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Hello Monroe!

Worth celebrating

Many Monroe teenagers at Mount View High School have been working hard this fall and received first-quarter awards for their efforts. Earning high academic honors: sophomore Madison Oliver, junior Aiden Tripp and senior Sawyer Inman. Earning academic honors: sophomores Jillian Jewett and Lily Neville, junior Sydney Vogel and senior Nicholas Finley. Congratulations to you all!

Receiving an October Student of the Month award for the following reason, Aiden Tripp: “Aiden is a very respectful, responsible and motivated young man. He treats classmates and teachers with respect by valuing the work that they do. He embraces the responsibility required to be extremely successful in the classroom. He contributes to MVHS by being positive through his actions and words. He strives for success in all that he does and works to the best of his ability. Congratulations to Aiden Tripp.”

Deer down

I will update the final tagging statistics for the town of Monroe using the Monroe Country Store’s poster information in next week’s column.

In the meantime, a big congratulations goes out to Monroe’s Aiden Tripp for harvesting a 204-pound, 9-point buck this season. Aiden is certainly a driven young man whose hard work pays off successfully in multiple aspects of his life!

And congratulations to my nephew Luke Libby from New Hampshire for harvesting a doe from our farm on the day before Thanksgiving. This is his second year hunting, and he’s been a trooper putting in long hours that have paid off for him! His family appreciates the meat all year long, especially burger, in the form of meatballs, tacos, quesadillas and other dishes.

I have to admit, I’m not a natural morning person. Given the choice, I would sleep til 7 or 8 a.m. quite easily most mornings. Our farm was the main meeting place for hunting this past week, and that meant getting up by 4:30 or 5 a.m.

Listening to my husband, father, brother-in-law and nephew sit in the kitchen and scheme and plan in the early hours over the smell of hot coffee, I could feel their excitement and anticipation in the air, and couldn’t help but smile and think, this is something worth getting up early to be a part of. If Oliver and Nolan take to hunting like their dad and grandfathers, I have lots and lots of early hunting season mornings still to come, and I’ll be happy for our farm to be the center of it all.

Have a great week!

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