Oct 172018

The October Bulletin is complete and has been uploaded to the website! Due to State Convention this week, it may be mailed a bit later this month, but you don’t have to wait!

Can you help??

Sabrina Couture-Adcock, a senior at the University of Southern Maine, is conducting research aimed for publication in conjunction with the Food Studies Program. The subject of my research is the place of food in the bonding and preservation of rural Maine communities dating from 1850 to 1970. As Grange Halls have been a vital part of the community lives of Mainers, particularly in that era, it would be remiss of me to not reach out to see if it would be possible to view any kind of records anyone might be willing to allow me access to, with a particular interest in Grange arranged cookbooks, records of harvest festivals, or pictures or accounts of box socials. Sabrina can be reached at 207-607-2224 or by email at sabrinadotadcockatmainedotedu  (sabrinadotadcockatmainedotedu)  .

We have a “Grange Friend” in the South Portland area who saw the “Coups for Troops” exhibit at the Cumberland Fair this year and he now has coupons–is there someone in the South Portland Area who might be able to arrange a pickup? Let me know and I’ll share his contact information…

Cards of Encouragement…?

For those who asked, cards of encouragement may be sent to:?Lillian Sharpe, 396 Ekonk Hill Road, Moosup, CT 06354

Event Information Needed!

Wally Sinclair, editor of Mainely Agriculture recently contacted me for help with getting information about what Granges are up to around the state–particularly if it’s “ag related.” Those Granges who plan ahead and send information to the media should add?magricultureataoldotcom  (magricultureataoldotcom)  ?to your distribution list.


Aug 062018

Webmaster’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from an email newsletter published by Paul Stearns, Maine State Representative for District 119.

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has updated the Lifetime Veteran State Park Pass to reflect the passage of L.D. 1656, “An Act To Allow Veterans Free Admission to the Maine State Museum,” (Public Law 2017, Chapter 370).

If a Maine veteran would like to apply for their free park pass, they may do so by completing the online application found here.

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services shall determine, based on an examination of an individual’s discharge certificate from active duty service, also known as the DD214, whether the following criteria are met:

  • the veteran is a resident of Maine; and
  • the veteran received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

A pass issued under this section does not expire and is valid for the lifetime of the holder.? Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Bureau by phone, (207) 430-6035, or by e-mail, mainebvsatmainedotgov  (mainebvsatmainedotgov)  .

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!!

Oct 212016

flag-1070437_1280By Amanda Leigh Brozana
National Lecturer

The Grange is both a highly patriotic organization and one filled with amazingly talented individuals who understand the power and sentiment of handicrafts such as quilts. As part of our Patriot’s Program, started in 2012, we are heavily encouraging all Granges to identify members who are veterans or active duty service members that were deployed during war time and request for them a QUILT OF VALOR.

Quilts of Valor are free, made by volunteers who seek to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Go to: www.qovf.org/ ?Click on Take Action and REQUEST A QUILT.

Once you have submitted a request, or if you know of a Grange member who has received a Quilt of Valor in the past, please contact me by email at lectureratnationalgrangedotorg  (lectureratnationalgrangedotorg)   or call (202) 628-3507 ext. 102 to inform us of your request/the Quilt of Valor already received, the name of the veteran and your Grange’s name.

Please don’t forget, certificates are available for FREE from the National Grange to recognize veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam and the conflicts not classified as wars during the Cold War Era. Certificates will be available in mid-2017 for Gulf War Veterans in 2018 for all those serving in the post-9/11 era conflicts/wars. This program is sponsored by Potomac Grange No. 1 (DC). Informational DVDs are available to explain WWII – what led to the war, the war itself, its toll and its impact on our nation – and the Korean War. DVDs on Vietnam and the Cold War conflicts are expected out in 2017 and Gulf War and Post-9/11 in 2018. These can be used to glean information needed for a great lecturer’s program or can be an introduction for Junior Grangers and Grange Youth to citizenship and patriotism lessons.

Mar 282016
Second graders watch and listen for the magic moment when butter appears in the jar.

Second graders watch and listen for the magic moment when butter appears in the jar.

In something of a perfect storm, Valley Grangers experienced a bit of March Madness recently with two major community service projects involving local students. First up was their annual GrowME Collaboration–a joint effort with Piscataquis County UMaine Extension and Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. By pooling resources and volunteers, the three organizations this year visited with over 500 students from Kindergarten through Third Grade in Piscataquis County. With a mission of “increasing agricultural literacy and making it fun,” volunteers help kindergartners build an animal graph, first graders taste and sort apples, second graders make their own butter, and third graders construct their very own “dirt babies.”

