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Monroe News

By Ashlie Stubbs | Jun 19, 2020
Courtesy of: Aiden Tripp's Dad Aiden Tripp with the monster lake trout he landed.


Hello Monroe!

I’ve been taking detour drives around the Midcoast to soak in the stunning display of lupines. Lupines are my absolute favorite flower and I hope to be overrun with them down by our mailbox and in a corner of the field someday. They are finicky to transplant and establish, but my fingers are crossed that with some time and patience, and perhaps neglect, they’ll take off and thrive.

I still have the copy of "Miss Rhumphius" by Barbara Cooney my Grammie Dot gifted me for my first birthday. If I had to choose a favorite children’s book, the Lupine Lady would come out on top.

Town meeting recap

Just shy of 50 people gathered at Town Hall on June 15. The meeting got underway promptly at 6:30 p.m., with residents scattered in chairs of all sorts throughout the firehouse and just outside the doors. The majority of participants wore cloth face coverings and plenty of social distancing was in place.

Robert Fenney was voted in as moderator. Selectwoman Jackie Robbins thanked Tyler Demere for his six years of service as selectman; Rick Hillman was voted in to his place. Rick will serve with Jackie and Holly Emerson. Michael Schaab will fill the role of Regional School Unit 3 director. Seth Yentes, Joann Eaton and Vicki Depersiis were voted onto the Planning Board. Lynda Oliver was elected to serve again as assessor with Jackie and Holly.

All 47 articles were moved and approved with little to no discussion.

Further work will be done by Thomas A. Stevens Cemetery Restorations to continue repairing and cleaning stones in town cemeteries with funds coming from the Harmony Place and McKenney cemetery accounts. Holly praised the company for the work done in town cemeteries thus far and encouraged residents to go and see for themselves.

The town voted to appropriate $15,000 to continue a reserve account for future property revaluation. Jackie said the state recommends property revaluation happen every 10 to 15 years and that it has been over 30 years since Monroe’s has been revaluated. “It’s about time. We need to do it…no I’m not gonna do it,” said Jackie, who is a certified assessor.

Articles 36, 37 and 38 revolved around consumption of liquor at state-licensed establishments and the sale of malt beverages and wine. The state notified the town months ago of its discovery of an older town ordinance prohibiting these things, even though the state had been issuing licenses for establishments like Monroe Country Store and Toddy Pond Farm. By approving these articles, the town and state are now in agreement with the issued licenses.

Worth celebrating

Happy belated birthday to Kaylee Hamilton who celebrated on June 12. Happy birthday to Max and Jazmin Tomlin who celebrate on June 29.

Big catch

Aiden Tripp and his dad have been casting lines all over the state this spring. Aiden recently landed this huge 12-pound lake trout in a western Maine body of water. His dad said, “I just drive the boat and net his fish!”

Have a great week!



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Comments (1)
Posted by: Chris Brown | Jun 25, 2020 11:13

Nice fish!

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