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Feb 1 2018, 10:59 AM
Monroeville Herald

  • 1st - The anniversary of the town's founding. There's a celebration in the ghost town, including a speech from Mayor Joe Dashington, and specials in the square.
  • 7th - Group snowshoeing in Moosic State Park.
  • 10th - McCarthy's hosts a speed dating event for anyone looking for a last minute romance before Valentine's Day.
  • 14th - Many town businesses host Valentine's Day specials. Traffic slows downtown as tourists take romantic rides in horse-drawn carriages from the square to their hotels.
  • 23rd - An annual ice carving competition is held in the square. There's a small influx of tourists over the weekend to view the 'Fantastical Frozen Creations.' Pop-up stalls sell hot cider and roasted chestnuts to visitors.
  • Dhani King, Monroeville's self-styled King of the Whales, has commissioned a life-sized painting of himself. How gauche.
  • Alex Keane is hooking up with both Moreau twins at once, the sly dog.
  • The Thirsty Pelican, a failing Cherry Street bar which closed last year, has reopened under new management as Pelican's, a bar and club catering to the town's growing LGBTQ population. It's actually pretty nice now?
  • UMM is finally renovating the third floor of Herschel Hall. Classes will continue around the work, so get used to the sound of jackhammers during your calculus classes.
  • The Skillet, a cheap buffet in the Plaza, shut down for a week due to health code violations. Word is the health department found rats in the kitchen. But there's a $6 all-you-can-eat reopening special!


Want to add to next month's newsletter? Find the form below! Submissions are collected via PM throughout the month and must be in before the last day of each month in order to be included in the next issue of the newsletter. This is a great way to inspire plots, celebrate completed threads, and keep everyone up to date on what's happening in town!

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Feb 1 2018, 10:51 AM
Happy 9th Birthday, Will to Live!

It's hard to believe it, but Will to Live was started 9 years ago today! We're so proud of the community that has grown here over the years, and so happy to have all of you here on the board. It's hard to imagine this place without each of you!

To celebrate our anniversary, we've done some freshening up around the board.

You've certainly noticed our new skin, courtesy of Panda! It'll stay up for our birthday month.

As usual, the newest edition of the town newsletter is out! You can read it here.

We've rewritten the info topics for UMM, MC, and the town of Monroeville. Go check them out! We hope this additional detail will help you in developing plots and setting scenes.

We've also slightly revamped our site rules. If it's been a while since you've read them, it's a nice time for a refresher.

We've added a timeline for the town! It includes important events in the town's history as well as recent events we've established through writing here. We hope this will help get new members up to speed on what's happened in threads over the last few years, and make world building easier for our whole community. The timeline is open for submissions, so any time you establish something big changing in the town, you can post to add it in.

Thanks to Bee, we now have details of Redville, the horror series that brought fame to Monroeville! You can read up on it here.

The IC Announcements forum has been replaced with News & Gossip. This forum will hold issues of the Monroeville Herald, and may be used for posting bits of news, gossip, or complete hearsay for characters to react to in chat format.

Last, we've added a new location to the Elsewhere forum! Jonesport is a 40 minute drive from Monroeville, and is the closest city around. It's a good place for threads that take place at chain stores or spiffy clubs.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to let us know. Now here's to another year of being fantastic!
Feb 1 2018, 10:49 AM

