Jun 202017
 

Imagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop ‘n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, 2017.  The second announces that Will’s Shop ‘n Save was the Small Business Administration’s Business of the Year in 2016.

The store and its owners are well-known throughout the area for their support of the community in part because they are truly part of the community. How many grocery stores do you know that actually have a small food cupboard run by two young kids?! (Check out the cover photo on their Facebook Page.) Melissa and Will are two very thoughtful people and great examples of the fact that pride and humility are not in opposition to each other. We’ll congratulate them again–and says “thanks” for acknowledging Valley Grange’s award!

Jun 122017
 

Jefferson firefighter Don Hastings was presented with a Spirit of America Award on Thursday, June 8 at Willow Grange in Jefferson. Hastings was recognized for his service to the town of Jefferson.

Hastings grew up in Tallman, N.Y., where he was a junior fireman until he moved to Spring Valley, N.Y., where he served as deputy chief from 1960-1962 and chief from 1962-1964.
Then he was hired as the Rockland County fire coordinator and managed the fire mutual aid system, the fire dispatch system, and operations at the Rockland County Fire Training Center.

He retired in 1991 and moved to Jefferson, Maine. He immediately signed on with Jefferson Fire and Rescue. After discovering that firefighters in Lincoln County did not have advanced training available to them, Hastings began to arrange training at Rockland County’s large training facility. He worked with the Lincoln County Fire Chiefs Association and Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Gerry Silva to arrange bus transportation to New York so hundreds of Lincoln County firefighters could receive training.

Lincoln County firefighters formed a bond with firefighters from Rockland County, which led to the donation of used fire equipment, including trucks, to departments in Lincoln County.
Hastings was a “very vivid supporter of the formation” of the Lincoln County Fire Academy, Lincoln County Fire Academy President Dave Pratt said. The first class to graduate from the Lincoln County Fire Academy was in 2007, and the Academy recognized Hastings’ work by presenting an award in his name to one of the graduates, John Roberts, a member of Willow Grange.
Hastings thoroughly enjoyed the evening, often interrupting to tell a story or recognize a fellow firefighter. Roll call was by fire department: Jefferson, 17; Waldoboro, 2; Damariscotta, 2; Bremen, 2; and Thomaston, 1. There were also 14 Grangers from Willow (3 are firefighters), one member of Chelsea Grange and ten guests.


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Jun 102017
 

Nine Grangers and friends spent two days recently at Maple Grove #148 meeting hall preparing 12 quilts for Project Linus. They will be donated to Center for Grieving Children in Portland.
Pictured here are Pauline Spencer, White Rock Grange, Norma Haines, Mount Etna Grange, Jackie Morgan, Lyn Carter and Ann Burns, Maple Grove Grange. Back row: Sue Farrington, Edie Maynard, and Holly Welch all of Maple Grove. Absent when photo was taken, Pat Smart, of Bridgton.

Jun 052017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director
 

Community Service Corner

Summer is just around the corner and hopefully with it the warmer weather. I hope everyone’s gardens are planted and everyone planted a few extra for donating to a local food pantry or neighbor who you know is not able to plant. We are getting closer and closer to another State Session and contest deadlines.  Remember Community Service Books are due to me by August 15, 2017. The easiest way for me to receive them is to mail them directly to me: Christine Corliss, 162 Center Road, Lebanon, ME 04027. If you do not do a Community Service Book at least send in the Activity Sheet a copy can be printed from the Maine State Grange Website or you can email me directly at Christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (Christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   and I will forward one over to you.

Family, Health & Hearing

August is World Humanitarian Awareness Month, National Immunization Month, National Goat Cheese Month and Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, just to name a few.  Have a local farmer bring in Goat Cheese and discuss how it is made and its benefits vs processed cheese.  Bring in a local person and open your Grange Hall to discuss the importance of immunizations in regards to the spread of diseases who have long since become almost dormant due to vaccinations.

