Hello Monroe!

I miss basketball. I miss watching the Mount View (mostly all former students of mine) athletes on the court, the cheerleaders on the end line, the fans in the stands. I miss seeing former colleagues and running into community members I’ve come to know (and really enjoy the company of!) as a result of 10 years of teaching and coaching in the school district.

This was the winter I looked forward to taking Oliver to the gym for a few hours' worth of entertainment to break up the long winter months; picking a section of bleachers I could coral him in but still give him the freedom to climb about, people watch, play with a truck or two, munch on some snacks, with the sounds of whistles and hustling up and down the court and coaches and fans and players yelling in excitement filling his ears for the evening.

Here’s hoping we can be spectators next season. I’m thankful the athletes are getting the opportunity to practice and compete, albeit masked and socially distanced and without any parents or other fans allowed in the bleachers.

I’m also thankful Regional School Unit 3 is livestreaming all home basketball contests on its YouTube channel, RSU #3 Athletics. Checkout the Mount View High School Facebook page for direct access to the livestream link. And thank you to The Republican Journal for sharing photographs and recaps, as available!

Worth celebrating

Happy birthday this month to a special young man here in Monroe turning 8 years old. Arlo Faragher Houghton, happy birthday to you!

Recovery wishes

Thoughts go out to Monroe’s one and only Jacki Robbins. Jacki has had some rough cards dealt to her over the past couple of months, including recently breaking her shoulder, followed a few weeks later by hitting a deer. She proves she is optimistic through it all though by remarking in a Facebook post, “could have broken my leg also when I blew off my electric bike…could have been the deer….” Hang in there, Jacki!

Snowmobile club meets

The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club, maintaining trails in Brooks and parts of Monroe, met (socially distanced) recently. President Bruce Stubbs ran the meeting, with Secretary Pony Stubbs, Treasurer Lisa Clements and Trail Master Dean Clements all reporting. The club is accepting and welcoming new members, and trail maintenance is a great way to get outside, be active and get involved within your communities. Plans for club equipment and the installation of a new bridge along a section of trail in Monroe are in the works. Stay tuned for more information, and do a snow dance or two so those who still do can get out and ride!

School food drive

The Waldo County YMCA is collaborating with area businesses to support the RSU 3 school food pantries. Food and monetary donations made payable to Mount View Food Pantry are being accepted at Down East Federal Credit Union, 58 School St., in Unity, and at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, 338-4598. The dates of the food drive are Jan. 18-23. They will collect food at Hannaford on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations may be dropped at the Y during the week, or by appointment at Mount View in Thorndike (568-3255). Delivery will be the week of Jan. 25 to the schools. Please help if you can; together we can make a difference.

Have a great week!