Sep 302014

Submitted by the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society

The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society is having two programs that might interest grange members.  On Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., Chris Hadsel from Curtains Without Borders will present her program  “Suspended Worlds: Historic Theatre Scenery in Maine,”about historic painted theatre curtains.  We will have the curtain from the Hollis I.O.O.F. hall on display.  We also have a “Grange curtain” in Buxton; it is displayed at the Saco River Theatre (formerly Saco River Grange Hall). thank one can’t be removed, but I am sure that we could get permission to do so some time if your members are interested in seeing it.

The second program I thought might interest you will be on Saturday, November 8,beginning at 5:00p.m. with a light supper.Our speaker will be John Bunker, Jr., Maine’s own heritage apple historian. His program will be  The History of Apples in York County: Searching for the Harmon and Narragansett Apples, Last Seen in York County!

John moved to Palermo, Maine in the 1970s and promptly fell in love with apples. He capitalized on this interest by becoming the coordinator of Fedco Trees, a division of Fedco (a Maine cooperative seed company). He has since become a champion of finding and preserving heirloom varieties of apples. John is the author of  Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples & Orchards of Palermo, Maine 1804-2004,  an excellent resource in which he uses the town of Palermo and anecdotes from its residents as a lens to tell the history of apples in Maine. Many of the varieties he has encountered are described and illustrated in the book. Renew your acquaintance with your old apple trees and bring samples to show John; he d love to see them. If you have a story to match, all the better! John would like to visit farms and apple trees in the area earlier in the day of the program searching for unidentified apple trees. He would also love to have you bring apples to the meeting for him to identify! Please let us know if you would like to have him visit your trees and/or orchards leave a message at BHHS: 929-1684. The evening is also be our Annual Meeting and will include a short business meeting.

We ask for donations for these events in order to support our “new” history center, which we are restoring, and to build and display exhibit areas for both permanent and temporary collections, as well as for general operating costs. Suggested donations are $10;$8 for seniors.

Both events will be held at the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society History Center, 100 Main Street (Route 4A), Buxton, Maine 04093.

Sep 302014

Submitted by Glenys Ryder

A three-grange Installation of Officers was held on Thursday, September 25, at Danville Junction Grange #65.  New Norlands Grange in East Livermore and Androscoggin Grange in Greene were invited to join Danville Junction for this event.

Maine State Grange Master Victoria Huff, assisted by Christine Hebert, and her installing team performed the  ceremony.

State Officers present were Master Victoria Huff, Steward Adrian Griffin, Flora Debra Ivers, Pomona Roberta Meserve, and Executive Committee Members Nancy Clark and Glenys Ryder.

A delicious potluck supper was served prior to the meeting to over sixty members and guests.  A regular meeting of Danville Junction Grange was held following the installation.

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Sep 292014

submitted by Glenys Ryder

Danville Junction Grange 65 was proud to receive two awards at Oxford County Fair this fall.  Their Agricultural Exhibit was awarded first place in the contest, while the Domestic Exhibit won second place.  Many Danville members contributed items to these colorful exhibits.Danville 0914B

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Sep 272014

The National Farm to School Network advocated for the creation of National Farm to School Month and now organizes the annual celebration in partnership with dozens of partner organizations. National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.

For more information about Farm to School Month 2014, including resources, a chance to win $1,000 for your farm to school project and other ways to get involved click here.


Sep 262014

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This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of banned pesticides or unusable pesticides.

This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. To qualify, people must register by September 26, 2014.

It’s common for homes and farms to have unintentional hazardous waste-banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable-sitting around in basements, garages, or barns. These chemicals can be difficult and expensive to dispose of; DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb stressed the importance of proper disposal of banned or unwanted pesticides.

“It’s important for the protection of public, wildlife, and environmental health that these products are dealt with properly and not thrown in the trash or down the drain, where they can contaminate land and water resources, including drinking water,” said Commissioner Whitcomb. “People holding these chemicals should contact the BPC as soon as possible to register for the October collection.”

The collected chemicals go to out-of-state disposal facilities licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency where they are incinerated or reprocessed.

Registration by September 26, 2014, is mandatory-drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Website or call 207-287-2731.

