Apr 282013
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WWW – Webmaster Walter Writes

I will willingly acknowledge that I am not a huge fan of Facebook… that said, I’m also willing to acknowledge that a number of Granges have created pages and a number of members are “on” Facebook.  One of my major issues with Facebook is the lack of privacy that results… I recently discovered, for example, that at least two of my “friends” are involved with an online dating service. (I thought one of them was married!)

Anyway, before we talk about Facebook Pages you may be creating for your Grange, let me just remind you that your behavior on Facebook may well reflect on your Grange. You are a Grange Ambassador! Please think before you post!

In February 2011 National Grange recognized the growth of social media and the National Grange Executive Committee adopted a website and social media “code of conduct.” The code is part of the Maine State Grange Web Policy, but let me share a few points from it with a few editorial comments.

All websites, Facebook groups or pages, and all other internet based social media platforms representing the  Grange must be under the jurisdiction of a Subordinate/Community, Pomona, or State Grange.

In short, an individual should not just decide to start a Facebook page on behalf of his or her Grange. There are many good reasons for this, but let’s focus on the fact that the page is representing the Grange–not an individual. As such, members should be engaged and involved in order to assure the page is monitored and posts and comments are appropriate. This also helps if the original member loses interest because there will be others ensuring the page/group is kept up-to-date.

No partisan or sectarian comments, opinions, statements, or endorsements may be posted on the website or page.

For reasons sociologists are still exploring, many people feel very free to make bold, sometimes outlandish statements on social media. If your Grange has a Facebook page or group, members should be monitoring themselves and the page to make certain inappropriate comments are not being posted. If the page is identified as a “Grange page,” one person’s opinion should not be represented as Grange thinking.

Note that these guidelines apply to websites as well. Regardless of the venue, we need to keep our Grange Face smiling and positive. That’s not to say there is no room for “healthy debate”–in fact  (lecturers note!) I’ve had one or two folks suggest we might consider more debates as part of our programming.

One additional thought: The National Grange Style Book includes the statement, “For external purposes, you may refer to the Subordinate Grange as a Community Grange or pluralized as local Granges.” We truly do have our own language in the Grange… but we might well consider the impact our language has on others. Step outside tradition and habit and ask yourself if most people would be more inclined to be involved in a “Subordinate Grange” or a “Community Grange.”

I thought so! Want to take it one step further? I actually had someone (not a Granger) recently explain that she thought “Grange Meeting” meant members only, but that a “Grange Program” was for everyone. So just maybe instead of Subordinate Grange Meetings we ought to be promoting Community Grange Programs!



Apr 262013

Image (10)Dear Maine State Grangers:

I have been involved with a volunteer project traveling around the state profiling unique Maine farms.  The project involves a comprehensive website, traveling photo exhibit, a 224-page book, and a slideshow and discussion program. Here is a link to the website: www.uniquemainefarms.com

In my travels I began noticing how the Granges have been an important part of Maine farming.  I decided to create eight webpages on the “Granges in Maine” and include these webpages in my project. You can access these webpages by going to the Home Page of the Unique Maine Farms’ website and looking for the link to “Granges in Maine.”


Hopefully, the Maine State Grange will be pleased that the story “Granges is Maine” will be included in the Unique Maine Farms’ project.  I hope that the positive story and photos will prove to be some good complimentary coverage for Granges.

I encourage the various Granges in Maine to send a photo of their Grange building if they would like to see it appear on the webpage that I created that is entitled “Some of the Maine Grange Buildings.”

There are so many beautiful and historic Grange buildings and I think visitors to the Unique Maine Farms’ website might enjoy looking at pictures of them.

The story that I created was based on information that I gleaned from the Maine State Grange website and from various places where I have been and seen a Grange presence such as the Fryeburg Fair.

If you see a need for any corrections with the story that I wrote please let me know.

I realize that the Grange is involved with many very worthy projects and I did not address several of them.  Because the Unique Maine Farms’ project is concentrated on farming in Maine the focus of my discussion on the Granges in Maine was farming-related.  Thanks for your understanding on this.

If you would like to get an idea about many of the over 120 farms that I have visited, here is a link to a recent eight-minute video that I posted online about the Unique Maine Farms’ book project that I have been working on:


I was very impressed with the wonderful work that the Grange has accomplished in Maine.

If anyone knows the name of the lady who is sitting in front of the Grange information table in the photo on the Fryeburg Fair photo page, please let me know.  She was so sweet and I forgot to ask her name and I would like to recognize her properly!

Looking forward to receiving some photos of the Grange buildings and also farm-related Grange news.

With appreciation,

Mary Quinn Doyle
Unique Maine Farms
mqdoyleatgmaildotcom  (mqdoyleatgmaildotcom)  
Apr 262013

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By  Samantha Johnson | sjohnsonatnationalgrangedotorg  (sjohnsonatnationalgrangedotorg)  
National Grange Sales, Benefits and Programs Director

The Grange store has added some fun new items available for purchase! These new items include: Grange Sharpie in blue for $2.00 and Navy Long Sleeve Shirt Small thru XL $35 and 2XL $36.

