Valley Grange Wins Big!

We are still admiring the new dining hall look… and the new curtain tiebacks… not to mention that the lights are all on upstairs… We have been so fortunate to get a lot of help with “fixin’ up” our hall! But it didn’t all come entirely free… we’ve spent some significant dollars on materials and supplies. And we’ve had to buy oil—it’s typically only every eighteen months, but it’s a significant expense for us. So it’s time to “pump up” the treasury a bit!

Who knows how much you could win?

Who knows how much you could win?

You Could Win Big!

With thanks to Linda Erwin for the idea, we’re embarking an exciting fundraiser… the 101 Raffle! There will only be one winner, and we really aren’t sure how much he or she will win ultimately—it could be BIG! The winner gets 101 Scratch Lottery Tickets!! So a one dollar ticket could win you 101 chances to win big! The drawing will be held during our Italian Buffet public supper in August. (Download Italian Buffet Supper Flyer with more information–you won’t want to miss this annual treat!) The winner need not be present to win, but must be at least 18 years old since lottery tickets are involved. Linda and Janice will be pushing tickets big time… decide how many you will take to sell and how many you will buy for yourself! Tickets are packed in books of five… and are just about ready for distribution.  Call Linda (876-4241) or Janice (876-4131) to get yours… or plan to pick them up at our meeting on June 20!

101 Raffle

You don’t have to speak Italian…

You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy eating it! Family friendly pricing… note also area Granges will be participating in an officer installation program immediately following the supper… the public is invited!

Italian Buffet Postcard

Health Beat — July 2014

HeartDr. Lesley Fernow writes a column called “Senior Matters” for the Piscataquis Observer in Dover Foxcroft. Valley Grange is privileged to have permission to use her past columns for our  “Health Beat” Feature and for the information to be reposted to the Maine State Grange website. Address your questions or comments  to lmf@fernowmedicalhousecalls.com, 207-992-6822. Please note that information is general in nature and specific questions should be addressed to your health care professional.

It’s summer time and it is time for people of all ages to Live It Up.  There are wonderful ways to start the month and to get out.  We recommend for maximum health benefit, seniors should do it with a kid.   What can be better for the spirit than fishing?  Teaching a “young-un” to fish.

This is a special opportunity for seniors who want to spend some “quality time” with grandchildren (your own or someone else’s!) and share your wisdom, patience and love of the outdoors.  It is also a time for children to remind us of how it was when everything was new and wonderful, to remind us how to really experience life as if it were the first time.   Sharing such moments with children gives meaning to our lives and allows us to pass on our dreams, skills and passions to the next generation.  It sometimes stretches us to answer questions we forgot kids ask, and reminds us to keep open to the joy of discovery which young children always have.  Our young children need the mentorship of older people to grow into healthy, responsible adults.  It is an opportunity for them to learn simple life skills from someone with time to spare who isn’t “measuring” their success.   Their parents may also thank you for spending the time with their child.

If fishing is not for you, or you are looking for more “entertainment,” invite a child to go to a fair or any on the many summer events in your area.  Whatever you do, call up a kid and grab an opportunity to “live it up”.

Whatever you are planning with young children, a few tips to make the trip easier:   pack a few easy, healthful snacks like granola bars, fruit, raisins.  Plan for short outings.  An hour or two may be enough for a vey young child.  Don’t plan on driving a long way to the destination-the child will get bored and may get cranky before you get there.  Most of all, have fun!

Backpack Registration Open

Valley Grange is a big supporter of this program–in fact we have a benefit dinner scheduled for August 16 at the hall. Parents, note the deadline to sign up for a backpack for your child(ren) is August 11th and can be done by clicking the link at the bottom. 


Registration is now open for parents to get help providing backpacks for their children. Please share with friends or on pages where families in Piscataquis, Penobscot and Knox counties will see it.

The Penquis Backpack Registration is now open for those families living in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. The Penquis, "We've Got Your Back" program provides a backpacks to school-age children. Registration closes August 11th. Click the following link to register. http://www.penquis.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=1686

The Penquis Backpack Registration is now open for those families living in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. The Penquis “We’ve Got Your Back” program provides a backpacks to school-age children. Registration closes August 11th. Click the following link to register:

http://www.penquis.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=1686

Happy Birthday, Betty!

Betty VanDyke continues to be a big supporter of Valley Grange in as many ways as possible. Betty recently celebrated her 9oth Birthday with a party attended by many friends and Grangers. Those couldn’t attend sent cards and messages. This is Betty’s appreciation and some thoughts about her Grange career.


A Happy Betty is flanked by her daughters Lois (left) and Ginny at her 90th birthday celebration.

