Mar 312013
Jr. LogoJunior Department
Laurie McBurnie, laurie_mattidewaterdotnet  (laurie_mattidewaterdotnet)  , 563-5347

Maine State Junior Grange will be meeting on Sat., May 4, 9 a.m.-noon, at State Headquarters in Augusta. We will start with a craft project and then hold the meeting. We will be welcoming a couple new Junior Grangers during the meeting. Any children ages 5-14 who would like to join are welcome to join us. We will also have judging for the Manual Alphabet and Sign-a-Song contests. After the meeting, lunch will be served. Parents and Grangers are welcome to join us.

Plans for Junior Grange Camp are in the works for the beginning of July. Camp information will be announced when arrangements are finalized.

Orders for Memorial Bricks may be sent to me at any time. The delivery of the bricks will be expected this spring, when they will be able to be placed in the Memorial Garden.

The Junior Committee plans to again sell Grange Memorial flags. We are comparing several companies to get the best quality at the best price. Watch for an announcement later this spring.

The 2013 Maine State Junior Grange program, the National Jr. Grange program and the flyer for the Memorial Bricks are posted on the site for downloading. Also note that the current issue of Maine-ly Juniors Newsletter 03-2013 is available for download–as is a Jr Meeting Flyer 05-2013–print both out and pass both out!

Mar 302013

The websites available through National Grange are free for the taking. If you’re interested, let me know  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)   and I’ll help get you started.

Congratulations to Riverside Grange #475 of Lebanon! Thanks to Worthy Secretary Christine Corliss they now have their own website. Check it out you’ll love the agricultural theme…!

Also to East Sangerville Grange #177… Erin Callaway has been hard at work and it shows! Check out their special Grange Month Program— Cultivating Community–an agricultural resource exchange.

I’m sure Christine and Erin would admit that it takes a little time to get started, but once you get the hang of WordPress, it’s not so bad–and it’s a great way to share information about your Grange and activities. If your Grange claims your free website, let me know and you’ll get a link to it from the Maine State Grange site!

Granges that have Facebook pages–remember that your information is only available to other Facebook users. With these websites, everyone has access to your information!

Go, Grangers, go!

Mar 292013

On May 12th Harvest Home #52 ,located on Moosehead Trail in Broooks will have a fund raising dinner. Time will be from 12 to 2.Menu will be turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, squash, peas, cranberry sauce,rolls,coffee, and sweet foods. Prices will be announced at a later date. For more  information call Cheryl at 722 3304.

Mar 282013

On May 4th Harvest Home #52, located on Moosehead Trail, in Brooks will have a craft fair, Chinese auction, and raffle, from 10 to 2.To rent a table please call Millie at 722 3448.Table prices will be $6 apiece or 2 for $10.There will be a bake sale as well and a lunch of macaroni and cheese with hot dogs, chips and soda  will be on sale at noon.

Mar 252013
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Ad by Nyla Larrabee

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis and Program Director Walter Boomsma were at Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford on Friday, March 22 to satisfy a lot of kids’ curiosity! A few weeks ago third and fourth graders had made a big effort to design the ads that would ultimately be selected to appear in the special Newspapers in Education Section of the March 27th edition of the Piscataquis Observer. The Grange has sponsored the contest for a number of years as an extension of its “Words for Thirds” and Bookworm program with the local elementary school. The program is conducted by the local newspaper and typically features ads drawn by middle and high school students. The Grange decided to offer an opportunity to lower grades, publishing one from third and one from fourth grade.

The winning third grade advertisement this year was drawn by Matthew Burdin and the winning fourth grade ad was drawn by Nyla Larrabee. “The judges had a real hard time,” Mr. Boomsma told the students. “If you did your very best, we think you’re all winners. But we still had to pick just two for publishing in the newspaper.”

None of the winning students were prepared to give an acceptance speech, but each left with a smile and the support of their classmates. Mr. Annis noted that Valley Grange “really enjoys the many projects we do with the school. You guys make us proud.”

Winning ads will also appear in Valley Grange publications and flyers throughout the year and at the school’s annual art show.

