Hello Monroe!

We, like many of you, too, I’m sure, are caught between keeping our balance on our icy lawns, and then focusing on not losing our boots in the muddy driveway. I predict a lot of muddy little boy outfits as the weather continues to warm…and I can’t wait!

Monroe Lions Club news

Work on the Monroe Veterans Memorial park here in Monroe, spearheaded by the Lions Club, is set to start up again as soon as the weather warms a bit. The club is hoping to include the names of any current or former Monroe resident who has served in any service branch as part of the memorial. We are currently trying to track those members down, so if you or someone you know has served, please let us know.

To contact us, call or email Mike Schaab (922-8812 or with the name(s), service branch, and dates of service. Since we are looking for everyone who has served, both peacetime and wartime services are being sought. Thanks for your help with this effort!

In the midst of the global pandemic, the Lions have struggled to host traditional fundraisers here in town that not only connect us as a community, but bring in essential funds to back Lions projects. Financial support is needed to continue moving forward on the completion of the Monroe Veterans Memorial.

How can you support this effort? Engraved, commemorative bricks, to be used as prominent pavers as part of a special walkway in the park, are still available for purchase. The bricks you purchase are $60 each and can be personalized with your choice of text of clip art. Consider names, dates and other messages you would like etched in history and included in this park.

Bricks can be purchased online at or by filling out an order form brochure and submitting payment. Order forms are available at the Town Hall. Contact Lion Mike Schaab at 922-8812 or with any questions or for assistance.

You could also elect to make a tax-deductible donation to the Monroe Lions Club. Donations can be mailed to Monroe Lions, c/o David Doak, P.O. Box 665, Monroe, ME 04951. David can be reached at 525-4431 with any questions. Thank you, so much, in advance, for your generosity.

In a final note from the Lions, the famous Memorial Day Chicken Barbecue will be back this May! It will likely look a little different, but it is definitely going to happen. The club is working out the details of organizing a drive-through event on Memorial Day, and preorders for meals will be encouraged. The menu will be the standard chicken, coleslaw, biscuit, chips, cookies and soda. Stay tuned for more details including exactly where to score your meal and how to go about preordering to ensure you don’t miss out.

Worth celebrating

Swan Lake Grocery on Route 141 in Swanville at the head of the lake is open again! After needing to close for many months following a horrific single-person car crash and fire, the store has been put back together and the crew is eager to serve the surrounding communities once again.

When Ethan and I first moved to Monroe, I wasn’t even aware Swan Lake Grocery existed. What a gem not even 5 miles from our home; I’m so happy to have them open once again for great selection and prices located so close to home.

Have a great week!