Jul 202017
 

We had 35 people participate in all or part of the campout weekend.   The weather had its good and bad times but mostly comfortable for outside activities.

Friday morning 23 went to play mini golf, having lots of cheers, jeers, and laughter. Rick got the low score of 49. He did have some help to get it and his hole in one was questionable. He did receive something very special for his “one-holer.” Holly outscored everyone with 72 “duds.” Isabel, Judy, Jim, Bill, and Rick each got a hole in one to receive a special award.  King size assist award went to Greg for him helping with Rick’s shot. Bill got a “do goodie award” for proving the score. Several of our competitors received “whopper” awards for scoring a 7 on one hole–William, Tracey, Greg, Bill, Holly, Berta, Mike, and Susie.

Potluck was shared Friday evening.

Junior judging and Chinese auction items were taken care of on Saturday morning.  Some of the auction winners needing a box for all their treasures.

Ten ambitious folks pitched horseshoes, the rest of the group doing a lot of encouraging and heckling. Helen and Greg took the first place honors. Jim and Tina second and Mike and Dennis finished third.  Each received a mini horseshoe pit for awards. (Mini chocolate cakes)

Bocce ball rounded out the afternoon with 18 rolling/throwing balls and even using a tape measure for top spots to be decided.  Katelyn and Rick won the challenge but again Rick had additional help with Terry as his first partner.  Berta and Greg came in 2nd and Norma & Jim taking third. (Awards were Lindt chocolates of the appropriate color.)

An ice cream social with all the fixings topped off the activities with “awards” being given out.  We joked that some actually “earned” them and some not so much.

It was another successful and fun time.  We have set a date for next year at the same place July 20, 21, and 22, the third weekend. Join us! Maybe you’ll get an “award.”

Jul 182017
 

In honor of the Grange’s 150th birthday, the National Grange is starting the Grange Legacy Family Recognition program to honor those families who have five or more generations involved as Grange members.

“We give recognition to individuals who have been a Grange member for 25, 50, 75, 80, and even 90 years, and we want to recognize families and encourage the next generation to keep up with that and keep that legacy going,” said Huber.

Printable applications for recognition are available to be printed and mailed to National Grange, or an online application is also available. Applications should be mailed to the National Grange office. Anyone can nominate a family, including family members themselves, but they must include information as to whom of the family was a member in what Grange with clear five-generation or more lineage.

The first honorees will be recognized at National Convention in Spokane, Washington in November. The family will receive a certificate, and each family member can receive a copy upon request.

Webmaster note: The printable application is also now available on the Maine State Grange Website, Program Books and Information Tab.

Jul 092017
 

The Bethel Historical recently announced the publication of State Grange Historian Stanley R. Howe’s WILLIAM BINGHAM 2ND: A LIFE. (Paperback, 190 pages). Although born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1879, William Bingham, 2nd would eventually adopt Bethel, Maine as his home for most of his life.

From his uncle, Oliver Hazard Payne (1839-1917), he and his siblings would inherit a fortune that made him at one time, the wealthiest person in Maine. He spent his life as a philanthropist supporting a wide variety of causes from building hospitals and supporting educational institutions in several places around the world. Most of the buildings at Bethel’s Gould Academy were financed with Bingham gifts.  He also provided scholarships to deserving students.  Former Maine Governor and Senator Edmund S. Muskie’s legal education, for example, at Cornell University, was funded by Will Bingham, who rarely appeared in public and avoided publicity. At one time, he was Bates College’s largest donor.  Today three foundations bearing his name carry on his philanthropic legacy. Information on acquiring this book can be obtained by calling the Bethel Historical Society at (207) 824-2908 or going to its website: www.bethelhistorical.org and visiting the online Museum Shop. The mailing address for the Society is P.O. Box 12, Bethel, Maine 04217.

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 202017
 

Imagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop ‘n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, 2017.  The second announces that Will’s Shop ‘n Save was the Small Business Administration’s Business of the Year in 2016.

The store and its owners are well-known throughout the area for their support of the community in part because they are truly part of the community. How many grocery stores do you know that actually have a small food cupboard run by two young kids?! (Check out the cover photo on their Facebook Page.) Melissa and Will are two very thoughtful people and great examples of the fact that pride and humility are not in opposition to each other. We’ll congratulate them again–and says “thanks” for acknowledging Valley Grange’s award!

Jun 122017
 

Jefferson firefighter Don Hastings was presented with a Spirit of America Award on Thursday, June 8 at Willow Grange in Jefferson. Hastings was recognized for his service to the town of Jefferson.

Hastings grew up in Tallman, N.Y., where he was a junior fireman until he moved to Spring Valley, N.Y., where he served as deputy chief from 1960-1962 and chief from 1962-1964.
Then he was hired as the Rockland County fire coordinator and managed the fire mutual aid system, the fire dispatch system, and operations at the Rockland County Fire Training Center.

He retired in 1991 and moved to Jefferson, Maine. He immediately signed on with Jefferson Fire and Rescue. After discovering that firefighters in Lincoln County did not have advanced training available to them, Hastings began to arrange training at Rockland County’s large training facility. He worked with the Lincoln County Fire Chiefs Association and Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Gerry Silva to arrange bus transportation to New York so hundreds of Lincoln County firefighters could receive training.

Lincoln County firefighters formed a bond with firefighters from Rockland County, which led to the donation of used fire equipment, including trucks, to departments in Lincoln County.
Hastings was a “very vivid supporter of the formation” of the Lincoln County Fire Academy, Lincoln County Fire Academy President Dave Pratt said. The first class to graduate from the Lincoln County Fire Academy was in 2007, and the Academy recognized Hastings’ work by presenting an award in his name to one of the graduates, John Roberts, a member of Willow Grange.
Hastings thoroughly enjoyed the evening, often interrupting to tell a story or recognize a fellow firefighter. Roll call was by fire department: Jefferson, 17; Waldoboro, 2; Damariscotta, 2; Bremen, 2; and Thomaston, 1. There were also 14 Grangers from Willow (3 are firefighters), one member of Chelsea Grange and ten guests.


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Jun 102017
 

Nine Grangers and friends spent two days recently at Maple Grove #148 meeting hall preparing 12 quilts for Project Linus. They will be donated to Center for Grieving Children in Portland.
Pictured here are Pauline Spencer, White Rock Grange, Norma Haines, Mount Etna Grange, Jackie Morgan, Lyn Carter and Ann Burns, Maple Grove Grange. Back row: Sue Farrington, Edie Maynard, and Holly Welch all of Maple Grove. Absent when photo was taken, Pat Smart, of Bridgton.

May 272017
 

Members of the Ocean View Grange #463 replaced American flags on Veterans’ graves at the Ridge Cemetery in Tenants Harbor, Maine on May 20, 2017. We had help from some members of the Port Clyde Sailing Club. This is always a somber and rewarding function to honor those who served us and our country.