The Maine Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, jointly sponsored by the BPC and DEP, and paid for entirely through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 90 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.

Sep 262014

By Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorJr. Logo

The results from the Junior Grange Craft contest at the Big E are in. This year’s craft was Recycled Plastic Lid Craft. Youngsters had to make something using plastic lids (additional items allowed).

I am pleased to announce that Maine had 3 winners. William Stinson-Barone placed 3rd in the 5-7 year old division; Tacoma Thompson placed 2nd for ages 8-11; and Todd Edgerley placed 3rd for the 12-14 year old division.

Congratulations to these three Junior Grangers as well as the others from Maine who had entries.

Sep 222014

from Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Directory

Calling all Granges who have not sent in an Activity Sheet for Community Service.  Please, Please, Please send one in.  We need three more to meet our goal of 25%.  I have received 30 out of 130.  If you could please mail them directly to my home address of 162 Center Road Lebanon, ME 04027, to my attention: Christine Corliss it would be most appreciated.

Remember, the simple form you need can be found and printed from the 2013-2014 Community Service Book.


Sep 202014
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Jean Lawrence, right, was surprised and honored to be selected the 2014 recipient of Meenahga Grange’s Community Citizen Award. Lillian Dolloff made the presentation on Sept. 8. (LCN photo, D. Lobkowicz)

On Sept. 8 at a gathering of nearly 60 community members at Meenahga Grange hall in Waldoboro celebrating “Grange, Masons and the Museum: Sharing History,” Waldoborough Historical Society president Jean Lawrence was truly surprised when the grange presented her with its Community Citizen Award. (Not even her husband knew about it.)

This is a National Grange award which recognizes outstanding service of non-Grange members as they volunteer their time to the community.

In presenting the award to Lawrence, Lillian Dolloff briefly mentioned some of her contributions to the community. Jean is a retired teacher, chairing the Language Arts Department at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro where she served on numerous committees. Dolloff recalls when, after being asked when she was going to retire, Lawrence replied that she might as well keep on teaching since she got paid for that, and she would just do volunteer work when she retired. She knew she wasn’t going to sit around.

She is secretary and editor or the Waldoboro Friends of the Library; Literacy teacher; an active member of the retired teachers group; one of the leaders of the campaign for a new library building; a published author; Lay Leader, choir member, Bible study teacher and floral arranger at the Waldoboro United Methodist Church; Past President of the Waldoboro United Methodist Women; secretary of the Waldoboro Women’s Club and the German Church Auxiliary and leader of book club discussions. Her most recent undertaking is that as president of the historical society.

With all these credentials, and others, Jean Lawrence is most deserving to be recognized as a Community Citizen.


Sep 192014

Many are aware of the work of Chris Hadsel and Curtains Without Borders. Chris has spent lots of time and energy documenting and encouraging the preservation of the curtains found in Grange Halls and other public buildings throughout New England. As just one example, when the West Paris Grange Hall was sold to the American Legion, Chris helped save the curtains–even to the point of helping to load them into a U-Haul. They traveled to Wardsboro Vermont where they will be conserved and some will be permanently placed on stage. Ironically, there is another set of curtains by the same artist “just up the road.” When efforts are complete the artist’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren will come to see his work.

Chris is publishing a book “Suspended Worlds” that is a “visually brilliant celebration of historic state scenery from norther New England.” In appreciation of Chris’s work on behalf of these Grange Treasures, we have created a posted an information sheet with an advanced order form: Order Form — Suspended Worlds. You can also access this from the “Program Books and Information” tab–Look under Miscellaneous Documents.

Sep 182014

November may seem a long way off, but as nights get chilly it’s time to start thinking about your trip to Sandusky Ohio to attend National Grange Conference. National Grange has made  a paper registration form for this year’s convention available. They prefer that all attending register online but recognize the challenges this presents for some. Please note that the Youth MUST register online using the form designated for them.

The deadline for securing a room at the Convention Hotel is October 10, so you should start planning your trip soon.

For links to online registration forms, a link to the Seventh Degree application and a printable convention schedule please visit the National Grange website at: You may download the paper registration form from the Maine State Grange website:

148th National Grange Convention Registration Form

Note this information will remain posted on the Conference Page so you can find it easily! Just scroll down past State Convention information.