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Hello Monroe!

With so much available on the internet these days, just mere swipes away on a smartphone, it’s easy to get sucked into the convenience. I was happy to bypass quickly securing a burn permit online the other day and instead took the drive to the Clements Farm where Monroe Fire Chief Ken Clements was more than happy to meet me and get me what I needed.

If I hadn’t taken the 5-minute drive, I wouldn’t have gotten to chat with Sonny and Ken for a few minutes outside in the barnyard, and I wouldn’t have learned that many, many years ago Richard Aitken found himself sucking a tractor out of the old Aitken farm’s manure pit after a mishap one day! How we got onto that subject is a bit of a runaround explanation, but nevertheless, I’m glad I was physically there in the barnyard to listen to the chuckles and reminiscing that afternoon. Something I surely would have missed had I opted to get a burn permit online.

I didn’t get a chance to see Connie that day, but if I had, I’d have told her the purple crocus I saw scattered in bloom in front of her house looked absolutely beautiful.

Worth celebrating

Though no longer physical residents of Monroe, Mike and Deb Moody are known and loved by many in Monroe and still actively involved in the Monroe Lions. The Moodys are celebrating a wedding anniversary this month on the 22nd. Happy anniversary, Mike and Deb!

Church quilt

The Monroe Community Church, UCC, has announced that Judy Nealley, Marnee Clements and Joyce Hillman have been busy putting quilt squares together. The church will be raffling off the finished quilt when it is complete, so stay tuned for more details. The church wishes to thank those who donated fabric and helped sew squares.

Lions news

A reminder that the Monroe Lions Club is planning to host its famous Chicken Barbecue on Memorial Day this year. Though you won’t be waiting in line at Gesner Park chatting with neighbors as in years past, you’ll be able to preorder dinners soon and pick them up in the area of the Monroe church and school in drive-thru fashion. Many more details to follow as the time gets closer.

Keep your eyes open at the Monroe Country Store and the Monroe Town Hall, among other local spots, for donation envelopes and commemorative brick order forms to support the Lions effort in creating the Monroe Veterans Memorial park. Flagpoles are erected, bases are ready for stones honoring town veterans, a number of personalized bricks are ready to be part of a walkway, but more funds are still needed to complete the effort. Have you contributed to this worthy project yet?

Dog licenses

Barb Moody at the Monroe Town Hall would like to remind any residents who have still not registered their dog(s), the standard $25 late fee per dog goes back into effect on June 2. Please make sure your canine's rabies certificate is current when you come in to register, and if you no longer have a dog who was previously registered, please call the Town Hall at 525-3515 and let them know. Hours at the Town Hall remain Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing still required.

Have a great week!