Hello Monroe!

Not a whole lot remains for snow patches at our farm. With a welcome stretch of warm temperatures in the long-term forecast, I can’t imagine much if any snow will still be lingering by the time this column is read in the Thursday paper.

We juggle Oliver these days between snowsuit and warm boots and rain gear and mud boots. The boy sure does love to be outside. We even geared up to play in the rain for a bit the other afternoon. I tried, unsuccessfully, to distract him with warmer, drier indoor options, but once his mind is set, there’s little hope in redirecting him. With warm layers and the right gear, the cold rain meant nothing to him! Mom just needed to tough it out!

Worth celebrating

Congratulations to Monroe’s Trinity Tripp for earning second-quarter high honors at John Bapst Memorial high School in Bangor. Trinity is a senior at John Bapst with a bright future ahead of her!

Aging in place

From Aging Well in Waldo County and Waldo County Masonic Lodges, forming a partnership to benefit older homeowners:

Home maintenance is often an obstacle to being able to “age in place.” Small tasks which were once a simple part of maintaining a home and yard become difficult, dangerous or even unattainable for senior citizens. Things like climbing a ladder to replace light bulbs or batteries in a smoke detector; putting the air conditioner in the window for the summer; cutting up a fallen tree branch after a storm, replacing a board on the front steps — all of these become challenges with aging.

Aging Well in Waldo County has partnered with the District 8 Masonic Lodges in Waldo County called Waldo County Masons’ Elder Outreach to help homeowners meet some of these needs. Homeowners can call AWWC and a volunteer will collect relevant information. A representative from the District 8 Masonic organization will evaluate the request and determine if it’s doable, and which lodge member might be dispatched to complete the request.

What sorts of things might this program do for a homeowner? Things that require climbing a ladder; minor repairs, like replacing a few stair treads, addressing a stuck window, a door that will not close properly; adding a handrail on the steps to the house; clearing front steps or treating them with sand or salt.

There is no cost to homeowners, but donations to AWWC will be accepted. The help does not apply to tasks that require a skilled tradesperson (an electrician, for example) or code enforcement.

This program also does not address major home repairs, such as a roof, heating system, or foundation issues. For qualified low-income homeowners, applications can be made to Waldo Cap (339-6809) for home repair funds.

To request help with a home or property, call 218-0207, select option 2 and leave a message. All help is supplied by volunteers and is dependent on their schedules. If they cannot help you, they may be able to recommend a solution.

Have a great week!