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Hello Monroe!

Frigid temperatures make way for rain and ice and more rain and warmer temperatures and then plowable amounts of snow. We’ve been stuck mainly indoors during stretches of cold lows and then out the next day hardly needing mittens. Go with the flow! You are most likely familiar with the quote by Mark Twain: “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Often, so true! Regardless of the current conditions, I hope you’re staying warm, well and safe as winter barrels on.

Worth celebrating

Congratulations to Roland Clements for his recent retirement after 32 years of employment with the Maine Department of Transportation. Roland is now celebrating along with his wife Marnee, who says: “We all can’t wait for our journey and endless adventures to begin. Your contagious smile always fills the room along with your full of life attitude and that gift to gab anywhere. We’re so excited for you and we love you!” Enjoy your new hours of freedom for other pursuits, Roland!

Lions news

The Monroe Lions Club meets the first Tuesday of every month and is always actively seeking new members. Contact Club President Mike Moody (322-2269) or Treasurer David Doak (525-4431) for more information on how you could be part of this core group.

Club Secretary Bernys Doak presented Monroe’s Mario Tribuzio with a pin and letter commemorating his 40 years of service with the Lions. Both impressive and greatly appreciated, Mario! Your longevity and commitment to the group is a prime example of positive involvement and dedication to all.

The Monroe Veterans Memorial park is shaping up nicely, across from the Monroe Community Church along Route 139. In the spring, more personalized bricks will be ready for placement in the walkway leading up to the memorial stones. There is still time to order a commemorative brick to be placed: Reach out to club member Michael Schaab (mschaab1919@gmail.com or 922-8812) for help doing so.

Stay tuned: The next Monroe Lions Club project on the horizon is going to be an ambitious one. Monroe is home to the beautiful, but often underutilized, Gesner Park. A committee is in the process of forming, with the goal of working together to raise funds for new play structures to be installed at the park, along with other possible improvements and upgrades. Meeting dates, times and ways to get involved will be published here, on fliers around town, and on various Facebook pages, very soon!

Have a great week!

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