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Hello Monroe!

As of the submission of this column, our anxiously awaited baby boy is officially a week late! Two-year-old expert big brother Oliver keeps informing me his little brother will be here “soon” whenever I ask. Next week’s column should include an exhausted update of our newest addition, pending I get it submitted on time!

In the meantime, we’ve been plugging away at indoor and outdoor projects as we wait for our family of three to become a family of four. After gutting a large portion of our main living level this past Memorial Day Weekend, we’ve spent the summer rewiring, insulating, updating and adding windows, putting sheetrock back, and painting rooms. We’re now working on painting hundreds of feet of trim board and hope to have that up and our heating system connected again before cold weather really sets in.

Ethan has also been able to cut and bale over 400 square bales from one field in front of our home. He wasn’t brave enough to lay down two fields, assuming that would certainly trigger our trip to the hospital and throw a wrench in the hay making game! Wouldn’t that have been a shame.

Revaluation has started 

Revaluation of all property assessment has begun in Monroe! The town has gone almost 30 years since its last valuation, and the time has been long overdue to update property assessments.

This process will take approximately two years to complete. Year 1 involves Maine Certified Assessors David Ledew and Kathy Malloy visiting your property, checking to ensure that the assessing records are accurate. Year 2 involves making comparisons of the properties and calculating new values.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Monroe’s certified assessor, Jacki Robbins, at 852-1840. The benefits of this updated valuation process for you as a taxpayer will ensure that you will be paying your fair share, no more and no less, of the town’s property tax obligation.

Orchard annual pig roast

A reminder that Hooper’s Orchard, 856 Back Brooks Road 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 hayrides will be open all day, with multiple apple varieties, as well as items in their well-stocked farm store, available for purchase.

The orchard’s fall hours continue to be Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have a great week!

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