Sep 092019

It becomes our sad duty to inform you of the passing of Sister Dolores Moore on August 31, 2019. Dolores was past Maine State Grange Chaplain and CWA Director.?A graveside service will be held 10 AM Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Harts Corner Cemetery, Main Road, Holden. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. The full obituary may be found here.

The Maine State Grange Website does not, by policy, post fraternal concerns regarding sickness and death. Exceptions may be made when concern involves a current or past state officer or another person well-known throughout the state.

Aug 122019

By Walter Boomsma, MSG Communications Director

Communication Shorts are brief (short) but important items posted for your information and use, including Degree Days and Officer Installations.

Fraternal Concern

Master Sherry has asked us to advise that we have received word that Sister Joanne Dority, Past Lady Assistant Steward, passed away August 1, 2019.  A memorial service will be held Sept 28 at Mariaville Grange at 11:00 am.

Degree Day Canceled

Victor Grange #49 in Fairfield has found it necessary to cancel the Degree Day scheduled for August 24, 2019, but will be planning one in the spring. Please contact Roger Shorty if you are willing to help make this happen. If anyone plans to celebrate the degrees anytime soon please let Roger know as Victor Grange has six candidates that need degrees. Email Roger  (mailto:roger04937atgmaildotcom)   or call 207 453 7193.


We’re back from Canada, at least in the body if not in spirit! It was an incredible trip lots of fun and lots of learning! Thanks to those officers and directors who wrote and submitted their August Columns early… the Bulletin will be published on time… and there’s not a lot of catching up to be done!

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Apr 252019

By Sharon Morton
MSG Secretary

Gene Stevens, brother to Sherry Harriman, passed away early Wednesday morning.? Services are as follows:? Visiting Hours Monday, April 29, 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick.? Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 9 am at the Johnson Funeral Home.? Cards of condolences may be sent to Sherry and family at 280 Kennebunk Road, Sanford, ME? 04073

Apr 052019

By Sharon Morton, MSG Secretary

It becomes my sad duty to inform you of the death of Mildred (Millie) R. Parsons, former LAS and Ceres of the Maine State Grange. Millie passed away Monday, April 1.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 13, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the Chapman Room at Gracelawn Cemetery in Auburn.  Following, there will be a celebration of life at 12 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Washington Street in Auburn.  Please visit to leave condolences.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME  04240 

May 092018

Clyde G. Berry, 71, Past National Lecturer and Past Master of VT and ME, died May 5, 2018 in Bangor, Maine. He was born in Glenburn, Maine, December 28, 1946 the youngest son of Clyde Labon and Pearl Sarah (Drew) Berry.

He attended Glenburn schools, Bangor High School and graduated from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston. He attended Husson College and the University of Maine. He worked for several banks before his retirement. He served one term on the Glenburn School Board and served many years on the Glenburn Cemetery Committee. He was co-chairman of the Glenburn Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1972 and co-authored the history of the town of Glenburn “The Story of a Town, Glenburn, Maine, 1822-1972” with Naida Gallant. He also served as a Trustee of the Hartford, VT, Village Library and was a Lister for the town of Hartford, Vermont.

He joined Pleiades Grange of Glenburn in 1961 and was Master for several years. He was at the time of his passing a member of Mt. Phillip Grange of Rome, Maine and has held offices there as well. He served one term as Master of Penobscot Pomona #8, and is presently a member of Lincoln Pomona and formerly a member of Sagadahoc Pomona, where he has held various offices. In Vermont, he was a charter member and Past Master of Upper Valley Community Grange and a charter member and First master of Heart of Vermont Pomona. He served on the Maine State Grange Youth Committee and was elected Lecturer of the Maine State Grange in 1981 and served until his election as Overseer in 1987. He was elected Master of the Maine State Grange in 1989 and served until 1997 he was elected Chaplain of the Maine State Grange in 2011 and was elected Assistant Steward of the Maine State Grange in 2015. He also served as Overseer and Master of the Vermont State Grange. He was a life member of the Northeast Lecturers Association. He was a member of the National Grange and a voting member of the Assembly of Demeter of the National Grange. He was elected Steward of the National Grange in 1991 and Lecturer of the National Grange in 1997. He was employed by the National Grange as the Program Resource Director for several years.

