Sep 082017
 

Corliss

Community Service Corner

It has been another great year of service for Community Service and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported community service in one way or another.  It was great to see the Community Service Books and Family, Health & Hearing Contest Sheets roll in again this year.  It is greatly appreciated to see all the projects that are being done across our great state of Maine.  Let’s all start thinking about how we can get out there in the upcoming year and do some awesome things for our community.  The best advertisement is word of mouth.  I look forward to seeing everyone at State Session this year.

Family, Health & Hearing

Just a few items to remember for October.  It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Oct 1 – 7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, & October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  Invite some individuals into your Grange to talk about these items.*  Mental Health can affect not only the individual but all those around them and sometimes because of stigmas people live in silence with Mental Health Issues.  Let’s all work together to show people WE CARE!!!!!

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

*Webmaster note: For those who may not be aware, I am a NAMI Certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Specialist and conduct Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Workshops. If you would like to address these important issues at your Grange, there are some resources available on my website. If I can be of further help, please email me or give me a call at 207 343-1842.

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Sep 082017
 

Each October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control conducts a program to collect and properly dispose of banned and unusable pesticides from homeowners and farms. Pre-registration is required and collections are held at four sites across the state. More information about the program may be found below.

Next collection will be in October 2017, one day each in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta, and Portland. Registration by September 22 is required, no drop-ins will be accepted. Use the forms below to register.

The Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) and the Department of Environmental Protection provide citizens with a responsible, free solution to their obsolete pesticide problem. Once a year, these agencies collect obsolete pesticides brought to sites across Maine. The materials are then shipped to out-of-state disposal facilities. Banned pesticides and pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable can be accepted. The program is available to homeowners as well as non-corporate farmers and greenhouse operators

How to participate

  1. Registration Form Instructions
    • Option 1: fillable PDF fileOpen the file, fill in the information, print it out, and mail it to the BPC (mailing address on the form).
    • Option 2: Word fileOpen the file, fill in the information, and
      • either save it to your hard drive, attach it to an e-mail, and send it to pesticidesatmainedotgov  (pesticidesatmainedotgov)  or
      • if your e-mail program allows it, send it directly from the open file to the BPC at the address above.
    • Option 3 Request paper copy: Contact the BPC (207-287-2731, or the e-mail address above) to have a copy of the form mailed to you.
  2. On the registration form, identify the common name of the pesticide active ingredients shown on each product’s label. Common names are often listed on the front of the label followed by the chemical name. If the active ingredient is not listed, or is unreadable, please describe the product using the brand name, EPA registration number, or any other identifying information you can find on the label. Unidentified products without labels or markings should also be described in as much detail as possible.
  3. Store obsolete pesticides properly until the next annual collection drive. The BPC will contact you several weeks prior to that drive to inform you of your local collection date and location. Can’t make an upcoming drive? No problem…the BPC will keep your name on file for the next collection.
  4. After your inventory form is received, the BPC will mail a map and instructions 10 days before your collection date.
  5. Bring your obsolete pesticides to the assigned site. Once there, stay in your vehicle and present shipping papers to officials. They will direct you to place obsoletes in an appropriate receptacle.
Aug 182017
 

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119. Looks like some potentially good resources for a timely Lecturer’s Program or Family Health and Hearing Report!

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect.  Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school.

The National Safety Council has a number of helpful resources that promote safety, including Pedestrian Safety, Safe Riding in a Car, Distracted Walking, First-Time Rider School Bus Tips, and more.

Also available on this site are video PSAs on Back to School:  Driving Safely with School Buses and Stop Bullying:  What Parents Can Do.

There are also bullying and suicide prevention resources available on my website. For a slightly different perspective on the issue of bullying, read Where you fly makes a difference.

Aug 142017
 

Corliss

Community Service Corner

Hello, Fellow Grangers! I am glad that some Community Service Books have rolled in and more are still rolling in. Let’s please try to get the 25% needed, so if you have not sent in an Activity Sheet and/or Community Service Book please do so. They can be emailed to me at christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or USPS Christine Corliss, 162 Center Road, Lebanon ME 04027. I greatly appreciate all of the hard work that each Grange and Granger puts into this program.  This program would not be a success without all of you.  Let’s be looking forward to the Idea Fair that will be happening in Augusta on September 16th, from 10 – 2. All Grangers and Granges are welcome to attend. If you would like more information on the subject please feel free to contact me via the above-listed information.  Looking forward to seeing you all at State Session.

 

Family, Health & Hearing

I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the FH & H Contest again this year.  If you have not already sent in your form please do so now. It can be emailed to me or USPS to me via the information listed in the Community Service Corner section.  It is great to hear of so many Granges taking part in making their Grange members aware of health, family, and social items.  September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, September 7th – 12th is National Suicide Prevention Week, & September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.  Please let your Grange members know about one or all of these items.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

Jun 052017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director
 

Community Service Corner

Summer is just around the corner and hopefully with it the warmer weather. I hope everyone’s gardens are planted and everyone planted a few extra for donating to a local food pantry or neighbor who you know is not able to plant. We are getting closer and closer to another State Session and contest deadlines.  Remember Community Service Books are due to me by August 15, 2017. The easiest way for me to receive them is to mail them directly to me: Christine Corliss, 162 Center Road, Lebanon, ME 04027. If you do not do a Community Service Book at least send in the Activity Sheet a copy can be printed from the Maine State Grange Website or you can email me directly at Christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (Christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   and I will forward one over to you.