Walter Boomsma, program director for Valley Grange is especially proud of the fact that “we have no budget and not much structure–just a bunch of people who love working with kids and providing positive experiences.” His specialty is making butter with second graders. “We have fun and the kids almost don’t realize they are learning–some have even asked for instructions and then made butter at home as a family activity.”

Winning ad drawn by fourth Grader Summer Nesbit

Winning ad drawn by fourth Grader Summer Nesbit

Another initiative the Grange has supported long enough that it’s a school tradition is a contest among third and fourth graders to design two advertisements for the Grange in the Piscataquis Observer’s Annual Newspapers in Education Supplement. The program is a favorite of Piscataquis Community Elementary School Art Teacher Jane Daniels because it “gives the kids a practical side of art.” Valley Grange Master Jim Annis notes that “We have strong ties to kids…” with Grange members involved regularly at the local schools. “We’ve actually built a series of programs that range from Bookworming and Words for Thirds to our blistered finger knitters making hats and mittens for the kids who need them. The kids know us and we know them.”

Valley Grange Community Service Chair Mary Annis is quick to note that this is not a one-way street. “In addition to the fun we have, the kids help us. We recently collected twelve pounds of ‘Coups for Troops’ most of which came from collection boxes placed in local schools. We like the feeling that we are redefining community and good ways of working together.”

Additional information about all of the Valley Grange Programs can be found on their website, http://valleygrange.com. The GrowME Collaboration maintains a basic information and resource site at http://growmehelp.wordpress.com.

Aug 202015

Parkman Grange members have announced a number of community and Grange events and projects planned throughout the fall. The first is their Fourth Annual Military Appreciation Supper on September 19, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. ?As a token of appreciation, the meal is served free to all active and retired military personnel. Others may attend by donation and any proceeds will be applied towards the much needed new roof for the hall. The menu will include ham, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, a choice of salads, casseroles and desserts.

The annual “Five Guns in Five Minutes” raffle is underway. Tickets are $10 and are available at KC’s Store in Parkman, Lovell’s Hardware and Herring Brothers Market in Guilford or by calling Don Pepin at 343-0274. The lucky winners will be drawn at the Grange’s annual Hunters’ Supper on November 14, 2015.

A goal of Parkman Grange is to encourage parents and children to read together, thus building a solid foundation for future success. Members of the Minnie Bridge Family provide the funds necessary to allow the Grange to provide pre-k students with a book bag and selection of books every fall. The Grange will also host a Halloween Party on October 31, 2015 that will include pizza, candy, and some surprises!

And, looking towards the Holiday Season, ?Parkman Grange is planning to organize the Santa Project for MSAD 4 kids. The program provides warm winter coats and boots and a toy for eligible kids. This program is made possible by the support of many organizations and individuals and requires lots of effort. Support may be financial, but hands are also needed. Grange volunteers are already making plans—if you’d like to help in any way, please contact Susan Manchester at 277-3942. The Grange also makes a gift to the community with an annual Christmas Party, scheduled this year for December 12. The party gives kids the opportunity to complete easy craft projects that may become gifts for their family and friends. Cookies, spiced cider, and hot cocoa are also served and Santa and Mrs. Claus find time to visit, ?listen to the children’s wishes, and pose for a photo or two.

In announcing these plans, Grange Master Susan Manchester noted, “Our plans would only be dreams were it not for the generosity and commitment of our members and the community. It is so rewarding to watch many groups and individuals come together in support of good work.” Manchester also noted that details will be announced as projects and events approach. The Grange also maintains a Facebook Page with information. All events are planned at the Parkman Grange Hall located at the junction of Route 150 and North Dexter Road in the center of town.

Feb 112015

Honor VetsThe certificates used to recognize your Vietnam vet, can be ordered from me and are ready now. To request the certificate, please make sure to include the following information: name of veteran, name of Grange they belong to or who is giving it out, the name of the local master and lecturer, the city and town the Grange/Veteran is located in and a shipping address. There is no cost to you or your Grange for program material or the certificates. This program is sponsored by Potomac Grange #1.

If you missed out on our program information for WWII and Korea they are still available to order. All you need to do is contact Communications Manager, Bryan Marchefsky, at bmarchefskyatnationalgrangedotorg  (bmarchefskyatnationalgrangedotorg)   or call at 888-4-Grange. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Webmaster’s Note: Could your Grange consider building a Grange Month Program based on this? There’s no cost for these certificates! (Note that you must contact National Grange, not the Maine State Grange for the certificates. If you’d like some assistance and ideas for putting a program together, contact Community Service Director Chris Corliss or Communications Director Walter Boomsma. We’ll try to help!

Sep 102014

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By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Hello all!

