Jan 272016
 

It becomes our sad duty to inform you of the passing of Ronald E. Dolloff, Maine State Grange Musician and Educational Aid Chairperson. Ron began his Grange membership by joining the then Deering Juvenile Grange at the age five and most recently was a member of Meenahga Grange where he has served as secretary for over twenty years.

Visiting hours will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 31 at the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium, Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow in the MVHS cafeteria hosted by the Skowhegan Federated Church Women’s Fellowship and members of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium Fund, Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine 04572.

View the complete obituary here.

May 252015
 

by Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

Several news services and social media carried a story this year suggesting it is inappropriate to wish others a “Happy Memorial Day.” While I’m not usually given to being overly concerned about political correctness, this story started me thinking.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to remind us of the men and women who have died serving our country. While we may enjoy the freedoms we have as a result, we should not lose the true focus of today. Memorial Day is a day of sadness and a day for remembering. Perhaps we should greet each other with an expression of sympathy today for the losses we have experienced.

But in the sadness and remembering, there is cause for celebration. We can and should celebrate the lives and honor the sacrifices of those who have given all.

May 242015
 

Flag day at Ridge Cemetary 2015By Larry Bailey,
Master of Ocean View Grange

I want to thank everyone from our Grange and the Port Clyde Sailing Club members who showed up today to help replace the worn American flags with new ones on our Veterans’  graves. The extra help really is appreciated and we were able to complete the task with ease. It is a simple, sad but rewarding experience. I was a little taken aback to see how many of our local people served to protect us. We can but give our eternal thanks for their service and, in many cases, their ultimate sacrifice.

Mar 052015
 

WMinotWest Minot Grange donated a custom-made sign for the West Minot Riverside Cemetery last fall. The sign was purchased at a cost of $570 and installed by West Minot’s Overseer, Dave Castonguay.  Grange Master Jim Trundy notes that a Community Service Grant from the Maine State Grange was considerably helpful in defraying the cost.

Some of the best Grange projects are a combination of donated purchases with some good old fashioned Grange labor… Great job, West Minot Grange!

Click for additional information about the Maine State Grange Community Service Grant.

Dec 202014
 
Denise Tepler, newly elected to the Maine State Legislature, presents Topsham Master Mike Labbe with the Legislative Resolve honoring Topsham Grange.

Denise Tepler, newly elected to the Maine State Legislature, presents Topsham Master Mike Labbe with the Legislative Resolve honoring Topsham Grange.

Chartered in November of 1874, Topsham Grange #37 observed its 140th Anniversary with a rousing, old-fashioned meeting on November 5th. Many members and guest arrived to enjoy a traditional bean supper with all the fixin’s. Many came dressed in period attire. Everything from lace, fur, fans, a parasol, and long dresses completed the varied costumes. CJ Roy was “Rosie the Riveter,” and another member was a genuine cowboy.

The dining room was decorated with colorful table coverings and centerpieces of greens and red berries. One side of the room featured historic photos and memorabilia, some dating back to the earliest days of Grange establishment in the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc area. State Master Vicki and Topsham Master Mike Labbe officiated at the cake cutting at the dessert table that was also laden with pies of every variety.

After dessert and moving to the upper hall, the officers, members, and guests opened the meeting in form. The extended program began with singing the “State of Maine Song,” and the program was interspersed with several sing-along collections of songs from the decades since 1874—from “Rock-A-Bye Baby” to “The Aba Daba Honeymoon” and “Hello Dolly.”

Retired Bates Professor and Wales Grange member Douglas Hodgkin, spoke about the early history of Grange formation in this area of the state. In speaking of his own former Grange, Lewiston #2, he told how that Grange building was picked up and moved up the road to be closer to the Lewiston-Bath trolley line for the convenience of members and visitors.

Joyce DeVito, Mert Ricker, Nancy Clark, Helen Black, and Blanche Rider offered historic vignettes of the five Granges that individually combined and eventually merged with Topsham over the years, all but one of which would have been observing their 140th anniversaries this year: Lewiston #2, Eureka #7 and Solid Rock #502 (both of Durham), Pine Tree #3 of Lisbon, and Dirigo #13 of Brunswick. As the Granges organized, one of the first orders of business was to purchase material and sew the regalia for officers—in those early years no two Granges were alike in their regalia!