I don’t think anyone will ever know how I feel about the Grange and how badly I felt the day I wrote for a demit that I knew I would never use.  Those 28 years were the best years of my life and I miss those days a lot.  The work I did being Lecturer of Valley Grange for oh so many years were growing years for me and grow I did using my brain to prepare the programs that I hoped would be satisfactory for the night.  Being on the CWA committee where my husband had to bring me to Augusta and “cart women  around” was a highlight of my belonging.  Then being asked to be Community Service Director of the Maine State Grange, how proud I was for that, receiving  a Plaque of Achievement for work well done was over the top. I tell you all this not to brag but to let you how much the Grange meant to me.

I was “from away,” you see, and people told me then that I would never be accepted.   But I tell you here and now I have been accepted and you can be too.  The friends I have made through this journey are precious to me because they don’t forget. I have seen this recently on the occasion of my 90th birthday with the cards and Facebook messages from Grangers near and far.

I do hope with all my heart that Valley Grange grows with the community as I try to help out in whatever manner I can.  If you are from away, please don’t try to change these good people, they have a lot to offer to you and you will be happier if you listen  to them. Join what ever Grange is closest to you.  Join to help them, your community and yourself.  And as the Girl Scouts sing, “Make new friends, keep the old, one is silver the other is gold.”  As a member of the Grange you can accomplish a lot.

Best of luck to all Granges everywhere.

I remain your friend,

Betty VanDyke

Bookworms Also Write!

Artist's rendition of bookworm buddies!

Artist’s rendition of bookworm buddies!

Here are a few thank you notes we recently received from our Bookworm Buddies at Piscataquis Community Elementary School:

Dear Bookworm Friends,

Thank you for letting me read to you this year. I enjoyed talkng and reading to you it was really fun very fun. You were very nice and very kind to me. I hope you have a nice and joyful summer.

Thank you for listening to me read this year. I will see you next year. Are you going to be here next year? Have a great summer!

I want to thank you for listening to me read this year. It was really fun and I want to do it again. I am going to read more this summer. Have a great summer.

Thank you for listening to me read this year. I hope you enjoyed listening to me read to you. I hope you have a nice summer. I won’t see you next year but I hope you have fun reading with the other kids.

Thank you for letting me read to you. I enjoyed when it was my turn to read to you. I live it when you take your time to come and listen to me. I look forward to seeing you next year.

Thank you for letting me read to you. I hope your summer is fun. I hope you do lots of things over the summer. Drive safe. I will be reading a lot this summer.

Thank you for listening to me read this year. It was fun! But I won’t see you next year because I’m moving. I wish I don’t have to move. Have a good summer!

Thank you for listening to me read this year and letting me talk to you. I plan to read this summer.


Dear Bookworms and friends,

Thank you! We will miss listening to you read this summer while we are all on vacation! We had fun with you and learned a lot, too. Have a great summer but don’t forget to visit the library and do your summer reading!

Sincerely,

The Valley Grange Bookworms

Health Beat — June 2014

HeartDr. Lesley Fernow writes a column called “Senior Matters” for the Piscataquis Observer in Dover Foxcroft. Valley Grange is privileged to have permission to use her past columns for our  “Health Beat” Feature and for the information to be reposted to the Maine State Grange website. Address your questions or comments  to lmf@fernowmedicalhousecalls.com, 207-992-6822. Please note that information is general in nature and specific questions should be addressed to your health care professional.

Lifelong learning is the process of keeping your mind and body engaged—at any age—by actively pursuing knowledge and experience. Lifelong learning–whether it’s learning how to paint, speak a foreign language, use a computer, improve your golf swing, or repair your car—has wonderful benefits for adults 50-plus:

  • Keeps your mind sharp
  • Improves memory
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Offers an inexpensive way to try something new
  • Saves money as you learn to “do it yourself”
  • Gives you a feeling of accomplishment
  • Helps you meet people who share your interests
  • Builds on skills you already have
  • Offers an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade and increase your income
  • Gives you a new interest that you can share with family and friends

The Piscataquis Valley Adult Educational Cooperative (PVAEC) is a regional collaborative offering courses in various programs from literacy training to personal enrichment to college degree programs.  For more information go to: http://pvaec.maineadulted.org/about/ or visit Penquis Higher Education Center (PHEC) at 50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Phone: 564-2942.

“Mrs. Orton” named Community Citizen

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer includes Walter Boomsma, program director, Bill and Julie Orton, and Jim Annis, master.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer includes Walter Boomsma, program director, Bill and Julie Orton, and Jim Annis, master.

Julie Orton, principal of PCES (Piscataquis Community Elementary School) was named Valley Grange’s Community Citizen of the Year during recent Community Night activities.

Program Director Walter Boomsma noted that Mrs. Orton gets credit for a number of collaborative programs between the school and Valley Grange. “It started with Words for Thirds and just took off from there,” he announced. “We quickly added bookworming and Newspapers in Education. Our GrowME collaboration truly started with a program at PCES that’s become huge–this year volunteers visited nearly 5o classrooms and interacted with at least 850 students in the area.”

