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By Ashlie Stubbs | Oct 19, 2019

Hello from Monroe!

Aside from a few larger branches littering our driveway and lawns, and
some mums getting blown over, we survived the season's first Nor'easter in good shape in our part of the woods. Miraculously, our power flickered only
once, and then remained on for the duration of the storm! I accredit our good luck to having a bucket of water full in the tub and Ethan making sure the generator was fueled and easy to start. I swear when we plan ahead, we usually don't need those backups. Better to be safe and ready than sorry and unprepared.

My 25-pound box of Honeycrisp apples from Hooper's Orchard is down to
just three lonely apples left. I'm thinking of baking some sort of apple cake or apple oatmeal cookies to finish them off. We've enjoyed multiple batches of fresh applesauce (Nana McKenney's recipe always), a huge pan of apple cranberry crisp (my sister Chelsie gets credit for my favorite recipe here), apple dumplings (Aunt Ilene's recipe is the best!) and lots of fresh eating snacks, too.

Normally, I would love to mass-produce and freeze applesauce to linger
through winter and spring meals, but with Oliver in my life now, I'm happy to have made what I did. By this time next fall, he should be enjoying the apple treats along with us, and soon "helping" me in the kitchen, I hope!

Around town

Food for All menu for Oct. 24: Homemade cream of asparagus soup (a
Sharon Smith masterpiece not to be missed!), served with an egg salad
sandwich on whole wheat bread, carrot sticks, and a brownie with Stone
Fox Farm ice cream for dessert. Lunch is served in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church every Thursday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at 11:30 a.m. Come find a seat, someone to chat with and enjoy a delicious meal. Free-will donations can be dropped at the door.

The Monroe Community Church annual Fall Fair is taking place Saturday,
Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be coffee and goodies for early shoppers, and a homemade lunch for later visitors. Tables include many baked goods, white elephant items, handcrafts, plants, books and more. The proceeds from this fair benefit annual expenses and projects of the Monroe Community Church, UCC. All are welcome! This is a great day to see neighbors and friends while supporting the church.

It's official: Monroe Country Store is now not only a tagging station, but also has state-certified scales installed and ready to weigh your trophies! I hope many will take advantage of these services with their good luck this hunting season. Feel free to email or text me a photograph of you with your harvested game; I'd love to include more pictures in future columns.

Trunk or Treat will be happening from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Monroe Country Store. A costume parade will start at 6 p.m., and there will be games and cookie decorating, along with trick or treating around the parking lot. Sign up to bring your trunk and pass out candy, or donate treats to be handed out by dropping them off at the store. Oliver had me get a large bag of assorted M & Ms for us to pass out that evening, so we're ready! The store address is 16 E. Main St., Monroe.

Save the date

Nov. 16: The Monroe Lions Club will be hosting its annual Hunter's Breakfast at the church. Doors will open early and the grill will be hot. Menu to be announced, but sure to include eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage and much more.

Dec. 7: The annual Mount View Craft Fair will be held at the Mount View school complex in Thorndike. Hundreds of crafters will be spread out and set up in the gyms and cafeteria. Support local this holiday season!

Have a great week — and don't forget to let me know what's happening
around town that you'd like to see in the column!
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