Hello Monroe!

April showers bring May flowers! And green grass. That will be my reminder this month during the drearier spring days likely to come.

Worth celebrating

Congratulations to Connor Aitken for successfully passing his driver’s test! We have another young licensed Monroe resident out and about on the roads. Buckle up and eyes on the road, Connor!

Sally Philbrick of Monroe celebrates her birthday April 3. Sally’s son Kirk reached out to me and reminded me Sally was a well-loved administrative assistant at Monroe Elementary School from 1984 to 2008, connecting with hundreds of students over the years, many of whom have fond memories of Sally and are still in the area. Happy birthday, Sally!

Play ball!

I am thrilled to see local high school schedules being released for softball and baseball, and many area towns posting notices that more information about spring Tball, Farmteam and Little League is soon to come. Kids of all ages need to be out and about in the fresh air, learning, practicing and competing with friends and teammates, now more than ever. Soon Oliver and I will be gearing up and getting out to cheer on our favorite local legends on warm afternoons! Something positive to look forward to.

Library reopens

The Monroe Library is reopening to the public! Effective Friday, April 2, hours will be Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required, and due to the library’s small footprint, only one or two patrons at a time will be allowed to browse. The library will also continue to offer “curbside” pickup to those who wish to keep using that option. The library is eager to welcome patrons back!

School news

Students in Mrs. Norgang’s class at Monroe Elementary are learning about different elements of poetry, including rhyme, alliteration and onomatopoeia (sound effect words). Students created comic book-style onomatopoeia words on display in the school hallway. Later they spent some quiet time in the outdoor classroom gathering onomatopoeia from the beaver pond. The whir of a chainsaw and vroom of cars were most noted, but also the whoosh of wind, rustle of leaves, and chirps of birds were observed.


Seek-No-Further Farmstead on Route 139 in Monroe announces: “Hello Monroe! We have tulips by the hundreds for all of April and we want to let you know when, where and how to get some for yourselves. Check out our website to preorder (, and/or come grab a bouquet at the Belfast farmers’ markets on Friday or Saturday. Lots of gorgeous options include singles, doubles, lily-flowering, pink, yellow, purple, white, striped. Happy spring!”

Quick recovery

Speedy get-well thoughts go out to our own Donald Nickerson who recently underwent an ankle fusing procedure. I’m told Donald needs to keep his weight off that foot for quite some time, and for those of us who know Donald, we know this may be a struggle, especially as warmer weather arrives. Follow the doctor’s orders and you’ll be out and about on two feet soon, Donald!

Have a great week!