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.

Jan 272016

stick_figure_singing_music_notes_flow_300_clr_2442DEXTER- The Wayside Grange/Theatre announces its 2016 concert schedule.? From April through October, Maine bands will perform rockabilly, blues, bluegrass, classic country, fiddle hymns, Americana and folk.

The season begins on Sat. April 30 with singer/songwriters Anni Clark and Jim Gallant.? These two friends and talented guitarists play folk, blues and rockabilly, all blended with a hearty dash of Maine hue-mah.

Blues fans will appreciate the Old Blues Kats on Sat. May 28.? Harpman DW Gill and guitarist Doug Wainoris play delta, ragtime, Louisiana, zydeco, Cajun, Texas and country blues.

June 25 marks the return of the Misty Mountaineers, a five-piece traditional bluegrass band.? July 25 is our annual Variety Show which showcases our incredibly talented local musicians as well as the Grange’s warped, humorous skits.

Aug. 27 is Brooks and Kennedy.? Ken and Jane Brooks share the stage with Joe and Nellie Kennedy, playing classic country and Americana.

Sept. 10 is Susan Ramsey with the North Country Strings.? Hear “Fiddlehymns,” traditional hymns interpreted “North Country” style with fiddles & flute, drums & guitars, cello & bass, and beautiful vocals.

Local favorite Evergreen reunites on our stage on Sept. 17.? Together for 25+ years and sorely missed for the last three, this quartet will delight you with their American roots.

Our season finale is the Gawler Family band on Oct. 29.? This six-member family plays new and old folk while interweaving incredible family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano.

All shows begin at 7 pm.? Doors open at 6:30.? No reservations.? Except for the Variety Show ($7) and Evergreen ($12), tickets are $10.? Fine desserts and pretty good coffee are sold at intermission.

The Wayside Grange/Theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Rd (Rt. 23), Dexter.? FMI on the Wayside Theatre/Grange concerts contact Chester Bekier 924-5711, Joe Kennedy 277-3733 or Facebook Wayside Grange.

Jan 252016
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Here are some important March notes!

First a reminder that Agriculture Day at the Legislature will be on Thursday, March 17, 2016. As has been traditional, there will be a Grange Booth at the State House and members are being asked to contribute fudge. Please have your fudge at State Headquarters prior to 8:00 a.m. on that day. If you plan to drop off fudge prior to that day, please call to make sure someone will be in the office!

Second, Master Rick Grotton has announced a Celebration of the Life of Nancy R. Clark, Executive Committee Member of the Maine State Grange who passed away in December 2016. This celebration will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at State Grange Headquarters. Attendees are invited to bring finger foods to share.


Jan 232016

The Maine Farm Bureau has partnered with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to assess the educational needs of farmers, growers, and farm employees in Maine.? A short survey has been developed to determine these needs across the state.? Your input is appreciated.

It will likely take 5 minutes or less to complete this survey.? Please complete the survey as soon as possible and by February 29, 2016.

Feel free to invite other individuals on your farm to complete the survey, including employees.


If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please call the Maine Farm Bureau Office at 207-622-4111.


Reprinted from?Central Maine Farming Newsletter published by UMaine Cooperative Extension. You can sign up to receive the newsletter through your email or view the archived issues anytime at ?http://bit.ly/PPfarming.

Jan 222016

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

My name is Kay? Khalvati, and I am a member of both Dirigo #98, and Chelsea #215 Granges.? I originally joined Grange as a teenager at North Augusta Grange, so I have a long and fond experience bank with the Grange in Maine.? One of those fond memories is of standing in the balcony of the Augusta Armory during the Grand March at a State Grange Session in the mid-fifties.? At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Dolloff led their team of state officers through the Grand March in a beautiful and awe-inspiring display of grandeur and teamwork.? The entire floor of the armory was filled with Grangers doubling and re-doubling the breadth of their row while marching happily with precision, including more and more people as they progressed.? It was a wonderful example for me and my teenage friends of how a group of individuals can create something very special by working together as a team! I loved it!

Years later I saw a motivational sign stating “Together Everyone Accomplishes More = TEAM.”? I have carried this idea with me throughout my professional career, and into retirement, sometimes as a specific goal, sometimes as a subliminal reminder.

At the recent Maine State Grange session, I was asked by the Worthy Master Rick Grotton to consider becoming his state Membership Committee Chair.? Needless to say, I was surprised and pleased to be asked?but indicated that I’d need to think about it given my current subordinate Grange workload.? Also, I needed to be clear on what his expectations were for the Membership Committee?and the Grange in general.? He very generously replied that we could discuss my concerns soon, and he added quickly, “I also want you to know what the membership committee teams are doing.”? He had me at the “team” mention.

So now I am starting the process of assembling this MEM TEAM.? And we need your input, so please answer these 4 questions at your next meeting, and forward the results to me at Grange Headquarters.

