Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”
Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.
In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!
By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman
We’re only a few days away for the Maine State Grange’s Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Saturday 4/29/17 at 6 pm. Admission is $6.00 and $2.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange. A portion of the profits from this evening will also be donated to the scholarship funds. The hall is located 47 Pleasant St, which is just off Route 201 (Main St.) in Topsham.
We have a great lineup of acts including music, comedy, vocals and more! During intermission, we will be selling slices of delicious pie and beverages.
We will also be holding a Pick Your Prize Raffle with tickets costing 2 for $1.00 or 12 for $5.00. Items for this raffle have been generously donated by local businesses. Prizes include:
- $25.00 Gift Certificates to Day’s Jewelers x 3
- $20.00 Gift Card to Hannaford
- $50.00 Gift Card to Walmart
- Free Front Alignment from Tire Warehouse
- 2 Packages of Gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans from Main Street Sweets
- 4 Free Medium Subs from Firehouse Subs
- Assorted Wall Décor from Tractor Supply
- Pink Baby Camo Set from Tractor Supply
- Wallet and Head Lamp Set from Tractor Supply
- Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Sets from Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegar x 3
- And More
Plus a great door prize as well!
Also available for sale will be the Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00 and Grange car magnets for $3.00.
This is sure to be a great fun, family friendly evening for one and all. So load up the car and come to Topsham and support the Maine State Grange!
On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017, thirty-six people attended the Degree Day at Danville Junction Grange, sponsored by Androscoggin Pomona.
Special guests were MSG Master Rick Grotton, MSG Overseer Sherry Harriman, and members of the MSG Executive Committee James Meserve and Victoria Huff.
The four degrees were conducted by the following officers: Master Wayne Sherman, Overseer Greg Johnson, Lecturer Glenys Ryder, Steward Norma Meserve, Assistant Steward Steven Verrill, Lady Assistant Steward Roberta Meserve, Chaplain Kenneth Footer, Treasurer Wes Ryder, Secretary Linda Sherman, Gate Keeper William Hatch, Pomona Kathy Lorrain, Ceres Cynthia Maxwell, Flora Ruby Bryant, and Pianist Louise Roberts.
Taking part in the Harvest March were Gladys and Maynard Chapman, Tracey and Bill Small, and Judy and Jim Meserve.
A light luncheon was served between the second and third degrees.
Over thirty people were present recently to help Danville Junction Grange celebrate the one-hundred-fiftieth birthday of the Grange at their annual Open Meeting in conjunction with National Grange Month.
A birthday cake was enjoyed during the dessert, which preceded the meeting.
A re-dedication ceremony, which was issued by National Grange for their 125th anniversary, was conducted by Lecturer Norma Meserve and other officers. Wes Ryder read an original poem commemorating the occasion.
Angelo Giberti entertained the audience by providing music on the guitar.
Maine State trooper Elgin Physic was presented with the Community Citizen Award by State Community Service Committee Chair Christine Corliss and Danville Community Chair Glenys Ryder. Trooper Physic was named “Officer of the Year” at state session last fall.
State Community Service Chair Christine Corliss surprised Sister Glenys and Danville Junction Grange by presenting a framed certificate of appreciation for their continuous service.
A Membership Award for sixty- five years of continuous membership was presented to Glenys Ryder by her husband, Past Master Wesley Ryder. She is still active at the Subordinate, Pomona, and State levels of the Grange, currently being Chairman of the Maine State Grange Executive Committee.
It was a marvelous evening of food, fun, and fellowship!
By Marilyn Stinson
Exciting times coming to Enterprise Grange. We are Do-ers at 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, ME. Contact Marilyn Stinson, beedlehillroadrunnercom (beedlehillroadrunnercom) , 737-2611 or on facebook.
April is ‘Grange Month’ and lots of activities are planned. ‘Art by the Kennebec’ and ‘Art in the Schools Month’ will be celebrated April 1st & 2nd . Sat from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday from 1:00-4:00. Free for the exhibit, art will be for sale.