The event was attended by Mrs. Orton’s fellow teachers, staff, friends, and parents of children attending PCES who spoke of Mrs. Orton’s compassion, leadership, and strong work ethic. Many considered the event somewhat “bittersweet” as this will be Mrs. Orton’s last year leading PCES–she’s retiring and looking forward to a slightly more leisurely pace. She does plan, however, to continue educating and nurturing children and may be back at school to substitute teach.

A “Just Five Minutes” slide program challenged those attending to consider the value of a daily five-minute commitment to communities. Boomsma pointed out that if “each person in our county between the ages of 20 and 80 spent five minutes per day, “the dollar value is over six million per year and equates to 188 full-time workers.”

Valley Grange was the recent recipient of some community service and honors were bestowed on the “Helping Hands” team from Mountain View Youth Development. Audience members quickly rose to a standing ovation after learning of the amazing makeover the kids and their supervisors completed to the Grange’ dining hall.

Maine State Grange Master Vicki Huff made a surprise appearance for the occasion and presented secretary Mary Annis with a certificate recognizing twenty-five years of membership. Annis is also the Grange’s Community Service Director and responsible for many of the programs Valley Grange runs to support our communities.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer. Mary Annis, Linda Erwin and Vicki Huff celebrating Mary's quarter century of membership.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer. Mary Annis, Linda Erwin and Vicki Huff celebrating Mary’s quarter century of membership.

 

Health Beat – May 2014

Heart

Dr. Lesley Fernow writes a column called “Senior Matters” for the Piscataquis Observer in Dover Foxcroft. Valley Grange is privileged to have permission to use her past columns for our  “Health Beat” Feature and for the information to be reposted to the Maine State Grange website. Address your questions or comments  to lmf@fernowmedicalhousecalls.com, 207-992-6822. Please note that information is general in nature and specific questions should be addressed to your health care professional.

Gardening for Seniors

How can you enjoy working out, eating local produce, and enhancing your total well being affordably all summer?  Garden!  Gardening builds and strengthens muscles, providing full body exercise for people of all ages.  An hour of steadily digging, weeding, and mulching is the equivalent of taking 10,000 steps!  Enjoying ripe tomatoes and other fresh produce will double your rewards.  Canning or freezing some of your crop will further extend the benefits of your labor well into the winter.

Inviting a friend or young child to work with you may enrich your experience and socially engage your mind in ways that are known to protect against cognitive decline.  While you’re in your garden, take care to plant some pumpkins.  You’ll have homegrown jack-o-lanterns in the fall, and you can harvest the seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are a “super food” containing high levels of fiber and protein.  They may also contribute to prostate health, bone strength, and help to prevent arthritis.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants that boost your immune system.  Other foods you may want to grow in your garden that have crucial nutrients to prevent disease include garlic, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and onions.

For tips on planting a successful garden, call the Piscataquis Cooperative Extension office at 564-3301, or check out their website at  http://umaine.edu/gardening/

You may also qualify for Senior FarmShare, a program that provides fresh seasonal foods for eligible seniors.  You can learn more about this program by calling Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 1.877.353.3771, or by visiting www.getrealmaine.com

Bookworm Schedule — May 2014

Reading is fun!“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

— Anne Lamott


It’s May! It’s May! The lovely month of May!

Thursday, May 1 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM Don’t forget the Fifth Grade Play at 7 PM in the PCES Cafeteria at 7 PM! Most bookworms will also be at the Grange Hall to help with our second day of painting and serve lunch to the Helping Hands Crew at 11:30!

Friday, May 2 – Bookworms and Grange members should attend the Valley Grange Business Meeting at 7 PM. Come a little early to help with clean up from painting!

Saturday, May 3 – Valley Grange hosts a DUV Meeting… the public is invited to drop by at 2

Tuesday, May 6 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 8 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM

Tuesday, May 13 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 15 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM–this is also Art Show Day at PCES!

Friday, May 16 – Valley Grange Community Night! Potluck Supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM… everyone is invited and kids are welcome! Come see who is our “Community Citizen of the Year!”

Tuesday, May 20 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 22 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM–Don’t forget the Third Grade Exhibition in the PCES Gym at 6 PM!

Monday, May 26Memorial Day… no school, but time to remember and honor those who served! Check local papers for parade and ceremony times.

Tuesday, May 27 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM

Wednesday, May 28 – Don’t forget the Grade 4-6 Concert in the PCES Gym at 6 PM!

Thursday, May 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM. (Note there is a school budget informational meeting at 6 PM tonight and the meeting itself follows at 7 PM.)

Arts Alive is coming Friday, June 6th!

 

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