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  • 1890 - An abandoned town that will later be known as Old Monroeville is discovered by a group looking for coastal land to expand a fishing operation. Experts find evidence of fire damage, and date town structures to the early 17th century, but little else is known about the mysterious origins of the town or why it was abandoned.
  • 1893 - The fishing operation develops into a small harbor, with a village consisting of a few families surrounding it that becomes officially known as Monroeville.
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  • 1932 - McGillicutty Academy is built and welcomes its first year of students. Admissions are highly selective and quickly earn the school a high reputation--by the end of the decade it is ranked as the most prestigious boarding school on the east coast.
  • 1938 - Over the span of six months, 12 fishermen mysteriously disappear after heading out to sea, spawning many supersitions meant to help prevent it from happening again, including the sending off of the whales at the end of the season.
  • In addition to the growing fishing industry in town, blueberry fields are cultivated and quickly become another major town export.
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  • 1944 - Construction of a highway passing through Monroeville is completed, bringing with it a small surge of new residents.
  • The town expands and builds to accommodate the population increase: a public school, library, and town hall are built in addition to smaller, family-owned shops and more housing.
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  • 1951 - Monroe College is established, bringing more young adults from predominately wealthy families to town. This encourages the growth of more local business to make money off of them.
  • 1956 - The local public school, Monroe School, is split into Boudreau School (grades K-8) and Monroeville High School (grades 9-12).
  • 1957 - Monroeville's first Blueberry Festival is held in August.
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  • 1960 - A mysterious chain of fires occur in the summer, causing major damage to several homes, a few shops in the square, Monroeville High School, and town hall. While some people initially believe the fires have a supernatural cause related to the ghost town fires, investigations later reveal it is the work of a serial arsonist. However, the identity of the arsonist is never made public, fueling conspiracy theories and urban legends that attract national attention and increase tourism to the area.
  • 1966 - University of Maine at Monroeville is established as a collection of core classes taught in spare classrooms at Monroville High School by high school teachers with Master's degrees.
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  • 1971 - University of Maine at Monroeville officially moves to its own campus.
  • 1977 - Monroe College becomes co-ed, accepting its first female students in the fall term.
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  • 1983 - Redville, the first book in a series of best-selling horror novels is published, loosely based on Monroeville urban legends.
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  • 1996 - A film adaptation of Redville hits theatres and is a box office success.
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  • 2000 - Joe Dashington is elected Mayor, his campaign focusing heavily on building community and reaching the town's full economic potential.
  • 2003 - A incident later known as the Very Berry Bonfire damages several booths at Blueberry Fest, but fortunately leaves no injuries.
  • 2005 - Monroeville is featured in a paranormal documentary aimed at investigating the myths features in the Redville series.
  • 2009 - Monroe College hosts its first annual Spring Fling, a fundraising event held at the end of April on campus.
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  • 2013 - The first Farewhale Fair is held at the end of October.
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  • March - The boardwalk closes for renovations.
  • July - The old drive-in theater goes out of business.
  • September - Alibi, a chic club, opens on one end of Cherry Street. It attracts much attention and discussion as a symbol of the changing atmosphere of Monroeville, although residents are split on whether this change is for better or worse.
  • December - A major blizzard hits Monroeville starting on the 29th and ending the next afternoon, causing power outtages and snowing people in their homes for up to four days.
  • Three murders occur in town towards the end of the year: Randy Wilks, Harold Yancy, and Ben Church. Evidence suggests the same person committed all three, an unknown suspect that the news calls the Glitter Killer.
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  • August - The boardwalk reopens, newly renovated, just in time for Blueberry Fest.
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  • August - The Thirsty Pelican, a failing bar on Cherry Street, finally goes out of business.
  • September - Monroeville finally opens a Chipotle where the old drive-in used to be.
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  • January - Monroeville experiences a blizzard starting on the 27th and letting up on the 29th, dropping up to four feet of snow.
  • February - The Thirsty Pelican reopens under new management as Pelican's, a bar catering to the LGBTQ population.
Monroeville Herald Past Issues

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Jan 31 2018, 04:54 PM
Redville Information

Monroeville is known among horror junkies as the real-life basis for the setting of a relatively famous horror series, Redville. It attracts tourists each year who are fans of the series. Over the years since the series became popular, there have been occasional cases of minor arson and property damage around the town which many town residents blame on these tourists.

Author Bio
    Michael Hanlon is a Monroeville native who, at a young age, became obsessed with urban legends and stories surrounding his town. During his college days, Hanlon chose to stay in his hometown and majored in Anthropology at University of Maine at Monroeville. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Augusta, Maine.

Jan 9 2018, 12:51 PM
Character Stats
Characters Surveyed: 48 (-29)
Town Happiness Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Total Characters: 75
18 Natives (24%) | 14 Locals (18.7%) | 17 Newcomers (22.7%)
13 MC Students (17.3%) | 13 UMM Students (17.3%)

    43.8% Male (+7.4%)
    37.5% Female (-10.6%)
    18.8% Other (+3.2%)
    0% are 14-17 years old (-1.3%)
    22.9% are 18-20 years old (-3.1%)
    33.3% are 21-24 years old (-3.1%)
    20.8% are 25-29 years old (-1.3%)
    18.8% are 30-39 years old (+7.1%)
    2.1% are 40-49 years old (+0.8%)
    2.1% are 50 years or older (+0.8%)
    52.1% White (+1.5%)
    2.1% Black (-7%)
    8.3% Latinx (-3.4%)
    8.3% Asian/Pacific Islander (-2.1%)
    2.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native (+0.8%)
    27.1% Multiracial (+10.2%)
    0% are 4'11 or shorter (-2.6%)
    39.6% are between 5'0 and 5'4 (+4.5%)
    29.2% are between 5'5 and 5'9 (-0.7%)
    16.7% are between 5'10 and 6'0 (-1.5%)
    14.6% are 6'1 or taller (+0.3%)
    16.7% Heterosexual (-8%)
    18.7% Homosexual (+4.4%)
    31.3% Bi/Pansexual (+2.7%)
    22.9% Asexual (+3.4%)
    2.1% Other (-5.7%)
    8.3% declined to comment
    12.5% Heteroromantic (-7%)
    22.9% Homoromantic (+2.1%)
    39.6% Bi/Panromantic (+4.5%)
    8.3% Aromantic (-0.8%)
    4.2% Other (-4.9%)
    12.5% declined to comment
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