Oct 102017

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

Dear Grange  Member

This year feels like none other with the mounting losses of life and property by devastating natural disasters throughout our nation.

Members in Florida, Texas and friends in Puerto Rico and other states are still recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This morning, we are continuing to get updates on losses suffered by those in California. Some of our Brothers and Sisters have lost homes and farmlands, which burned to the ground in quick-moving wildfires and many other Halls and homes are in the path of yet-uncontained blazes.

The California State Grange is spearheading efforts to help people affected connect with loved ones and shelter livestock in safe spaces. Several Granges are being used as shelters.

We will keep you posted as to efforts and potential needs of our Grange family and thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this time.

Betsy E. Huber

May 312016
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With a special thanks to Katherine Randall Jordan for sending the information, here’s a notice and invitation from Nancy Randall Clark’s Family to a Celebration of Nancy’s Life this Saturday. June 4, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Harraseeket Grange #9 located at 13 Elm Street in Freeport, ME. Fore more information, contact Tamantha Wilson, Secretary of Harraseeket Grange at 865-3363.

Nancy R. Clark

Nancy R. Clark

Jan 272016

It becomes our sad duty to inform you of the passing of Ronald E. Dolloff, Maine State Grange Musician and Educational Aid Chairperson. Ron began his Grange membership by joining the then Deering Juvenile Grange at the age five and most recently was a member of Meenahga Grange where he has served as secretary for over twenty years.

Visiting hours will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 31 at the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium, Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow in the MVHS cafeteria hosted by the Skowhegan Federated Church Women’s Fellowship and members of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium Fund, Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine 04572.

View the complete obituary here.

Jan 012016

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Nancy Clark on December 28, 2015. Nancy was, of course, a long time member of Harraseeket Grange and served as a member of the Maine State Grange Executive Committee. A memorial service is being planned at the South Freeport Congregational Church where Nancy was a long time member.

Nancy was recognized as a community leader with a “can do” attitude and will be greatly missed.

Read the complete news story published by the Forecaster.


Heres is a link to the the official obituary for Nancy Clark… note that a service is planned on January 30 at 11 am at the Freeport Congregational Church.


This link will also provide a link to the online guestbook

May 252015

by Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

Several news services and social media carried a story this year suggesting it is inappropriate to wish others a “Happy Memorial Day.” While I’m not usually given to being overly concerned about political correctness, this story started me thinking.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to remind us of the men and women who have died serving our country. While we may enjoy the freedoms we have as a result, we should not lose the true focus of today. Memorial Day is a day of sadness and a day for remembering. Perhaps we should greet each other with an expression of sympathy today for the losses we have experienced.

But in the sadness and remembering, there is cause for celebration. We can and should celebrate the lives and honor the sacrifices of those who have given all.

Nov 062013

A message of thanks…

On behalf of my family and my brothers and sisters and their families, I would like to thank my Grange family for their cards, love, prayers, and words of comfort at the passing of my mother, Karin Gower.  She loved the Grange, for over 75 years, and earned the plaudit, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

God bless you all.

Elmira “Ellie” Collins