July Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A library is a hospital for the mind.
~ Anonymous ~

Got your attention! There is no official bookworm schedule because there is no school! But that doesn’t mean we all stop reading!  First a warning to students: If you run into Mr. Boomsma he’s going to ask you how your summer reading is going! And then as a reminder:

Don’t forget to visit the library! As of this writing:

  • The Guilford Memorial Library as of this writing is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Sangerville Public Library is opened Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft has summer hours that include Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

And don’t forget the Smart Starts for Students Program!

Piscataquis Pomona Picnic Fun and Fund Raiser

It’s the fifth or sixth (who’s been counting?) annual Piscataquis Pomona Picnic at the Boomsma’s! This year the date is July 1st, Thursday. The official start time (for eating) is 6 PM, but folks are welcome to arrive a bit before that… you can sit and commune with nature, throw some horseshoes, feed the mosquitoes… a host of activities will be available for your pleasure.  If you can find the Abbot Post Office, you can find the festivities… just head down River Road on the left across from the Abbot PO… it’s the second house on the right, 17 River Road. No, we don’t know why it’s called River Road if it runs Kingsbury Stream!

Bring lawn games and lawn/folding chairs! It’s a Potluck Picnic… the grill will be going and Walter and Janice will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and should have plenty of condiments… you might bring a casserole, salad, dessert to share. We usually have plenty of food, so don’t think bringing something is a requirement!

How much for this hat?

The auction probably won’t put Christies out of business… although we always have some classics… it’s really sort of an opportunity to get rid of junk, have some fun, and raise a little money for worthy causes. Some stuff shows up every year and just changes hands. Who’s got the duck basket this year? (We always sell at least one funny hat… and one year we had a book by Margaret Chase Smith that almost got autographed.)

Remember, you do not have to be a Grange Member to attend this… and it’s a great opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun with some good old-fashioned folk. Well-behaved children are welcome and might be enlisted as auction helpers. Poorly behaved children will be auctioned off as slaves.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Janice or Walter either by email or at 876-4131. We don’t require an RSVP, but it does help us plan if we have some idea who’s coming! Bring a friend — if you don’t have one come and make one!

4-H is Alive and Well!

As part of my work with the Executive Committee of County Extension, I recently got to see and hear a great presentation about some of the things being done by and with 4-H and to “see” the kids and some of their adventures through photographs the kids took themselves. For a real treat, visit their blogs: Milo 4-H, Brownville 4-H, and Lagrange 4-H.  There are over 60 kids involved in 4-H in these three programs. By the way, did you know about the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation?  I also got to meet the new director, Audrey Chapman and learned a little bit about their work. The Foundation was established in the 1960’s to aid in the financial support of the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program and they offer grants and scholarships and various other support to local 4-H clubs and individuals throughout the state. I’ve added these links to this site as well as a link to the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Site. Of course you can always call your local Extension Office for more information. By the way, the Piscataquis County 4-H Awards program is scheduled for Friday, July 23rd at the Extension Building on Main Street in Dover Foxcroft. If you’re interested in bringing a potluck dish to share and meeting some great kids, contact Barbara Baker for more information.

The Grange Readers

written by a second-grader in Miss Stephen’s class

The Grange Readers like to read books. Also they love to spend time with students and with other Grange Readers. They support students. All the Grange Readers live in different towns. The Grange Readers are nice people. There are only six of them. They only come on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Grange Readers are important to the school because they help children read. The Grange Readers are important to me because they encourage me to read words that I think are silly. The Grange Readers help children by telling the student the real word. Every year the second and third graders participate in this contest on drawing for the Valley Grange Book Worms. The people who participate in this program are Mrs. Annis, Mr. Boomsma, Mrs. Burleigh, Mrs. Marsh, Mr. Downing, and also Mrs. Goodman. Every Tuesday and Thursday the Grange Readers are in different classrooms. The Grange Readers are special to everyone.

Wicked Huge Yard Sale!

Everybody wins! This annual event helps us raise funds for our community service projects like Words for Thirds, Bookworming, knitting hats and mittens, supporting scholarships… there’s almost as many projects as there will be items at the Yard Sale!

We offer indoor shopping comfort… and still have a few outside spaces left for crafters and other vendors. Call Mary Annis at 564-0820 for more information.

This all takes place on June 19th… starting at 8 AM and going until 1 PM. Come early for the best buys… including some Great Grange Goodies at our companion bake sale. This is one Yard Sale you won’t want to miss! The Grange Hall is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road. GPS users: our official address is 172 Guilford Center Road.

We’ll be accepting donations for the yard sale through this Wednesday, June 16th. Please call Nat Marsh (876-3343) or Janice Boomsma (876-4131) for more information.

Shoppers Note: The hall is full and we expect to spill on to the porch and into the yard the day of the sale! A last minute donation means you can shop for appliances: gas range, fridge, dryer, hot water heater… a large TV (not HD, but comes with the converter)… a Ryobi trimmer… tons of books… Come see, come save!

Guilford Primary Makes Arts Alive!

"The Wiz"

On Friday June 4th nearly 100 second and third graders filed into the S.A.D. 4 Guilford Primary School Multipurpose Room to receive their instructions for what many call “the best day of the best day of the year.” As they filed in to take their seats, the room brightened both with anticipation and the bright red and blue t-shirts each wore.

Students and visitors were reminded that the Arts Alive Program is truly a community effort thanks to numerous volunteers from Hardwood Products, the “HUGS” parent group, teachers, parents and other individuals from around the area including some high school students from  Piscataquis Community High  and Middle School.

