Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Mar 20, 2020


Hello from Monroe!

Happy birthday wishes go out to my handsome husband, Ethan, who turns 28 years young on March 29.

The day-to-day for me hasn't changed very drastically as our country battles the spread of COVID-19. If Oliver were 8 years old and not 8 months old, I'm sure our schedule would be disrupted like many of yours may currently be. Working remotely, juggling assignments while kids are home from school. Though we miss swim lessons and freely visiting family and friends and running errands on a whim, we're fortunate to have warming temperatures to get outdoors more and time to take stock in what still is right in this seemingly gone crazy world.

Those who can, take advantage of the slower pace of life now presenting itself to cook and enjoy meals together, explore your property, tackle projects around the home; because before we know it, we'll be back at it and wishing for "more time"!

I want to express sincere thanks to the medical and service industry personnel who are keeping on keeping on through this pandemic. We are fortunate during this time of elevated uncertainty to live in the state and county we do. Neighbors and volunteers are stepping up big time to deliver groceries, meals and more to those in need.

Around town

Check before you go: at the time of this submission, the Monroe Town Hall is still open Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It would be best to call, 525-3515, before heading over, however, as hours are subject to change.

The Monroe Transfer Station will remain open to trash and recycling, but the Swap Shop will be closed until further notice. If you need help with your trash, please bring someone with you. The attendants will not be handling your items. Transfer hours of operation remain Mondays from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Monroe Food for All will be suspending lunches indefinitely. Last Thursday's takeout lunch was a success, but the risk to the workers and their families is just too great to continue at this time. Meals are canceled until further notice.

If you are without food, please visit the Good Shepherd Food Bank website to find food access resources in this area.

Kristin and the Monroe Country Store are open and cooking! They have closed the inside seating area, but takeout and curbside pick up are available, along with other essentials you may need. Call 525-3300 to make arrangements.

The Lord Bridge (wooden deck bridge) on Stream Road over the Marsh Stream on the Monroe/Frankfort town line will be closed to all traffic from April 1 through June 30. Traffic will be allowed on the signed detour for those 90 consecutive days. Construction schedules can and do change. Questions? Call 852-2585 or 475-434-1165.

The Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club is done meeting for this snow season. Thank you to all the members for their dedication to the trails maintained in both Brooks and Monroe, and to the landowners who allow trail access. Stay tuned for future ways to get involved with the club.

The Monroe Conservation Commission will not meet on Monday, April 6. The trails at Northern Pond off the Dahlia Farm Road and Basin Pond off Route 139, however, are open! Take advantage of the warming temperatures and bug-free outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.

Library news

The Monroe Library is currently closed. Please hold onto any items you have out — everything is automatically renewed! The library is following guidance from the Maine State Library and will reopen as soon as it's deemed safe for everyone.

From the fire chief

Monroe residents who would like a burn permit may receive one by going to after 5 p.m. Choose "Waldo County" and follow the prompts. These permits are available free of charge and are valid from 5 p.m. until midnight on the day of issue. There are several members of the Monroe Fire Department who will automatically receive notification of the permit being issued. You may also contact Chief Ken Clements at 322-3640 or 525-3281 to obtain a permit to burn at other times, weather permitting.

Keep your head up; spring is here! Stay healthy and make it a great week.




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