Apr 182017

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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!

Mar 172017

By Marilyn Stinson

Exciting times coming to Enterprise Grange. We are Do-ers at 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, ME. Contact Marilyn Stinson, beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom  (beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom)  ,  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

Sep 102016

by Steve Haycock, Fundraising Chairmanisolated-1190889_1280

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 granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)  .  Hope to see you there.

Aug 052016

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!


2016 Volunteer Fair Photo

Jun 062016

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.

Apr 072016

isolated-1190889_1280Excelsior Grange in Poland is again sponsoring an amateur talent contest after taking a year off in 2015 and is seeking contestants.  This year there will be three age categories (youth 4-11, youth 12-18 and adults over 19). The contest will be held April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall at 446 Harris Hill Road.

Each category will have two monetary prizes. $100. for first place and $50. for second place. The audience will also choose one-act as the Peoples Choice Award, which is $50.

Any and all forms of general audience entertainment are encouraged to enter. Amateur is being defined as someone who has never required payment to perform. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to enter is April 16.

Audience admission will be $4.00 for adults and children under 12 free. Anyone wishing to enter the contest can request an entry form or more information by calling 998-2301 or email sverrillatroadrunnerdotcom  (sverrillatroadrunnerdotcom)  . Entry forms will also be available at local RSU 16 schools.

Apr 052016


National Grange Membership/Leadership Development Director Joseph Stefenoni will be presenting on two topics at the upcoming conference. The first will be “Adopting the Membership Mentality: Changing the ‘Why Would’ to ‘Why Wouldn’t ’. The second topic will be “Grange Leadership: Challenges, Successes & Training the Next Generation” Following each presentation will be an open discussion including Q&A to share ideas and advice.

The conference will be held at the Woodside Building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia NH 03246.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Session 1 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adopting the Membership Mentality

Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. $8.99 Soup Du Jour, Assorted Sandwiches, Chips, Cookie, Beverage

Session 2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Grange Leadership

Reservations are due by Wednesday May 18to Adam Paquin Varnum arpaquinatgmaildotcom  (arpaquinatgmaildotcom)   or by phone @ 603-785-1581 or 603-588-2622.

For directions to the Taylor Community Woodside Building: Leadership 2016

Apr 022016
Saco Grange #53

Saco Grange #53

Saco Grange # 53, a local chapter of the national fraternity devoted to community service and support of agricultural activities, just got a big boost from the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program. An award in the amount of $ 14,850.00 was recently given to the group for repairs to their Grange hall, which is located in the City of Saco’s Historic District. This grant is the second given to the Saco Grange in as many years through the Belvedere Program. This year’s  large project includes replacing the entire roof, flashing chimneys, and installing insulation in the attic. All construction was planned and coordinated by Grange members, who also fund-raised  to help cover expenses related to the  project.

The Grange has been active in Saco since 1874 and is part of the post-Civil War movement to strengthen American farms and rural way of life. Saco’s  traditional Grange hall, built in 1896, in now greatly protected with its new roof. Grant Committee member Sandra Leeman notes, “A new roof is key to protecting the whole building, including our newly painted rooms, period light fixtures, restored patterned tin ceiling, and refinished oak floors.” Another grant committee member, Catherine Glynn,  sends thanks from the whole group to the Maine Community Foundation, “This is an incredible boost to our building, and will benefit the Grange and community for many years to come. We can now focus more time and resources on our mission.”

The community is invited to attend upcoming events planned by this increasingly active Grange. Traditional bean suppers take place quarterly, gardening and hunter safety classes are currently offered, and new members are always welcome.  For more information about the Saco Grange, including hall rentals, call 831-5784.

Events planned for Grange Month, April 2016 include:

  • Sunday, April 3rd, Raised Bed Gardening Class 5:30 to 7:30 at Saco Grange #53 located at 168 North Street.  $5 pp donation appreciated. FMI 831-5784 or sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  
  • Friday, April 8th,  Acoustic Country Jam at the Saco Grange #53, located at 168 North Street, Saco from 6 to 8pm. free coffee. $5 donation appreciated at the door. 50/50 raffle. fmi 831-5784 or sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  
  • Friday, April 15th, Paint Nite for Caring Unlimited from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Saco Grange #53, located at 168 North Street, Saco.  $45pp – $15 of which goes to CARING UNLIMITED! fmi 467-5850 or sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  
  • Wednesday, April 20th, Movie Family Night “BIG HERO 6” 5pm  at Saco Grange #53, 168 North St, Saco, Maine to benefit Direct Relief Fund.  adults $5, Kids $3.  Fun way to end school vacation while helping those in need around the world!  FMI  contact (732) 867-7107, sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  ,
  • Thursday, April 21st,  Hunter Safety Course Two classes required for certificate: April 21st at 6pm to 9pm at Ferry Beach state park &  Saturday, April 30 at 8am to 4pm at Saco Grange #53, 168 North Street.  FMI Glenn (207) 324-3018  or sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  
  • Saturday, April 23rd , Public Bean Supper 4-6:30 p.m. Adults $8,Children 12 under $4, Children 5 under are free. On the menu are homemade kidney and pea beans, brown bread, red & brown hot dogs, American chop suey, coleslaw, hot rolls/biscuits, pies and hot and cold beverages.  Bring in canned good for saco food pantry and receive $1 your meal.   Don’t have time to stop – we do take out! FMI 831-5784 or sacogrange53atgmaildotcom  (sacogrange53atgmaildotcom)  
Mar 202016

by Christine Corliss

Riverside Grange is interested in scheduling a joint meeting with other Granges on July 16th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. We are calling all Granges who would like to participate and join the fellowship. We would like to have a “finger food” potluck at 1:00 pm and the meeting after.  Riverside Grange will bring the subordinate sashes for the event. If your Grange would like to participate please contact Christine Corliss via email at christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or via telephone at 207-651-6494, please make sure to leave a message.