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Webmaster’s note: Surely there are more than 29 Granges doing community service in Maine! If you haven’t filled out an activity sheet, appoint yourself as the person to do it and download this very simple form. Instructions for returning are at the end of Christine’s post.


 

Hello Fellow Grangers,

The August 15 deadline has passed for judging, but we are short of the 25% goal by eight activity sheets.  If we are to reach our 50% goal we would need 45 activity sheets.  Here is a list of the Granges who have currently submitted books and/or activity sheets:

  1. Chelsea #255
  2. Meenahga #555
  3. North Scarboro #495
  4. Highland Lake # 87
  5. Wales Grange #40
  6. North Jay #10
  7. Oxford Pomona #2
  8. Norway #45
  9. Franklin #124
  10. Willow #366
  11. Cape Elizabeth #242
  12. White Rock #380
  13. York Pomona #14
  14. Piscataquis Pomona #11
  15. Cumberland & Oxford Union Pomona #21
  16. Hudson Grange #457
  17. Bear Mtn Grange #62
  18. Maple Grove #148
  19. Mount Etna #147
  20. Mystic Tie #58
  21. Valley Grange #144
  22. Knox Station Grange #579
  23. Farmington #12
  24. West Minot #42
  25. Enterprise #48
  26. Danville Junction #65
  27. Saco Grange #53
  28. Riverside Grange #475
  29. Bangor #372

I would like to sincerely thank all of those Granges who have submitted. Activity sheets can still be mailed directly to me but you need to hurry. We all have to band together to complete this goal.  Please everyone, let’s all work together and shine, shine, shine!

Christine Corliss
162 Center Road
Lebanon, ME 04027

or emailed to me as an attachment
christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)  .

Aug 312015
 
Harvest Home Grange #52 in Brooks has been in dire need of an exterior paint job for several years. August 29th saw a volunteer crew of Grange members and friends scraping and painting the building and re-furbishing the sign.  Thanks goes out to all the energetic volunteers who completed this very ambitious project in one day.

Harvest Home Grange #52 in Brooks has been in dire need of an exterior paint job for several years. August 29th saw a volunteer crew of Grange members and friends scraping and painting the building and re-furbishing the sign. Thanks goes out to all the energetic volunteers who completed this very ambitious project in one day.

Aug 292015
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

As Grangers, we’re rightfully proud of our history and heritage. Of course, we don’t have a monopoly on those qualities and the folks at the Dictionary Project have provided a great history lesson on “how books are made” in their most recent newsletter. One of the really awesome things about the article is it’s fully illustrated with lots of photos (and facts) of the process. Read the article by clicking here. And read to the end to learn how many books some presses can print per hour. Did I mention this is a great reminder that you should be planning your Words for Thirds Project? Hmmm… when you deliver your dictionaries to the kids, could you also give them a “mini-lesson” in how their dictionaries are made?

Speaking of publishing… a couple of months ago I received a call from a writer who is on my local media list. The monthly list of Grange events triggered her interest and we can fast forward to an extraordinary article about Granges in the Bangor Area in the September issue of Bangor Metro Magazine. The subscription copies are out and if it’s not on the newsstands now, it should be soon! I’m not sure when the issue is posted to their website, but we’ll keep checking and let you know when it’s there!

Aug 282015
 

Chris Hadsel, the author of Suspended Worlds, is familiar to many Grangers throughout New England due to her passion for curtains hung in Grange Halls, municipal buildings and theatres throughout the area. Chris has visited many halls and been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of those curtains. Her work and book were recently featured in an Associated Press article which you can read here.  This may be one of those projects that never ends!

Aug 202015
 

Parkman Grange members have announced a number of community and Grange events and projects planned throughout the fall. The first is their Fourth Annual Military Appreciation Supper on September 19, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  As a token of appreciation, the meal is served free to all active and retired military personnel. Others may attend by donation and any proceeds will be applied towards the much needed new roof for the hall. The menu will include ham, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, a choice of salads, casseroles and desserts.

The annual “Five Guns in Five Minutes” raffle is underway. Tickets are $10 and are available at KC’s Store in Parkman, Lovell’s Hardware and Herring Brothers Market in Guilford or by calling Don Pepin at 343-0274. The lucky winners will be drawn at the Grange’s annual Hunters’ Supper on November 14, 2015.

A goal of Parkman Grange is to encourage parents and children to read together, thus building a solid foundation for future success. Members of the Minnie Bridge Family provide the funds necessary to allow the Grange to provide pre-k students with a book bag and selection of books every fall. The Grange will also host a Halloween Party on October 31, 2015 that will include pizza, candy, and some surprises!

And, looking towards the Holiday Season,  Parkman Grange is planning to organize the Santa Project for MSAD 4 kids. The program provides warm winter coats and boots and a toy for eligible kids. This program is made possible by the support of many organizations and individuals and requires lots of effort. Support may be financial, but hands are also needed. Grange volunteers are already making plans—if you’d like to help in any way, please contact Susan Manchester at 277-3942. The Grange also makes a gift to the community with an annual Christmas Party, scheduled this year for December 12. The party gives kids the opportunity to complete easy craft projects that may become gifts for their family and friends. Cookies, spiced cider, and hot cocoa are also served and Santa and Mrs. Claus find time to visit,  listen to the children’s wishes, and pose for a photo or two.

