Hello Monroe!

The fields in front of the house are crisscrossed with snowmobile tracks as Oliver has let us substitute snowmobile rides for tractor rides lately. Ethan had our dog Finnegan clocked at running 26 mph in the field beside the sled recently. Finn slept soundly after that workout!

January specials

Kristin is back to sharing monthly specials from the Monroe Country Store kitchen. Each week features a special pizza, sandwich or wrap, and, this time of year, soup. Cinnamon rolls will be fresh, warm and gooey on Friday and Saturday morning this month, with doughnut day being moved to Mondays. Wednesdays will still feature a special Whoopie Pie. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, call the store at 525-3300 for an update on specials, or simply stop in next time you’re in the neighborhood.

TPF winter hours

Toddy Pond Farm announces they will move to all self-serve hours in their farm store for the remainder of the winter. The store will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are happy to accept Venmo, checks or cash.

They’re almost always on the farm, but most likely won’t physically be in the store, so if you think you’d like assistance shopping or if the listed times do not work for you, send them an email at and they’d be happy to set up a time to meet you in the store.

Find them on the Carver Road off the Dickey Hill Road in Monroe, and if you see espresso ice cream between chocolate chip cookies sandwiches stocked in the freezer, take one or two home; you won’t be let down!

Monroe library books miss you

It’s no joke! The library states the books are lonely without you. Search for books and DVDs online, email the library your requests, and let the helpful volunteers get them ready for curbside pickup. The volunteers would happily help with suggestions, too! Reach out to or search the Balsam Library database online.

Lions Club teasers

The Monroe Lions Club will soon be reminding everyone of the Brick Campaign still underway to raise money for the Veterans’ Park in works across from the Monroe Community Church as they work to update the forms and donation suggestions.

Special thank you to Bernys Doak for hanging the beautiful holiday wreath from one of the newly placed flagpoles at the park. Many reports of enjoying the simple beauty as they drove along Main Street this past holiday season have been shared.

While it’s still too early to predict exactly what Memorial Day 2021 will look like, the Lions are brainstorming now how to make something happen this year that brings community together.

This year, perhaps more than ever, we will need it. We do not all vote the same or share the same opinions, but we’re neighbors first and foremost. Neighbors can be kind, helpful and friendly to one another, regardless of other factors in life. I think it would do all of us a lot of good to keep that in mind.

Have a great week!