At two points in the evening, the stage curtains parted to reveal the old footlights shining on two different hand-painted, vintage stage curtain sets, still nearly as vibrant and colorful as when they were first created and installed on the stage in the early 1900s.

The Grange Singers (nearly all in pink sash) prepare to perform under the baton of State Master Vicki.

The Grange Singers prepare to perform under the baton of State Master Vicki.

Two outstanding program highlights of the evening were a demonstration of Scottish dancing by a group that practices at Topsham Grange, and “The Grange Singers,” performed by an enthusiastic group of State Officers and a guest under the expert direction of State Master Vicki. To cap the evening, a Grand March was led by State Master Vicki and State Overseer Rick Groton.

A fine time was had by all present, including guests from nearly a dozen Granges. It was an exciting evening, and would have made the many members who have passed through this Grange in its 140-year history proud.

In addition, at the December meeting of Topsham Grange, a newly elected member of the Maine Legislature, presented the Grange with a joint resolution from the Maine House and Senate, honoring Topsham Grange for its contributions to the communities it serves, and to honor its 140 years since being chartered.

Oct 102014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

The 2014-2015 Junior Grange program has been sent to the Webmaster to post on the website. (Webmaster note: It can be found here.) Dates for the State Junior Grange meeting in May and Junior Camp are listed (subject to change if necessary).

Contests for the coming year are included. The National Junior Grange program has not yet been released so those details will be added as they become available. The National program also includes the merit badges (2014 badges are listed on the website).

Remember, children ages 5-14 can become Maine State Junior Grange members and work on all contests and merit badges with guidance from local subordinate members and parents. Contact Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie for more information.

Please contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie, 563-5347 or LMCB293atgmaildotcom, with any questions or requests for Memorial flags and/or Grange flag holders, hand fans or Memorial bricks.

Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12), Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) are still available from Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie and Jr. Committee members Norma Meserve, Roberta Meserve and CJ Stinson-Roy. They will also be on sale at the Junior table at State Grange.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  ,

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks, the National Junior Grange program and the National Junior Merit Badge programs are posted on the state Grange website.

 

Sep 102014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

On August 19 I had the pleasure of attending a portion of a Junior Grange event at the Grange in Brooks, organized by Terry Lacombe Stevens with assistance from David Baker. I arrived in time for a skit the youngsters had prepared. Then they went through the Junior Ritual and I obligated a new member. They did a wonderful job and showed they had a good handle on basic Grange procedure. We were able to talk about the Junior Grange program during snack time. If all the juniors in the state were able to gather at the same time, there would be incredible energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully all can attend Junior Camp 2015.

The Junior Committee will be having its traditional Chinese auction table during the State Grange session as well as running the kitchen. A letter has gone out to all Granges about food donations. If you have any questions or want to help in this area, please contact Laurie McBurnie, 563-5347 or lmcb293atgmaildotcom.

The 2014-2015 Maine State Junior Grange program will be available at State Session.

Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12), Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) are still available from Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie and Jr. Committee members Norma Meserve, Roberta Meserve and CJ Stinson-Roy. They will also be on sale at the Junior table at State Grange.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie, lmcb293atgmaildotcom.

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks, the National Junior Grange program and the National Junior Merit Badge programs are posted on the state Grange website.

 

Aug 032014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

Judging of the Junior contest entries took place on July 19 at the Grange Family Campout. Congratulations to the following: Decorated Rock: (5-7 yrs.) 1st – William Barone; (8-11 yrs.) 1st (tie) – Zoe Dill, Jill Dill; (12-14 yrs.) – Todd Edgerly. Portrait: (8-11) 1st – Jill Dill, 2nd – Zoe Dill. Duck Tape Craft: (8-11) 1st – Zoe Dill, 2nd – Jill Dill; (12-14) 1st – Todd Edgerly. Recycled Plastic Lid Craft (Big E contest): (5-7) 1st – William Barone; (8-11) 1st – Emily Dill, 2nd – Tacoma Thompson, 3rd – Jill Dill, Honorable Mention – Zoe Dill. A special Junior Committee award went to Emily Dill for her painting of a horse.

Emily's first place entry in the Recycled Plastic Lid Craft contest. Entries will go on to judging and display at the Big E this fall.