Workshop selections included Building Bat Houses, Dance Revolution, Painted Pots, Still Life Drawing, Sculpture/Beads, Tie Dye, Dizzy Dancing Discs, Charcoal Drawing, Dynamite Drumming, Slate Etching, “Movement,” and making Felt Balls. Additional treats included an extra long morning recess complete with popcorn and juice drinks and a cookout lunch served by volunteers from Hardwood Products in Guilford.

The day also included lots of laughter and creativity. Students didn’t need much reminding of the “Smile!” part of the slogan for the day. There were plenty of smiles, giggles and laughter on everyone’s part. Even the crows were happy as they cleaned up the spilled popcorn on the playground.

The day was capped off by a special presentation by Dan Grady’s Marvelous Marionette Medley.  In his lively interactive presentation Grady explained to the children how the marionettes “work” and encouraged them to have confidence in their artistic abilities.

As the students headed for home teachers and staff remained to bake the sculptures – wizards were especially popular this year – and to organize the students’ projects for them to take home on Monday.  The sculptures, bat houses, etched slates and dizzy dancing disks sat quietly waiting to become reminders of what many students consider the “best day” of the school year and that those arts are alive.

On site volunteers from Valley Grange were Nat Marsh, Jim and Mary Annis, Kevin Annis, Lois Prescott and Walter Boomsma. Thanks also go to Betty VanDyke, Janice Boomsma, Susan Burleigh, Nat, Mary and Lois for baking desserts!

Thanks For The Thanks, SeDoMoCha!

If Memorial Day didn’t make you feel patriotic, you should have been at the recent “tea” for volunteers held at SeDoMoCha in Dover Foxcroft. You’d have gotten to hear over 300 students recite the pledge of allegiance with fervor and gusto!

Principal Wilma Lombardi led students and staff through a brief but enthusiastic program to recognize volunteers “who are so important and help us with so many things.” The list was long, but the students didn’t lose their enthusiasm and right to the last name their applause was loud and clear.

Volunteers were recognized for classroom work, organizing activities, supporting special programs, and “just being there for us.” Valley Grange received accolades for participating in the RIF (Reading is Fun) Program and the ever popular “Words for Thirds” Dictionary Program.

Events such as this bring us together as a community… and the school staff and kids are thanked for taking time out from their busy end of the year activities to give us the opportunity! It was awesome!

June Bookworm Schedule

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.Reading is fun!

~ James Russell Lowell  ~

Due to the many activities taking place as we approach the end of the school year, we do not create a formal Bookworm Schedule for June. Mr. Boomsma will visit the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for “Bookworming by Demand” and maybe a recess or two!

 Friday, June 4th is Arts Alive and Valley Grange Volunteers  will be present to help out!

Students, it’s not too early to plan your summer reading program… and don’t forget to visit the library! As of this writing:

  • The Guilford Memorial Library as of this writing is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Sangerville Public Library is opened Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft has summer hours that include Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

And don’t forget the Smart Starts for Students Program!

June Health Beat

“Karen’s Kolumn” is researched and written by Public Health Nurse Karen Dolley. We appreciate her support and willingness to share!

“Hands On Home Safety–A Safe Home Is In Your Hands”

June has been designated Home Safety Month. The Home Safety Council recommends taking actions that will increase the safety of our homes. The five leading causes of home injury are falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking and suffocation, and drowning. Home related injuries result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits per year.

June 1-6 is Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Week; June 7-13 is Teen Driving Safety Week; June 14-20 is Preventing Overexertion At Work and at Home Week; June 21-27 is Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving Week; and June 28-30 is designated for Summer Safety topics.

Unintentional overdose from over the counter medications, prescription medications, and illegal drugs is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Always store medications out of the reach of children, use child safety locks, use prescription drugs for their intended use only, and consult a doctor or pharmacist before combining medications to ensure there are no harmful interactions.

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for United States teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. Establish a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drug use while behind the wheel. Twenty eight percent of all car crashes are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting while behind the wheel. Never text while driving, silence your cell phone before driving, leave cell phones out of reach while driving, and pull over and park your car if a call is absolutely necessary. As of January 1, 2010, seven states have implemented handheld cell phone bans and nineteen have text messaging bans. Teens driving after dark are four to five times more likely to crash. Set a curfew. Give your teen driver a lot of supervised time behind the wheel.

Overexertion is a major cause of inflammation of joints and ligaments. Most injuries are strains and sprains to the back or spine. Overexertion is the third leading cause for non-fatal injuries in the United States. Always know your own limits, enlist help, avoid bending, reaching or twisting when lifting, pace yourself, stretch or warm up before lifting or exercise, and lift with legs bent and objects held close to the body.

Being exposed to hot weather for too long can result in serious health problems or death due to heat exposure. Monitor children and the elderly closely. And don’t forget your pets.

To help prevent falls install grab bars in the tub and shower, use nonslip mats, use bright lights over stairs and on landings, and keep stairs clear of clutter.

To help prevent fires and burns have working smoke alarms and hold fire drills, always stay by the stove while cooking, use the back burners while cooking, turn pot handles towards the back of the stove, and keep hot water at 120 degrees to prevent serious burns.

To help prevent choking and suffocation keep small objects where children cannot see them or touch them, place babies on their backs to sleep and do not use pillows, toys, or comforters in a crib, do not use window blinds with pull cords, and always supervise children near water including bathtubs, toilets, pools, spas, and buckets of water.

For more information and fun activities go to www.nsc.org or www.homesafetycouncil.org.