Apr 242014
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Here’s a double communications tip…

First Tip: Why not create a monthly deadline for yourself as a reminder to submit your events to local newspapers? In Piscataquis Pomona, I try to collect dates from all member Granges and send them to local media outlets… two weekly papers have actually created a monthly column called “Area Grange Events.” Typically, a good deadline for submitting is around the 20th of the month before.

Second Tip: Don’t forget to check the event calendar on the Maine State Grange website occasionally! There are some exciting events schedule for May… Check out the info on Enterprise Grange’s Day of Prayer… Highland Grange’s Community Citizen Award… East Sangerville’s MOGFA Chapter Meeting including “potluck nibbles”… Parkman Grange’s Mothers’ Day Tea… and Valley Grange’s Community Night.

Even if distance and schedule means you can’t make any of these events, checking the calendar might be a good source of ideas for programs your Grange could try to attract folks from the community to your hall.



Apr 182014

Highland Lake Grange No. 87 Patrons of Husbandry, of Westbrook, Maine, is proud to announce that Mrs. Ann Brown will be the recipient of its 2014 Community Citizen Award.

Ann will be recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of the community at a special meeting to be held Thursday, May 8th at 7PM at Highland Lake Grange, 9 Hardy Road in Westbrook.  (corner of Route 302 and Hardy Road).  Following the presentation of Ann’s award, several  Grange members will be presented special certificates recognizing their long-term membership in Highland Lake Grange.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Refreshments and fellowship will follow the special meeting.

For more information, contact David Gowen, Master at 854-5753 or gowenfrmatgwidotnet  (gowenfrmatgwidotnet)  

Brief Biography of Ann Brown

Ann was born in Newville, PA in 1970 to Fred & Joann Zeigler.  She met her husband Jake in 1988 and they were married November 30, 1991, then they moved to Texas.  Ann & Jake moved to Westbrook in 1995, and eventually built their current home on Rosewood Drive in 1999.  They have three children, Stephanie, Darren and Kari.  Ann has worked as a medical/surgical nurse and is currently employed as the school nurse at Canal School in Westbrook.

Ann’s commitment to community service activities is never-ending.  Not only does she participate, she often steps up to leadership positions – usually holding down leadership positions in more than a few organizations all at the same time!  Following is a list of her many community activities:

  • First Lutheran Church (Portland) – Sunday School Teacher for 16 years
  • Vacation Bible School Leader – 6 years
  • Church Childrens’ Music Director – 2 years
  • Church confirmation guide – 2 years
  • Girl Scout leader – 11 years
  • Cub Scout Den Leader – 5 years
  • Boy Scout Troop 83 Committee Chair – 3 years
  • Boy Scout merit badge councilor
  • President, Westbrook Food Pantry – 4 years
  • President, Prides Corner/Congin PTO – 2 years (5 years total service)
  • Westbrook Music Boosters director – 4 years
  • Vice President, Westbrook Soccer Boosters – 1 year
  • Westbrook SEALS Swim Club – meet director for 4 years; vice president and president
  • Swim lesson leader – 2 years
  • President, Westbrook HS Swim Team Boosters
  • President, Westbrook HS Drama Booster – 2 years
Apr 172014
Front Row:  Karen Gagne , Patricia  Greeley Back Row:  Linda and Cary Cox

Front Row: Karen Gagne , Patricia Greeley Back Row: Linda and Cary Cox


Danville Junction Grange 165 recently held its annual Open Meeting in connection with Grange Month with fifty-four people in attendance, preceded by delicious refreshments.

Entertaining at the piano was Mitch Thomas, who played and sang many of our favorite songs.

State Master Victoria Huff was present to award membership certificates to Linda and Cary Cox, members for twenty-five years.  Unable to attend, but receiving certificates are Mavis Pomeroy (55 years), Shirley Gousse (65 years), Thelma Redmun (65 years), Maurice Keene (70 years), Richard Hammond (75 years), and Flo Webber (80 years).

A Community Service Award was presented to Patricia Greeley, and an Appreciation Certificate was given to member Karen Gagne.

Apr 132014

by Harriet

Carroll JGAs you have asked me for some memories of Junior Grange for its celebration year, I will try to bring back memories of 60 yrs. ago for me! Now in my 88th year, much escapes me.

In 1950 we were known as the Juvenile Grange. I was deputy from 1950 to 1955. It was around 1950 that my older sister, Mildred Burns, and I organized the Juvenile Grange at Seven Tree #176. Our Grange agreed to purchase the regalia and supplies to accomplish this organization. My sister and I stayed with this for 15 years.

At that time I visited an active Juvenile Grange at White Oak Grange in No. Warren led by Ruth Wiley, also Pioneer Grange in E. Union led by Agnes Worthley and Frances Guyette. Later Dot Sainio began one at Evening Star in Washington. It kept me busy installing all the officers each year with my degree team.

I remember at Seven Tree Grange in Union we had several years with Ron Barker or Bobby Austin as Masters. They were outstanding young leaders! My job also was to play the piano and keep them all informed with State Grange programs. We held picnics at Highfield Campground in the summer. Attendance was usually around 25 or 30 youngsters. I used to fill my car with No. Union children to deliver home. Before the days of seatbelts! The Upham and Noyes children, now older, remember me for this.

Grangers felt at this time that the youngsters would eventually join the Subordinate Grange. A few did but the majority were taken up by high school sports and the invention of television. After graduation they left Union for college or jobs elsewhere. Times changed and they still do! I am sure many have fond memories of Junior Grange.

signed "Carroll & Grace Bean" on the back

signed “Carroll & Grace Bean” on the back

Apr 132014

DEXTER- The Wayside Grange/Theatre proudly announces its 2014 summer concert and supper schedule beginning with Brooks and Kennedy on April 26.