There are some items that have been out of stock for a couple of years that have now returned to the Grange store! These items include: the Golden Sheaf Button for $20 and the 4th Degree Past Master Pin with Gavel for $15.

Also, the Grange is reintroducing the Grange Umbrella and the Grange Binder with new designs. The Grange Umbrella costs $12.50 and the Grange Binder costs $6.

Check out these new items at www.grangestore.org . You can order online at the Grange Store or by calling the National Grange Sales, Benefits and Programs Director Samantha Johnson  (sjohnsonatnationalgrangedotorg)   at 202-628-3507 ext. 109.

Apr 252013

There appears to be several versions of the recipe for the Blueberry Banana Loaf floating around, including one that omits a line of instruction. The recipe in the official CWA Program Book is complete, and that book can be downloaded from the MSG website. The confusion appears to be in step one. The complete, correct instruction (as shown in the program book) is:

 Step #1

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour bottoms only of three 6”x3 ½” inch loaf pans. In large bowl, combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add bananas, applesauce, vanilla and eggs; blend well.

(This was edited a bit for clarity.) The program book also includes complete rules for entering, including contest deadline.

Officers and Directors, please note: This might be a good opportunity to remind everyone that posting your program book, contest rules, etc. on the website can avoid a lot of confusion and make the information widely available. Do not assume I have your information.. Program books or lengthy instructions and forms are best sent electronically (a PDF file is perfect) as an attachment to an email addressed to webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  . If you have submitted your program books and other information to the site, please send any changes and corrections when you make them. We can save time and avoid confusion and frustration with a program of active communication.

Apr 242013

Dear Grange Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to apologize for those of you that have tried to contact me but we have had a serious family issue to deal with and my computer met an untimely death, therefore I will be getting back to everyone that has had questions or requests,thank you for your patience.

Karen, CWA


Webmaster’s note: Karen’s email address is  flagg_karenatyahoodotcom  (flagg_karenatyahoodotcom)  .


Apr 242013

Webmaster’s Note: The following information from Maine IFW is offered as an agricultural interest… contact your local Extension Office for additional information if you are raising turkeys.

IFW LogoTurkey hunters should be aware of Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus (LPDV), which has been found in Maine turkeys. Read below to find out more about the virus and what to do if you shoot or see a turkey that has LPDV.

What is Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus (LPDV)?

This is a virus that causes minor to extreme lesions on a turkey’s head and legs. It is thought to spread between turkeys by direct skin contact or through mosquito bites. Some turkeys can fend off minor infections and survive while others can develop extreme lesions that inhibit their sight and ability to eat, which ultimately leads to death.

Are there health risks for humans?

The disease poses no risk to human health. However, like all infections, caution is advised while handling a bird with LPDV. There is a potential for secondary bacterial infections if birds are handled improperly. Thoroughly cooking the meat to an internal temperature of a minimum of 165°F is also advised.

What should I do if I shoot a bird that might have the virus?

Although wild turkeys cannot pass this virus on to humans, if you shoot a bird with lesions and you do not want to eat it, do NOT register it and please contact a Wildlife Biologist at one of the offices listed below or call the Department of Public Safety in Augusta at (800) 452-4664 to be connected with a Game Warden. After examining the bird, the Department staff member will determine your eligibility to harvest another turkey.

Where did the virus come from?

Little is known about the origin of LPDV in the United States. LPDV was first detected in domestic turkeys in Europe. The first confirmed case in the United Sates was in wild turkeys in Georgia in 2009.   MDIFW confirmed Maine’s first case of LPDV in April 2012. Since that time, we have confirmed several cases throughout the state. Currently, known cases occur virtually wherever wild turkeys are present. We speculate that a combination of a very good turkey production year in 2011 and the mild winter of 2011-2012 may have contributed to the apparent increase in occurrence recently. It is likely to be encountered in 2013 as well.

If you shoot or see a wild turkey with these lesions, please contact the IFW office closest to you. Visit the IFW website for telephone numbers and additional information.

Apr 222013

Junior Director Laurie McBurnie has asked us to note that an order for the memorial bricks will be placed soon. If you or your Grange want to get in on this springtime order they should get their information and payment to her right away. You can download the form here.

Apr 172013
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WWW–Webmaster Walter Writes!

Update, April 23–All’s well! The National Grange Website is back to full operation.


National Grange has advised that the National Website is currently “down” due to some repeated hacking… Fixing it and getting it back online is a top priority!

You may have seen a recent story in the news about hackers going after a number of WordPress sites with some degree of success and this appears to be related.

Those subordinate/community Granges that have claimed the site offered by National should be aware that this affects your site as well.

Let’s hope the problems are resolved quickly! Thanks for your patience… I know how frustrating it is when a web site doesn’t work! Thankfully, the Maine State Grange site remains unaffected.


