Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Feb 21, 2020

Hello from Monroe!

It's official. Oliver finally has his very own, permanent car seat. Since Ethan already secured Oliver's state of Maine lifetime hunting and fishing license, his first shotgun and his first hunting rifle, I stepped in and decided it was time to also get him the car seat he's going to need to be in for probably the next five to eight years of his life (I'll need to brush up on the current car seat laws in Maine in a few years to know for sure)! Priorities, right?

As a growing boy, Oliver is quickly outgrowing his infant car seat we've been using. His new car seat will convert from rear-facing, to forward-facing using five-point harness, to forward-facing with lap belt, and finally to booster with lap belt. Car seats sure have come a long way!

Around town

Cabin fever setting in? Don't forget chess is an option at the Monroe Country Store on Tuesday evenings between 5 and 7 p.m. Boards and pieces provided!

The Monroe Conservation Committee will meet Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. The meeting is open and any are welcome to attend. Trail updates and more will be discussed.

The Monroe Lions Club will meet Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church. Interested in becoming a Lion or Lioness and helping with community events like breakfasts and the annual Memorial Day Parade? Want to be more involved in the new Veterans Memorial Park slated for groundbreaking this spring? Contact President Mike Moody at 322-2269 for more information.

Monroe Food for All will host lunch in the Fellowship Hall of the Monroe Church on Thursday, Feb. 27, weather permitting. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch and dessert are served at 11:30 a.m. Free-will donations are accepted at the door. The menu for Feb. 27 will be: Ham and baked potato with a green vegetable, and pineapple chiffon cake.

Trail reports

Snowmobile trails are freshly groomed and new signage hung from the intersection of the Curtis Road and the power lines in Monroe all the way to Brooks Village. While the trails could certainly use more snow in spots, and the warm temperatures on the way probably won't improve conditions, hopefully you can take advantage of the current conditions while the getting is good. Thanks to Bruce and Ethan Stubbs for grooming around town, and to Aiden Tripp for helping hang signs. If you do get out, please respect landowners' generosity in allowing snowmobilers to cross their properties by staying on the marked trails.

Basin Pond Outdoors reports that a new hiking trail has been opened on Monroe town land, connecting Logger Road to Hemlock Trail, so it will no longer be necessary to travel along Route 139 between the two trails. As of Feb. 20, Basin Pond Outdoors reports "snowshoeing is better than skiing right now, but the crusty snow should soften up on Saturday and Sunday."

Library reminder

The Monroe Library Reading Group meeting has been changed to Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillman house. Contact Marge at 525-4428 for more information. The group will be discussing the text "The Forgotten" by Bern Bradlee Jr. Copies are available at the library.

Opportunity to vote!

I was raised by two very politically savvy, civic-minded parents. From tax assessing to select board to school board to planning board to town budget committee to code enforcement to senior non-partisan Senate staff at the Capitol building, to name just a few of their roles, they were very informed and involved at the town and state levels. I often listened and tagged along, but never really "caught the bug" or fully felt I understood any of the political jargon, policies and more. To this day, I still tend to shy away from most things "political" but am trying harder to stay informed and ask questions when things don't make much sense to me or seem hard to decipher.

On Tuesday, March 3, registered voters in the state have the opportunity to head to the polls, if they haven't already cast an absentee ballot. Presidential primaries aside, I've been doing lots of thinking, talking and research into Question 1, the only ballot question, namely because of my 7-month-old son Oliver and the implications this law could have on him and his future.

Question 1 reads: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?

A "yes" vote is to repeal the new law, thereby reinstating religious and philosophical exemptions for required vaccinations.

A "no" vote is to uphold the new law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations. Medical exemptions would still be permitted.

I urge you to look into both sides of this question, checking into reliable websites, talking to medical professionals, etc., if you haven't already, and don't simply base your vote on a yard sign or rants posted on social media sites, however well-articulated they may sound and read. I then urge you to cast your vote, Tuesday, March 3!

Have a great week!


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