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4C Free Parent Guide Now Available

2012-2013 edition lists early child care options for 23 counties

The 2012-2013 edition of 4C for Children's Guide to Early Learning & Care is available once again at no cost to families. This is the latest in 4C's ongoing efforts to help working parents identify and choose quality child care for their children.

The guide, published every two years, provides updated listings by ZIP code of more than 1,800 early care and education options throughout the 23 counties served by 4C in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Northern Kentucky. This resource also provides important information for parents of children from birth to school-age on how to best support their child's development and how to choose a quality child care program. Read more »

MLL Quarter Auction -- November 3rd

The next Quarter Auction will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 7 pm in the new Monroe Community Room at 6 East Avenue (right across the foyer from the new library). All proceeds benefit the Monroe Lending Library Building and Operating Fund.

Wear a turkey to get a free raffle ticket. Bid paddles are still only $1 each and most items up for auction are 1 quarter (.25) bids. Extra raffle tickets and Split The Pot available.

Two chips in the bucket for a roll of quarters each. Special Jackpot Chip!


Food & snacks for sale, too! Come hungry! Read more »

New Titles Coming Soon to the Monroe Lending Library

Children’s Books
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilky
Tumford the Terrible by Nancy Tillman
Tumford’s Rude Noises by Nancy Tillman
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey and Giselle Potter
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8) by James Patterson
The Elephant Keeper’s Children by Peter Hoeg Read more »

Middletown Civic Chorus Presents Handel's Messiah.

The Middletown Civic Chorus will begin weekly practices for our annual presentation of Handel's Messiah. Practices are held Tuesdays through October and November beginning October 16th from 7-9pm. Participants must be a freshmen in high school or older are invited to join us. The performance will be Sunday December 2, 2012 at 3 pm. All practices and performance will be held at the First Christian Church located at 4520 Rosedale Rd Middletown, OH 45042. 

Civil War Days October 20 & 21

(click for full size image) October 20 & 21 marks the 2nd annual Monroe Civil War Days Reenactment/Living History event!

This year’s festivities are again taking place at the Monroe Community Park, 500 S. Main Street, ½ mile south of downtown Monroe, and runs from 10am to 9pm on Saturday with live battle at 3pm and 10am to 3pm on Sunday with live battle at 2pm. Admission is by donation.

There will be sutler’s selling period wares, craftsman including a blacksmith demonstrating his trade, various booths, live music and a variety of food.

Some of the scheduled events are: Ladies Tea (RSVP only – 1st 50 ladies – young & old alike), Cavalry Competition, Fashion Show, a Pie, Jam & Cookie Baking contest, medical demonstrations including amputations and embalming, Civil War flag display, a Saturday night soldiers ball, evening lantern tours, Sunday church service, a variety show, reading of Civil War letters from the Monroe Historical Society archives, a quilt show, Meet the Generals and Lincoln/Davis presidential debate, an 1860’s no gloves base ball game featuring the Monroe Golden Lads vs the Monroe High School Baseball team and, of course, lots of black powder artillery, infantry and cavalry drills! We hope you spend the day with us and enjoy all the events we have to offer and learn more about this historic time in U.S. history. Read more »

Police Department Food Drive

The Monroe Police Department is having its annual food drive to support local families that may need a helping hand. This will be the 3rd year and the 5th food drive that the Monroe Police Department has sponsored. The Monroe Police Department strives to serve the community through positive interaction and we are proud to sponsor a food drive to help make a difference.  Start date: September 21, 2012. End date: October 15, 2012. Read more »

Housh, Inc. Named to Inc. 5000 List for Nation’s Fastest-Growing Companies

HOI Team Photo(click photo to enlarge) Housh, Inc. of Monroe, an eCommerce company selling heating and air conditioning products and services, has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Inc.com as one of the fastest- growing, privately-held companies in the United States.

With a revenue growth rate of 341 percent from 2008 to 2011, Housh, Inc. is ranked number 948 on the Inc. 5000 list and is ranked number 46 in the Retail category. Read more »