May 162015

As in the past, we will be happy to list Officer Installation Teams that are available throughout the state. If you are leading a team, please email your contact information and a short description of your availability and willingness to travel.

Vicki Huff’s Team will be available on a limited basis. Email Vicki  (Granger1atmainedotrrdotcom)   or phone 207-699-2830.

Christine Herbert’s Team is new this year, based in Oxford Pomona. Contact Christine at 207-743-5277.

Rolf Staples Team can be reached by emailing Rolf  (swederolfataoldotcom)   or calling him at 207-973-3976. The team is based in Bangor, Penobscot Pomona.

We will also briefly list planned installations below. Interested Granges should contact the person listed to explore the possibility of participating and confirm details.

Wednesday, September 2 Androscoggin Pomona Grange will install officers at Excelsior Grange. Paid supper at 6:30 p.m., installation at 7:30 p.m. Contact Steve Haycock  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   or Bob Smith at 778-3066 for more information.

Thursday, September 3 Several Granges will install officers at White Rock Grange. Pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m.; installation at 7:00 p.m.  For more information contact Ann Rust 839-3946.

Friday, September 4 Several Granges will install officers at Manchester Grange. Pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m.; installation at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Charles McGillicuddy via email at vosemcgillatmsndotcom  (vosemcgillatmsndotcom)  . Continue reading »

Sep 032015

by Tammy Willey

St. George Grange #421 continues its summer monthly Public Suppers. Our next supper is September 12 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. We also have a Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., rain or shine and every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. there is music for all to enjoy. Musicians come from miles around with their instruments to sing, play and entertain all who attend.

The August 31 music group included twelve musicians who played country and folk music on many types of instruments. The audience of over twenty people thoroughly enjoyed the music.

Our Grange Hall is also somewhat of a Community Center for the Town of St. George. Many events have been held over the past year. Including a wedding/reception, family reunion and most recently a fundraiser for a member of our community who is ill, but slowly recovering. Over ten thousand dollars was raised to help the family with medical bills.

Please come and see what is up at our Grange. The exterior has new paint, we have a new restroom, HOT and cold running water, the lobby has been redone, we now have a chairlift to help all who need it get to the second floor and soon our kitchen walls will be repaired and get a fresh coat of paint.

COMING IN OCTOBER-Our Annual Oktoberfest COMING IN DECEMBER- Our 34 Annual Christmas Fair

Sep 032015

Webmaster’s Note: I recently stumbled on to the following in my archives and, in keeping with the goal of occasional posts reflecting thoughts on Grange values, lessons, and principals decided to post it! I truly cannot remember how I happened to come to have it, but it was written by Yvette Herbert–many will remember her for her many contributions and dedication to our Order.

These are the implements of the soil which are used in our garden and are found in the four degrees of our Order.

  1. The ax is used to cut away obstructions in the field and to prepare the timber for use.
  1. The plow is used to break up the ground and to prepare it for planting.
  1. The harrow is used to pulverize the soil as well as to cover the seed.
  1. The spade is used when we wish to penetrate deeper into the soil than we can with the plow.
  1. The hoe is used to cut up weeds and to stir the soil for planting.
  1. The pruning knife is used to remove useless and injurious growths from the trees, plants, and vines.
  1. The sickle is used to reap the golden grain for the sheaf.

These implements can be used in our Grange as well.

  1. The ax is used to cut away the obstructions standing in the way of progress.
  1. The plow is used to break up dissension in the Grange so all members work together.
  1. The harrow is used to break down the bitterness and helps ease tension.
  1. The spade is used to dig deeper into the problems and find the source and eliminate it.
  1. The hoe is used to cut out the bad feelings and to stir up the good ones.
  1. The pruning knife is used to cut away the bad things that will hurt us or our Grange, making it a better one.
  1. The sickle is used to reap the rewards of all its members and to bind them together to form a family.
Sep 012015

by Rick Watson, Overseer

A very special event is being held next Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 at the Fairview Grange in Smithfield. Larry Ross, retired school teacher who I met about 10 years ago when my kids had him for their enrichment resources teacher is our speaker. I can’t begin to scratch the surface on Larry and his contributions to his fellow-man. Feel free to Google “Lindbergh Crate” “Larry Ross” “Wreathes Across America” “Wounded Warrior” and something will pop up. As you may recall, Fairview Grange is going through a “renewal or rejuvenation” after nearly giving up its charter in 2013. We’re working collaboratively with the North Pond Association and Duratherm® Windows to benefit the Grange, its building and its property.With new members and a focus on the future and on becoming an open door community center, inclusive, rather than exclusive–we’re growing! Larry’s talk will be more upbeat and addressing hope for the future, possibilities, collaborations, and on being the people we were as a nation on September 12th. I invited him on the 10th rather than the on 9/11 in hopes we can look forward. Respect for the past with an eye on the future. The world is still a very ugly place. Listen to the news or read a newspaper. I will guarantee your time spent will be well spent. I would like to challenge Maine State Grange leaders to attend to see what is possible. Free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Best regards, Rick Watson, Overseer, Fairview Grange. We have a Facebook page, email me  (northpondpresatgmaildotcom)   or call my cell at 944-6497.

