Feb 122018
 

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It is February and time to start planning the garden and ordering seeds. My seeds have been ordered with a few extra varieties to use in Grange displays at our 2018 Agricultural Fairs.  Maine State Fair Exhibition Hall Superintendents are looking forward to having Granges display at the Fair Exhibition Halls. I have been approached by a number of fair superintendents hoping to have more Grange displays. Please consider exhibiting at least one fair. If you need support or have questions about setting up an agricultural, domestic or educational/informational exhibit please feel free to contact me at 207-592-6980 or email at karendothdotgagneatmainedotedu  (karendothdotgagneatmainedotedu)  .

The Ag Committee to getting ready to host the Maine Legislative Ag Luncheon at State Headquarters on March 13, 2018. I welcome anyone interested in helping serve or bake pies for this event. Also, the Ag Committee will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Agricultural Scholarships we award every year.We are still looking for Maine-made items to fill the basket. Thank you, everyone, who has already contributed to completing this basket.

The Agricultural post-secondary scholarship application is available and is going out to schools this month. Please encourage high school seniors who are heading to post-secondary institutions to apply for this scholarship. Applications pursuing a career in agriculture or an agriculturally related field including but not limited to the following: forestry, floriculture, farm business management, Ag-related computer science, poultry science, soil & Water Science, Ag Marketing, Equine Science, Biotechnology, Horticulture, Entomology, Fish & Wildlife Studies, Dairy Science, Pomology, Ag Engineering, Animal Science, Sustainable Agriculture and Consumer Science. We are looking forward to awarding scholarships to multiple recipients based on quality applications. Application deadline is April 27, 2018. Applications should be sent to Maine State Grange Headquarters.

Oct 272017
 

At the recent 144th Annual Convention of the Maine State Grange in Skowhegan, the trustees of the Educational Aid and Howes Nurses Scholarship Fund were proud to award three $700 scholarships to three deserving students.  Allison Colson of Benton and a member of Benton Grange is studying accounting at Kennebec Valley Community College.  Deborah Lancaster of Bucksport is a member of Old Town Riverside Grange.  She is studying nursing at Eastern Maine Community College.  Christine Landes of Bethel and a member of Alder River Grange is working on her MBA with a concentration in public administration at SNHU.

Thanks to all those who made donations to the Scholarship Fund during the state session.  It was much appreciated.  The cost of an adequate education is increasing every year, and our funds to help these students are limited.  Any donations from individuals, from Granges, or from other organizations would be so appreciated!  The donation of one individual may be small, but collectively, these small donations would mean a great deal in fulfilling their dreams.  Perhaps a Grange might put on a supper or raffle in order to raise money for this needy cause.

Donations may be sent to  J. Patrick Elwell, Educational Aid Fund, 136 Quaker Lane, Smithfield, ME 04978.

Aug 122016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

Blueberry season is here. Some of our neighbors are telling us they are having bountiful pickings so far of their high bush blueberries. It would be very helpful if we could get some rain. We need it!! The haying has almost come to a stop in our part of the state. The fields are almost as brown as our lawns. The gardens are so dusty. The lawn mowing has not been as stressful as some years.

Enterprise Grange #48 has been extremely busy exhibiting at the fairs so far this year. We were at Topsham Fair yesterday and they had their third exhibit of six fairs so far. We are on our way to Skowhegan Fair today.

We hope we have a Farm Family Winner this year. We do know that the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year 2016 is Pine Tree Camp, a program of the Pine Tree Society. Pine Tree Camp manages 285 wooded acres in Rome. PTC is a true woodland steward providing a well- managed program of outdoor recreational activities for mentally and physically disabled children, adults and their families. The mission of Pine Tree Camp is to serve the community. A healthy forest that provides a sustainable source of income is very important to support the overall purpose of the Camp. Wildlife habitat management is also important, to provide a diverse and informative experience for camp users.

By the time this bulletin is out it will be September.  The people going South will be starting to get ready, the garden will be finished and being cleaned out, and the firewood will be about all stacked and ready. Labor Day will be past and the children will be back in school. What a beautiful July and August so far we have had? We are so lucky to live in Maine.

Jul 182016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

The weather has finally warmed up. The corn crops are doing very well in our area. Farmers are chopping and bailing hay as fast as they can work. The gardens are beginning to look good. The Farmers’ Markets are opening up everywhere.

We were at Ossipee Valley Fair yesterday. Steve Haycock and Roberta Meserve set up a display for the Maine State Grange. It was an exceptional display especially with the small area they had. I hope they take this display around to the fairs wherever they can and set it up. It is an inspiration.

