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Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Mar 16, 2020
Courtesy of: Hillary Turner Bampa George McKenney Jr.


Hello from Monroe!

I said a bittersweet good bye to my Bampa, George McKenney of Palermo, recently. Bitter in that I selfishly wish he were still with us to visit and love, sweet in that he is now at rest and in no more pain, and for that I am thankful. He has been a fixture at his farm in Palermo for almost 90 years, and his presence at family gatherings, holidays, and pop-in visits will be very sorely missed.

I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with him, the stories and conversations we shared together, the memories and photographs I have to remember him by, and for the foundation of love and caring that he built our large family upon. How lucky are we to have had him in our lives for so long.

Around town

The Monroe Conservation Commission will meet Monday, April 6, at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Town Hall. Trail clearing will probably begin in April and more volunteers are always appreciated. At the March meeting, members discussed the future goal of working with students at Monroe Elementary School to construct duck boxes for nesting wood ducks along town trails.

Plan to attend the April meeting, or contact commission Chairwoman Joan Cheetham at 234-2689 or if you are interested in volunteering in one capacity or another, or simply to learn more!

I had a chance to catch up with Noami of Dickey Hill Farm in Monroe at a recent Belfast Farmers' Market. She encourages you to come visit them and other booths on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the month of April at Aubuchon in Belfast for fresh produce, eggs, meats, cheese, baked goods, preserved goods and more! Beginning in May, the market moves outdoors to Waterfall Arts.

Belfast Farmers' Market posts: "Forty years ago, in the dark of winter, a small group of farmers and local food producers gathered in a Monroe living room (at Dickey Hill Farm!) and envisioned a community-centric, weekly market place where local farmers, bakers, crafters, and more could sell their goods...Though many things have evolved over the past 40 years, and that small group of visionaries has grown five-fold, the Belfast Farmers' Market continues to be a place to find quality products from the people you know. Please join us this year as we celebrate 40 years! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to our weekly newsletter and most importantly come say hi, do your weekly shopping and support your local market on Friday's from 9 to 1."

UPDATE: Monroe Food for All

There is a change in menu plan for this Thursday, March 19: The meal will be takeout instead of sit-down in light of the current virus situation. You still will be able to enjoy Sharon’s delicious pulled pork enchiladas with the fixings and slaw. Dessert will be banana bread and fruit. Sorry about no ice cream until we are back in the dining room! That might take a couple of weeks.

Those of you wishing to pick up a meal should come between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Do NOT get out of your vehicle. Drive up to the Monroe Church basement door where you will be met by a volunteer who will serve you and direct your departure. If there is a line, please park across the street as you wait for your turn.

This is all new territory for all of us, so in advance we thank you for your patience!

Library news

A special thank you to our own Marge Sheridan for organizing and energizing a group of community members to read recently at Monroe Elementary School in honor of Dr. Suess's birthday and as part of Read Across America Day. Steve Buriciaga, Rick Hillman, Robert Fenney, Garrett Wilkin, Mike Schaab, Lester Thompson, James Spataro, Tim Devin, Sue Pellerin and myself all participated as readers within the pre-K, K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 classrooms.

An extra special thank you to the staff and students at Monroe for welcoming us and being such wonderful hosts, as well as to Neva Moody for a batch of her scrumptious doughnuts and Marge for adding delicious oatmeal cookies and coffee for readers to enjoy in the library.

Have a great week. My focus is on staying healthy — including commonsense handwashing, as much time outdoors in the fresh air as possible, and lots of water!


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