Webmaster’s note: Check the event calendar for the location of Fairfield Grange in Smithfield.

Sep 012015

Fairview Grange gives a special thanks to artist and Grange member Kevin James of Smithfield for painting our new sign-free!

Sep 012015
Snack with Junior Grange

Snack with Junior Grange

The Junior Committee will again be handling the food concessions at the State Grange conference in October. Granges will soon be receiving a letter (if you haven’t already!)with the details as well as a list of items that can be donated. Copies of this letter and list are also posted on the State Grange website for ready access: Junior Grange State Conference Concession.

Please email Junior Director Laurie McBurnie  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)   or call her at 563-5347  by September 24 with what you plan to bring so the committee can plan to purchase the remaining items. She’d also like to know if you’d like to volunteer to help. Thanks!

Aug 312015


Webmaster’s note: Surely there are more than 29 Granges doing community service in Maine! If you haven’t filled out an activity sheet, appoint yourself as the person to do it and download this very simple form. Instructions for returning are at the end of Christine’s post.


Hello Fellow Grangers,

The August 15 deadline has passed for judging, but we are short of the 25% goal by eight activity sheets.  If we are to reach our 50% goal we would need 45 activity sheets.  Here is a list of the Granges who have currently submitted books and/or activity sheets:

  1. Chelsea #255
  2. Meenahga #555
  3. North Scarboro #495
  4. Highland Lake # 87
  5. Wales Grange #40
  6. North Jay #10
  7. Oxford Pomona #2
  8. Norway #45
  9. Franklin #124
  10. Willow #366
  11. Cape Elizabeth #242
  12. White Rock #380
  13. York Pomona #14
  14. Piscataquis Pomona #11
  15. Cumberland & Oxford Union Pomona #21
  16. Hudson Grange #457
  17. Bear Mtn Grange #62
  18. Maple Grove #148
  19. Mount Etna #147
  20. Mystic Tie #58
  21. Valley Grange #144
  22. Knox Station Grange #579
  23. Farmington #12
  24. West Minot #42
  25. Enterprise #48
  26. Danville Junction #65
  27. Saco Grange #53
  28. Riverside Grange #475
  29. Bangor #372

I would like to sincerely thank all of those Granges who have submitted. Activity sheets can still be mailed directly to me but you need to hurry. We all have to band together to complete this goal.  Please everyone, let’s all work together and shine, shine, shine!

Christine Corliss
162 Center Road
Lebanon, ME 04027

or emailed to me as an attachment
christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)  .

Aug 312015
Harvest Home Grange #52 in Brooks has been in dire need of an exterior paint job for several years. August 29th saw a volunteer crew of Grange members and friends scraping and painting the building and re-furbishing the sign.  Thanks goes out to all the energetic volunteers who completed this very ambitious project in one day.

Harvest Home Grange #52 in Brooks has been in dire need of an exterior paint job for several years. August 29th saw a volunteer crew of Grange members and friends scraping and painting the building and re-furbishing the sign. Thanks goes out to all the energetic volunteers who completed this very ambitious project in one day.

Aug 292015
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

As Grangers, we’re rightfully proud of our history and heritage. Of course, we don’t have a monopoly on those qualities and the folks at the Dictionary Project have provided a great history lesson on “how books are made” in their most recent newsletter. One of the really awesome things about the article is it’s fully illustrated with lots of photos (and facts) of the process. Read the article by clicking here. And read to the end to learn how many books some presses can print per hour. Did I mention this is a great reminder that you should be planning your Words for Thirds Project? Hmmm… when you deliver your dictionaries to the kids, could you also give them a “mini-lesson” in how their dictionaries are made?

Speaking of publishing… a couple of months ago I received a call from a writer who is on my local media list. The monthly list of Grange events triggered her interest and we can fast forward to an extraordinary article about Granges in the Bangor Area in the September issue of Bangor Metro Magazine. The subscription copies are out and if it’s not on the newsstands now, it should be soon! I’m not sure when the issue is posted to their website, but we’ll keep checking and let you know when it’s there!

Aug 282015

Chris Hadsel, the author of Suspended Worlds, is familiar to many Grangers throughout New England due to her passion for curtains hung in Grange Halls, municipal buildings and theatres throughout the area. Chris has visited many halls and been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of those curtains. Her work and book were recently featured in an Associated Press article which you can read here.  This may be one of those projects that never ends!

Aug 242015
Share your ideas with other Granges!

Share your ideas with other Granges!

Many Granges are finding opportunities that garner publicity and serve their communities. WCHS recently ran a short story on a great community event hosted by Androscoggin Grange. (Check it out here.) While this isn’t “front page above-the-fold news,” it’s always nice to see Granges associated with efforts to demonstrate our “American Values” nurture our “hometown roots.” You might want to steal this idea…