We will be attending Waterford’s World Fair on July 17th. We will be having at least one fair to visit weekly and sometimes two or three as the weeks go on. It is nice to see all of the work the Grange members are doing. You should all be very proud.

Jun 152016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

We finally have most of our garden planted. It is much later than usual for us. The weather being what it has so far we may be alright, hopefully. By the time this bulletin is out we will be in the middle of strawberry picking.

The Ag-Committee has met and picked the winners of the Agriculture Scholarship. There were twenty-five qualifying applicants to judge. The three $500.00 winners were as follows:

  1. Grant Hemphill, Presque Isle, Presque Isle High School
  2. Skylar Miller, Cornish, Sacopee Valley High School
  3. Sadee Mehuren, Searsmont, Belfast High School

The fairs will be well under way by the time this bulletin is out. Grangers looking for information with help making up Grange exhibits should be able to go to the Maine State Grange Website for fair rules, score sheets, and guidelines or you can contact Bob and I at 207-568-3479.

(Webmaster note: Fair information is posted on the Program Books and Information Page.)

May 132016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

Today is May 8 and the field behind our house is being planted with corn as I am doing this report in the rain. We should be planting some garden at this point but haven’t started yet.

We were at Ingraham’s Open House April 13. They had a really good crowd.  We sold Ag Scholarship Raffle Tickets and talked with people. It was a successful day.

Our Grange will be starting their monthly suppers next week on Saturday. We do these through October. It’s a very busy time of year for us.

May 15 we will have a Ag-Committee meeting to pick our winners for the Ag Scholarship winners of 2016. We will announce the winners next month.

I hope all of the Granges are already making plans to exhibit at the fairs this year. We look forward to getting around and see the exhibits. I will be making contact with the fairs very soon to get their information for this year. We’ll also be making contact with people for judging the Grange exhibits. We are looking for a few new people to do judging of exhibits for this year. Anyone interested in doing this please feel free to contact me Agnes Nelson at 1-207-568-3479. Leave a message.

We will not be attending Farm Days this year. The table rental is too high to make it worthwhile for us. The Ag-Committee will try to have a table at the yard sale in June at grange headquarters. We will also try to have a table at the Fair Day at Grange headquarters in August. These two days could help us to sell raffle tickets this summer.

Apr 152016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

I want to thank each and every one of you for the many cards and condolences during the time of the passing of my mother Marjorie Larrabee. She was such a large part of the Grange in so many places. She was known by so many. She was the pianist of the Waldo Pomona and several subordinate Granges. She helped out with installations when asked. She had been a grange member for 83 years. She was a member first at Northern Light in Winterport. She became a member of Sunlight grange in Knox for a number of years before she became a member of Knox Station and Dirigo Granges until she passed away on March 12, 2016. She was secretary for many years and CWA at subordinate, Pomona and state level over the years. She and the family received the Farm Family Award in 1972. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

I want to thank each and every one of you who helped with the Legislative Luncheon and Ag Day on March 17th. A special thanks to Sharon for taking charge for Bob and I that day. Thanks also to Rance Pooler for selling Agriculture Scholarship raffle tickets that day. It was a great success and all of the workers were much appreciated. We were unable to attend the Grange Store meeting and the Directors meeting that week also.

We are planning to be at Ingraham’s Open House on April 13th this week. We will have a table and sell raffle tickets. We have been invited to Topsham grange for their Agriculture Night on April 20th. There will be an Ag-Committee meeting in May to pick the winners of the Ag-Scholarship applications. We hope to select three  $500.00 winners again this year for students going into a career in some form of agriculture after the first semester in the fall of 2016. We will not be attending Farm Days this year because of the registration fee being more than we can make selling tickets and baked goods. We do plan to have a table set up to sell raffle tickets at the fair at Grange Headquarters on August 20.

Grangers I’m sure have already started working on their exhibits for the fairs. We are looking forward to seeing them.

Jan 152016
 

Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson,
Co-directors Ag Committee

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got everything they wished for. We have a new great granddaughter since our last report.

What a winter so far, some different than last year at this time. The lower price of gas and oil has been very welcoming for everyone. The warmer temperatures are great also.

The Agriculture Trade Show was January 12-14 and past. I want to thank all of the people who helped man the Maine State Grange Booth. We appreciate all of the help.

We hope Grange members will encourage high school seniors furthering their education in the agricultural field to fill out an agriculture scholarship. The applications will be online and will go to all of the high schools very soon. Applications are due April 30, 2016.

Our new year is well under way. If Granges would like us to visit their Grange please let us know. We wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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.