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    June 6, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! As June gets well underway, I’m finding it impossible to miss the fact that it is quite light out by 5 a.m. and I have to wait til close to 9 p.m. before closing the chickens in for the night. Soak up the longer days and warmer weather settling in. Early this year, like most flowers this spring have been, are the lupines. I’ve still yet to establish some wild …

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    May 27, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! Taken and edited from a post shared May 22 on the Our Monroe Community Facebook page: Come one, come all! When? Monday, June 14, at 6 p.m. Why? The annual town meeting, including a discussion and vote on a Comprehensive Plan to move forward to the planning stage. A Comprehensive Plan may empower the members of our community with a greater voice in the direction of …

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    May 16, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! The black flies are alive and well! We appreciate the days with stiff breezes. Poor Oliver has re-earned the nickname Bug Bite, the price he has to occasionally pay this time of year for insisting on being outside as much as possible. But, if we weren’t outside so much, he wouldn’t be learning how to “water” the chickens (spraying the hose into their pen) or able …

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    May 8, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! Kate Faragher Houghton shared some beautiful photographs she captured recently of her family’s bluebird motels, with residents, on their Monroe property. The Faragher Houghtons have four boxes, built by Matthew, and set at the preferred height of bluebirds, with other birds currently living in one or two of them. They have seen two pairs of bluebirds recently and …

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    May 1, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! Lisa Archer of Brooks was the winner last spring with my husband Ethan after she posted a recipe for Rhubarb Oatmeal Cookies with white chocolate chips in them. I sent a few dozen of said cookies up to Square Lake with Ethan and his buddy Rollie when they ventured north for some spring fishing last year, and they reportedly ate the entire container in about a …

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    April 25, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! As the days of April tick down and the weather yo-yos back and forth from T-shirts to winter jackets, hats and mittens, I can only be encouraged by the green really starting to show its shades (and the lack of biting bugs!). Though scattered snow flurries may still be lingering and sticking at times, the white sure doesn’t stick around long this time of year. Poor …

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    April 16, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! I hope you’ve been soaking up these beautiful early days of spring as much as we have. Compost is ready to be spread on the garden, around the rhubarb, and new rose bushes going in soon around the farm. Seeds are patiently waiting for the rototiller to work over the soil, and still warmer weather. The chickens are happily spreading into the fields and feasting on …

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    April 8, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! With so much available on the internet these days, just mere swipes away on a smartphone, it’s easy to get sucked into the convenience. I was happy to bypass quickly securing a burn permit online the other day and instead took the drive to the Clements Farm where Monroe Fire Chief Ken Clements was more than happy to meet me and get me what I needed. If I hadn’t …

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    April 3, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! April showers bring May flowers! And green grass. That will be my reminder this month during the drearier spring days likely to come. Worth celebrating Congratulations to Connor Aitken for successfully passing his driver’s test! We have another young licensed Monroe resident out and about on the roads. Buckle up and eyes on the road, Connor! Sally Philbrick of …

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    March 26, 2021

    Monroe news 592-0336 Hello Monroe! What a blessing it has been to spend so much time outdoors as a family lately with little to no worry of frostbite on exposed cheeks, nose or other extremities! The swing and slides are getting more use in the backyard and I’ve even managed to hang a few loads of laundry out on the line to dry recently. Warmer days should soon become the new norm. One of Oliver’s …

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