Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Feb 01, 2020
Photo by: Ashlie Stubbs Aiden Tripp of Monroe caught this lake trout (togue) while fishing Moosehead Lake with his dad. Well done Aiden!


Welcome to February, Monroe!

Ethan, Oliver and I spent a few hours on the ice of Thistle Pond recently. We didn't catch any big ones like Aiden landed on Moosehead, but it was fun to watch Oliver's expression when his dad pulled yellow perch up through the holes and they wiggled for a few seconds in front of Oliver's face. Next winter, I hope to be watching Oliver pull them up himself!

Around town

Make this the month you schedule in a Thursday lunch served to you by the Monroe Food for All group. This lunch happens weekly in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church, and is open to any and all. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the coffee is hot (or tea or hot chocolate!). Pick a seat, bring a friend, meet someone new. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. The menu for Thursday, Feb. 6, is: Roast pork loin with onions, pan gravy and applesauce; risotto (Italian style rice) with peas; pizzelle cookie and Stone Fox Farm ice cream for dessert! Appreciatively accepting freewill donations in the basket by the door.

Looking for something to do on Tuesday evenings? Need to just get out for a bit? Check out the chess group meeting at the Monroe Country Store, 5-7 p.m. Come early, come later, do what works for you! All player levels welcome; no need to bring your own board or pieces.

While you're at the store, pick up a copy of Kristin's February kitchen specials. Each week features a delicious pizza, salad and sandwich (pesto grilled cheese the week of Feb. 9? Yes, please!). Tuesday, Feb. 18, is buy one pizza, get one half off. The Valentine's menu features tiramisu, peanut butter hearts, and sugar cookies. Feel free to call ahead (525-3300) to reserve your treats. Cinnamon rolls will be hot and fresh on Feb. 7 and 19.

Friday, Feb. 14, is the deadline to submit your second property tax payment before 9% interest will accrue, if you haven't already paid your taxes in full. Monroe Town Hall is open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club will be meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the home of club president Bruce Stubbs. Meetings are always open and new faces encouraged to attend. Come hear trail reports from club Trailmaster Dean Clements. Contact Bruce at 322-6120 FMI.

Lake St. George State Park winter event

Join biologists and a park ranger for a winter wildlife walk. Have you ever wondered what animal left tracks in the snow? Learn how to identify animal tracks, signs, and noises during a winter wildlife walk at Lake St. George State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and staff from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will lead the walk. Participants will also learn how animals adapt for the winter months and how MDIFW biologists study wildlife populations. The walk will end with coffee and hot chocolate by a warm fire.

All ages are welcome. The walk itself will be roughly 90 minutes at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. Based on current conditions, participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes, but they are not required. There is no cost to participate but preregistration is required and limited to 30 participants. To preregister, please visit

Have a great week!


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