Hello Monroe!

I rounded out my 2022 accomplishments by winning the trophy at the eighth annual New Year’s Eve McKenney cribbage tournament in Palermo, and then jumped into 2023 by, quite literally, jumping into Belfast Harbor on New Year’s Day with dozens of other brave (and maybe a bit wild and crazy?!) community members. The fact that  the weather on Jan. 1 hovered around 50 degrees certainly helped me make my decision to take the refreshing plunge. Oliver says I’m “just kinda silly!”

Your Monroe columnist’s hard-won cribbage trophy, hers to display for the year! The trophy, with a cribbage board on the back, was custom-designed and made by the columnist’s aunt and uncle, Pam and Dale McKenney of Palermo. The tournament is a double elimination, New Year’s Eve tradition, in Palermo. Photo by Ashlie Stubbs


Hot supper nearby

The Winterport Riverside Riders Snowmobile clubhouse kitchen is open for business on Friday evenings! They offer rotating weekly specials (think steak and cheese subs, corn chowder, etc.), along with burgers, hot dogs, onion rings and more. Proceeds benefit the club. The building is toasty warm and kitchen staff friendly and ready to serve you. Find your hot meal at 30 Pineview Drive in Winterport on Friday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m.

Town tidbits

The cribbage bracket is up at the Monroe Country Store and games will take place this month. Check out the progress, and maybe even see a game or two, next time you’re in the store. Thank you to store owner Kristin for hosting and supporting community events such as this.

A friendly reminder that no matter how often winter road crews are out and about this winter, chances are most locally maintained roads, especially the secondary or “back” roads,  will never be back to complete bare hot top or gravel anytime soon. Most of us understand that proper tires and extra time are the no brainers to help get from point A to point B this time of year. Thank you to the road crews in Monroe and surrounding towns for doing the best they can! If you have concerns about the roads, contact your local town office directly.

Save the dates

March 18 – Monroe Lions Club invites the community to a public St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. More information to follow

Local stars in the making! Some of Monroe’s youngest community members talk to WABI TV5 reporter Connor Magliozzi about the projects happening at Monroe’s Gesner Park. Photo by Ashlie Stubbs

Have a great week!

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