Walter Boomsma

Fundraising Committee Report — April 2017
-- Update on fundraising projects

By Steven Haycock, Chairman By the time some of your read this article the Variety Show fundraiser for 2017 will be in the books.  If by chance you’re reading this online, the Variety Show is on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham. Looking ahead we have a Yard Sale […]

Secretary’s Corner – April 2017
-- Membership certificates and reviewing some procedures

By Sharon Morton, MSG Secretary April is a busy month here at State Headquarters as well as in our Subordinate Granges. My time has been busy with the finishing of the 2016 Journal of Proceedings, which will be published on the website. April is a month to celebrate our grange heritage and what a great […]

Agriculture Report, April 2017
-- Ag luncheon, fairs and more!

By Karen Hatch Gagne, Director March was a challenging month as winter was clearly still here in Maine.  The snow is finally melting and we have had some delightfully warm weather these past few days.  Time to be getting ready for gardens (I still have snow on my garden though).  The Agricultural Committee was busy […]

Exploring Traditions–Meandering Around the Grange Way of Life, April 2017
-- Hope versus belief

By Walter Boomsma “The question has been asked, ‘How long will the Grange live?” I believe it will live as long as it continues to serve the welfare of agriculture and the nation. Whenever it becomes ingrown and selfish, and the members look on it only as a means of bringing them pleasure, entertainment, or […]

View from the Farm — April 2017
-- Holding the line...

By Heather Retberg This week, Zander and I headed out into the world beyond the farm, to the realms of college visits and highway travel. We left the pine tree state, still frozen and cold, and found much of the same next door in the granite state, but snowdrops peeked up out of the ground in New […]

Master’s Memo — April 2017
-- Betsy's visit and lots of opportunities!

by Rick Grotton, State Master I want to thank all of you that helped in any way to make the visit from our National Master, Betsy Huber, an enjoyable one. It was a pleasure to have her come to Maine to visit. She arrived on April 5 to attend our Legislative Luncheon and that evening […]

Junior Report — April 2017
-- Junior Contest Winners, Junior Camp rescheduled

by Christine Hebert, Junior Director On April 8, 2017, we had our junior grange meeting, with special guest Betsy Huber—National Grange Master. During our meeting, we obligated two new members. Welcome to our family, Jillian and Reagan. Judging for our sign-the-alphabet and the public speaking contest has been postponed until Saturday, June 10, 2017, during […]

Need a Program?
-- a resource for a program on an important topic!

Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re one of the oldest states in the country.  Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year, so it’s important that communities understand the issue and the resources available.  Betty Balderston is the […]

Somerset Grange Hosts Benefit Dinner

This past Saturday, April 8, a benefit spaghetti supper was held at Somerset Grange #18 in Norridgewock. We had a great turnout, people from many towns around came. Was so good to see the dining hall full and folks milling all about visiting. this was a benefit for a long time Norridgewock resident who is […]