Sep 042017
 

Christine Hebert1

It’s that time of the year to start looking at the leaves for making your “fall place mat.”

Contest Rules for Fall Place Mat: Using real fall colored leaves, glue leaves to a piece of construction paper, let dry. Using clear self-adhesive contact paper, place your construction paper with dried leaves (leaf side down) on the sticky side of the contact paper, do the same for the other side of construction paper. You can add other items for a border. (Like construction paper, ribbon, rope, etc.) Remember to attach an entry form.

Other Contest to be judged at State Session are:

  • Bread Dough Ornament: For bread dough use two slices of bread, remove crust, tear the bread into small pieces and put them in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of white glue, and mix together with a spoon. Work the dough into a ball with your hands until smooth and elastic. Press dough out on waxed paper, draw and cut out your ornament, make a hole (for hanging) with a tooth pick and let dry. Once dry, detail it any way you would like to. Make sure you thread a piece of yarn through the hole for hanging and place your label on it.
  • Decorated Squash:   Squash may be any type and decorated in any way. Do Not Carve or Cut!  Squash does not have to be grown by the person entering the contest. Open to all Grange members. (Attach an entry form.)

All entries are due to the Junior Table before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 19. Judging will soon follow.

On a lighter note: It has been a pleasure being the Maine State Junior Director.

Aug 032017
 

Christine Hebert1Contest Winners

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 5-7

  • First place-Reagan Crockett

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 8-11

  • First place-Carter Pike
  • Second place-William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place-Cameron Rae
  • Participant-Hailey Pike

Stick Frame with Picture,  Ages 8-11

  • First place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Second place–Hailey Pike
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Ag Stick Frame with Picture, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants–Elijah Benn, William Stinson-Barone

Creative Writing, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Hailey Pike
  • Second place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Creative Writing, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette

Birdseed Mobile, Ages 8-11

  • First place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Second place–Elijah Benn
  • Third place–Rowen O’Hanlon

Birdseed Mobile, Ages12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Hailey Pike, Carter Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Carter Pike
  • Second place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place–Hailey Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Rowen O’Hanlon, Elijah Benn

Congratulations to all our winners and participants. Nice work kids!!!

Contest reminders:

Because of our friendly pest at Junior Camp our Bread Dough Ornament Contest will be judged at Maine State Convention in October along with the Fall Place Mats and Decorated Squash. Check the Juniors Program for rules and regulations. Decorated Squash is open to all Grange members.

All entries need to be at the Junior’s table by 10:00 am on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

 

Jul 082017
 

by Sherry Harriman, MSG Overseer

Here is a tentative schedule for the Family Campout weekend events coming up at Silver Springs Camping and Lodging (Route 1 in Saco).

Friday, July 14

10:00 a.m. Mini golf at Martell’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf. One mile north of campground on Route 1.  Everyone pays their own way.

5:00 p.m. Potlusuppererr at Richard & Sherry’s cabin.  Bring something to share, your drinks and a chair. We will provide plates, etc.  A grill will be available.

Saturday, July 15

9:00 a.m.  Junior items need to be in rec hall, Junior judging will be at 10.

9:30 a.m. Bring in items for chinese auction in rec hall.

10:00 a.m.  Horseshoes at pits. Draw for partners. Sign up with Sherry anytime. Bring chairs.

Lunch break

1:00 p.m. Drawing for auction items in rec hall and Jr awards.

1:30 p.m. Bocce Ball.  Draw for teams. Sign up with Sherry any time.

7:00 p.m.  Ice cream social at Jim & Judy’s campsite. Bring chairs.

We have a great weekend.   Hope to see you there.

On a personal note.   Thank you folks for all my get well wishes.  It was very kind of you.  Sherry

 

Jun 302017
 

By Christine Hebert, Junior Director.

July is right around the corner and that means Family Camp-out where we will be having a Chinese Auction and asking for items. Judging on these Junior Grange Contests:  Stick Frame with Picture, Birdseed Mobile, Make a Boat that floats. Look at your Junior Program for rules and regulations. See you at Family Camp-out.

