Jun 302018
 

Mill Stream Grange Lecturer Libby Harville introduces the band “Bailey Ukulele” who entertained at the June 15 program with songs and sing-alongs. Bailey Public Library in Winthrop sponsors the band of enthusiastic musicians who take lessons there and play for community groups.

 

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Jun 292018
 

Even though Danville Junction Grange had been undergoing renovations since December, we have been holding our meetings at Danville Union Church and doing our community service projects!

At each meeting, our members come laden down with donations for the Auburn PAL Children’s Center and clipped coupons for our troops!? The photos show donations collected at our last meeting.? Shown with the PAL donations is volunteer Pam Vigue.

Our hall is back on the ground and is being readied for our Indoor Yard Sale on July 28th.? I hope that many of you will visit us that day and see our improvements.? Everyone welcome!!

Jun 292018
 

Secretary CubicleMaine Revenue Services is currently in the process of converting their three-digit business code to the NAICS code, which will be more specific to our business activity.

You may receive such notification requesting a NAICS Code.? The North American Industry Classification System is used to classify and track business activity for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

We, Pat Elwell and I, have done the research to obtain the NAICS code which you will be requested to provide the Maine Revenue Services.?? Please enter the following 6 digit NAICS code in the boxes on the letter you receive and return the completed form to Maine Revenue Services.

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Jun 272018
 

Yesterday’s post had very incorrect dates! Totally my mistake and I can’t even figure out how I did it! I think I was attempting to prove that “haste makes waste.” Here’s a corrected version! Note the banquet is Wednesday evening (details to be announced) and the Convention is the traditional Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sorry for the error and any confusion.

 

Jun 272018
 

Browntail moth–an invasive species whose caterpillars have toxic, irritating hairs—is found at varying population densities over more than 6500 square miles of Maine (see map here:?http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/browntail_moth_info.htm). It is a pest that has hunkered down in the Midcoast and Casco Bay area for years, and has recently expanded its footprint.

Webmaster’s Note: This article is reprinted from Woodswire, the enewsletter of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation

People looking to reduce browntail moth populations may look at the cocoons as an opportunity for reduction. However, you will have limited impact through cleaning cocoons.? Safer, more effective control will be had through targeting larvae, either in overwintering webs (put a reminder in your calendar now to look for those structures at the tips of host branches around your property this fall and winter!) or as they feed on host leaves in early spring.

You may still want to remove the cocoons to limit potential for exposure to the toxic hairs they contain. However, do this with?extreme caution.?Cocoons are full of the hairs THAT CAN CAUSE A RASH or worse. If you plan to remove cocoons:

  • Wear protective clothing (in addition to long sleeves, pants, socks, socks, shoes, gloves, mask and glasses, consider protective coveralls)
  • Wet down cocoons before removing them
  • Scrape cocoons and drop them in soapy water, let them soak overnight then dispose of them

Even if you don’t plan to remove cocoons, become familiar with their appearance, and learn to avoid them or wear appropriate protective clothing during your outdoor activities that might bring you in contact with them.

Browntail moth caterpillars wander and form their cocoons anywhere. Favorite places include: Under the eaves of buildings or the undersides of anything (reports include vehicles, and even a baby stroller) and wrapped in the leaves of any plant.

Traveling within the cocoons on vehicles, outdoor equipment and other items (including firewood), is a very efficient means of spread for this moth. If you have plans to travel between the affected and unaffected areas over the next month, check your belongings closely for these cocoons. This winter, be on the lookout for the tell-tale webs in new places—these are the places where control will be most effective!

Contact: Forest Health and Monitoring, (207) 827-1813 or visit https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/index.htm#btm

Jun 262018
 

The National Grange presents the 2017 Journal of Proceedings from the 151st Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington.

Visit the National Grange website or click on the link in this email to download this important publication.

You can also purchase a printed version from the Grange Supply Store for only $5.

Download Journal

Webmaster’s Note: For those who might not be familiar with Grange terminology a “Journal of Proceedings” is the equivalent of the minutes of National and State Conventions, listing complete information conference events, delegates attending, what happened to resolutions, etc. Definitely interesting reading!?

Jun 222018
 

Take the Survey!