Ken and Jane Brooks along with Joe and Nellie Kennedy, formerly of Evergreen, are all in Maine’s bluegrass and country music’s Hall of Fame.  Together they bring decades of playing vintage folk, bluegrass, gospel and classic country with ease and sweet harmony.

May 10 begins the second Saturday supper series beginning with stuffed chicken.

Blues hits the Wayside stage on May 31 with DW Gill and Dave Mello playing both the old and new.  They’ll blow away your cabin fever blues and bring you into a summer daze.

Roast pork is on the menu for June 14 with more fixings than your plate can hold.

Guitarist Denny Breau will play on June 28.  Breau is known for his lightning-fast licks and recently played at the East Sangerville Grange.  A chicken pie supper is served prior for a delightful supper and concert night out.

July 12 features a pulled pork supper to celebrate the grilling season.

String Field Theory returns to the Wayside on July 26.  Featuring powerful vocals, tight harmonies and a driving fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar, this band of veteran musicians/songwriters will take you on a musical rollercoaster.

August 9 is a baked ham supper.

New Relm takes the stage on August 16 melding modern country with bluegrass with their own two-step kick.

Who knows what kind of talent is on board for September 6 but it’s always an adventure.

Chicken parmesan is on the menu for September 13.

Get ready to swing with the Little Big Band on Sept. 27.  Deb Maynard’s sax and voice are as smooth as black velvet when she “Ain’t Misbehaving.”

October 11 is the meatloaf your mother always made but even better.

Classic bluegrass takes center stage when Wilf Clark and the Misty Mountaineers play on October 18 at the Wayside’s season finale.

All shows begin at 7 pm and tickets are $10.  Baked goodies and refreshments are sold at intermission and there are pie auctions, a door prize and a 50/50.

All suppers are from 5 to 6:30 pm, cost $7 and this year we’re going to try take-outs after 6 pm.  Please order ahead.

Our little theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Rd (Rt. 23), Dexter.  FMI on the Wayside Theatre/Grange concerts contact Chester Bekier 924-5711, Joe Kennedy 277-3733 or WaysideGrangeatyahoodotcom  (WaysideGrangeatyahoodotcom)  .

Apr 132014
Willow Grange 366 celebrated Easter at its April 10 meeting. Lecturer Paula Roberts' program ended with groups creating Easter bonnets (and hats) and a chorus of "In Your Easter Bonnet". Wearing the hats are Hazel Kleinschmidt, Elsa Seeger, Errol T. Clark, Errol A. Clark and Jackie Dubord.

Willow Grange 366 celebrated Easter at its April 10 meeting. Lecturer Paula Roberts’ program ended with groups creating Easter bonnets (and hats) and a chorus of “In Your Easter Bonnet”.
Wearing the hats are Hazel Kleinschmidt, Elsa Seeger, Errol T. Clark, Errol A. Clark and Jackie Dubord.

Apr 122014

The Importance of Asking

by Vicki Huff

During a recent open house I attended, an announcement was made about the next Grange meeting and that it appeared there would be 6 applications to be voted on at the next meeting—including three from guests attending the open house who had been asked to join that night. One of the three stood up and said “I’ve been waiting since fourth grade for someone to ask me to join.” Imagine waiting for nearly forty years to become a member!

Sometimes we forget the importance of simply asking someone to join. We also need to remember that even though someone lives “in town” or a city it does not mean they do not want to join our “rural” organization. The Grange first and foremost is inclusive, not exclusive. There are people out there who want to be a part of this wonderful organization. We just need to remember to ask.

Apr 112014

National Grange is still seeking assistance in preparing Journal of Proceedings as e-books, a very simple process for anyone with a computer. They also need assistance reading images of charter applications and entering information into an Excel/database file. If you are interested in helping out, please send the information to Amanda Leigh Brozana nationalgrangecommatgmaildotcom  (nationalgrangecommatgmaildotcom)   or Hayley Tonner, the Fellow working to coordinate this project. Her email is haleytonneratgmaildotcom  (haleytonneratgmaildotcom)  .

Apr 102014
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director

Let’s review something… commenting on posts on this website is not meant as a means to contact the author of the post or to send a personal message to someone. The purpose of allowing comments is to create an opportunity for public discussion of a post’s topic

All comments are not immediately and automatically posted, they are held for moderation–a step that ensures comments are appropriate and consistent with website policy before they appear on the site. This also prevents people from using the site to promote products–spammers attempt this many times each day. We certainly don’t want ads for mops and vitamins flooding the site.

When I review comments and find they are actually meant as a personal message for the author of the post, I must take that comment and create an email to the intended party on the commenter’s behalf. Of course this also means the intended party cannot simply click “reply” to that email–that would mean I get the email intended for commenter!

We have made a significant effort to make officer’s, director’s and deputies email addresses available to encourage individual communication. If you wish to send a message or address a personal question to a post author, please check the “about” page to locate the officer or director’s name. Simply clicking on the name will open an email addressed to that officer. This eliminates several extra steps in the communication cycle.  (There is also a one page directory you can download and print.)

Your help and cooperation with this is greatly appreciated… if you have any questions or concerns send an email to webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  !

This is certainly not intended to limit discussion on the website–in fact I wish we had more! The comment function is simply not an effective way to communicate with an individual–there will be delays, confusion, and–frankly–extra work. The website is not designed to work like Facebook where anyone can say anything. We want to keep our site focused and relevant. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Our goal is always to create effective and efficient communication!