  1. How many new members did your Grange add last year?
  2. How many new members do you want to add this year?
  3. How can the state Membership Committee help you this year?
  4. What worked the best for your Grange to encourage your last new members?

Thank you for your responses; your input is valuable.? We all know that increasing membership is essential to keep the Grange strong.? Please help the Membership Committee develop a plan that will be successful.? One that will enable us to include more and more people as we progress.

We look forward to visiting your Grange.


Jan 222016
Members of Millstream Grange present donations to Helen Wilkey from Mount Vernon Area Food Bank.

Members of Millstream Grange present donations to Helen Wilkey from Mount Vernon Area Food Bank.

by Jill Sampson,
Millstream Grange Community Service Committee

Members of the Mill Stream Grange in Vienna recently presented their Christmas donation of $500.00 ?of the Mount Vernon Area Food Bank. The Grange, beginning as a national organization to help support farmers and agriculture, includes in its mission statement “feeding the hungry.” Mill Stream Grange also collects food throughout the year to help support the food bank’s efforts.

The Mount Vernon Area Food Bank, located in the Mt. Vernon Baptist church, serves the communities of Mt. Vernon, Vienna, Readfield, and Fayette. It is open Saturday mornings 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Food is also donated by Hannaford’s, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Sav-a-lot stores, area school groups, civic organizations, and individuals. There is also a limited amount of clothing, toys, and books available. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest times of year with the food bank serving 75-80 families. There is also a Christmas shopping spree which allows the families to choose donated items to give as gifts.

There are currently twelve volunteers who run the food bank and a great need for more help. If you would like to help those struggling in the community, please contact Helen Wilkey at 293-2351.

Jan 212016

Farm Market Conv
MFFM’s annual farmers’ market convention will take place on Sunday, January 31st, at the Maple Hill Farm Inn and Convention Center in Hallowell (just outside of Augusta). This day-long convention will bring together market farmers, market managers, and others for a day of shop talk and networking. As usual, we’ll have breakout sessions all day on a variety of topics, including:

  • Food safety requirements for a safe and legal farmers’ market
  • Pricing: breaking even or making a profit?
  • Scaling up your FM business
  • Working with municipal governments – how to build good relationships
  • Developing (and enforcing) market rules
  • Effective outreach to low-income shoppers
  • Market promotion and outreach
  • Farmers’ markets in 2020 and beyond
  • Labor law and your FM business
  • Market manager roundtable discussion
  • What’s happening at your market? News from around the state

Register online or by emailing infoatmffmdotorg  (infoatmffmdotorg)  

Jan 192016
Master Vicki

Past Master Vicki Huff

The Maine State Grange Executive Committee has appointed immediate Past Master Vicki Huff to the committee. Vicki will fill the term that ends this October.

Committee Member Glenys Ryder will assume the duties of Chairperson.

Vicki said of her appointment, “I am thankful for the opportunity to continue the work of the Maine State Grange. Nancy Clark and I spoke a few weeks before her passing and she reminded me that I needed to fight for my health so that I could continue the work that had been started. I know that I cannot fill her shoes but I will do my best to continue her legacy.”

We also asked Vicki how things are going–Grangers want to know!

“We still have a little ways to go before I finish my chemotherapy but there is light at the end of the tunnel, basically six more weeks. I will still need surgery and radiation and those should be wrapped up by June. I appreciate all the cards, positive thoughts and well-wishes of all the members. Your support has been overwhelming and a big reason why I accepted this appointment.”

Jan 182016

Help Wanted

by Christine Corliss,
Community Service Director

I need your help! It will only take a minute and won’t be painful! All you have to do is send me a list of the Community Service Projects your Grange typically does each year, with a short description of the project–just a few sentences describing what you do and who benefits.

Our plan is to build a book for a Community Service Workshop and make both the workshop and book available to all Granges. We’ll be sharing successes and giving each other ideas!

Please send your list by email or regular mail soon. I thank you and all Granges who will benefit thank you!?My email address is christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or mailing address Christine Corliss, 162 Center Road, Lebanon, ME 04027.

Jan 162016

fundraisingBy Steven Haycock,?Chairman

It’s official that we’re doing a cookbook fundraiser! A letter will be coming to your Granges in the near future, so please start gathering your recipes. The plan is to create four smaller cookbooks:

  • Appetizers
  • Main Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Pickles & Preserving

By doing smaller cookbooks, we can sell them for a lower cost, but should make more money in the long run. I’m hoping to have these cookbooks ready for the fair season. Cookbooks are a sure fire way for the Grange to raise funds.

We’re are also in the very preliminary stages of planning a Maine State Grange Variety Show. I know that many Grangers have great talents, and maybe there is some hidden talents out there as well. If you might be interested in performing, please let me know.

Also, I want to thank all of the Grangers who bought candy or crackers from me in the recent weeks. I have collected more than $32.00, which sounds like a small amount, but every penny counts.

If you have ideas or questions please feel free to reach out to me by email at granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)  , by phone at 998-2586 or find me on Facebook. Until next month…