2016 — 2017 Meeting Schedule

While there are still some “tentatives” and “to be determineds” we have our meeting schedule for the Grange Year 2016-2017. Download your copy:

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And stay tuned! We are in the process of counting kids and planning dictionary days…

Some Summer Affairs!

Saturday, July 30 Valley Grangers will be at River Festival with free balloons! Find them with Mr. Boomsma in the Abbot Village Press canopy… from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 4 Piscataquis Pomona Meets at Garland Grange… potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m. You can a Pomona Directory of Area Granges here .

Saturday, August 13, Valley Grange hosts Officer Installation for all area Granges! Paid chicken pie supper ($5) at 6:00 p.m. with Past State Master Vicki Huff and her team conduction installation at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited! Grange Masters, please let Piscataquis Pomona Master Bill Bemis or Overseer Walter Boomsma know how many from your Grange will be participating.

Wednesday, August 24 is set-up day at the Piscataquis Valley Fair with Grange Exhibits being open Thursday through Sunday. You can download judging information here. Granges currently committed to participating are Valley, Garland, and Piscataquis Pomona. If your Grange would like to join, please let us know ASAP.

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Sherry and Jim French–the “Dynamic Duo”

Folks came from far and wide to join Valley Grange’s Community Night Celebration–an annual event that celebrates community and recognizes a Community Citizen of the Year. This year the award went to Sherry French of Guilford for her work throughout the area. Sherry’s projects are many, ranging from supporting Pine Tree Hospice to coordinating fundraising events for a number of causes, to answering children’s letters to Santa Claus. Friends and coworkers testified to the unselfish work Sherry does and to the value of her friendship. This year’s event took on an unusual twist in that Sherry’s husband Jim received the Grange’s Award several years ago, so following Sherry’s honor a special certificate was presented to the “Dynamic Duo.”

The evening’s program was based on “Just Five Minutes” with Lecturer Walter Boomsma pointing out the dollar value of volunteering for just five minutes per day. “If everyone between the ages of 20 and 80 in Piscataquis County did that, it would equate to 188 people working full-time for our communities–an average of ten per town and an equivalent payroll of over six and a half million dollars.” But, Boomsma noted, “the real value comes from the impact we can have on others lives.” Every attendee received at least two lollipops, with the instruction they were to give one to someone who they wanted to recognize as “creating an important moment in their lives.”

Additional recognition during the event went to Grange members celebrating anniversaries. Secretary Mary Annis reported on the recent celebration for Opal Bennett, an 80 year member and then presented her husband Jim with his 25 year certificate joking, “It pales by comparison.”

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Opal Bennett Honored — 80 Year Member!

A team of members recently visited Hibbard’s Assisted Living Facility in Dover Foxcroft where they honored member Opal Bennett for her 80 years as a member. The team included Master Jim Annis, Secretary Mary Annis, Chaplain Janice Boomsma, and Lecturer Walter Boomsma. Opal was joined by a number of her friends and several family members. Master Jim entertained the group with several stories demonstrating that the Grange is still very active and thanked Opal for her many years of membership. The Hibbard’s Staff served refreshments and a good time was had by all!

Bookworm Schedule – May, 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, May 3– Mr. Boomsma  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 5 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 6 – Yard Cleanup at Valley Grange… 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Bring your rake!

Tuesday, May 10– Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

 

Tuesday, May 17 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 19 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 20 – Community Night at Valley Grange! All are welcome… community potluck supper at 6:00 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24 – Mr. Boomsmawill be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 26 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, May 30 – No school! Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 31 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Community Help Needed!

Yard Clean

Bookworm Schedule, April 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, April 5– Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 7– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 13 – Newspapers in Education Supplement will be in the Observer!

Thursday, April 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 15 – Valley Grange Night! Potluck supper at 6 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

April 18 through April 22 – No school!

Tuesday, April 26 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, March 2016

Reading is fun!Third and fourth graders should be ready for Newspapers in Education! We’ll be designing ads this month!

Tuesday, March 1 – Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2 – Don’t forget supper with a side of reading and snuggle up with a book! More info available from the school.

Thursday, March 3 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. It’s March Madness Wild West Day!

Friday, March 11 – No school!

Tuesday, March 15 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 21 through March 25 is Ag week — GrowME Volunteers will be at school with activities for Kindergarten through third grade.

Tuesday, March 29 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, February 2016

SReading is fun!nuggle up with a book! What a great way to spend a cold winter’s evening!?

Tuesday, February 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 4 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19 — School Vacation!

Tuesday, February 23 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 25 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Guilford Birthday Bash

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