Mar 252013

Travel back with us to those days of good old rock and roll, Yes, the 50’s and 60’s! Enjoy a great chicken pie supper, then tap your toes, or dance to the music of The Intruders. Saturday, April 20 at the Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St. Supper, $7 and show $7, or both for just $12! 5:30 pm for the supper and 7 pm for the show. For more information, call 973-3976.

Mar 252013

April 13 at 2:00 p.m. Norway Grange #45 is hosting an Area Meeting with instructions in Opening & Closing floor work, Draping the Charter and Balloting for candidates.  Located at 15 Whitman St, Norway.  The State Master, Lecturer, Secretary, CWA Director and others are expected to attend, giving information and answering questions about their respective Office or Dept.  All are welcome to attend and participate.

That evening Apr 13, Norway Grange will have a potluck supper at 6:00  with a meeting following at 7:00.  Peter Ogden, Maine Director of Veterans Services will be honoring and presenting a certificate to a WWII Veteran.  Please join us in the celebration.  For more information contact Christine Hebert, Lecturer at 743-5277



Mar 252013
LecturerSherry Harriman, Lecturer
280 Kennebunk Rd   
Sanford, ME  04073-5515
Phone: 490-1029       
Fax: 490-0111                  
E-mail: sherryhatgwidotnet 


There will be NO  Talent Contest in April.  It will be in August  at the Maine Lect. Conference.  All are welcome.

APRIL IS GRANGE MONTH!!!  Order your Community Service Awards from National Grange!  Get Certificates of Appreciation from me or state office.

July 10  Registration Deadline.  North East Lecturers Conference  (Information comes out in May and is sent to the Grange Secretary.) (Send form & conference fee $195 double/$205 single to host state)  (Send registration card & $10.00 fee to State Lect.)

July 19-21– Family Campout Weekend Silver Springs Campground & Lodging,  Rt 1  Saco Saturday Judging Junior & other crafts at camp-out-Horseshoes & Bochee Ball Tournament Group potluck & ice cream social. Call campground for reservations – 207-283-3880

July 21–Rehearsal for NE Lect Conference  2:00 at HQ

Aug  5 – 7– NE Lecturers Conference at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT   (3 day)

Aug 24–Maine Lecturers Conference 9:00 to Noon  at HQ 9:00 –   New Program Review, workshops and ALL awards at 10:30, Skit & Story Performances, State Talent Contest;  2x2x2 (lect dept.) Contest at Conf. entries deadline  10:00 a.m.

Lunch served by CWA at 12:00

CWA Conference & Display of Needlework   1:00 p.m.


POETRY CONTEST      JULY 1   Deadline Date  sent to Lect. home

AGE GROUPS: All Subordinate Members;  And  Juniors 5–9 , 10–14 (Age as of Jan 1)


Three (3) prizes will be awarded in each category to each age group.  Awards will be given Aug 24th  at the Maine Lecturers’ Conference.  (No monetary awards.)  


  1. The poem(s) must be written by a Grange member.
  2. There is no restriction on length of poem.
  3. Entries are to be sent, e-mailed or faxed to the State Lecturer’s home address by July 1, 2013.
  4. There is no limit on number of poems submitted, however, you can receive only one ribbon/prize per category.
  6. ut your title, name and all the following information at the TOP of  EACH  poem: TITLE OF POEM;  CATEGORY;  NAME / AUTHOR;  ADDRESS;  GRANGE NAME & NO.; PHONE.          AGE OF JUNIOR (as of Jan 1 of current year).

Mar 252013

Degree day at Ammadamast Grange in Enfield on Saturday, May 11! They have 11 that need the Degrees, and I know that other Granges have candidates as well. We will open the Grange at 1pm and work the first three Degrees. Then, we’ll break for a light lunch and then exemplify the
Fourth Degree. If anyone in the area, (or out of the area), would like to help, please let Rolf Staples know as soon as you can. 973-3976.

Mar 242013

On April 4th Attorney Mark  Nale will be speaking  at Dirigo #98, located on route 137, in Freedom. Mr Nale will be speaking on the subjects of long-term care planning, Maine Care benefits,and long-term care insurance.He will also be answering any questions that you might have.The meeting will start at 7;30 P.M. Refreshments after. General public welcome.

Lois Zezima Tel 382 3315