Emily’s first place entry in the Recycled Plastic Lid Craft contest. Entries will go on to judging and display at the Big E this fall.

Many thanks to the judges, committee members and all who helped out by supporting our Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

After a short break from Junior Camp and contests, the Junior Committee will be starting to plan for the kitchen at the State Grange session in October. Any donations of food or beverage items by Granges or individuals is most appreciated. Details will be sent to Granges in early fall.

Please contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie, 563-5347 or LMCB293atgmaildotcom, with any questions or requests for Memorial flags and/or Grange flag holders, hand fans or Memorial bricks.

Jul 022014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

Junior Grange Camp was held June 27-29 at So. Sangerville Grange. It was a small group of campers, but that didn’t stop the Juniors from having a fun time. The youngsters, ages 5-12, worked on crafts and contest entries and a community service project. They practiced their Grange ritual and worked on a Lecturer’s program on the Five Senses. And, of course, a trip to the lake and lots of good food!

On Sunday State Master Vicki, So. Sangerville Master Blaine and his wife Janet, and several parents were present for the Junior Grange meeting. 9-year-old Jillian did an excellent job as Master.

A big thank you to all the Granges which have donated to the Junior program so far. These donations helped keep camp tuition low and provided for a couple camperships.

The Junior Grange contests will be judged on July 19 at the Family Campout. Categories include Decorated Rock, Portrait, Pizza Cookie, Duck Tape Craft, Recycled Plastic Lid Craft, Creative Art – draw a picture that shows what this year’s theme – Honoring our Heritage – means to you, Creative Writing –write about what Heritage means to you, and Mini-Scrapbook – Use this year’s theme to create 6 scrapbook pages plus a cover page. Details for all the contests can be found on the Maine State Grange website and by contacting the Junior Director. Judging is by age: 5-7 yrs.; 8-11 yrs.; and 12-14 yrs. (as of 1-1-2014). Entries can be turned in at Junior Camp, brought to Family Campout (by 9 a.m. July 19), or mailed to Laurie McBurnie, 293 East Neck Rd., Nobleboro 04555-8608 in time to be delivered before July 16.

Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12), Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) are still available from Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie and Jr. Committee members Norma Meserve, Roberta Meserve and CJ Stinson-Roy.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie, LMCB293atgmaildotcom  (LMCB293atgmaildotcom)  .

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks, the 2014 Maine State Junior Grange program, the National Jr. Grange program andthe National Jr. Merit Badge programs are posted on the Maine State Grange website.

(Click the image for a full-size version!)

Jun 102014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

As you are working on your garden, I hope you have planted some pumpkins so you will have that perfect entry in October for the Junior Department’s pumpkin growing contest. You can a plain (naked?) pumpkin or a decorated one; judging will be separate. This contest is open to all ages and will be judged at the State Grange session.

The other contests are open only to Junior Grangers and will be judged on July 19 at the Family Campout. Categories include Decorated Rock, Portrait, Pizza Cookie, Duck Tape Craft, Recycled Plastic Lid Craft, Creative Art – draw a picture that shows what this year’s theme – Honoring our Heritage – means to you, Creative Writing –write about what Heritage means to you, and Mini-Scrapbook – Use this year’s theme to create 6 scrapbook pages plus a cover page. Details for all the contests can be found on the Maine State Grange website and by contacting the Junior Director. Judging is by age: 5-7 years; 8-11 years; and 12-14 years (as of 1-1-2014). Entries can be turned in at Junior Camp, brought to Family Campout (by 9 a.m. July 19), or mailed to Laurie McBurnie, 293 East Neck Rd., Nobleboro 04555-8608 in time to be delivered before July 16.

Now is the time to honor those Grange members who have passed. Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) are available from Junior Director Laurie McBurnie and Junior Committee members Norma Meserve, Roberta Meserve and CJ Stinson-Roy.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie. Junior Camp will be taking place June 27, 28 and 29 at So. Sangerville Grange. Children do not have to be Grange members to attend. As camp time is getting close, please contact Laurie at 563-5340 to register campers or for additional information.

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks, the 2014 Maine State Junior Grange program, the National Junior Grange program and the National Junior Merit Badge programs are posted on the state grange website.

Warm weather has actually arrived here and those Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12) will come in very handy at many Grange halls. They are also available from Laurie, Norma, Roberta and CJ.