Yet another month has passed and we are here in September.? Only one month until State Session and the winners of the Community Service Books will be announced.? Thank you to all who have sent in books and Activity Sheets thus far.? The EMT/Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year is coming along nicely thanks to some great dedication by MSG Community Service Member Yvonne Johnson.? My hat is off to her on all of her work.? The first place winners in each category will be announced during State Session.?? A new packet will be coming out soon for the Community Service requirements for books for the new year. ?Please keep in mind you only have to submit the Activity Summary Sheet to be counted towards the 25% we need to receive a cash reward from National Grange.? Grangers let’s all keep up the good work.

FH & Hearing – October has lots of different items. The most popular are Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness Week, SIDS Awareness Month & Healthy Lung Month.? Join forces with your Community Service Director, Lecturer or Chaplain to plan an event to bring awareness to some of these items.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!!!!!

Aug 052014

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By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Hello all! Another month has come and gone we are at the start of August, well by the time your Grange reads this middle of August, not long until State Session.? I would like to say the Coups for Troops project is moving right along and I hope you included that in your Community Service Book.? I would like to thank all those who have already turned in Community Service Forms as of right now.? We are on our way to the 25% of Grange participating this year.? The EMT/Firefighter/Police Officer of the Year program is also moving with leaps and bounds.? Thank you to all the Granges who participated in this program also.? AWESOME!!!!! Let’s all keep up the great work.? Always remember to keep your community in mind and get the name of the Grange out there.? We are a great organization that just needs a little more notice.? This year at State Session the Community Service table will not only be raffling off baskets but we have a handmade “Granny Square” queen size afghan in blues and purples being raffled off.? The proceeds from the baskets will be going to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

I am still looking for pictures and write ups on your Grange’s “Favorite” Community Service Activity this year to put together the scrapbook for state session.? Please be sure to send them to me.? Christine Corliss 162 Center Road Lebanon, ME 04027 and for those who have email, scan and email them to me at ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet  (ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet)   or ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet  (ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet)  .

Family, Health & Hearing – Lots of people forget that you can do a great community service project working with your Family, Health and Hearing Director.? September has a lot of items to think about.? World Alzheimer’s Day is Sept 21, World Heart Day is Sept 24, and Suicide Prevention day is Sept 10.? Also for the month of September – Fruit and Veggie – More matters month.? How about contacting the local school and teaching children about planting, growing and producing more fresh veggies which gives them more nutrients and is healthier than “candy”.? A few items that are dear and near to my heart are in September – National Prostate Cancer Awareness, gynecological Cancer and Awareness & National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Awareness Month.? These three items can be silent killers – They hide and sometimes you and those around you are not even aware they exist until it is too late.? BE TESTED AND BE AWARE.

Have a Great August all and enjoy all the fairs.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!!!!!

Jul 032014

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By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Hello All!!! Hope everyone is enjoying this great weather!!! I know my husband Dan & I have been really enjoying our garden being complete and our swimming pool.

Just a few reminders this month.? August is right around the corner.? BE SURE TO SEND YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE BOOKS IN BY AUGUST 15, 2014 to:

Maine State Grange Headquarters
Attn:? Community Service
146 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330

Please also make sure to send in those nominations for Police/Firefighter/EMT of the Year by August 1, 2014 to:

Christine Corliss
Community Service Director
162 Center Road
Lebanon, ME 04027

If you have any questions to give me a call at 207-651-6494 or via email at ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet  (ccorlissavonatmetrocastdotnet)   or christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)  .

The Coups for Troops Project has been a great success.? We are up to 15 boxes sent out and each box weighs over eight pounds of “cut” coupons.? The total is just over 120 pounds of coupons sent out.? I am in awe of the time, attention and number of Granges and Grangers who are participating in this project. ?I truly have to send out my deepest thanks to all of you.? This shows what a team effort can do.

I would also like to do a scrapbook of events from around Maine for a Maine State Grange Community Service Book.? If you would like your Grange included in this book, please send me a write-up of the project along with a picture.? If we get a good response I would like to put this book together for State Session this year to display on the table for all to see.? I will also put together copies of it for individuals or Granges to take home with them.

Family Health & Hearing – Let’s not forget about this either.? Bringing awareness and giving other reminders sometimes jogs the brains of busy people to be aware of things.? Sunscreen, bug spray, and the danger of ticks are just a few of the things that need our attention this time of year.? Be sure to have fun with this! Join up with the Worthy Lecturer of your Grange and do a whole program!? August is also, Child Support Awareness Month, Cataract Awareness Month, National Immunization Awareness Month, Psoriasis Awareness Month and Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.? Check out each one of these websites for more information and remember to bring awareness and fun from each committee to your Granges.

Hope everyone had/has a great and safe Fourth?of July.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!!!!!