Hello Monroe!

As 2021 comes to an end, I, like many I’m sure, am spending moments reflecting on the past and thinking ahead to the future. 2021 brought lots to smile about: a dozen weddings took place here at our farm; I spent many warm summer days playing in the garden dirt, digging for worms and eating green beans with Oliver; Ethan and I welcomed our second son into this crazy world; and so much more to be thankful for.

As 2022 arrives, I’m setting what I hope are realistic and attainable goals: finish the second major renovation of our farmhouse; keep both our boys alive and healthy with lots of doses of sunshine and dirt and adventures outside; summit Katahdin with family and friends this summer in celebration of my father turning 60; and more. May your year end in a positive light and the New Year start on a good note!

Worth celebrating

Congratulations to McKenna Gibbs for her recent graduation from Husson University. May your future in nursing be rewarding and safe. Your patients will be lucky to be in your capable care!

Congratulations also to Belfast Police Officer Megan Tribuzio for her recent completion of the challenging basic law enforcement training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy!

The Belfast Police Department reports: “Officer Tribuzio did a great job at the police academy and we are all proud of what she has accomplished in the last 18 weeks.”

Happy belated birthday to Master Carter Aikten of Monroe who celebrated turning 9 years old on Dec. 17!

Ending the year celebrating anniversaries in the month of December are Brea and Scott Milliken (Dec. 19) and Jacki and David Robbins (Dec. 22). Wishing you all many more years of love, good health and adventure with one another!

Ringing in the new year with birthdays in the month of January are the following current (and one former!) Monroe residents: Henry Hartley Sr. (13th), Oliver Brown (21st), Cassandra Moody (22nd), James Brown (23rd), and Connor Aitken and myself (28th).

Store recognition

I was pleased to pick up a complimentary copy of edible Maine, a magazine, at the Monroe Country Store recently and find the following words by Jennifer Hazard in an article titled “Mapping out Lunch: Road Trip Refueling at Maine’s General Stores”:

“Taste of the Town. Billed as the small-town store with a big heart, Monroe Country Store in rural northern Waldo county proudly supports its local farms and food producers. It offers homemade ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery, creamy goat milk yogurt from Seek-No-Further Farmstead, Korean hot sauce and kimchi from Chase Stream Farm, and bouquets of flowers from Dandy Ram Farm. Its lively bulletin board will keep you apprised of all that’s going on about town.”

So many do appreciate all you offer and provide to our small community, Monroe Country Store!

Have a great week!

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