Dec 022017
 

Christine Hebert1

Happy New Year Everyone! There are some exciting events coming up this year.

One event is on March 31, 2018, at Highland Lake Grange in Westbrook, Me. the Juniors and Youth will be teaming up for Public Speaking, Sing-A-Song and/or Sign the Alphabet. (Craft material will be provided in case we finish early.) A meal of mac & cheese with hot dogs will be served between 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Junior’s and youth who enter the contests eat for free—Adults $4.00. All proceeds go to the Youth Department.

All the Junior Members should be working on all the events that they choose to enter. Remember to bring a Friend!

Make sure you are looking over your new program books, I would love to see at least five Creative Writing Entries using this year’s theme:  Stand Up and Speak Out for the Junior Grange.

And eight Creative Art Projects, showing what the theme means to you—be as creative as you can, and remember to look at your programs for the rules. Programs are available if you need one just contact me at (207) 743-5277.

 

Nov 182017
 

Meenahga Grange member Laurie McBurnie presents a $300 check to Nobleboro Central School’s Battle of the Bookers club. Front from left: Izzy Peterson, Cheyenne Wadford, Paige Lafrenaye, Olivia Stiles, Dante Maskell, and McBurnie. Back: Alden Hunold, Ivan Coffin, Ben Sawyer, William Sherrill, and John Rice. (Paula Roberts photo)

Meenahga Grange, of Waldoboro, donated $300 to Nobleboro Central School’s Battle of the Books teams. The money is to be used to purchase books for the AOS 93 program.

“We appreciate the support of the Meenahga Grange for our Battle of the Books effort this year,” said NCS librarian Kris Harriman, who co-coached the teams last year with eighth-grade teacher Laurie Stiles. “Our students already are thrilled and ready to start reading.”

Teams consist of four to six students each. Nobleboro fielded three teams last school year and captured three of the top four spots in the competition for grades six through eight at Lincoln Academy. The sixth-grade team, The Professors, placed first; The Bucket Squad came in third, and The Lit Squad took fourth.

The winning team won gift cards from Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. All students received T-shirts and celebrated with a pizza party after the competition. The LA library staff and student aides hosted the event. Pizza was donated by The Penalty Box, Hilltop Stop in Damariscotta, and the Newcastle Publick House.

The five AOS 93 schools will compete this season. Schools pick a book each to read. Students then write trivia questions about each book. Librarians and Lincoln Academy staff then pick the best questions from each book for the trivia competition. “The better the question, the more likely you will get your own question,” a Nobleboro student said.

Last year students read “Misadventures of the Family Fletcher,” “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler,” “Crossover,” and “American Born Chinese.”

Sample questions from “American Born Chinese” include: Why did Gin change his hair? What did Tim say when Gin was first introduced to class? What does Gin turn into and why?

Nobleboro teams met every Friday at lunch last year and practiced by forming questions and asking other teams in their school to answer them.

“Part of it is to get books into students’ hands. Lincoln Academy is a big help. They donate one book and we have to buy the other three,” Harriman said.

Part of the fun of the Battle of the Books competition is to dress up in costumes. The Professors dressed up in lab coats and safety glasses, and the Great Salt Bay Community School team dressed like the Fletcher family.

This year’s Battle of the Books event is scheduled for March 23, 2018 at Lincoln Academy. LA students will moderate the event.

Nov 172017
 

Master Sherry reports from National Grange Convention, “Under this whipped cream is Jimmy Owens, Priest Analyst and State EC Member of Maine, on the receiving end of the pie in the face fundraiser for the youth dept. at National Grange.  Amanda Brozana Rios held the winning ticket and she asked Lew Bryson to assist.  High Priest Bruce Croucher and Preist Archon Roger Bostwick were also recipients.”

Oct 092017
 

Christine Hebert1

Congratulations to Hailey Pike for winning 3rd place “Make a Boat that floats” in the (New England Grange Building Junior Project) Nice job Hailey!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, may we be thankful and grateful for the food and fellowship we share, and let us remember to keep our southern friends (Those who were affected by hurricanes) in our prayers and our hearts.

Download the 2018 Junior Program from the Maine State Grange website, check out the new contests, along with the location for our Junior Camp! (We will be visiting the Maine State Museum.)

MSG Junior Program 2017-2018

Sep 042017
 

Christine Hebert1

It’s that time of the year to start looking at the leaves for making your “fall place mat.”

Contest Rules for Fall Place Mat: Using real fall colored leaves, glue leaves to a piece of construction paper, let dry. Using clear self-adhesive contact paper, place your construction paper with dried leaves (leaf side down) on the sticky side of the contact paper, do the same for the other side of construction paper. You can add other items for a border. (Like construction paper, ribbon, rope, etc.) Remember to attach an entry form.

Other Contest to be judged at State Session are:

  • Bread Dough Ornament: For bread dough use two slices of bread, remove crust, tear the bread into small pieces and put them in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of white glue, and mix together with a spoon. Work the dough into a ball with your hands until smooth and elastic. Press dough out on waxed paper, draw and cut out your ornament, make a hole (for hanging) with a tooth pick and let dry. Once dry, detail it any way you would like to. Make sure you thread a piece of yarn through the hole for hanging and place your label on it.
  • Decorated Squash:   Squash may be any type and decorated in any way. Do Not Carve or Cut!  Squash does not have to be grown by the person entering the contest. Open to all Grange members. (Attach an entry form.)

All entries are due to the Junior Table before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 19. Judging will soon follow.

