Apr 152017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

By the time some of your read this article the Variety Show fundraiser for 2017 will be in the books.  If by chance you’re reading this online, the Variety Show is on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.

Looking ahead we have a Yard Sale at State Grange HQ on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We’re again seeking donations of gently used items for us to resale.  You will need to contact State Grange HQ at 1-800-464-3421 to arrange a time to drop your items off.  We may be able to arrange pick up of some items.  Gently used clothing is acceptable, but please no exercise equipment or old TVs.  A light lunch will also be available.

We’re also renting tables for $20.00 if you would like to sell your stuff that day as well.  Please contact Steven Haycock at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   by June 21 to rent a table.

Please keep in mind that we know have a supply of the green agricultural pride t-shirts $12.00, & Grange car magnets for $3.00.  If you would like to order on of these items contact me at the information above.

Mar 172017

By Marilyn Stinson

Exciting times coming to Enterprise Grange. We are Do-ers at 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, ME. Contact Marilyn Stinson, beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom  (beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom)  ,  737-2611 or on facebook.

April is ‘Grange Month’ and lots of activities are planned. ‘Art by the Kennebec’ and ‘Art in the Schools Month’ will be celebrated April 1st & 2nd . Sat from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday from 1:00-4:00. Free for the exhibit, art will be for sale.

Dresden Elementary students and some RHS/RMS students will have exhibits as well as Scott MacMaster, Lawreston Crute (Distinctive Views) and Grangers with photos, Jim Decker, Ernest Deraps and Samantha Merrill with their paintings, Brian Seigars and his drawings, Melanie Stout with stained glass, Janet Clement with quilts, and SpinOff creations.! Jim will be painting as the days go by – interesting to watch his work come together.

Free coffee all day and baked stuff for sale to benefit Building Fund. Check out Enterprise Grange #48 Facebook page and see what will be there.

Saturday, April 15 is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & egg hunt. From 7:00 – 10:00 am. Pancakes & eggs, $5.00 per person with family rates.

Scott MacMaster will be taking pictures with the Easter Bunny; donations for the pictures will benefit Grange charities – Barbara Bush Hospital, Home for Little Wanders and House in the Woods.

Then, to top off the month with Awards Day!! Laurie Saunders has been chosen to receive the Community Citizen Award for Richmond, and David Probert for Dresden. Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. Free, followed by Birthday Cupcakes.

We have been donated items for a raffle to benefit the Building Fund (we need new roof, tighter windows, and more handicap access) A quilted throw from Janet Clement, value $150.00, a ‘Canvas Wrap’ photo from Maine Made Photos with $50.00 value and gift  certificate to Village Café for $25.00. Expected donations for the tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. Tickets will be sold during every activity until the drawing on Awards Day.

FMI Marilyn Stinson, 737-2611

Mar 162017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

We’ve got about a month to go before the Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.  The date is Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The admission fee will be $6.00.  There will be a raffle with items donated by local businesses, and during intermission Ruby Bryant is coordinating refreshments featuring slices of pie.  We are starting to get some nice acts signed up, thanks to Merton Ricker who is our recruiter-in-chief.  If you have a talent and you would like to share it, please contact me as soon as possible as Merton will be in Japan.  (Don’t worry he’ll be back in time for the show.)  Also, do you own a local business?  Want some free advertisement, consider donating something to the raffle?  We will mention you in the program for the night, and on the State Grange Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds from the Variety Show will be donated to the Maine State Grange’s scholarship funds; agriculture, educational aid, and Howe’s nurses.

On June 24, 2017, we will be holding a yard sale at State Grange HQ from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are seeking attic treasures and other gently used items. Also, you can join us, we are renting tables for $20.00. We will be selling lunches and having a cooked food table as well.  More information coming soon!

I’m so happy to say we have gotten a supply of the Agricultural Pride t-shirts in for sale.  These are the green t-shirts we were showing at State Grange! They depict a farmer standing in corn field and the caption says, “Farmers… Outstanding in Their Field.”  These t-shirts don’t promote Grange, so they are suitable for anyone, especially those interested in agriculture.  The cost is $12.00 and we have sizes Medium – 4X.  We can ship these to you if you would like for an additional $5.00.

We also have the Grange car magnets back in stock for $3.00.  These are not only great on your vehicle, but also on mailboxes, metal doors, refrigerators, and similar items.  These make great gifts and are also a super promotional tool.  We can also ship these to you for $1.00.

If you would like to purchase one of the above items or have any questions about the Variety Show or Yard Sale, please contact me at 998-2586 or Granger04071ataoldotcom  (Granger04071ataoldotcom)  .

Feb 152017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a talent??

  • So far, we have around four acts for the Variety Show on April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange, so we still very much need your help to fill out the program.  We’re looking for singers, dancers, musicians, skits, & comedy acts.  Don’t forget also at the show we will have a raffle for items donated by local businesses, delicious refreshments and more.


  • The work is progressing on the cookbooks, and my goal is to have them available for sale at the Variety Show.  There will be three separate cookbooks, Appetizers & Main Dishes, Desserts, & Pickles and Preserving.  Be sure to plan on picking up the whole set.

