I, Agnes would like to respond to the State Master’s remarks in the February bulletin about how many of his ancestors were Grange members, My great, great grandfather was George Clements one of the charter members of the Maine State Grange and gatekeeper from 1874-1877. My grandfather and grandmother, Harold and Agnes Clements, were Deputies of the Maine State Grange in the 1950s. He was a member of the Executive Committee from 1952-1962. At the time they were Deputies, my grandfather did Installation of Officers. My mother played the piano and my sisters and I helped as regalia bearers as part of the installing team. My mother, Marjorie Larrabee was a member of the Maine State CWA Committee late 1980s early 1990s. My brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Joyce Larrabee are past Maine State Grange Ag-Committee Directors. There must be grange members out there who served with some of them on committees locally or at the State level?
The signs of Spring are showing up all around. The deer and turkeys are coming out. We have a Great Horned Owl spending a great deal of time hunting in the field behind our house. We saw a flock of robins this morning. A flock of geese flew over today. The snow is about all gone and there is hardly any frost in the ground. The sap is running and the maple sugarhouses are very busy at this time. Maine’s annual open house Maple Sugar Sunday is March 25th. Visit a location near you to see sap being gathered, syrup being boiled down and samples to be tasted. A fun time for all!
It is time for the students applying for the Ag-Scholarship to get their applications in to the State Grange. The deadline is April 30, 2012 for applications. If you know of any eligible students please encourage them to apply.