Family, Health & Hearing

August is World Humanitarian Awareness Month, National Immunization Month, National Goat Cheese Month and Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, just to name a few.  Have a local farmer bring in Goat Cheese and discuss how it is made and its benefits vs processed cheese.  Bring in a local person and open your Grange Hall to discuss the importance of immunizations in regards to the spread of diseases who have long since become almost dormant due to vaccinations.

No matter what you do bring awareness to your Grange, promote education to your community, and always have fun.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

May 072017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Spring has arrived.  Everyone should have that lighthearted feeling with the sun shining, birds singing and crocus’s blooming. What a great time to get out there and spread some spring cheer with community service.  Remember even though spring is just arriving, soon it will be the end of summer and contest items will be due. Please make sure you are looking for that Fire Fighter, Teacher or Police Officer of the Year in your area. Put those books together for all the community service your Grange has been doing and don’t forget Family, Health & Hearing Reports.  All items are due to the Community Service Committee by August 15, 2017. If anyone needs help with any of these items, filling out the forms or just questions in regards please feel free to contact me.  Email is the easiest option christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or via cell phone 207-651-6494.  Just remember have some fun!!

Family, Health & Hearing

July is National Park Month, National Hot Dog Day (7/23), National Picnic Month, UV Safety Awareness Month.   Try combining all of these items into one fun-filled day.  Invite the community to a meet and greet at your local park, make it a picnic where everyone brings an item, have your Grange serve hot dogs and don’t forget to promote the sunscreen to protect against UV rays.  Put together games, scavenger hunts and social time.  Just remember have fun.  Smile and Enjoy.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

Apr 112017
 

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Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re one of the oldest states in the country.  Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year, so it’s important that communities understand the issue and the resources available.  Betty Balderston is the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate for Legal Services and is currently scheduling presentations between now and September to civic and community organizations throughout Maine.  Her 15-20 minute presentation includes information on what Elder Abuse looks like, the Red Flags that everyone should be aware of, and the Maine resources that are available to provide assistance.  Perhaps your Grange would be interested in scheduling such a presentation?  Betty can be reached at (207) 620-3104 or at bbalderstonatmainelsedotorg  (bbalderstonatmainelsedotorg)  .  Please consider contacting Betty to schedule a presentation for your members.

Webmaster’s Note: I had a long chat with Betty that was quite eye-opening. Elder abuse can come in many forms and from many different sources. There’s not charge for her presentation — this is a great opportunity to “get the facts” and learn about the resources available!

Apr 102017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Each month I write reminders from the committee on contests, suggestions, and helpful hints.  This month I am going to just ask a few questions and leave you to ponder the answers.

  1. What do you want for your Grange?
  2. What direction do you want your Grange to take?
  3. How well known do you want your Grange to be in your community, state or nation?
  4. How important is increased membership and bringing attention to your Grange?
  5. How can every member work their magic to be the best we can be?
  6. What is your place in Grange and how can you bring your A-Game to the Grange?

Once you have found out your true answers to these questions put them into action and what your Grange grow in all aspects of Grange.  Community Service, Membership, Agriculture, Family, Comradery, and Fun.  Sit back, smile and have fun.

Family, Health & Hearing

June Awareness Items – Men’s Health Month, World Ocean Awareness Month, National Safety Month, International Picnic Day is June 18, 2017.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

Mar 152017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Remember August is fast approaching and community service still hosts the community service book contest. Prizes range from $250.00 to $50.00, I am sure most Granges could use this money. All instructions and activity forms are available online on the Maine State Grange Website.

As spring approaches everyone tends to leave the winter blues behind and puts on the spring sunshine feeling.  Let’s spread the cheer. Remember if planting a garden put an extra plant or two and donate all those vegetables to a local food pantry.  Food pantries are very happy to be able to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, & National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Please take the time to invite speakers from some of the services in the area to bring awareness to the community and members of the Grange.  Some issues are silent killers and the more awareness people have the better off they will be.

Please spread the word and feeling of Grange, family, fun and belonging every time and everywhere you can.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

Feb 272017
 

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


Maine Paint Stewardship Program

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Maine.  Since the start of the Maine paint stewardship program in October 2015, PaintCare has set up 102 convenient locations to drop off paint throughout the State.  Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any household and business in Maine.  These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.

A number of PaintCare drop-off sites include household hazardous waste programs — either facilities or “round-up events.”  These programs are run by a local county or city government agencies, often in partnership with the local garbage and recycling company or transfer station.  In addition to accepting paint, these programs usually accept other non-paint hazardous wastes (e.g., pesticides, solvents).  Most of these government programs limit participation to the households in certain cities or towns.  Some of these government programs also allow businesses to make appointments during special hours.  Businesses are usually charged fees for non-paint hazardous waste, and sometimes they are charged an administrative fee to schedule an appointment, but they are not charged for paint, on a per gallon basis, if the agency is a PaintCare partner.  A few restrictions do apply:  there are limits on how much paint can be dropped off per visit.  Also, note that certain businesses — those that produce more than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month — can only drop off latex paint (they are not be able drop off oil-based paint).  When you decide it’s time to recycle your paint, please call the site ahead of time to confirm their hours and to make sure they have space to accept the amount of paint you would like to recycle.

To find a paint drop-off location near you, click here.