Jan 212018
 

The revised National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry Digest of Laws, 2018 Edition, that applies to all Granges of the Order, including Junior, Subordinate, State and Pomona’s, is available for free download on the National Grange website. Click below to save or print the PDF.

You may also order a printed copy of the Digest through the Grange Supply Store for $20 plus shipping.  It includes all 112 pages with cover hole-punched and bound in a three-ring binder that allows you to quickly slip in updated pages as they become available each year.

There were few changes in 2018, mainly regarding language about trusts, now referred to as custodial accounts. Please do take time to familiarize yourself with the Digest.

Download the 2018 National Digest

 

Jan 212018
 

Let the nagging begin!

Seriously, this is your first reminder to start planning for Grange Month… National Grange recently announced, “One hundred fifty years—what a milestone! This year’s Grange Month should be filled with celebrations in every Grange, coast to coast! We have a proud history of supporting, educating, advocating, and entertaining rural Americans. Very few organizations last for 150 years so this is our time to celebrate.

Our theme for 2018 Grange Month is “That’s the Grange Way.”  Following up our Doers theme from 2017, it’s the Grange Way to be doers, to volunteer and give and contribute to life where we live.  To be outstanding citizens and be the bridge between two sides who won’t compromise. To teach the world how to get along, what faith, hope, and charity really mean in everyday life.  How to love others even if you don’t like them or don’t agree with them.   We want to tell the world what the Grange Way means, and why they should care, why they should want to join us and help with our efforts to improve lives from the grassroots up.”

And the really good news is the following resources are already available from the National Grange website:

There are a few more items, so you may just want to visit the 2018 Grange Month Page on the National Grange website. (The one thing that’s currently missing on the page is the order form for community service awards–that was available in the January issue of the Patrons Chain, but I’m also working on making it readily available, perhaps on the MSG website. More to come on that!

While it is traditional to think of April as “Grange Month,” when your Grange celebrates it is truly optional. Here in Maine, some Granges choose to wait until May when the weather tends to be more cooperative.

You’ll need to start making decisions soon, though! A good Grange Month Celebration should include advance planning and publicity. Celebrating a “Community Night” that includes honoring a local citizen is one of the more common practices. But this would be a great year to think outside the box! How about planning a special community service project that ties in? Would it make sense to have a special guest speaker or a panel discussion regarding community… or to announce the start of a community garden? 2018 is a great year to put your Grange “on the map” and in the public eye.

Here’s a publicity idea for you. At your next meeting, have someone snap a photo of members sitting in a circle having an intense discussion. Write a short “cutline” (caption) describing how members are planning your Grange Month Celebration, then send both to your local newspapers–and the MSG website. (Email the photo as an attachment–photos cannot easily be sent using the “submitting information” tab.)

If you need some help or have some great ideas to share, let us know! Let’s work together for the most successful Grange Month ever! That’s the Grange Way!

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Jan 102018
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

Just a quick reminder–around this time every month, I receive an updated “wish list” from the Maine Veterans’ Association–you can find the most current list in the Community Service Section of the Program Books and Information Page. The January 2018 list is now available… it includes items needed, volunteer help sought and a short list of items that cannot currently be accepted.

On the topic of Community Service… if there’s a Grange in the Waterville Area looking for an opportunity to serve, I may have an opportunity for you that’s quite manageable. As many of you know, I work (volunteer) with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), conducting Suicide Prevention Classes and encouraging “good mental hygiene and health.” They have recently opened the Waterville Peer Recovery Center in Waterville. I recently visited to donate some books to their lending library. I was give the “five-cent tour” and am very impressed with the program–in simplest form, they are creating a “community center.” I had a great visit with some of the folks and found myself wishing I lived closer. The Center Manager has some exciting ideas such as a garden (well, not until spring!), possibly some meal related events, etc. — projects of the sort Grangers could help with! We’re about building community too! If you think your Grange or some of your members would be interested, shoot me an email! I’ll share what I can and put you touch… Thanks!

Email the Maine State Grange Webmaster

Jan 062018
 

Webmaster’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

The 77th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show will be held Tuesday, January 9, through Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Augusta Civic Center.  Hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), the show highlights Maine agriculture and the people involved through demonstrations, presentations, and meetings of over 50 major agricultural organizations.

