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Come check out the Square grand re-opening
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By Barb Nelson

Monroe Main Street director

Last month, as the new street trees began to bud, so did a couple new businesses in the heart of our community.

"The Bag Ladies" are operating under new ownership as well as in a new home, now located in the lower space of the Monroe Medical Equipment building on the north side of the Square. Morgan and Jamey Voegeli are open to the public for their niche business on the third weekend of the month, but happy to arrange for private in-home business anytime. Just call 558-1405 to find out how to arrange for an in-home showing.

South of the Courthouse, "Boomerang Bakery" opened in the former Wing "N Pond Gallery space on 16th Avenue (Wing "N Pond expanded into adjacent property). Joanne Weeden is providing far more than the typical donut and cake fare. Heritage breads are a great find here - and lunch specials are worth a look at as well. Boomerang is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Their phone number is 328-2253.

It was also in April that our Main Street revitalization efforts received state recognition. On April 23, a contingency of 24 Monroe Main Street supporters traveled to the Circus World Museum for a very unique state awards recognition banquet. We were surprised when all the Monroe attendees were called to the stage and a review of five years of revitalization effort was displayed on the screen.

It was a great experience for me to be witnessing the recognition of accomplishments made by our Main Street volunteers. It is also a great relief that other than some water connections and normal concrete repair, the streetscape disruption is over. The magnificent downtown is adorned with friendly walkways, benches to rest on and lighting that warms the entire environment, The task force team and block captains who were recognized in Baraboo for their leadership invite you to come downtown to celebrate the old/new historic Square in a grand re-opening event Saturday, May 22, to be held on the north side.

Activity will begin at 4 p.m. with great youth activities set up on 10th Street in front of Monroe Medical Equipment. While kids enjoy activities, their parents can take a tour of newly remolded Green County Courthouse. Tours will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The "Brian Whitty Band" starts their big band music at 5 p.m. The Square Affair will have tables set up for spectators to reserve and have some fun.

A table for eight may be reserved through the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Industry for $30. The fun is that you can decorate your table in the style of your favorite era and perhaps earn Monroe Money for your creativity.

Box lunches are available from Cafe Claudeen, Chopsticks, Garden Deli, Pancho & Lefty's and Turner Hall, or bring your own picnic. The ribbon cutting and dedication will be held at 6:30 p.m., along with a cupcake toast. "Stranded in Iowa" will complete the celebration. Finally, I would like to thank the local businesses that have contributed to making this event a very special one for the community to enjoy. They include Fehr Graham and Associates, E & N Hughes, Glanbia Nutritions, Radio Shack, Crossroads Community Church and Boomerang Bakery. I hope you come downtown on May 22 to enjoy our Square Affair.