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


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


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.

Feb 182017

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. 

MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full-text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books that are credible, reputable resources.  MARVEL! also offers students, business people, public library patrons, and higher-education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for information.

Funding comes from the Maine State Legislature and the joint efforts of the Maine State Library, University of Maine, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin College, the Public Utilities Commission, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund), commonly known as State E-rate.  This collaboration makes statewide licensing of MARVEL! resources extremely cost effective and provides these resources for every school, library, and resident of Maine.

Feb 042017


By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

The great Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”  This is very true in all aspects of life.  Do you help neighbors? Do you do things for others with no expectation of receiving anything in return?  Do you like to just help people?  Are you the person everyone tends to venture to when in need?  Well, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you are already doing community service.  Why not inspire, encourage, and spread that throughout your Grange?  I know what you are saying, “Between work, kids, grandkids, adult responsibilities I just don’t find the time.”  Well, maybe you could spend ten minutes while watching your favorite TV program in the evening to send out emails and try to get some donations of food for a local food pantry or collect your toilet paper and paper towel tubes into a bag for the local animal shelter.  Have the grandchildren and children help, make it a fun and inspire the next generation to give back.  Maybe just set aside one Clynk (recycle bottle account) and direct it to a charity of your choice.  Simple, easy and inexpensive but you are still doing community service.  Just remember to always have fun.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than frown.

April is Grange month. Why not hold an open meeting and invite the public? Invite a guest speaker to talk about one of the many causes during April.  Just to name a few: National School Library Month, Parkinson’s Awareness Health Month, National Oral Health Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month, IBS Awareness Month.  Invite local, county, and state legislators and give the public the opportunity to talk to them close and personal.  Just please enjoy!!!

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

Jan 142017

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. Sounds like a great resource for a Lecturer’s Program and might fit into Family Health and Hearing.

 New Consumer Booklet Free to Maine Residents:  “On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance”

Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection announces the release of a new consumer publication, “The Downeaster Common Sense Guide:  On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance.” The new, nearly 50-page booklet is online at www.Credit.Maine.gov.  Free printed copies are available to Maine residents by calling 1-800-332-8529.

Bureau Principal Examiner David Leach, who coauthored the guide, said it will help people become more “situationally-aware” when facing major decisions or making key choices about their finances, including:

  • the financing of a vehicle or student loans;
  • establishing and maintaining credit responsibly;
  • the significance of credit reports and credit scores;
  • the fundamentals of purchasing stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments;
  • comparison-shopping for the lowest annual percentage rate (APR) when using credit;
  • the basics of auto, home, life, and health insurance;
  • realizing that credit cards do not represent “free money,” and that charges and cash advances must be paid back, with interest; and
  • avoiding too-good-to-be-true fraudulent offers, such as foreign lottery winnings, no-interest loans, or no-risk investments.

The online version of this new guide and all other “Downeaster Common Sense” financial publications can be found at www.Credit.Maine.gov by clicking “Publications.”  Copies can also be ordered by calling the Bureau at 1-800-332-8529 (toll-free in Maine) or 624-8527.

Jan 112017


By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service does not mean your Grange or members of your Grange have to spend lots of money.  Open your hall to the public and have guest speakers from different organizations.  Ask representatives from MS Foundation, American Red Cross, the local hospital to discuss brain injuries or hemophilia which are four of the categories for Family, Health, & Hearing for the month of March.

Contact your town and volunteer to clean up a local cemetery in the spring and fall, talk to a town representative and if your town doesn’t already have a “Keep our Town Clean Program” work with them to set up one.  Keep your town clean – help clean up the roads once a year, volunteer for different services in your town.

Community Service ran a stocking gift certificate raffle over the holidays with proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Research.  I am happy to say thanks to all the individuals and Pomona’s who participated we raised a total of $375.00.  The committee is currently organizing another raffle to benefit Breast Cancer Research. We will be running it from April, 2017 to October, 2017.  The committee is currently working on the prizes for that raffle. Winners will be drawn at the State Session.  I want to sincerely thank those that participated, it is very much appreciated and wonderful to see what we can accomplish together.

Winners of Stocking Raffle:   Nancy G., $100.00; Daniel C, $75.00; Dean D., $50.00; York Pomona, $25.00; David H. $25.00.

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

Dec 092016


By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

The holiday season has been upon us and those feelings of giving, magic & love have surrounded us.  Watching the faces of those around us light up is the most delightful thing of all.  Why not have that feeling all year round?  Join up with your Community Service Director and share those feelings all year long.  Just take the time and get involved.  Light up someone else’s life, spread the love and joy not just when the weather turns cold, but warm the hearts of your community all year long.

As Granges go forward to a winter schedule here in the north, why not try to make those meetings warm and inviting to the community.  Bring in some interesting guest speakers, put out some warm baked goods and warm apple cider and enjoy each other.

January is National Blood Donor Month, National Glaucoma Month, Birth Direct Prevention Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. February is American Heart Month, Low Vision Awareness Month, Black History Month & National Children’s Dental Health Month. Invite a speaker from one or two of the different organizations to come and speak, open your hall and your hearts to the community.  Just make sure to advertise, advertise, advertise.  If that is not an option maybe have a Family Game or Craft Night, but whatever you do just remember to have fun.

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

Nov 122016

volunteer-1326758_1280By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

CS/FHH had another great state session.  Raffles were successful and raise over $150.00 and $50.00 towards a Breast Cancer Research Donation.  Thank you to everyone who donated something to the table.  All the efforts of our Grange Family make a difference.

Community Service Book Contest was a pleasure this year (not for the judges–only a total five points separated the top seven books.

Winners were:

  1. Maple Grove Grange #148
  2. Riverside Grange #475
  3. Saco Grange #53
  4. Bangor Grange #372

Congratulations to all the winners and Maple Grove Grange’s book will be heading to National again this year.Family, Health & Hearing Contest took off this year and went from 2 entries to 13 entries.  This year’s winner was Oxford Pomona #2.  They received a check for $50.00.

Community Service Person of the Year Awards were also a success this year and produced several entries.  The following individuals were presented awards and checks to a charity of their choice during the Annual Banquet at State Session and their entries have gone on to Northeast Region of Granges and National Grange for consideration.

  • Officer of the Year – Elgin Physic nominated by Danville Junction Grange #65
  • Fire Fighter of the Year – Troy Lare nominated by Bangor Grange #372
  • Educator of the Year – Andrew Elwell nominated by Riverside Grange #475

Thank you to everyone who spends each year doing community service and recognizing those that give back to the community.  Let’s strive to make a difference one project at a time.