There will be over 125 exhibits featuring the newest in agricultural products, equipment, and services.  One of the State’s largest agricultural exhibitions, the event is expected to draw more than 5,000 people over the course of three days.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Something for Everyone

This year’s show features several new offerings for attendees in addition to a wide variety of presentations covering diverse topics of interest.  New 2018 program highlights also include opportunities for growers, conventional and organic, to learn the latest developments in pest management and earn credits required for pesticide license recertification.  The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will also be on hand to discuss basic safety training.
This three-day event has something for everyone, the farmer, non-farmer, hobbyist, educator, or supplier.  Attendees can walk through, observe, and learn about how food is harvested and processed.  Farmers and producers can see the most up-to-date farm equipment and processing methods and equipment.

Trades Show floor hours:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The complete program and schedule are available here.

Jan 032018
 

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), are pleased to announce the second Agricultural Career Fair, to be held during the Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta. The Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Augusta Civic Center.

“The Agricultural Trades Show and Career Fair is a great opportunity for job seekers to learn about Maine’s agriculture industry,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “There’s no cost to attend, and I encourage Mainers to come visit with these companies, as well as connect with resources from the Maine Department of Labor.”

Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and meet with these employers:

– American National/Farm Family Insurance – Bartlettyarns, Inc. – Casella Organics – Feed Commodities International, Inc. – Hammond Tractor Co. – Hannaford Supermarket – Kent Nutrition Group – Kubota – Maine Agriculture in the Classroom – Maine Association of Conservation Districts – Maine Dairy Industry Association – Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) – Poulin Grain, Inc. – United Farmer Veterans of Maine – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Representatives from the Augusta CareerCenter and Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign will also be available to meet with job seekers.

The Maine Agricultural Trades Show can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/ag_trade_show.shtml . The event is open to the public.

To learn more about the Maine Department of Labor’s program offerings, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/labor and http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Dec 192017
 

The December Issue of the National Grange Patrons Chain Newsletter is now available!

IN THIS ISSUE:
• During season of giving, don’t forget the Grange
• Grange shines at 150th Birthday Gala
• Junior Pen Pal program unveiled
• December merit badge spotlight
• Long-standing partner gets makeover
• Like people, Granges can benefit from ‘preventative health screenings,’ too
• 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation
• Lecturer’s round up and preview
• Guidelines for Grange Leaders, a new Supply Store item
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest (Note that detailed information is included: instructions, entry form, etc.!)
• Legislative Fly-In 2018
• Proclaim Grange’s great Legacy in 2018
• Celebration of the National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary
• National Grange building fund pledge form

Remember, there is a link on the Program Books and Information Page that will allow you to read the current and back issues of this e-newsletter at any time.

Dec 092017
 

This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

The Maine Christmas Tree Association (MCTA) is a non-profit organization comprised of family farms that produce real Christmas trees and wreath products for retail, wholesale, mail order, or “choose’n cut” during the Christmas season.  Producers may specialize or offer a combination of mail order, retail, “choose’n cut,” or wholesale production of tree and wreath products.

The purpose of MCTA since it was incorporated in 1962 has been to promote real Christmas trees and share information about fresh Maine Christmas trees and wreaths.  From finding a farm near you to the care and recycling of your tree, the Maine Christmas Tree Association is your resource for Christmas trees in Maine.

For a listing of choose/cut farms, click here.  To view locations for wreaths and other retail products, click here.

Dec 052017
 

Thanks to the VA for providing this information… you can always find the latest list on the Program Books Page in the Community Service Section.

Nearly every month we receive and post an updated list from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs of their needs. The list includes volunteer opportunities as well as items needed, plus a short list of items that are not needed or cannot be accepted at this time. We’ve just posted the December List: VA-Wish-List-December-2017.

Dec 022017
 

Webmaster’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Attention Lecturers, Community Service, FH&H Directors…

The Maine Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division wants to help consumers become better informed about the latest scams and how to identify them, how to be a smart consumer, explain how the implied warranty law works, and offer assistance in the event of a dispute a consumer may have with a business.

To arrange for a free speaker to discuss consumer issues with your community group or organization, contact Complaint Examiner, Martha Currier at marthadotcurrieratmainedotgov  (marthadotcurrieratmainedotgov)   or (207) 626-8847.