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Pirates set to invade the Square for summer
MONROE - It will shiver your timbers, matey.Main Street Monroe is preparing for its 2012 summer-long event, Pirates on the Square, with the main attraction - a wooden pirate ship - dropping anchor in port at the Green County courthouse and its buccaneers descending on the Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2 when the promotion officially kicks off.But put no S.S. abbreviation in front of its name; this pirate ship is driven purely by fun.Derek Carpenter of Home Design Solutions, Inc., Monroe, is both designer and builder of the ship, currently under construction on the southside of the Courthouse lawn.Carpenter is not building a cheap, amateur prop out of plywood, thanks to the generous donations from area businesses. "Every stick has been donated" to build the ship, which will measure more than 42 feet from bow to stern, Carpenter said. For some perspective, both the Nina and Pinta in Christopher Columbus' fleet to the New World were about 50 feet long.