During his terms as Maine State Grange Master he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Highway Users Federation, board member of Eastern States Exposition and New England Grange Building in West Springfield, Mass.

An avid genealogist, he was a life member of the Maine Genealogical Society and has served as Treasurer. He was a member and President of the Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS and past President of the Penobscot Chapter of MGS. He was a life member of the Maine Old Cemetery Association, Past President, and recently a member of Board of Directors. He was a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. He served as President of the Somerville Historical Society of Somerville, Maine and was involved with the publishing of the History of Patricktown, Sommerville, Maine. He had been a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine, He had also had belonged to the Colson, Reynolds, McKusick and Hubbard family associations. He is a member and Commander of the Garfield Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Waterville, Maine, and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Maine Department of SUVCW. While living in Vermont he was a member of McKinley Camp, SUVCW of Lebanon, NH. He was past board chairman of the Hartford [Vt] Historical Society. He is a member of Sons of the American Revolution being descended from Sargent Shaw of Standish, Maine, and serves as President of the Maine Society, SAR.

He is survived by one brother Charles R. Berry of Glenburn; one aunt and Uncle, Marlene and Floyd Farren of Bangor; many cousins; and many Special Friends, including Dorothy Brown of Oakland and Roberta Meserve of Raymond. He was predeceased by his parents, sister-in-law, Nonie Berry and favorite aunts, Marie Megquier, Wyone Robinson and Juanita Littlefield.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Thurs, May 10, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 PM until the start of the service. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Glenburn. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Taconnett Falls Genealogical Society, (address). Condolences to the family may be expressed at?

Cards and condolences may be sent to:

Charles Berry
1100 Hudson Road
Glenburn, ME 04401-1604



May 082018

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

I happened to be in Bangor yesterday… and encountered a fair amount of construction in the downtown area. Those planning on attending the service for Clyde will want to allow a little extra time for travel. Also, note that the address for the Brookings Smith Funeral Home is 133 Center Street–the address was initially given incorrectly as 133 Central Street. Directions and a Google Map are available on the Brookings Smith Website. Please remember that Grangers are asked to bring and wear sashes. Contact State Master Sherry with any questions regarding the Grange Service.

As of this morning, an obituary had still not been released.


May 072018

As many have perhaps heard, our Grange Brother Clyde Berry has passed away. Clyde held a number of Maine State Grange offices over the years including State Master and State Chaplain. An official obituary has not been released, but MSG Master Sherry Harriman has asked me to post the following information.

Funeral Services for Clyde Berry, Past Master of the Maine State Grange will be conducted?Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 1:00 pm at the Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center Street, Bangor ME 04401. The Maine State Grange will conduct a Grange Service at the funeral home during the service. Attending Grangers, please bring your sash.

Cards and condolences may be sent to:

Charles Berry
1100 Hudson Road
Glenburn ME ?04401

Brookings-Smith Funeral Home? (You may wish to check here for the official obituary which should be posted soon. Once it is posted, messages of condolence may also be posted there.)

133 Center Street
Bangor ME 04401

Seen through the eyes of Faith, we remember our Brother Clyde not as one dead–he has only gone on before us through the gates of the Grange Above, where dwells the Great Master of us all.

Oct 102017

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

Dear Grange? Member

This year feels like none other with the mounting losses of life and property by devastating natural disasters throughout our nation.

Members in Florida, Texas and friends in Puerto Rico and other states are still recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This morning, we are continuing to get updates on losses suffered by those in California. Some of our Brothers and Sisters have lost homes and farmlands, which burned to the ground in quick-moving wildfires and many other Halls and homes are in the path of yet-uncontained blazes.

The California State Grange is spearheading efforts to help people affected connect with loved ones and shelter livestock in safe spaces. Several Granges are being used as shelters.

We will keep you posted as to efforts and potential needs of our Grange family and thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this time.

Betsy E. Huber

May 312016

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With a special thanks to Katherine Randall Jordan for sending the information, here’s?a notice and invitation from Nancy Randall Clark’s Family to a Celebration of Nancy’s Life this Saturday.?June 4, 2016?from 4-6 p.m. at the Harraseeket Grange #9 located at?13 Elm Street in Freeport, ME. Fore more information, contact Tamantha Wilson, Secretary of Harraseeket Grange at?865-3363.

Nancy R. Clark

Nancy R. Clark