monroe Community Church announces it has become an Open and Affirming church. The vote was counted on Dec. 1, and passed by an overwhelming majority.

This wonderful news assures the LBGTQ+ community that the church family will welcome you and provide you with a safe house of worship. Monroe Community Church recognizes strength through diversity and happiness through love. Come and join, for all are welcome. Join on Facebook for sermons, office hours, and phone numbers.

Anti-racist action update

Monroe's Anti-Racist Action Group has gone virtual. The group continues to meet on Sundays, but has moved to an online platform using Zoom and changed the time to 4 p.m.

The group has recently been viewing a series of virtual conferences organized by the Maine Initiative and then discussing the presentations during the Sunday Zoom call. The conference is a series of three weekly presentations highlighting the work being done in Maine by various groups addressing racial justice. The three topics focused on were racial inequities in incarceration, housing, and health.

Additionally, the group continues to seek collaboration with other groups in our area working for racial justice and are actively looking for any groups needing volunteers in any capacity. For more information, or to access the Zoom link, please contact the group at ruralantiracist@gmail.com.

Have a great week!