Dec 012017
 

National Grange LogoJoin our online silent auction benefiting the Grange Foundation and bid on one or more of the more than 40 items or packages that just might make the perfect holiday gift for someone on your list or for yourself!

Go to: www.32auctions.com/Grange150 and make an account. You can pay online if you win through your credit card or PayPal. A few of the items may not be shipped. Shipping cost for each item is listed.  Items may also be picked up on site at the 150th Gala at Decatur House at 9 PM Monday, Dec. 4 or make arrangements with a gala attendee to transport your winning items to you. We will require verification for transfer of responsibility for auction items won.

The auction closes at 8:30 PM Eastern Time MONDAY, December 4. Don’t miss out!

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Nov 282017
 

Here’s a great story about the St George Grange Christmas Craft Fair. Published in the St George Dragon, you have to love the headline:

It’s Christmas Fair time at a Grange that has become an important community center


The article talks about a lot more than this Grange’s Christmas Fair… you’ll learn about a fund the Grange has created for teachers to purchase school supplies–St George’s way of “giving back” to the community that helped them as they repaired and upgraded the hall. St George Grange also runs an important Window Dressers Program that assists in providing energy-saving window inserts and strives to be a center for community activity. This is a Grange that seems to have boundless energy… after the Christmas Fair, they actually are going to offer a Grange Supper. Check out this story of an exciting Grange with some exciting Grangers.

Nov 272017
 

Shop Grange for the holidays! Here are some Grange Craft Fairs and Holiday Events being held around the state! Granges are invited to submit their holiday-related events for posting. Visit this post often for updates and more events! Shoppers… when you visit, be sure to tell a Granger you saw their “ad” on the Maine State Grange Website!

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Grange Name: Danville Junction Grange
Event we are having: Christmas Craft Fair – Many vendors, selling jewelry, soups, dips, cheesecakes, knit goods, and much more. Raffles, 50/50, and door prizes. Hot dogs, sandwiches, and homemade soup for sale.
Where our Grange is located: Old Danville Road & Grange St., Auburn
Time we’re having it:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Who/Where to get more information: Glenys Ryder, 783-6898

Grange Name: Enterprise Grange #48
Event we are having: Pictures/breakfast with Santa. Donations for pictures with Santa will benefit Grange Charities – House in the Woods, Home for Little Wanderers, BBCH. $5.00 for breakfast will benefit Grange Building Fund. Pancakes, Eggs, beverages, fruit. Games, coloring, with breakfast and Santa will have some treats.
Where our Grange is located: 15 Alexander Reed Rd., Richmond, ME -Alexander Reed Road is in town Richmond, off Rt. 197, across from the fire house and library.
Time we’re having it:
Who/Where to get more information: Marilyn – beeldehillattwcdotcom  (beeldehillattwcdotcom)   or 207-737-2611

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Grange Name: Wilson Grange #321
Event we are having: “Happy Holidays Yard and Bake Sale.” This is your chance to perhaps find that unexpected gift at a great price or buy some sweets for that holiday gathering.
Where our Grange is located: 1338 Maine Street in East Wilton, across from Shelly’s Hometown Market
Time we’re having it: 9:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
Who/Where to get more information:

Nov 192017
 

Valley Grange was proud to host the Spirit of America Awards Celebration recently. When called to the front at the conclusion of the program honoring some seventeen individuals and organizations in Piscataquis County, members were surprised to learn they too were being recognized for their “heart for community service” and had been dubbed the “Top Grange in the State of Maine.”

Parkman Grange was also recognized for the many programs and services they provide including the SAD 4 Santa Program, Veterans’ Appreciation, Mothers’ Day Tea, and a number of activities and parties for children.

There was only one empty chair in the hall as local folks came to celebrate the “Spirit of America” making for a truly warm night in spite of the cold outside.

Past State Grange Master Rick Grotton noted that we have in the past been a top award winner at the state and national level and were, therefore, being recognized as the “Top Grange” in the State of Maine and nationally for our “heart for community service.

Nov 142017
 

Check out this news story on WVII AB 7/FOX 22!

Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

Nov 092017
 

National Grange “fellows” assist in publishing a daily issue of the Patron’s Chain during Convention. Read each issue here:

Patrons’ Chain, Day 1

Patrons’ Chain, Day 2

Patrons’ Chain, Day 3

Patrons’ Chain, Day 4

Patrons’ Chain, Day 5

We will try to keep updated links on this post which will remain at the “top” of the MSG website during National Convention. Note that subscribers will not receive the post every time it is updated, you’ll need to revisit the site… Day 5 marks the last day and, I believe, last issue. This post will remain at the top of the site for a few days…

Nov 062017
 

Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017, starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

Oct 202017
 

Yes, it’s official! Christine Corliss announced the winners of the community service and family health     and hearing contests. “We’ve had an awesome year, with great participation,” Corliss said. “But best of all a lot of communities have benefited from the programs our Granges represent.” Community Service awards were presented to:

  • First Place, Bangor Grange
  • Second Place, Danville Junction Grange
  • Third Place, Maple Grove Grange
  • Fourth Place, Valley Grange

Corliss also noted that the Committee presented a special community service Granger of the year award to Glenys Ryder of Danville Junction. “Glenys has not missed a single community service or family health and hearing contest for a lot of years. She certainly deserves recognition and appreciation.”

Oct 192017
 

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The St. George Grange is hosting a Window Dresser Build on Wednesday, October 25th to Tuesday, October 31st at the Grange Hall. We need lots of volunteers to help with this event. Over 150 insulating window inserts have been ordered. All the parts will be delivered to the Grange and then the insert will be assembled. After all the work is done customers will come to the Grange Hall and get their orders.

If you would like to volunteer to pick-up the parts in Rockland at the Lincoln Center, donate food for lunches/snacks, help assemble inserts or help clean up please contact Barbara Anderson @ 974-5367. You can also sign up online at WindowDressers.org. and click volunteer HERE (St George 2017 Community Build!). Or call (207)230-9902 for more information. Thank you and hope to see you at this St. George 2017 Community Build!

(Window Dressers’ inserts will keep you warm and are reusable year after year. An average size window (30” W by 52” H) in a natural pine finish costs about $25. Window Dressers is a volunteer-run non-profit and also offers special pricing for low-income residents.)

Oct 172017
 

Check out WABI – TV 5’s coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day!

Check out WVII – Fox News coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day!

This was our first dictionary day of the season… we still have more kids coming to the Grange Hall and three schools to visit! We’ve given out over 2,500 dictionaries in the sixteen years we’ve been doing this and it’s still one of the most exciting and fun things we do! Yesterday’s event included eighty kids from SeDoMoCha Elementary School. What fun!