Dresden Elementary students and some RHS/RMS students will have exhibits as well as Scott MacMaster, Lawreston Crute (Distinctive Views) and Grangers with photos, Jim Decker, Ernest Deraps and Samantha Merrill with their paintings, Brian Seigars and his drawings, Melanie Stout with stained glass, Janet Clement with quilts, and SpinOff creations.! Jim will be painting as the days go by – interesting to watch his work come together.
Free coffee all day and baked stuff for sale to benefit Building Fund. Check out Enterprise Grange #48 Facebook page and see what will be there.
Saturday, April 15 is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & egg hunt. From 7:00 – 10:00 am. Pancakes & eggs, $5.00 per person with family rates.
Scott MacMaster will be taking pictures with the Easter Bunny; donations for the pictures will benefit Grange charities – Barbara Bush Hospital, Home for Little Wanders and House in the Woods.
Then, to top off the month with Awards Day!! Laurie Saunders has been chosen to receive the Community Citizen Award for Richmond, and David Probert for Dresden. Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. Free, followed by Birthday Cupcakes.
We have been donated items for a raffle to benefit the Building Fund (we need new roof, tighter windows, and more handicap access) A quilted throw from Janet Clement, value $150.00, a ‘Canvas Wrap’ photo from Maine Made Photos with $50.00 value and gift certificate to Village Café for $25.00. Expected donations for the tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. Tickets will be sold during every activity until the drawing on Awards Day.
FMI Marilyn Stinson, 737-2611
We’re planning on having a fun evening and the thing missing is you…
On Saturday September 24 at 6 p.m. the Maine State Grange will be hosting a Variety Show Fundraiser at Topsham Grange. Admission price for the show will be $6.00. The Grange is on Pleasant Street which is just off Main Street (Route 201) in Topsham. The evening will feature various acts and skits, including the Grange Singers. The featured act of the night will be singer and pianist Mitch Thomas, a member of Danville Junction Grange and is Executive Director of the Franco Center in Lewiston.
Before the show and during refreshments will be having a silent auction for various gift cards that have been donated. For refreshments we will be selling slices of homemade pies!
I’m still in search of volunteers for Grange Singers, if you can help please contact me as soon as possible.
For more information about the Variety Show please contact Steven Haycock at 998-2586 or granger04071aolcom (granger04071aolcom) . Hope to see you there.
You can download this flyer from the Maine State Grange website: 2016 Volunteer Fair Flyer, then post and share it! Well! Thanks for the comments… we know you’re reading the posts! Sometimes the obvious escapes me… and I’ve now added the date of this event, Saturday, August 20, 2016 which I’d somehow left off the first time!
Excelsior Grange in Poland will be having an open house for the public June 18th in recognition of the fact that the Grange hall was recently placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Grange has been a gathering place for people of the area since it was built in 1914. The hall is the second building erected on the site by Excelsior Grange as the original building was destroyed by fire in 1913. The hall will be open to the public 4-6 PM. Refreshments will be served at 6 PM.
There will be a program at 7 PM. Doug Hodgkin, retired Bates history professor and noted authority on Grange history, will speak about the early days of the Grange movement in Androscoggin County and the role those Granges played in the formation of the Maine State Grange. He will have books with him that he has written about Grange history. Excelsior Grange, organized in 1874, was the fifth Grange organized in Maine and is today the oldest continuously operating Grange in the state.
Also that night there will be a reunion of all former Excelsior Junior Grange members and part of the program will be devoted to them. There will be a slide show of Junior Grange activities from the past and other program items presented by former members. It will be a great opportunity for former members to reminisce and catch up on where life has taken them since their Junior Grange days.
The entire program is open to the public and should be of interest to anyone who would like to know more about Grange history.
By Steve Haycock
The Androscoggin Pomona Degree Day that is scheduled for Sunday, April 10 has been postponed to a future date, yet to be determined. It has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.