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Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | May 22, 2020
Courtesy of: Cassandra Mckay Troy Moody with duckling Faith nestled in his shirt pocket.


Hello from sunny Monroe!

May sure appears to be leaving us on a positive note. I don't know about you, but I sure needed the sunshine and good stretch of weather we've been having lately to brighten my mood. I think our front fields are stunning with the number of dandelions dotted amongst the growing green grasses that will soon be cut and baled. Ethan tells me from the hay farmer perspective they're not ideal.

The maples are casting shade from the warm afternoon sun. I picked and cooked off the first batch of rhubarb as called for in a Marjorie Standish recipe for "Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pie." Iris are standing taller and hostas seem to have doubled in size in a mere few days. Spring has certainly sprung.

If the breeze would just stay steady to keep the black flies at bay, Oliver loves being outside, but his poor noggin is peppered with bites from bugs we weren't quick enough to smoosh! My goal is to brave the bugs this coming week and get the garden planted before it's time to write the next town column.

Sunshine & More

Cassandra Mckay, soon-to-be Mrs. Troy Moody, of Monroe, has been busy in her hobby greenhouse, Sunshine & More. Perhaps picking up where her future father-in-law, Mike Moody, left off on Monroe Road, she has been growing beautiful pansies, marigolds, Johnny Jump Ups, celosia, snapdragon, salvia and more! Neva Moody even brought potted daffodil bulbs to the table. I have a few of those planted between my rhubarb patches\, and some of Cassandra's beautiful pansies and snapdragons scattered in containers around the house. Her roadside table is full, bright, cheerful and open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (4" pots are just $2 each!).

Also new to the growing farm for Cassandra and Troy are four adorable ducklings: Reba, Faith, Hugh and Duchess. They join the family dogs, Bentley the beagle and Pearl the yellow Lab, and 10 (unnamed!) chickens. Thank you, Cassandra and Troy, for sharing your joy this spring with us!


Marnee Clements of Monroe has been voted the best nail technician for the 2020 Best of the Best in Waldo County for her outstanding work and service at her business in Belfast, Marnee's Salon. Congratulations, Marnee!

Staying connected

Ethan and I happily listened to Brooks' own and a dear friend of ours, Stephen Hall, read aloud on YouTube recently. Because Mr. Hall hasn't been able to spend time with his grandson since COVID-19, he is staying connected by having his wife Roxanna record him reading aloud chapters from "Old Granny Fox" by Thornton Burgess and posting them on YouTube. Bangor Daily News published a wonderful article about Mr. Hall and his virtual story time adventures on May 15. If you haven't read the article, you should look it up on the BDN website, and to hear his wonderful read-alouds, search for "Grampa reads 'Old Granny Fox'" on YouTube, with videos posted by Roxanna Hall. You won't be disappointed!

Have a great week!


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