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By Ashlie Stubbs | Nov 29, 2019
Courtesy of: Debbie Moody Neva and Dale Moody on vacation Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Tennessee.


And just like that, Monroe, we've arrived in December.

Which for us means no more deer! Our freezer is full! Ethan was fortunate enough to harvest three deer this season; one here in Monroe with his bow and two in Illinois, also with his bow. They are all packaged and processed, ready to keep us full and happy until next season. If you have a favorite venison recipe, please share it with me as I have pounds and pounds and pounds of burger, steaks and roasts to work with.

Holiday cheer at Monroe Country Store

Gingerbread House Workshops for kids and adults are coming up soon at the store with Kristin and crew! Gather in the cozy, warm dining area of the store and have fun decorating a gingerbread house with all materials provided.

Kids' decorating will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, with seating times at 9 and 10 a.m. and again at 1 and 2 p.m. Adult decorating will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, with seating times at 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. Please call 525-3300 or stop by the store and reserve your spot by Dec. 6 for the kids workshop and Dec. 13 for adults.

Around town

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Monroe Community Church there will be a webinar to explore "open and affirming" status — or positive inclusion of the LGBT community. Any interested persons, not only church members, are invited. The format of the meeting will be a webinar which is an interactive session delivered onscreen via the internet.

The session will be happening simultaneously at other UCC sites, and the digital delivery will enable participation if anyone wishes. If you have questions about this event or hope to attend, please contact Suzanne Hall (525-8527) or Pastor Bob Evans (525-3256) so adequate seating can be planned. Note that the event will take place upstairs and attendees should enter by the upstairs door in front or at the ramp facing the school.

Monroe Food for All is back after the holiday! Come have lunch in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church. Arrive anytime after 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. Be in your seat by 11:30 a.m. for your hot meal. Free-will donations are appreciated and accepted at the door.

If you pre-ordered your Tourtiere pie and cranberry sauce from the Monroe Church, don't forget to pick it on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 1 and 3 p.m.

The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club will be meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the home of club president Bruce Stubbs. If you've been thinking about coming to a meeting, this is the one to attend. An array of delicious food will be on hand to share with members and guests, and a fun gift swap takes place to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

Bring a gift ($20 suggested value) to participate, and find out about snowmobile trail status and plans for the (hopefully snowy!) season. Contact Bruce at 322-6120 FMI.

The deadline to submit sealed bids to the Monroe Town Hall for the Fire Department items for sale is Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. A reminder that more information on the items (a 1997 Ford F-350, and six new tires) is available by contacting Chief Ken Clements (call/text 322-3640 or email Bids will be opened at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Rifle season has wound down and as of Nov. 26, 35 hunters took advantage of the state-certified scales available at Monroe Country Store this season. Hunters tagged and weighed 33 bucks and two does harvested in Monroe and beyond, including Belfast, Frankfort, Jackson, Newburgh, Swanville, Thorndike and Waldo.

Congratulations to all the successful hunters, and thank you to Kristin and crew for making tagging and weighing services available in our town! Check out the chart behind the coffee station at the store next time you're in to see who got what.

A note from Neva

"On our bucket list was a trip to Las Vegas for our 60th wedding anniversary. Our children (daughter Karen and husband Bill, son Mike and wife Debbie, daughter Janet and grandson Jahfari) all paid for us to go. Out there we were joined by grandson Donnie, and granddaughter Miranda and special friend Leslie. What a trip! We saw the Grand Canyon and all of Vegas we needed to see.

"This year our wish was to go to the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. Our daughter-in-law Debbie has a work convention in Knoxville, so she and Mike took (us) with them. What a trip! Mike took us up into the Smokey Mountains. We saw a lot of Nashville and Knoxville.

"We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. It is hard to explain! Under a dome is four floors of rain forest, beautiful waterfalls and dancing fountains, palm trees and every kind of flower. They were getting ready for their Christmas season. It was decorated with trees of all colors; so beautiful. Thank you, Mike and Debbie, for a wonderful trip."

And thank you, Neva Moody, for sharing your adventures with us!

Have a wonderful week!


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