Jan 022018
 

Christine Hebert1

If you are looking for something to do on these cold days, here’s a fun thing to do, and you could donate them for the BIG “E.” Make some Salt Dough Ornaments.

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Add water and mix well.
  2. Knead for 3-5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. It will keep overnight wrapped in plastic wrap.
  3. Shape by hand into figures or roll (with rolling pin) to about ¼” thick and cut out with cookie cutters (“wiggle” cutter for a good cut). If making people use a garlic press to made hair, then glue pieces together with water. Work on a sheet of foil. Lift foil and shape to place on baking sheet. Make a hole for hanging before baking.
  4. There are two ways of drying:

Air dry overnight (or up to several days for larger pieces)

Or with the help of an adult, bake at 225* for 30 minutes to 1½ hours, turning over every 30 minutes. Place on cookie sheet to cool.

Then using whatever colors you have paint them or use markers—use your imagination and be creative.

Call me if you have any questions. (207) 743-5277 I am looking forward to seeing them.

Reminder:

March 31, 2018, is our contest:  Sign-a-Song, Public Speaking or Sign the Alphabet and our annual meeting to follow. It will be held at Highland Lake Grange in Westbrook, ME from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Let me know how many of you Junior Grange Members are planning on participating.

 

Dec 022017
 

Christine Hebert1

Happy New Year Everyone! There are some exciting events coming up this year.

One event is on March 31, 2018, at Highland Lake Grange in Westbrook, Me. the Juniors and Youth will be teaming up for Public Speaking, Sing-A-Song and/or Sign the Alphabet. (Craft material will be provided in case we finish early.) A meal of mac & cheese with hot dogs will be served between 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Junior’s and youth who enter the contests eat for free—Adults $4.00. All proceeds go to the Youth Department.

All the Junior Members should be working on all the events that they choose to enter. Remember to bring a Friend!

Make sure you are looking over your new program books, I would love to see at least five Creative Writing Entries using this year’s theme:  Stand Up and Speak Out for the Junior Grange.

And eight Creative Art Projects, showing what the theme means to you—be as creative as you can, and remember to look at your programs for the rules. Programs are available if you need one just contact me at (207) 743-5277.

 

Nov 252017
 

Christine Hebert1

Master Sherry has asked me to remain the Junior Director of the Maine State Grange. I am honored and have accepted.

We have a wonderful team again this year with some new committee members. Let’s welcome: Priscilla Locke and Brenda Frechette. Many Thanks to Judy Meserve who will be greatly missed.

I believe this will be the magic year that a new “Junior Grange” will open in our state and I look forward to working with them.

Oct 092017
 

Christine Hebert1

Congratulations to Hailey Pike for winning 3rd place “Make a Boat that floats” in the (New England Grange Building Junior Project) Nice job Hailey!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, may we be thankful and grateful for the food and fellowship we share, and let us remember to keep our southern friends (Those who were affected by hurricanes) in our prayers and our hearts.

Download the 2018 Junior Program from the Maine State Grange website, check out the new contests, along with the location for our Junior Camp! (We will be visiting the Maine State Museum.)

MSG Junior Program 2017-2018

Sep 292017
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

Can’t wait for State Convention to learn about activities and accomplishments? The following annual reports are now available on the site:

Directors and Committee Chairs are reminded that the deadline for submitting your annual report was yesterday. Please send your report to Jim Owens  (jimowens1atmyfairpointdotnet)   and copy the webmaster  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)   so your report can be posted to the site.

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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