No matter what you do bring awareness to your Grange, promote education to your community, and always have fun.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

May 312017
 

By Walter Boomsma
Communications Director

After research and testing, we’re ready to roll out a new way for Grangers and friends to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website. Here’s the why and how!

The Why

The subscription service we’ve been using (Feedburner by Google) has served us well but is not particularly user-friendly. More importantly, we have almost no access to the data—I truly have no idea how many subscribers we have and who they are!

Our new service is available through MailChimp. In addition to being very user-friendly, we gain some flexibility in how posts are sent–for example, you’ll now receive excerpts instead of complete posts. That’ll make your emails shorter and more manageable.

The How

If you are not currently subscribed, this is very simple. Subscribing is a two-step process. First, you click this link (also found at the top center of the Maine State Grange website) to open a form asking for some basic data. When you click “Subscribe” an email will be sent to the email address you entered on the form. You must confirm your subscription by clicking the link in that email. That’s it!

If you are currently subscribed, please subscribe using the new system as described in the previous paragraph. Unless you want to continue to receive two emails, there is one additional step required. You’ll need to “unsubscribe” to the Feedburner service. This is easily accomplished by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive listing Google in the footer at the end of the email.

Optional Detailed Instructions

I’ve prepared a one-page document with illustrations that describes these steps in detail. You can access it with this direct link or by visiting the Program Books and Information Page. If you have questions, you can email the webmaster or comment on this post—chances are others will have the same question! (Click the comments button in the upper-right corner.)

Know also that once all the fundamentals are in place, we will continue to adjust and tweak the service. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful.

May 272017
 

Members of the Ocean View Grange #463 replaced American flags on Veterans’ graves at the Ridge Cemetery in Tenants Harbor, Maine on May 20, 2017. We had help from some members of the Port Clyde Sailing Club. This is always a somber and rewarding function to honor those who served us and our country.

May 262017
 

On May 16, Mill Stream Grange members (l to r) Pat Rawson, Jill Sampson, Lisa Goucher and Carole O’Connell helped Gordon Webber (far right) place flags on veteran’s graves at the Franklin Cemetery in Vienna as a community service project. Note: If any family member or friend notices that their loved one who served was missed, please contact Gordon at 293-2275 or Jill 293-4960 and they will place the flag and add the name to the list for the future

May 122017
 

 

May 072017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Spring has arrived.  Everyone should have that lighthearted feeling with the sun shining, birds singing and crocus’s blooming. What a great time to get out there and spread some spring cheer with community service.  Remember even though spring is just arriving, soon it will be the end of summer and contest items will be due. Please make sure you are looking for that Fire Fighter, Teacher or Police Officer of the Year in your area. Put those books together for all the community service your Grange has been doing and don’t forget Family, Health & Hearing Reports.  All items are due to the Community Service Committee by August 15, 2017. If anyone needs help with any of these items, filling out the forms or just questions in regards please feel free to contact me.  Email is the easiest option christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or via cell phone 207-651-6494.  Just remember have some fun!!

Family, Health & Hearing

July is National Park Month, National Hot Dog Day (7/23), National Picnic Month, UV Safety Awareness Month.   Try combining all of these items into one fun-filled day.  Invite the community to a meet and greet at your local park, make it a picnic where everyone brings an item, have your Grange serve hot dogs and don’t forget to promote the sunscreen to protect against UV rays.  Put together games, scavenger hunts and social time.  Just remember have fun.  Smile and Enjoy.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

May 062017
 

By Walter Boomsma,
MSG Communications Director

Check out this feature article in the Bangor Daily News Homestead Supplement! Granges featured in the article include Halcyon in Blue Hill, Fairview in Smithfield, and Valley in Guilford. I might be a little biased, but I think it is one of the most positive and well-documented articles we’ve seen recently. How cool is it to see a headline announcing that Maine Granges are making a comeback?

Grangers in the BDN coverage area may want to pick up a copy of the weekend edition, including the Homestead Edition. You can also read the entire article online. Feel free to add a comment to the article, letting folks know what your Grange is doing–several Grangers have already done that! (Make sure to mention the name of your Grange and community!)