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By Ashlie Stubbs | Apr 25, 2021
Rick and Joyce Hillman pose on the Onawa Trestle on their 35th wedding anniversary. Photograph credits to their son, Nathan Hillman, and Joyce's sweater knitted by Dottie Bickford.


Hello Monroe!

As the days of April tick down and the weather yo-yos back and forth from T-shirts to winter jackets, hats and mittens, I can only be encouraged by the green really starting to show its shades (and the lack of biting bugs!). Though scattered snow flurries may still be lingering and sticking at times, the white sure doesn’t stick around long this time of year. Poor man’s fertilizer, right?

Worth celebrating

Monroe’s own Rick and Joyce Hillman celebrated 35 years of marriage on April 19. They spent the day on a "Mystery Tour" planned by their son Nathan. First stop was at Onawa Trestle in Elliotsville Plantation, and then on to Tobey Falls in Willimantic where they enjoyed a picnic lunch. What a great adventure out and about in our beautiful state to celebrate your special day. Happy anniversary, Hillmans!

Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Kit Hamley and McKenna Gibbs. Both young ladies celebrated their special day on April 21.

Youth softball

Registration to play softball with Waldo County Youth Softball remains open until May 2. The following group mission is shared on their Facebook page (Waldo County Youth Softball): Waldo County Girls Softball is an organization that aims to promote a lifelong enjoyment of softball, while emphasizing a positive experience and instilling the core values of discipline, teamwork, safety, respect and integrity.

The sooner all interested girls are registered, the sooner season details can be solidified. This program is open to all RSU 20, RSU 71, RSU 3, Northport and surrounding area players beginning at age 6. Any questions not answered by the Facebook page can be directed to Kyle at 322-8889.

Food news

One of Monroe’s own community members, Shawn Williams, is now taking weekly orders for freshly baked bagels. The genius behind Spark Bagel, his website boasts creating naturally leavened, hand rolled, honey boiled bagels.

The “Who We Are” section of the website states: “Spark Bagel was born out of lifelong love of bagels and wanting to bring that love to Midcoast Maine…Inspired by tradition and infused with place, we use Maine grown and malted grains alongside our flours to create a sourdough bagel we are excited to share with you.”

To order, visit between Saturday at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 9 p.m. All orders will be available for pickup on the following Thursday between 3 and 5 p.m. in Belfast, or delivered to your door in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville or Rockport. More pickup locations will be coming this summer, as well as plans to grow availability and services (brunch bagel sandwiches cooked on site with a mobile cart? Yes, please!).

Anne and Tim Devin of Chase Stream Farm in Monroe have decided to make weekly appearances with their Seoul Shack menu items at the United Farmers Market of Maine in Belfast. Find them on Saturdays at the indoor market open on Spring Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menu items vary weekly, but consistently include Korean Burritos, Kimbap, Kimchi, cold beverages and one or two other meal specialties. I bought a container of Kimbap last time I visited their booth and will admit I devoured all the contents before making it back home to Monroe. Delicious!

Have a great week!

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