Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Feb 07, 2020


Hello from Monroe!

Another bout of winter weather is settling around us. I find it nice to see the fields and grounds going back to white. If it's going to be winter, it might as well be white! Oliver has enjoyed a few rides around our fields and along our woods trails in Grampa Bruce's side-by-side recently. Next winter, he may be steering!

A special thank you to James Brown, Morgan Murphy and other drivers who are doing a stellar job keeping our town roads cleared and treated this winter. Your long hours and dedication are greatly appreciated!

Around town

Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. is chess night at Monroe Country Store! Get out, socialize, exercise your brain. Come ready to play or ready to learn; boards and pieces provided.

While you're at the store, if you're a resident of Monroe, consider adding your signatures to the petitions aimed to change the town liquor laws. The town was unaware of liquor laws developed in the 1960s prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays, as well as the consumption of alcohol on premise. The petitions each require a minimum of 78 signatures; as of Feb. 7, the store has collected around 50.

Once the needed signatures are collected and verified, the suggested revisions will be added to the ballot to be voted on by the residents of Monroe. If the town laws are not revised, other businesses in town will be unable to serve alcohol at events, like Toddy Pond Farm at their summer Grill and Chills that were very popular last summer. For more information, stop into the store or call the Town Hall at 525-3515.

Monroe Food for All gathers on Thursdays, doors opening at 10:30 a.m., meal served promptly at 11:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church. The menu for Thursday, Feb. 13, will be: Roast pork loin with onions and pan gravy; 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.

From the Lions

The Monroe Lions Club met Feb. 4. See their Facebook page, Monroe Maine Lions Club, for photographs from the evening. Thank you to Lion John Gibbs for taking and posting the images.

Proceeds from the upcoming Lions breakfast planned for Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 10 a.m., will be going to the town's Veterans Memorial Park fund. Groundbreaking on the park, across from the Monroe Community Church, is slated to begin this spring.

The Lions are actively raising funds for the Veterans Memorial Park by selling commemorative bricks for $60 each. Bricks can be purchased online at or by filling out an order form brochure and submitting payment. Order forms are available at the Town Hall. If you have questions or would like help purchasing bricks, contact club president Mike Moody at 322-2269.

Library news

The next book for the Monroe Library reading group is "The Forgotten" by Ben Bradlee Jr. The group will be to discuss the text on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Monroe Church conference room. Copies are available on a first-come basis at the library.

Did you know? The library has new, expanded hours. It is staffed on Mondays now from 4 to 7 p.m., as well as the typical Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Stop in, browse, borrow and extend a warm welcome to the library's newest volunteers, Linda Didelot and JoAnn Eden. There are always opportunities for others to volunteer. Volunteer Marge Sheridan says, "No library experience needed...just love books and people who read them."

Have a great week!


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