Jun 152017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

We had seven Juniors attend camp this year. It started out with a friendly game of Frisbee where everyone got to meet each other. We worked on several of our crafts throughout the day and many more. I think the pictures on the website speak for themselves. One of the crafts we made was the Bread Dough Ornament where it starts out with tearing up two slices of bread and adding glue to it. We set it out to dry and a dog got into it and ate a couple of them, so we had the juniors (that had been eating) make theirs over.

We were joined by our Maine State Grange Master: Rick Grotton—who got to see us make and enjoy our S’mores Bars. The winners of this contest were: Carter Pike and Jillian Frechette, Congratulations!

Our guided tour started out with candle making, then proceeded with a scavenger hunt in the barn where we learned how to strip corn from the cob, then off to the mill we went where we got to see how they put together a dry barrow. It was a hands-on event making the cover, everyone had to sign the cover and we got to keep it. Then off to the shingle shed we went and learned how to make shingles. We finished up at the homestead where we took a tour of and learned how to churn butter and make corn muffins. We finished the tour by eating the muffins we made. Sister Sherry Harriman joined us near the end of the tour and got to enjoy a corn muffin we had made.

We finished up with going to Norway Grange #45 where we put on a supper for the members. Each junior got a chance to memorize the junior’s pledge and did some creative writing. We set the tables, served the members, and enjoyed a nice dinner. After cleaning up we returned to Scribner’s Mill for some free time.

On Sunday, we woke up to find that a raccoon had gotten into the tent and helped himself to all of the ornaments and other items. We have decided that we will be changing the due date of this contest to October at the State session.

New friends were made, lots of laughter shared and a great time was had by all.

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May 142017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I am pleased to hear all you juniors are working hard on your projects, and this is the year our juniors are going to shine.

Remember:  I need pictures from adults showing our juniors hard at work, or just having fun. I do have some pictures but need more.

The list of projects that need to be at Family Camp Out on Saturday, July 15, 2017, before 9:00 am for judging are as follows:

  • Bread dough ornament
  • Stick frame with picture
  • Birdseed mobile
  • Your boat that floats.

Many Hands make light work.

Our Boats are “sailing across America”

May 092017
 

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Junior Grange Camp Packet 2017 is now available on the site on the Program Books and Information Page, Junior Section. As has been previously announced, Junior Camp is June 10 – 11, 2017 at Scribner’s Mills Preservation and Homestead in Harrison, Maine. Please note that the deadline for registration is approaching fast: May 20, 2017. For additional information, contact Christine Hebert, Junior Director.

Apr 122017
 

Christine Hebert1by 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 junior camp so Jillian, one of newest junior members, can participate.

The Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest was held later that same day. The Judges were all special guests: Betsy Huber—National Grange Master, Rick Grotton—Maine State Grange Master, Chris Heath—New Hampshire State Grange Master. Many thanks to all our guests. Winners were Jim Meserve and Laurie McBurnie, followed by Sharon and Henry Morton, and Mike Griffin.

The dates of Junior Camp have changed to June 10-11, 2017. The schedule has been finalized. Information will be mailed to all who have not already received it.

We will be camping at Scribner’s Mills Preservation in Harrison, Maine where a guided tour is planned and much, much, more. I am very excited and honored to be staying at the homestead. If you would like more information about this place I encourage you to check out their website at  www.scribnersmill.org or email: infoatscribnersmilldotorg  (infoatscribnersmilldotorg)  .

 

Mar 082017
 

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

by Rick Grotton
Maine State Grange Master

Our National Master, Betsy Huber, will be visiting Maine April 5, 2017, through April 8, 2017. She will be attending our Legislative Luncheon on April 5 and wishes to meet with as many Maine Grangers as possible during her visit to answer questions and listen to your ideas. We will be attending Grange meetings on Thursday and Friday (April 6 and 7). Please come to State Headquarters at 146 State Street in Augusta on Saturday, April 8 to visit. She will be attending the Junior sponsored contests that day beginning at 11:00 a.m. for the Public Speaking and Alphabet Signing (Juniors only) followed by the Assistant and Lady Assistant contest (for all Grangers). This will be a perfect opportunity to come support our Junior Program and to meet our first woman National Master! She has some great ideas and has been very busy but she is trying to visit all Grange states. If you want to come down on Thursday or Friday during the day to visit please let me know ahead of time. Let’s be Doers and show our National Master how proud we are as Grangers!