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Hello Monroe!

Summer and fall are currently colliding at the farm. The last of my brightly colored glads are still in vases around the house, but now with mini orange pumpkins mingling at their bases. We’ve successfully hatched three of the four monarch caterpillar chrysalises we collected a few weeks ago on various milkweed plants. I’ve satisfactorily ripped up my green bean and zucchini plants from the garden! Sunny, warm days are still around, but they’re mixing more with “fall air” and temperatures, and I’m not sad!

Congratulations to Freedom columnist Tyler Hadyniak and his wife Catherine on the arrival of their baby girl, Sophia Eileen! With our second son scheduled to join us on or around Sept. 10, I read Tyler’s touching recap of their incredible experience while wiping happy tears of my own from my eyes.

Tyler, you sought some advice for new parents … do try and sleep when she does! And during the rough stretches, of which I hope you have very few, remind yourselves gently and often, “This is just a phase!” Before you know it, the phase will be over and Miss Sophia will be on to new tricks and surprises!

Special delivery to Fire Department

Our Monroe Fire Department was one of four departments in the state to receive a special donation of 90 cases of canned water from Maine Distributors and Anheuser-Busch. Monroe Fire Chief Ken Clements was on hand Wednesday morning, Sept. 1, at the fire station to help unload the cases with Beer Sales Manager Jasper Walsh and a crew from Maine Distributors.

Chief Clements says the cases will get put into the town fire trucks and emergency vehicles and come in handy as crews respond to various calls and need to rehydrate.

As noted in the Maine Distributors press release:

“Maine Distributors, a family-owned beverage distribution business, and Anheuser-Busch, American’s leading brewer, are supplying a total of 9,408 cans of emergency drinking water to Kenduskeag Fire-Rescue, Monroe Fire Dept., Grand Lake Stream Fire Dept., and Baileyville Fire Dept.

“Volunteer fire departments in Maine and nationally are struggling with staffing shortages while resources are stretched like never before. … Being part of this program is a way for Maine Distributors to demonstrate their appreciation and support of local volunteer firefighters and other first responders by providing critical hydration resources to those who volunteer to protect our communities.

“Since the inception of the emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 86 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises. In the three-year partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 3.2 million cans of water to help volunteer firefighters across the country stay hydrated and healthy.”

Monroe Fire Chief Ken Clements, left, and Maine Distributors Beer Sales Manager Jasper Walsh unload cases of emergency water with the help of Brian Butler, drivers supervisor for Maine Distributors (inside the truck) at the Monroe Fire Department Sept. 1. Photo by Ashlie Stubbs

Orchard annual pig roast

Hooper’s Orchard in Monroe will be hosting its 13th annual Apple Fest and Pig Roast on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. Food will be served up from 11 a.m. until it’s gone, and the orchard, corn maze, pumpkin picking and hay rides will be open all day, with multiple apple varieties, as well as items in their well-stocked farm store, available for purchase.

A reminder that their fall hours are Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flock spotted

Hooray to Marge Sheridan for stepping up and supporting the Mount View senior class Project Graduation efforts and “flocking” Dick and Sharon Smith’s lawn with flamingos here in Monroe! Where else will they be spotted around town?

September sale

Polly Ravin called recently to let me know the Brooks Thrift Store is having a buy one baby/kids clothing item for 50 cents, get another baby/kids clothing item for free during the month of September. Thrift Store hours are Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Varney Building.

Have a great week!