Ag Pride T-Shirts:

  • The Agricultural Pride T-Shirts have come in and I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Car Magnets:

  • The Grange car magnets are back and have come in.  I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Yard Sale:

  • The fundraising committee will be having a yard sale at State Grange HQ on June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We are again asking people to donate some attic treasures for us to sell.  We will also be renting tables for individuals or Granges that would like to join us.  Lunch will also be available.  Save the date and more information will be available soon.
Jan 132017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a pen ready?  Here are two dates you need add to your calendar:

  • April 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Variety Show at Topsham Grange
  • June 24th 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Yard Sale at State Grange HQ

We are still searching for acts for the variety show, so if you have some talent and would like to share please contact me.  We will also be having raffles and selling pie for refreshments.

For the yard sale, we are asking members to donate gently used items for us to sell.  Please contact State Grange HQ or me to set up times to drop your items off.  We may also be able to arrange to pick up some items.  We are going to be renting tables out as well. Each table will be $15.00 and approximately feet long.  You can sell whatever items you wish on your table, but please remember that this will be advertised as a yard sale, so yard sale items/pricing is what the customers will be expecting.  Please contact me to rent a table.

We have received a new shipment of the Grange car magnets, and I will have them with me to sell as I travel to Grange meetings.  I should also have some of the Agricultural Pride green t-shirts available as well.


Dec 202016

By Steve Haycock, Fundraising Committee Chairman

Happy New Year to you and your families.  The fundraising committee has many events planned for 2017.  Last September we had a successful Variety Show held at Topsham Grange which raised around $400.00.  We had so much fun and such a positive response from those that attended that we’ve decided to it again.

This year’s variety show will be again held at Topsham Grange on April 29, 2017 (the fifth Saturday) at 6:00 p.m.  Admission price for the show will be $6.00.  Like last year there will be an intermission with slices of pie for sale.  We are again in search of people to perform, we’re looking for singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and anything in between.  Performers do not need to be Grange members.  All acts do need to be family friendly and we’ve decided not to have any creature acts this year.

We will be soliciting business to donate items to raffle off that evening.  If any member has a business or knows a business owner and would like to donate an item, it would be greatly appreciated.  I want to take a moment to thank all the Pomona and individuals who donated items for us to raffle at last year’s show.

This event will only be a success if we work together to find acts, solicit businesses, donate pies, and most importantly promote and attend the show.

For more information or to volunteer to help please contact me at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)  .  You can also check the Maine State Grange Facebook page for updates as well.

Webmaster’s note: A poster for the event is available for download and printing in the fundraising section of the Program Books and Information Page

Dec 152016


By Norma Meserve, Fundraising Committee Member

As 2016 is coming to a close and we look toward the new year, the fundraising committee is moving forward with several projects.

One of our big fundraisers for 2016 was the State Grange sponsored variety show. This was so much fun that we have decided to do it again in 2017. So mark your calendars! The variety show will be held on Saturday, April 29th (the 5th Saturday) at 6:00 pm at Topsham Grange. We are once again looking for acts for this event. So if you have a hidden talent or know someone who does please let us know. You do not have to be a grange member to perform or attend. We are looking for singers, dancers, musical numbers, comedy acts etc. (no creatures please). The performances need to be family friendly. More details on this will be forthcoming.

Dec 072016

Brought to our attention by Vicki Huff…

“Wanted to make Grangers across Maine that have been collecting Campbell Soup labels aware that the program is going away. You can verify by going to the following link http://www.labelsforeducation.com/. Cans already with labels may be on shelves into 2017 and schools and organizations can continue collecting through August 2017 and then the program will be stopped. This program has been in existence for 42 years and I have not read everything as to why so do your due diligence.”

A quick review of the site Vicki mentioned reveals:

“In the past few years participation in Labels for Education has declined and as a result, Campbell has come to the very difficult decision to wind down the Labels for Education program. As of August 1, 2016, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts. We will continue to support American kids through our Grand Stand for Schools Sweepstakes and our community efforts in which we annually contribute $70 million in food and funding to tackle obesity and hunger among our country’s most vulnerable families.”

Since the labels will be around and valid until next summer, why not give this another big push!?

Note: do not confuse this with the Boxtops for Education Program which, as far as we know, continues!


Dec 032016

Thanks to David Gowen for photos of a Christmas tree decorated and displayed by Cumberland Pomona Grange 15 at the Festival of Trees at Westbrook-Warren Church. It is one of over forty trees. Festival runs from December 3 to 10. For more information visit www.westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. The Festival of Trees fundraising concept has caught on like wildfire… it’s a great way to raise funds and for participants to “show off their stuff!”

Nov 092016

By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank everyone who stopped by and bought candy, notepads, order t-shirts, and bought raffle tickets.  Together we raised approximately $400!  Please find the winners of the raffle below:

  • Mini Slow Cooker – Jim Meserve
  • Soup Sampler Kit – Christine Hebert
  • Plush Monkey – Terry Wilson
  • Cooler w/ Radio – Kendra Atwood
  • New England Grange Building Puzzle – Susan Noah
  • Fall Wreath – Brenda Dyer
  • Grilling Utensils – Christine Hebert
  • Christmas Wreath – Brenda Dyer
  • Coloring Book Set – Lois Zezima
  • Beanie Baby Set – Tom Cooper
  • iPod Shuffle & USB Fan – Linda Corliss
  • Halloween Candy – Byron Boyington
  • Halloween Basket – Tom Cooper
  • Sleigh w/ Bear in Blue Sweater – Gloria Ross
  • Boot Centerpiece – Christine Hebert
  • Sleigh w/ Bear in Green Sweater – Agnes Nelson

Thank you once again for your support.