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By Ashlie Stubbs | Jan 10, 2020


Hello from Monroe!

A few months ago, my cousin Hillary raved about an L.L.Bean kids' hiking backpack she used when her girls were babies. I managed to find the exact backpack for sale on Facebook marketplace and scooped it up per her recommendation. I've been trying to patiently wait for Oliver to get strong enough to hold his head up well so we could use it, and those days have arrived! Bundled in his warm, new snowsuit from cousins Luke and Mia and with a special hat knit by Great Grammie Pony on his head, we've gone on short walks across the field, down the snowmobile and logging trails, and through the gravel pits on recent nice days. We come in with rosy red cheeks and noses, and Oliver has had nothing but a big smile on his face during these adventures. Here's to many more adventures together this winter...and spring...and summer...and fall!

Chess at Monroe Country Store

Seth Yentes and Michael Schaab are working to host some informal community get-togethers this winter by inviting people to come and play chess on Tuesday evenings, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Monroe Country Store. There is no need to bring boards and sets, since they have plenty for people to use. You don't need to come for the entire time; any amount of time is fine - whatever works for your schedule (e.g., come late, leave early). All ages and levels of players are welcome and encouraged to come, meet and talk with your neighbors, and play some chess! Come even if you just want to learn how to play the game. Call 922-8812 with any questions.

From the Library

The Monroe Community Library is applying to join the Networkmaine Consortium as a member of the Maine School Library Network. This would be a tremendous service to the library and the town, bringing high-speed internet into the library, available to the public.

Among the requirements for membership is compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which involves technology protection such as certain filtering software and adoption of a formal, written Internet Safety Policy. The library is required to schedule a public meeting to discuss and adopt the Internet Safety Policy and to give public notice of that meeting. The public meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Town Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Copies of the proposed Internet Safety Policy will be available for review at the library by Monday, Jan. 13.

Monroe Food for All

The Monroe Food for All group hosts homemade lunches every Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church. You don't need to be from Monroe to attend! Doors open and welcome all at 10:30 a.m. and your delicious meal is served to you at 11:30 a.m. Leave a freewill donation, if you feel so inclined, in the basket by the door. The menu for Thursday, Jan. 16, is: meatloaf, baked potato, carrots in pineapple sauce, peaches and Stone Fox Farm ice cream. Enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Ice fishing derby

The 11th annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake St. George State Park, 278 Belfast-Augusta Road, Liberty. People under 12 and over 65 are free; everyone else is $1.50. There will be igloo and hobo cookout demonstrations; skis, snowshoes, sleds and skates available to use; fishing traps and bait available for kids; warming hut, hot chocolate and lunch provided. Questions? Call 589-4255 or visit

Have a great week!


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