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.

 

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.

 

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”

Apr 122017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

On April 8, 2017, we had our junior grange meeting, with special guest Betsy Huber—National Grange Master. During our meeting, we obligated two new members. Welcome to our family, Jillian and Reagan.

Judging for our sign-the-alphabet and the public speaking contest has been postponed until Saturday, June 10, 2017, during junior camp so Jillian, one of newest junior members, can participate.

The Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest was held later that same day. The Judges were all special guests: Betsy Huber—National Grange Master, Rick Grotton—Maine State Grange Master, Chris Heath—New Hampshire State Grange Master. Many thanks to all our guests. Winners were Jim Meserve and Laurie McBurnie, followed by Sharon and Henry Morton, and Mike Griffin.

The dates of Junior Camp have changed to June 10-11, 2017. The schedule has been finalized. Information will be mailed to all who have not already received it.

We will be camping at Scribner’s Mills Preservation in Harrison, Maine where a guided tour is planned and much, much, more. I am very excited and honored to be staying at the homestead. If you would like more information about this place I encourage you to check out their website at  www.scribnersmill.org or email: infoatscribnersmilldotorg  (infoatscribnersmilldotorg)  .

 

Mar 062017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Here is a list of events going on at State Grange Headquarters on April 8, 2017. I will need to know by March 27, 2017 who will be participating and in what event.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            Junior Grange Members’ Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Sign the Alphabet and Public Speaking Competitions (Juniors only)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest (All Grange Members)

Maine State Grange needs the help of all Junior Grangers! You will need to “Make a Boat that Floats.” (Milk cartons from school lunches work great!) This is the contest for the Big E and we should have as many entries as we can get. Boats need to be at Family Campout on July 15 by 9:00 a.m.  Judging starts at 10:00 a.m.

Junior Camp has been moved to July 7, 8, 9 and will be held at Norway Grange #45.  Junior camp packets will be mailed out soon. This may be the last year for Junior Camp due to lack of attendance.

Pictures! We need pictures of our Junior Grange Members as they work on projects and participate in events. Please mail pictures to me so I can make a poster of our juniors for the Big E. Poster must be ready to send in by the end of July.

Contact Information:

Christine Hebert
63 Old Stage Road
Norway, Me. 04268

(207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom  (christinehebertatoutlookdotcom)  

Feb 042017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I hope all you juniors are working hard on your craft projects which are listed in the Junior Program that each of you have.

Change Alert

The measurements have changed on your Make a Boat That Floats to 6”x6”x6” and not 7”x7”x7.” All entries must be at Family Camp Out no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, July 17, 2017 with judging to begin at 10:00 am. Let’s have nine or more entries to be sent on to the Big E.

Reminder:

Junior Committee Meeting will be held on March 4, 2017, at Applebee’s in Oxford, Maine, at 1:00 p.m. Please try to be there.

The following events scheduled for April 8, 2017, will be held at State Grange Headquarters

  1. Junior Grange Meeting, 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
  2. Sign the Alphabet and public Speaking, 11:00 a.m — noon    (Junior Grangers Only)
  3. Assistant and Lady Assistant Judging, 1:00 — 4:00 a.m.    (Open to All Grange Members)

Please take pictures of your Junior Grange Members working on different things such as a craft project, practicing for the A.S. and L.A.S. contest, helping others. etc. and send a hard copy of them to me along with written permission to use their photos.

Jan 072017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Let’s make this a year we start a new Junior Grange, I will work with you to arrange a plan to Obligate all of our new Junior Members.

Reminder: Committee meeting March 4, 2017 at Applebee’s in Oxford, ME. (Route 26) at 1:00 p.m. Please make sure you have enough finances for yourself.

Keep this date open: April 8, 2017. All of the day’s events will be held at Maine State Grange Headquarters.

  • Junior’s meeting: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Signing and Speaking Contest judging: 11:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Lunch: Noon until 1:00 p.m.
  • Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest judging: 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. or when finished.

So I hope everyone is working hard on their signing of the alphabet and/or public speaking, these two contests are just for juniors.  However, the Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest is for everyone.