Since 1948 the Monroe County Fair has been part of the culture of Monroe County. Over 70 years of rides, games, 4-H competition, contests and live entertainment has been a part of every summer. For many school children and parents, The fair heralded the end of summer vacation and was one last hurrah before school started in the next few weeks.
A Total Eclipse of the Sun will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017 in a portion of the continental United States. The eclipse will run across the entire U.S., an event that last occurred in 1918.
“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”
Gen. John A. Logan, 1868
A SEED LIBRARY is a place where seeds are made available and shared among a community.
It works by donation – seeds are donated to the library where they are made available for people to “check out” for the season. People take the seeds home, plant them in their garden, and enjoy the produce.
At the end of the growing season, seeds are harvested from mature plants and are donated back to the Seed Library.
Bedford Township has a Seed Library that is located at the Bedford Branch of the Monroe County Library System.
Arbor Day is a holiday that encourages the planting and caring for trees. The holiday was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, the Secretary of Agriculture in Nebraska. In 1893, he became the Secretary of Agriculture under President Cleveland and expanded Arbor Day into a National Holiday.
Elizabeth Upham McWebb “Aunt Bett”
Born near Flat Rock in 1904, McWebb moved to Monroe in 1908. She authored the Little Brown Bear book series and also wrote poems from her own life experiences. She drew inspiration for her books from a teddy bear that she loved as a child. Ms. McWebb passed away at the age of 99 in 2004, known for reading stories and poems to children at events throughout Monroe County; the statue of Little Brown Bear outside the Dorsch Memorial Library stands in honor of her dedication to the youth of Monroe.
Tax Season Opens Monday, January 23, 2017
The filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 16, 2017
According to the IRS website, the 2016 tax season filing deadline is pushed forward this year because: