Hello Monroe!

Our mulberries are ripe and tasted scrumptious plucked fresh from the branches and dropped directly into my dish of ice cream last evening. Oliver was “raking hay” in the field on his electric gator while Nolan and I strolled the yard after a much-needed rainstorm. Small moments at home in the quiet summer evenings often mean the most.

Mail update

Our Monroe Mail Carrier Suzanne Hall would like to, once again, thank her patrons for their outstanding job in fixing up their mailboxes. Every customer who was asked complied, an outstanding effort that will pay off for carrier and customer alike!

She would also like to inform all that she will be away on a “staycation” from July 29 to Aug. 8.  What that means for the customer is, perhaps some delivery, total delivery, or no delivery for a day or so.

As everyone knows many service industries are experiencing a massive work shortage and coverage is impossible to find. Sue’s suggestion is to be patient, and kind. The USPS is doing its best to provide service and are, knowingly, falling short.  Sue promises that all will resume as normal when she returns.

In the meantime, if you have questions about a missing article, call Brooks post office (722-3670) or Monroe post opffice (525-7786), and they will do their utmost best to help you.  Also, if YOU want to be part of the Postal team, go to, under hiring, and take up the gauntlet.


John, Eileen and Abby Hill of Hiltop Farm Dairy have their open flag out and flying on Route 139 in Monroe. The farm, in operation since 1966, offers pure Jersey milk, fresh eggs, hamburger and an ever-changing variety of pickled products like cucumbers, cauliflower, beets and beans. They also offer first and second cut round bale hay for sale. Stop in and see them, or call ahead at 525-3501 for more information.

Blueberry season

North Branch Farm has its blueberry signs out and the first picking date has been announced, “If you need berries, or fresh air, or a sweet thing to do with friends, come on over!” The farm offers a variety of organic, u-pick high bush blueberries. Upcoming hours will be posted on the farm’s Facebook page, Instagram account and by calling the home answering machine at 525-3323.

Library opportunities

The Monroe Community Library is running its summer reading program for area youth in the shape of Books to BINGO! Each BINGO card square features a different location or type of book to be read. As your child completes each task, mark that square with a sticker provided by the library. Once a row is complete, present the card to the library and pick from a fun and assorted prize box! All children who participate in the program (it ends August 20) will have their names entered into a grand prize drawing for a local gift certificate.

Stop in at the Monroe Library to pick up your Books to BINGO card, and open the door to summer reading fun! Details at the Library. Source: Facebook

Ready to spend some time at a Maine State Park this summer? Borrow the Monroe Library’s State Park Pass and you and all occupants of your vehicle will enjoy free admission. Check out the library website or Facebook page for more exact details, or come in to the library in person for more information!

Event next door

The town of Brooks Recreation Department is hosting a multi community “meet and greet” at the Brooks Park on Saturday, July 23, starting at 2 p.m. If you are new to this area and want to meet your neighbors and learn more about local businesses and services, plan to attend! If you are a local business or provide a service and want to showcase what you offer, plan to be there.

Have a great week!




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