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By Ashlie Stubbs | Jan 03, 2020

Hello from Monroe!

It has been a beautiful, snowy, quiet start to our 2020. I want to wish our neighbors Robert and Nancy Fenney a happy belated anniversary. They celebrated on New Year's Eve. I also want to wish Nancy a happy birthday, as she celebrates on Jan. 3.

I've commented on enjoying the beauty of Maine winters, so much in fact that Ethan and I chose to get married in January, two years ago now, for that reason. He wanted his beagle dogs to be baying in the background of our wedding venue — and was quite disappointed I didn't jump on board to incorporate that feature into our special day. I wanted a fresh blanket of snow covering everything, for making what I hoped would be some beautiful photographs. A massive rainstorm the day before our ceremony took away all traces of that! He didn't get his dogs and I didn't get my snow, but the day was still perfect and one we continue to look back on and remember fondly.

Around town

Kristin has released her kitchen specials for the month of January at the Monroe Country Store. Follow them on Facebook, or swing into the store to pick up a paper copy to stick on your fridge. Each week features a unique pizza, wrap or sandwich, and salad special. The Sweet and Sour Chicken pizza is delicious and on special the week of Jan. 19.

An ongoing event happening now at the store on Tuesday evenings is chess. Bring a board or simply come and play with other community members looking to get out and socialize. Also on the counter is a sign-up sheet for a Cribbage Tournament being planned for the month of February. Call 525-3300 or stop in to the store with any questions.

Monroe Food for All will meet again for lunch on Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Monroe Church Fellowship Hall. The menu will be: turkey tetrazzini (turkey and cheese sauce with spinach and noodles) and butternut squash, and gingerbread and Stone Fox Farm ice cream for dessert. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Freewill donations happily accepted in the basket by the entrance.

Library news

The next reading group meets soon. The novel "The Nickel Boys" will be discussed Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroe Church. Multiple copies of the book are available at the library.

In the area

The Waldo County Humane Society will hold a free rabies clinic Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Victoria Grant Civic Center, 40 Park Drive, Winterport, from 9 to 11 a.m. Dr. Rachael Emerson of Ridge Runner Veterinary Hospital will administer the shots.

Rabies shots are free to animal owners residing in Waldo County. Pets from other counties are welcome to come for shots for a fee of $7. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Please bring all animals on leashes or in a portable pet carrier. It is also important to bring proof of a previous rabies shot so your pet can receive a three-year certificate.

In addition to the rabies shots, discount coupons toward the cost of having pets spayed or neutered will be available. For information about the clinic, call 852-5033 or 323-6308.

Have a great week!

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