In announcing these plans, Grange Master Susan Manchester noted, “Our plans would only be dreams were it not for the generosity and commitment of our members and the community. It is so rewarding to watch many groups and individuals come together in support of good work.” Manchester also noted that details will be announced as projects and events approach. The Grange also maintains a Facebook Page with information. All events are planned at the Parkman Grange Hall located at the junction of Route 150 and North Dexter Road in the center of town.

Aug 192015
 

MistakeWith regrets… in the article regarding Piscataquis Pomona Installation, the statement “re-elected officers do not need be installed” was incorrect. While an officer may remain in office until his or her successor is named, being re-elected means that officer is now succeeding him/herself and, therefore, should be installed for the new term. I regret the error and any confusion that might have resulted! The article has been changed to reflect the correct procedure but was released to subscribers with the error.

Aug 192015
 

by Walter Boomsma

The chicken dance didn't last long when the serving started!

The chicken dance didn’t last long when the serving started!

A warm summer’s eve didn’t discourage one member of Master Vicki’s Installation team from performing what might be referred to as a chicken pie dance when she learned what was for supper before the recent Piscataquis Pomona installation of officers. “Pomona members have pretty much figured out that a chicken pie supper is an effective incentive for the installation team making the long drive from southern Maine,” reported Bill Bemis, Pomona Master. “We love installation and believe it should a celebration with lots of fun, so a little dancing just makes sense.”

In addition to the Pomona, Garland, Valley, and South Sangerville Granges were represented at the installation celebration hosted by Garland Grange–famous in the area for all their suppers, typically attended by over 100 hungry diners.  In fact, one loyal public supper patron showed up for the Installation Chicken Pie Supper announcing he’d heard that,  “Anyone can come so I’m here.”

Many of the officers installed were relected, some holding the same office for a number of years. One officer commented, “No matter how many times you go through it’s still fun and it’s also to important to be reminded of our responsibilities.”

Merton Ricker was introduced as “the rookie” on the installation team, providing both music and his sense of humor. There are usually some jokes about southern Mainers pronunciation of “Piscataquis,” but Mert noted that “Sagadohoc isn’t exactly a piece of cake, either.” There are spelling bees… could there be a Grange Contest arranged about the correct pronunciation of Maine locations?

The “labors of the day” were completed in a timely and fun fashion and several folks went home with the few remaining pies. (Check the Maine State Grange event calendar for Garland’s next public supper… anyone can come!)

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Merton Ricker, Pauline Spencer, Nancy Clark, Ann Burns, Debbie Iverson, Mike Griffin, Vicki Huff with some of installation tools, regalia, and emblems.

 

Aug 172015
 

by Walter Boomsma with thanks to Grace Lommel, Wayside Grange member for information and photo

Photo from the now Wayside Grange Hall. "The scruffy face of Burts Bees."

Photo from the now Wayside Grange Hall. “The scruffy face of Burts Bees.”

There aren’t too many people who haven’t heard of “Burt’s Bees,” particularly in Maine. But there may not be a lot of people who know that Burt Shavitz, co-founder was once a North Dexter (Wayside) Granger. In fact, Burt attended the Dave Mello Blues Concert at his “home Grange” in May of this year. While at the Grange, he remembered exactly where his photo was hung, but admitted he couldn’t remember when it was taken.

Burt remained in Maine, living a clearly colorful and somewhat reclusive life. While I didn’t know him personally, I know several who did and they have shared some funny and interesting stories. Burt passed away this past July at age 80. While his obituary in the New York Times doesn’t mention his Grange membership, it is an interesting and entertaining tale of his life, his relationship with Roxanne Quimby, and the history of Burt’s Bees. Just to tweak your interest, one example of what you’ll learn is that for a time his two dogs were listed in the local telephone directory. He was not.

Read “Burt Shavitz, Scruffy face of Burts Bees dies at 80.”

Aug 172015
 
Thirty members of Danville Junction Grange met this last week at the Hatch Farm in Wales for their annual picnic.  It was a wonderful evening of delicious food, fun, and fellowship, as seen in the picture!

Thirty members of Danville Junction Grange met this last week at the Hatch Farm in Wales for their annual picnic. It was a wonderful evening of delicious food, fun, and fellowship, as seen in the picture!

A $300 scholarship was presented to Jacob Kobierski, son of Kim and John Kobierski, and grandson of Bill and Shirley Hatch.  Jake is going to be a junior at Framingham State College, majoring in business management.  He plays football and lacross and is involved in DECA, a business club.

A $300 scholarship was presented to Jacob Kobierski, son of Kim and John Kobierski, and grandson of Bill and Shirley Hatch. Jake is going to be a junior at Framingham State College, majoring in business management. He plays football and lacross and is involved in DECA, a business club.

Aug 152015
 

professor_with_pointer_display_400_clr_6645Please note that scholarship applications must be submitted by September 15, 2015. You can download the application, instructions and criteria here: Education Aid Application 2015 or visit the Program Books and Information Page. The application consists of two pages and should be printed front/back of one piece of paper. Don’t forget the application must be signed by the Master or Secretary of the applicant’s (or applicant’s parents) Grange.