Come See Us at River Festival!

Books and Balloons 2017

A Big Certificate at Will’s!

Wedge BannerImagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop’n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, 2017.  The second announces that Will’s Shop ‘n Save was the Small Business Administration’s Business of the Year in 2016.

The store and its owners are well-known throughout the area for their support of the community in part because they are truly part of the community. How many grocery stores do you know that actually have a small food cupboard run by two young kids?! (Check out the cover photo on their Facebook Page.) Melissa and Will are two very thoughtful people and great examples of the fact that pride and humility are not in opposition to each other. We’ll congratulate them again–and says “thanks” for acknowledging Valley Grange’s award!

Congratulations, Melissa and Will

Valley Grange Community Citizens 2017

Melissa and Will

Community Night at Valley Grange!

Postcard Announcement

Valley Grange Supports Veterans and Kids

Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”

Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.

Bruce and Bear

“Bear” and “Joker” at a recent Valley Grange Meeting

In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!

Spring Clean Up Day at Valley Grange!

bucket-309439_1280We’re looking for help with Spring Clean-up! Join our work party on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. (The coffee pot will be on!) We’ve got lots of projects–small and large, inside and out–something for everyone! You can choose how to help. Some things we’d like to accomplish:

  • replace damaged turf in the lawn
  • raking leaves
  • clearing brush from the back of the building
  • floor sweeping/moping
  • wiping down windowsills
  • dusting, general straightening up
  • cleaning kitchen area as needed

If you can give us an hour or two, it will be genuinely appreciated! Bring tools–especially for outside work! Many hands will make the work light… and fun! If you have any questions, call Walter at 343-1842 or email him.

Bookworm Schedule for May, 2017

Reading is fun!Tuesday, May 2 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 11 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, May 19 – Community Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Community Night Program at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Grange!

Tuesday, May 16 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 29 — No school!

Tuesday, May 30 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Is it too early to start planning your summer reading program?

Bookworm Schedule, April 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read… deadline for entries is this month!

Tuesday, April 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Remember Valley Grange is hosting the Piscataquis Pomona Meeting tonight! Chicken Pie Supper at 6:00 p.m. – meeting at 7:00 p.m. features National Grange Master Betsy Huber. All are welcomed!

Friday, April 7 — Jump Rope for Heart activities all day at school!

Tuesday, April 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Newspapers in Education Supplement (including winning Valley Grange ads) will be in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 13 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 14 – Bikes for Books Assembly! Bikes… books… clowns… oh, my!

April 17 – April 21 – School Vacation!

Friday, April 21 – CWA Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and special program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are!”

National Grange Master to Visit!

Betsy Huber

National Master Betsy Huber

National Grange Master Betsy Huber will attend the Piscataquis Pomona Grange Meeting to be held at Valley Grange on April 6, 2017. We will share a “Chicken Pie Supper” prepared by Pomona Master and Chef Extraordinaire Bill Bemis starting at 6:00 pm. Our meeting and program will begin at 7:00 pm and include a “town hall style visit” with our National and State Master Rick Grotton. This is a great opportunity for Grangers from near and far to hear and be heard about Grange on a National scope.

Huber will be in Maine from April 5 until April 8. Details of her visit and planned events will be available on the Maine State Grange website.

While an RSVP is not required, it will help immensely if we have some idea of how many people are attending, particularly with planning the dinner. Please fill out the form below. Don’t forget to click the “submit” button at the bottom!

For additional information, please contact either Bill Bemis, Piscataquis Pomona Master (207 924-4123) or Walter Boomsma, Piscataquis Pomona Overseer (207 343-1842) and Publicity Director. (Media inquiries should be addressed to Walter.)

Directions and a map to the Valley Grange Hall can be found on this site. Our GPS address is 272 Guilford Center Road, Guilford ME 04443.

Carpools and a caravan are being arranged from Bangor Grange–contact Brenda Gammon or Rolf Staples.

Your RSVP…

March Meeting Moved!

Last minute change of venue… our poor hall is buried in snow. Tonight’s (March 17, 2017) meeting is being moved to Jim and Mary Annis’s home… hope to see you there! (Jim and Mary are currently at the hall to intercept anyone who shows up there, so if you go to their house and no one’s there, just wait!)