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:
Honoring the Citizens of Nineteenth Century Monroe
Kangaroo-themed campaign urges Secretary of State customers to 'Hop Online' at ExpressSOS.com
If you live in Monroe County you have probably heard of the River Raisin Massacre, and the War of 1812. The site of the River Raisin Massacre, was established as the 393rd unit of the United States National Park Service on March 30, 2009. It officially began operation as a national park on October 22, 2010 and, of the four National Battlefield Parks in the country, it is the only one marking a site of the War of 1812.
In 1817, Monroe became a county through a proclamation by then Govenor of the Michigan Territory, Lewis Cass. At that time it included all of Lenawee and a portion of Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Michigan was not yet a state, but a territory. Monroe was the second county to be established, Wayne County being the first.
TED Talks have been taking the world by storm. Some are funny and entertaining, some serious, some educational; but what they all have in common is the theme of spreading ideas as short, powerful talks lasting 18 minutes or less.
Thinking of enjoying a Live-Cut Christmas tree during the holiday season this year? Wondering about cutting one from a nearby National Forest? Be sure to check with the local U.S. Forest Service to see about purchasing a Christmas Tree Permit. According to their website:
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