I am thoroughly enjoying this early warm spring. My crocuses and daffodils are in bloom. I even planted some pansies, because, why not? What I am not enjoying is inflation. Inflation is at a 40-year high, with an 8.5% increase this March, from March of last year.

It’s a little tricky trying to figure out if I am going to save money by using the gas in my car to drive further to get to a cheaper gas station. I’ve seen as much as a 20 cents’ difference per gallon from one station to the next! To that end I remind everyone to shop local!

JP Wentworth’s packs a large variety of groceries into their store. The Marsh River Co-op consistently carries local farm produce, veggies and meats. If you want takeout, head over to the Monroe Country Store for tasty pizza, sweet treats and their weekly specials — pulled pork sandwiches in a recent week. You could even bicycle to these places — and if you need your bike repaired, tuned up, or a replacement, check out the Outback Bicycle Repair Shop downstairs from the Co-op (call for hours (323-1804). Stay close to home, support local businesses, and pray for something to give and bring these prices down.

Town Office

Reminder: Brown Goods Day is Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or whenever the dumpster is filled up. June 14 is an Election Day. This is our first call-out for ballot clerks. There are many different shifts available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please contact Brenda (722-3439) if you would like to take up one of these paid positions on June 14.

Substitute teachers needed

Most of our local schools are in great need of substitute teachers. Regional School Unit 3 is again holding a substitute teacher training session. The next classes are on Wednesdays, May 11 and 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Get to know the kids in your neighborhood. Help out our dedicated teachers. Earn $105 per day. To register, go to rsu3.maineadulted.org or call 568-3426.

Diabetes workshops

Healthy Living for ME is holding two different diabetes workshops in April. These are free workshops available to help Mainers improve their health and wellness. The first one, on April 23, is online and provides free health coaching to reduce a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The second workshop is on April 27, is over the phone, and is for those who have, or are at risk of, diabetes and/or their caregivers. Registration is required: call 1-800-620-6036 or email info@healthylivingforme.org for more information and to register. Or visit healthylivingforme.org.

ATV trails

As we have a number of ATV enthusiasts in the area, please note the following from the state of Maine: Riding on trails before they open can cause significant damage and cause landowners to close trails to all in the future. Do your part to maintain Maine’s ATV trails and wait until they are open. Do your part and respect private landowners and ATV clubs by obeying all mud season closure postings. All signs should have an opening date of May 15 or later. Thanks everyone!