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By Ashlie Stubbs | Apr 30, 2021
Courtesy of: Elizabeth Hustus Kennedy Oliver of Monroe picks a sprig of sunshine from her Great Grammy Lynda Oliver’s flower gardens this spring.


Hello Monroe!

Lisa Archer of Brooks was the winner last spring with my husband Ethan after she posted a recipe for Rhubarb Oatmeal Cookies with white chocolate chips in them. I sent a few dozen of said cookies up to Square Lake with Ethan and his buddy Rollie when they ventured north for some spring fishing last year, and they reportedly ate the entire container in about a day.

Just the other day Lisa posted a recipe for Rhubarb Cake with Butter Sauce. It reminded me of the Cranberry Cake with Butter Sauce recipe Betty Glidden, late of Palermo, shared and we enjoyed from an American Legion Auxiliary cookbook. Maybe I’ll follow Betty’s recipe this spring but substitute fresh chopped rhubarb in place of the cranberries.

Worth celebrating

Lots of current and former Monroe residents and a few other individuals with close connections to our small town are celebrating birthdays this May.

The happiest of birthday wishes go out to the following: Seth Violette (1st), Darlene Charrier (6th), Spencer Nickerson (7th), Su Wood (8th), Daniel Pellerin (12th), Devan Moody (13th), Samantha Tomlin and Alexis Porter (16th), Steve Moody (20th), Grammy Pony Stubbs (21st), Joe Lepore (23rd), Andrew Gibbs (26th) and Judy Nealley (28th).

Local greenhouse opens May 8

I had a lovely chat with Pat Roberts recently and am happy to report Roberts' Greenhouse in Brooks will be opening for its 35th season on Saturday, May 8. Hours of operation will be daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they will be open until they are sold out. Last year that happened in just 16 short days!

Pat let me know she’s done up some extra vegetable seedlings this year, and has lots of annuals ready to make your gardens and grounds pop with beautiful color. You can contact the Roberts at 722-3307 with any questions ahead of time.

Local school updates

Mount View High School announces a number of senior events planned for early June, including a special senior trip to be held June 8, 9 or 10; a Senior Night on June 11; graduation on June 13 at 1 p.m. (this event is slated to be held outdoors, pending weather cooperation); Project Graduation on June 13; and a community parade. Updates will be provided as the dates approach. Any questions or concerns can be directed to MVHS Principal Zackary Freeman by calling 568-4613 or emailing

Regional School Unit 3 announces the anticipated last day of school to be Friday, June 11. They will release more information about this day in the near future.

The seventh and eighth grade students at Mount View Middle School are teaming up with local vendor JoJo’s Corn of Belfast to raise funds for class activities. The popcorn comes in 23-cup capacity bags and is available in a variety of fun flavors including Kettle Corn, Dill Pickle, and Cheddar Cheese. Fifty percent of all sales go directly to the student accounts.

If you do not know a seventh or eighth grader at MVMS but would like to support this local cause, email and he will help set you up! He thanks community members in advance for being willing to buy local, support local and support the students of this district.

Have a great week!


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