On a lighter note: It has been a pleasure being the Maine State Junior Director.

Aug 032017
 

Christine Hebert1Contest Winners

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 5-7

  • First place-Reagan Crockett

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 8-11

  • First place-Carter Pike
  • Second place-William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place-Cameron Rae
  • Participant-Hailey Pike

Stick Frame with Picture,  Ages 8-11

  • First place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Second place–Hailey Pike
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Ag Stick Frame with Picture, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants–Elijah Benn, William Stinson-Barone

Creative Writing, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Hailey Pike
  • Second place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Creative Writing, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette

Birdseed Mobile, Ages 8-11

  • First place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Second place–Elijah Benn
  • Third place–Rowen O’Hanlon

Birdseed Mobile, Ages12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Hailey Pike, Carter Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Carter Pike
  • Second place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place–Hailey Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Rowen O’Hanlon, Elijah Benn

Congratulations to all our winners and participants. Nice work kids!!!

Contest reminders:

Because of our friendly pest at Junior Camp our Bread Dough Ornament Contest will be judged at Maine State Convention in October along with the Fall Place Mats and Decorated Squash. Check the Juniors Program for rules and regulations. Decorated Squash is open to all Grange members.

All entries need to be at the Junior’s table by 10:00 am on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

 

Jul 152017
 


The July Issue of the National Grange Newsletter is now available. This issue is jam-packed with information and articles like:

  • Let Your Voice be the Reason for Change
  • Three More Interns Join National Office in July
  • Fun 150th Birthday T’s Are Here
  • Donate So They Get Pie’d
  • Recognition Program Unveiled for Legacy Grange Families
  • Online Membership Database, A Step Towards Better Communication
  • Promo Kit on Sale for Summer Fairs
  • Great American Quilt & Handicraft Expo
  • Seeking to Promote Your Sesquicentennial Items
  • Lecturer’s Contest Soon to Close
  • Youth: Learning to Serve
  • Junior Ambassador an Asset
  • Healthcare: Where Are We Now?
  • 2017 Four-Minute-Movie-Contest

Read the July Issue of The Patrons Chain

 

Jun 272017
 

The information following is reprinted from the July-September Lecturers’ Newsletter by Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer. You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Program Books and Information Page.

The theme for 2017– 2018 will be the following quote:

“FAMILY is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. “

Author Unknown

September 1, 2017  —  GRANGE BOOK READING CLUB ENTRIES DUE

List sent or emailed to the State Lecture. Please put “books” on the outside of the envelope or on the subject line.

GROUPS: Subordinate Members & Junior Members 5-9 & 10-14 (age Oct 1 of current year)

All entries MUST include: Name, Address, Grange Name & Number

Total number of Books read & Total number of pages read

List all books separately include: Title, Author, and Number of pages

September 30, 2017  — The Maine Lecturers’ Conference will be held at Topsham Grange from 9:30 until 11:30.

The agenda for the day will include a review of new programs and awards for the poetry, skit and story writing contests as well as the book reading contest. The annual Talent Contest will also be held.

The Talent Contest is open to all Subordinate Grange members (you may use Junior members in your act.)

Categories include: vocal, instrumental, or variety acts

Judging will be done with one winner as Best in Show. Time limit: six (6) minutes.

The winner of the Maine Talent Contest will be eligible to participate in the “Night of Excellence” at National Grange in November.  Ability to attend National Grange is not required to enter this contest.

Jun 152017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

We had seven Juniors attend camp this year. It started out with a friendly game of Frisbee where everyone got to meet each other. We worked on several of our crafts throughout the day and many more. I think the pictures on the website speak for themselves. One of the crafts we made was the Bread Dough Ornament where it starts out with tearing up two slices of bread and adding glue to it. We set it out to dry and a dog got into it and ate a couple of them, so we had the juniors (that had been eating) make theirs over.

We were joined by our Maine State Grange Master: Rick Grotton—who got to see us make and enjoy our S’mores Bars. The winners of this contest were: Carter Pike and Jillian Frechette, Congratulations!

Our guided tour started out with candle making, then proceeded with a scavenger hunt in the barn where we learned how to strip corn from the cob, then off to the mill we went where we got to see how they put together a dry barrow. It was a hands-on event making the cover, everyone had to sign the cover and we got to keep it. Then off to the shingle shed we went and learned how to make shingles. We finished up at the homestead where we took a tour of and learned how to churn butter and make corn muffins. We finished the tour by eating the muffins we made. Sister Sherry Harriman joined us near the end of the tour and got to enjoy a corn muffin we had made.

We finished up with going to Norway Grange #45 where we put on a supper for the members. Each junior got a chance to memorize the junior’s pledge and did some creative writing. We set the tables, served the members, and enjoyed a nice dinner. After cleaning up we returned to Scribner’s Mill for some free time.

On Sunday, we woke up to find that a raccoon had gotten into the tent and helped himself to all of the ornaments and other items. We have decided that we will be changing the due date of this contest to October at the State session.

New friends were made, lots of laughter shared and a great time was had by all.

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May 142017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I am pleased to hear all you juniors are working hard on your projects, and this is the year our juniors are going to shine.

Remember:  I need pictures from adults showing our juniors hard at work, or just having fun. I do have some pictures but need more.

The list of projects that need to be at Family Camp Out on Saturday, July 15, 2017, before 9:00 am for judging are as follows:

  • Bread dough ornament
  • Stick frame with picture
  • Birdseed mobile
  • Your boat that floats.

Many Hands make light work.

Our Boats are “sailing across America”