November Bookworm Schedule

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. 

Reading is fun!~ John Berger 

Tuesday, November 2 – Mr. Kevin
Thursday, November 4 – Mr. Boomsma

Tuesday, November 9 – Mrs. Marsh
Thursday, November 11 – no school, Veterans’ Day!

Tuesday, November 16 – Mrs. Goodman (tentative)
Thursday, November 18 – Mr. Boomsma

Enjoy Thanksgiving Vacation… read a book!

Tuesday, November 30 – Mrs. Marsh

A Quick Little Thinking Test!

How Do You Put a Giraffe in a Refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. (This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.)

Second Question:
How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. (This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.)

Third Question:
The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. (This tests your memory.)

Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

Fourth Question:
There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference. (This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.)

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the Professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old. They really aren’t that smart.

S.A.D. 41 Dictionary Day Scheduled!

Coming Soon!

Friday, November 19th will be a “big” day third grade students from the district will be receiving their own personal dictionaries compliments of Valley Grange. They’ll also learn a bit about our agricultural history–including the Grange’s relationship to our mail system of R.F.D. (Rural Free Delivery). Coming Soon! The goal of the program is to assist third grade students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them with their own personal dictionaries. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and home for years to come. This will be the Grange’s third year providing dictionaries to third graders in the district.  Parents with home-schooled third graders are welcome to attend or to contact the school to receive a dictionary.

The Grange Team will visit each school on Friday November 19th as follows:

  • Marion C. Cook School in Lagrange at 8:30 AM.
  • Milo Elementary School in Milo at 10:00 AM.
  • Brownville Elementary School at noon.

Resolutions Posted

For those who might not know, the early Grange was much about “lobbying”–primarily for the benefit of the rural/farming community. This heritage continues, and every year at State Grange Conference resolutions are considered. We’re posting the results for this year for your information… Resolutions 2010.

As you may know, I recently assumed the position of webmaster for the Maine State Grange website. Once the redesign is complete most of this state-related information will be readily available there and I’ll save Valley’s space and bandwidth (which is free but limited) by not duplicating it here.

Third Graders, You Can Look It Up!

 The following article is based on a recent press release… view the WABI TV Five News Coverage!

A Guilford Scholar looks it up!

“You can look it up!” becomes the answer to many of the questions third graders have when they have their own dictionaries.  Students from Piscataquis Elementary School in Guilford and SeDoMoCha in Dover Foxcroft can do just that after recently traveling to the Valley Grange Hall in Guilford for some lessons in history and to receive their own dictionary.

For the past seven years Valley Grange members have been providing dictionaries to third graders in the area. The local program is part of a nation-wide effort driven by the Dictionary Project—a non-profit organization based in South Carolina with a goal of assisting all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary

Noting that Valley Grange has expanded the program to now include three districts, Valley Grange Master Jim Annis said, “This has been a fantastic program for us as an organization. It’s got us involved with the children and the schools where we can truly feel we are making a difference and have a lot of fun doing it!”

Program Director Walter Boomsma agrees and says “I never get tired of these kids’ enthusiasm. They just love the idea of having their own dictionary and in the program we do with them we try to get them to understand that they can own not only the dictionary but also all the words in it!”

Sergeant Boothroyd has the children's attention!

An added treat for the visiting students was Sergeant Eric Boothroyd, a civil war re-enactor from Dover Foxcroft. The Sergeant provides a bit of a history lesson and entertainment. He sets the stage for the students to understand how the Grange came into being shortly after the war and continues to be an organization about “people helping each other and the community.”

Boomsma estimates that Valley Grange will distribute around 180 dictionaries this year after traveling to Lagrange, Milo, and Brownville in November.  Parents of homeschooled children are urged to contact their local school or the Grange. Extra dictionaries are also available for children moving into the area.

Tom Tash Benefit Dinner

Valley Grangers are helping with the dessert portion of the dinner to benefit Tom. if you’ve volunteered to bake, please have your goodies at the American Legion Hall in Dover-Foxcroft before 4 PM on Saturday… if you haven’t volunteered but would like to check with Mary Annis (564-0820).

Tom Tash Benefit Dinner

Saturday October 23, 2010

Dinner is  by donation and there will also be a silent auction.  Dinner includes baked beans, bbq ribs, hot dogs and all the fixings and will be served from 4 PM until 7 PM.

Keeping Communities Warm…

From the JD Foundation…

Thanks to our Yard Sale fundraising, we’ve got coats, hats, mittens, scarves, you name it! So we’re having our first annual “keeping our communities warm” project and making winter clothing and accessories for a donation. Give what you can afford… We’ll probably go as low as a smile and thank you. This is actually more of a community event than a sale… let’s help each other get ready for winter before it arrives! Come see what we’ve got! If you’ve got some winter clothes you no longer need, bring ‘em to share. You’ll find your neighbors right at the four corners in Abbot from 8 AM until dusk. We are also having our Christmas Sale with decorations of all kinds and new items that can be purchased for Christmas gifts. Most items still have their stickers on them!! Come to 107 Main Street in Abbot Center on Saturday November 6th!

Saturday, November 6th
8:00 AM until dusk
107 Main Street
Abbot ME 04406

The JD Foundation is a non-profit organization serving as an educational tool to the state of Maine to bring suicide prevention through awareness and education. We created this foundation in Memory of William Jody Day who passed away on November 18, 2005 by suicide. For additional information visit

Welcome, Vic and Cheryl

Cheryl and Vic Morin

Say “Hi” to Valley Grange’s newest members, Vic and Cheryl… voted in and “obligated” (inducted) as Valley Grange members at our October Meeting… a process that typically takes place over several meetings. We actually threatened to make them officers at the same time was well!

From Abbot, the Morins are best known in the area for their commitment to suicide prevention through the JD Foundation which they formed in memory of William Jody Day who passed away on November 18,2005 by suicide. Vic and Cheryl have been “almost members” for some time and it’s great to make it official! We’ve appreciated their help with our Wicked Huge Yard Sale and their support with other projects too.  Welcome, Grangers!

Membership Meeting October 15, 2010

Put some color in your Grange!

What Color Are You and Your Grange?

is a question you’ll answer during this fun-packed presentation by Rick Grotton, Membership Director of the Maine State Grange. All area Granges are invited to join us for an evening of self-discovery and growth! Lots of good things are happening around here… Valley Grange has taken in three new members in the past several months… Parkman Grange is in the midst of an exciting program of revitalization… Garland Grange recently had a record public supper… We’re putting color in our Granges!

This meeting will start with a potluck supper at 6 PM–bring a dish to share and visit with Grange members from all over! You can also help us label all the dictionaries we’ll be presenting this year. “This book and all the words in it belong to…” If you’d like to help us with the “Adopt a Platoon” project, take a look at the information posted and bring an item or two to donate!

The meeting begins at 7 PM… this is one you won’t want to miss!

October Bookworm Schedule

No kidding this time!Reading is fun!

“I often feel sorry for people who don’t read good books; they are missing a chance to lead an extra life.”

~ Scott Corbett ~

Thursday, October 14 Bookworm Kickoff  1:45 PM at the School — Contact Mr. Boomsma for more information! All bookworms are encouraged to attend!

Tuesday, October 19 – Mrs. Marsh

Thursday, October 21 – Mr. Boomsma

Tuesday, October 26 – Mrs. Marsh

Thursday, October 28 – Mr. Kevin Annis