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Hello Monroe!

Oliver got to make our official Christmas tree selection from out back, and a fine job he did for a 2-year-old. The white lights are strung and mostly non-breakable ornaments dangle from the branches. Nolan seems to enjoy lying on his back beneath the tree in the evenings to gaze at the lights.

Even with the announced CMP price hike, I’m choosing to focus on and enjoy the few weeks of lights on the tree and candles in the windows and the chicken coop fence with its decked out colorful string of lights at this darkest time of year.

Monroe Country Store

The Monroe Country Store will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, and closed on Dec. 25. The store will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1, 2022.

You can get your order in now for some of Kristin’s delicious cinnamon rolls. Available by the half-dozen or dozen, choose from bake and take, or already baked options. Orders need to be placed by Dec. 20; call 525-3300 or stop in soon to do so.

I took a half-dozen bake and take to my mom’s for Christmas breakfast a few years ago. I followed Kristin’s handy directions she included, and the warm rolls with gooey icing were a huge hit. I have every intention of doing the same thing this year for Christmas morning!

Worth celebrating

Congratulations to Mount View High School senior Sawyer Inman on his most recent post-secondary acceptances! Sawyer received welcomes to both the University of Maine and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Holiday hours

The Town Hall will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31.

The transfer station will be closed on Saturdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2022.

The Community Library will also be closed Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31.

May the Town Hall employees (thank you Barbara, Janet and Brenda!), transfer station attendants (thank you Lynda and Dan!) and all library volunteers (thank you, all!) enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Farm recap

Dandy Ram Farm in Monroe was happy to share highlights from their 2021 farming season. Bo “wanted to take a moment to thank you for following along and share some of this season’s highlights in numbers! Dandy Ram Farm continues to blossom with your support.”

Eighteen acres of long-term farmland has been secured in Monroe; 723 arranged bouquets left the farm; 6,758 flower plants over a quarter-acre bloomed with love, care, and daily serenades of pop music; 176 evergreen wreaths brought holiday joy; four weddings were blessed with Dandy Ram blooms; and over $2,500 was distributed to Black and Indigenous-led land justice work through profit sharing.

I certainly appreciate having a number of local options for vegetables, milk, meat, flowers and more available. Supporting our small businesses as and when able is what will keep them afloat!

Have a great week!

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