Across much of the United States, farmers markets have reported a decrease in consumer participation over the last couple of years, resulting in a decrease in farm sales and income. In an attempt to understand and reverse this slump, a multi-state study is being undertaken by Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, in partnership with Community Involved in Agriculture (CISA), NOFA-VT, Maryland Cooperative Extension and the Farmers Market Association of Maryland. The study will consist of a consumer survey to ascertain the reasoning behind consumer choices of venues to shop for local food. The survey will focus on all consumers with an interest in local food.

Your help in reaching consumers is valuable to the outcome of this study. We have identified categories of consumers that we hope to reach with our survey. Each category is important in identifying customer shopping behavior in purchasing local food, even those with no interest. Our hope is to reach all categories of consumers.

  • those who regularly shop at farmers markets and are firmly behind the local food movement
  • those who view farmers markets as a social event, but have a keen interest in local food
  • those who are interested in local food, but rarely shop at a farmers market
  • those who have little to no interest in local food and never shop at farmers markets

Below is a link to the consumer survey. It is an online survey and does not require a face-to-face interaction. The survey is meant to take between 10 – 15 minutes.

Take the Survey!

The online survey will remain open from June 18, 2018 through October 1, 2018. At that time the survey will close to allow a team from the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University to analyze the surveys to determine trends, preferences and needs of “today’s” local food shoppers.

Any questions or comments? Please email Diane Eggert at deggertatnyfarmersmarketdotcom  (deggertatnyfarmersmarketdotcom)   or Laura Biasillo at lw257atcornelldotedu  (lw257atcornelldotedu)  .


Webmaster’s Note: Reprinted from an announcement made by The University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Jun 202018
 

Writing Resolutions that Work

The Grange has a long history rooted in member participation in our policy development through our resolution process. Each Granger is tasked with addressing voids and surpluses in our policy and can propose to implement these changes by offering amendments to your local and State Granges. Drafting resolutions may seem like a daunting task at first, but if you follow three simple steps listed below, you will soon be on your way to writing a clear and effective resolution.

First, it is important to know the anatomy of a resolution. There are three main parts: the Title, the body or Whereas section, and the conclusion or Resolved section.

  1. The Title should clearly state the issue to be addressed. For example, if you are drafting a measure to deregulate the postal service, your title should be something along the lines of:

Example:

??????????? Deregulation of the Postal Service rather than just Postal Service

  1. ?The Whereas section is where you get to make your argument for why this resolution is necessary. This section does not become policy but explains to other Grangers why the issue is important and provides details, data, and other reference material so they can be better educated on voting for the issue.

Example:

? ? ? ? ? ? Whereas, the federal government imposes unreasonable regulations and mandates on the U.S. Postal Service but no longer funds any of the organization’s operating costs; and

??????????? Whereas, the U.S. Postal Service will continue to be forced to close local post offices and reduce services under such a business model; and

??????????? Whereas, the U.S. Postal Service could survive and compete if allowed to create its own business model free of Congressional oversight; and

??????????? Whereas, the National Grange has a rich tradition in helping to ensure the rural free delivery of mail; be it

  1. ?The Resolved section must be a complete sentence which sums up what your resolution is trying to achieve and can stand alone without any of the supporting information.

Example:

??????????? Resolved, that the National Grange support legislation that creates an autonomous U.S. Postal Service which can set its own operating procedures and business model without the undue regulation of the federal government.

?Writing Resolutions that Stand the Test of Time

In closing, make sure your resolution can stand the test of time. A good deal of Grange policy dates back 75 years or more and continues to be relevant because the ideals and concepts hold true today. ?However, we also have policy that is out-of-date and relates to issues that have been dealt with on the local and congressional levels. If you have a resolution that deals with an issue that is connected to a current event or particular bill, your resolution may be included in the committee of jurisdiction’s policy statement for that year, rather than passed as a resolution. Rest assured that this is still very important and is actually a better home for your resolution. Good luck and happy policymaking!


Webmaster Note: There are additional resources on the subject of “writing resolutions” in the Legislative Section of the Program Books and Information Page.

Jun 172018
 

I’m not sure how many Communications and Membership Directors we have in Maine, but if you are one, Amanda Brozana Rios, Communications Director for National Grange wants to talk with you! What follows is an article “clipped” from the current issue of The Patrons Chain explaining her wish and how to schedule an appointment. Note that you don’t absolutely have to be a director or committee person, just someone who is committed to growing the Grange. (It would make sense for you to check with your Master so there aren’t several people from your Grange signing up! That would be a wonderful?“problem” to have, but this is potentially a big?job for Amanda!) The link to schedule the call is tiny.cc/GrangeCall18.

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