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!

Mar 062017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Here is a list of events going on at State Grange Headquarters on April 8, 2017. I will need to know by March 27, 2017 who will be participating and in what event.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            Junior Grange Members’ Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Sign the Alphabet and Public Speaking Competitions (Juniors only)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest (All Grange Members)

Maine State Grange needs the help of all Junior Grangers! You will need to “Make a Boat that Floats.” (Milk cartons from school lunches work great!) This is the contest for the Big E and we should have as many entries as we can get. Boats need to be at Family Campout on July 15 by 9:00 a.m.  Judging starts at 10:00 a.m.

Junior Camp has been moved to July 7, 8, 9 and will be held at Norway Grange #45.  Junior camp packets will be mailed out soon. This may be the last year for Junior Camp due to lack of attendance.

Pictures! We need pictures of our Junior Grange Members as they work on projects and participate in events. Please mail pictures to me so I can make a poster of our juniors for the Big E. Poster must be ready to send in by the end of July.

Contact Information:

Christine Hebert
63 Old Stage Road
Norway, Me. 04268

(207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom  (christinehebertatoutlookdotcom)  

Feb 042017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I hope all you juniors are working hard on your craft projects which are listed in the Junior Program that each of you have.

Change Alert

The measurements have changed on your Make a Boat That Floats to 6”x6”x6” and not 7”x7”x7.” All entries must be at Family Camp Out no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, July 17, 2017 with judging to begin at 10:00 am. Let’s have nine or more entries to be sent on to the Big E.


Junior Committee Meeting will be held on March 4, 2017, at Applebee’s in Oxford, Maine, at 1:00 p.m. Please try to be there.

The following events scheduled for April 8, 2017, will be held at State Grange Headquarters

  1. Junior Grange Meeting, 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
  2. Sign the Alphabet and public Speaking, 11:00 a.m — noon    (Junior Grangers Only)
  3. Assistant and Lady Assistant Judging, 1:00 — 4:00 a.m.    (Open to All Grange Members)

Please take pictures of your Junior Grange Members working on different things such as a craft project, practicing for the A.S. and L.A.S. contest, helping others. etc. and send a hard copy of them to me along with written permission to use their photos.