Update on Thursday (April 18)… National Site is still not working–some information is being posted on the National Grange Facebook Page. Since not all members use Facebook or spend much time there, here is one note that appeared shortly after the site went down…

…if you need anything from the website, feel free to contact National Grange Program Assistant Austin Miller (amilleratnationalgrangedotorg) or National Grange Communications Director Amanda Brozana (abrozanaatnationalgrangedotorg) with your requests, and we will be sure to accommodate you.

Apr 172013
Lucille Webber, accordian player Lorraine Ouellette, and Holly Meserve

Lucille Webber, accordian player Lorraine Ouellette, and Holly Meserve

A very successful Open Meeting in conjunction with Grange Month was held at Danville Junction Grange in Auburn last week with fifty people in attendance.  The program was preceded by a delicious luncheon coordinated by Shirley Hatch and Karen Gagne.

After a welcome by Master Ed MacDonald, the Bible was opened and the flag presented.  The meeting was then turned over to Lecturer Glenys Ryder.

Musical entertainment was provided by Lorraine Ouellette on the accordian, who enlisted the musical talents of two of our members, Holly Meserve and Lucille Webber.  The rest of us helped her out by clapping and tapping our toes!  It was terrific!

A humorous classroom skit was presented by teacher Barbara Hardison and her unruly students, Gladys and Maynard Chapman, Luclle Webber, and Ed MacDonald.

Membership Certificate Recipients:  Shirley Hatch, Donald Proctor, and Cynthia Maxwell

Membership Certificate Recipients: Shirley Hatch, Donald Proctor, and Cynthia Maxwell

Membership Certificates were presented to Cynthia Maxwell (55 yrs.), Shirley Hatch and Donald Proctor (both 65 yrs.) by Jim Merserve of the Maine State Grange Executive Committee.

The Community Service Award was presented to Officer Tom Poulin of the Auburn Police Department in recognition of his service to the youth of Auburn.  A $50 donation was given to him for the Police Activities League (PAL) Center for children that is being established in Auburn.

An Appreciation Certificate was given to Barbara Hardison, our present treasurer, for her many years of service to the Grange.

It was an enjoyable evening  of food, fun, and fellowship!


Skit:  Maynard Chapman, Lucille Webber, Ed MacDonald (on floor), Gladys Chapman, and Barbara Hardison

Skit: Maynard Chapman, Lucille Webber, Ed MacDonald (on floor), Gladys Chapman, and Barbara Hardison

Apr 152013
Webmaster Walter Writes... WWW!

Webmaster Walter Writes… WWW!

You’d probably prefer that I don’t remind you that today is tax day, so instead we’ll get right to the business of talking about your Maine State Grange website! Before I start nagging, let me share some numbers with you.

If we consider this site something of a virtual Grange Hall, we can note that so far this year we’ve been averaging 60 visits per day! Imagine leaving your Grange Hall unlocked and seeing 60 people drop in during the course of a day. How cool would that be!? Yes, some are members–but not all. There’s really no way of knowing how that breaks down, but based on some of the submitted questions I get (and the search terms that bring people to the site) I can assure you there are a number of people visiting the site for information about the Grange that ranges from historical questions to how to rent (and in one case buy) a Grange Hall to what scholarships are available…

One of the exciting things happening recently is that several Granges have claimed their free website from National… and I congratulate those Granges and the folks in them who’ve “taken the plunge” and are willing to learn a little bit about how to maintain a site. The sites offered by National are very user-friendly–most of the work has already been done, so the challenge is reasonable and the benefits are many. Websites are about communication and anything you can do to improve communication among your members and communities is a big step forward. If you’re interested in getting started, you can contact National Grange or shoot me an email   (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  and I’ll help you get started.

Of course I’m being a little selfish, because once you have a site, you’ll understand some of the frustrations I face. One is that it’s hard to communicate without information! But you’ll also understand the rewards and I can assure you it’s rewarding when people use the site to learn things and share good news.

If you’ve been following this site, you know we recently underwent a major change in the way events are handled. The “bad” news is event postings are no longer automatically emailed to subscribers. The good news is events are much easier to find and can include a lot more detail… in fact, that visitor who wants to come to the public supper you are having can now have a map to your Grange. Oh, wait–that only works if you’ve submitted the address of your Grange with your event information. And if you have, that only works if you’ve used the 911 address. For example, Valley Grange is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road. But if you are using a GPS or the mapping program on the site to find it, you really want to know that Valley Grange is at 172 Guilford Center Road in Guilford Maine 04443.  So if I were submitting an event I’d include that address in every submission, because I know the webmaster can’t possibly remember the address of every Grange in Maine.

The devil is in the details. I’m working on a new submission page that will encourage you to remember to include them. It should be ready in a week or two, but many of you prefer just sending an email and that’s fine. Just make an effort to include all the information. Rudyard Kipling will help you:

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

If your Grange has it’s own website, include that address (URL) in the details you submit so those who are interested can find additional information. One other request: if you are emailing information or an article, please turn on your spell-check. Even that doesn’t guarantee everything will be write right. But it will help.

Think spring! It’s a time for growing… let’s not limit that growth to plants! We can grow communication, websites, and our Granges!