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Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | May 17, 2020


Hello from buggy Monroe!

The black flies have not only arrived, they're now after blood! Our grass has been cut. The azalea bush blooms are simply stunning. The peepers are alive and well. The maples are leafing out. Our chicks are happily free ranging. Life on the farm is good.

We are full steam ahead preparing the garden for planting, spreading mulch on flower beds, keeping the birds fed (I've had cardinals and blue birds!), and laying pine boards that Ethan cut and milled for flooring throughout the upstairs. We are certainly staying busy during these unprecedented times, and hope you're finding enjoyment in your days as well.

Ethan, Oliver and I enjoyed a picnic along the Marsh Stream recently. Ethan was able to find some fiddleheads, and has been eating them steamed for dinner. I also threw some into a steak and cheese quesadilla the other day, and the combination passed the test! He is running low on pickled fiddleheads, so I predict some canning in my very near future. Fiddleheads will simply pave the way for the preserved jams, jellies, pickles, relishes and vegetables that will be right around the corner now.

Worth celebrating

Oliver would like to wish his great-grammie, Pony Stubbs, a very happy 88th birthday! Pony celebrates this big day on May 21. We are so thankful to have her live so close to us, and to spoil Oliver with lots of visits and homemade items, including a sweater, socks, a hat and mitten set, and a blanket. Ethan and I enjoy the jellies, jams and vegetables she shares with us throughout the year, too. Happy birthday, Pony!

Happy birthday wishes also go out to Samantha Tomlin (May 16), Steve Moody (May 20), Joe Lepore (May 23), Andrew Gibbs (May 26) and Judy Nealley (May 28). Enjoy your special days!

Around town

The Town Office is still operating its normal hours, Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It was nice to chat with Brenda and Barb while registering my car last week.

A sad reminder that the Monroe Lions Club will not be hosting the town of Monroe's annual Memorial Day parade and chicken barbecue this year. Fingers and toes crossed that the community will be able to enjoy this event together next year, and appreciate it even more after all the cancellations happening around us.

Keep an eye out for activity on the lot across from the Monroe Community Church. As soon as the Lions can, groundwork will begin on the town's Veterans Memorial Park.

Have you enjoyed a delicious pizza, sandwich or salad from Monroe Country Store lately? Kristin and crew are keeping the kitchen open and baked goods and meals available! Call ahead to order (525-3300), pay over the phone, and call when you arrive to have your items delivered to your car, if you'd like. You can also still go into the store to shop, order and pay. After a long day of yard work, a hot slice of pizza and cold cream soda sure hit the spot for me.

Have a great week!


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