February 2010 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!“If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.”

Lily Tomlin

Tuesday, Feb 1 – Mr. Boomsma

Thursday, Feb 3 – Mrs. Marsh

Friday, Feb 4 – “Handling the Tough Stuff” Program at Valley Grange! It’s not just for bookworms!

Tuesday, Feb 8 – Mr. Boomsma

Thursday, Feb 10 –  Mrs. Marsh

Tuesday, Feb 15 –  Mrs. Goodman

Thursday, Feb 17 – Mr. Boomsma

VACATION WEEK for everybody – 21 to 25! More time to read!

Congratulations to Bookworm Mr. Kevin who’s starting a new job. Once his schedule is definite he really hopes to be back on the schedule!

Newspapers in Education Program is starting soon… bookworms who have some time might consider helping out in the classroom. Contact Mr. Boomsma for schedule and information!

Agricultural Scholarship 2011

Last year the Agricultural Scholarship information generated a huge amount of interest (and traffic) to the Valley Grange website. It’s that time of year again! Information, criteria, and an application have all been posted on the Maine State Grange website. Help get the word out!

“Tough Stuff” rescheduled!

—>Coming soon! Do you have this marked on your calendar???<—

The scheduled Valley Grange Program “How to handle the tough stuff” didn’t anticipate handling the tough stuff that came in the form of a major snow storm that buffeted the area. “We stayed committed to going forward as long as we could,” noted Jim Annis, master of the Grange. “But ultimately we decided to postpone the program to make it available to as many folks as possible. Sometimes the best way to handle tough stuff is to avoid it.”

Ms. Deering has graciously agreed reschedule her program and offer some guidance for us bigger people. No matter the size of the person or problem, you’ll find “What to do about the tough stuff” practical and results-oriented. Parents, grandparents–anyone who knows a kid–should plan to attend this positive program on Friday, February 4th at the Valley Grange Hall located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford. Join friends and neighbors for potluck supper at 6 PM (bring a dish to share). The meeting and program will begin at 7 PM. The program is open to the public without charge.

Please Standby!

Well,  you don’t have to stand, you can sit… actually you can just check back. We did end up cancelling the meeting Friday night. Of course it stopped snowing shortly after WM Jim announced the cancellation. The hall was ready… thanks to Floyd and Nat for plowing, shoveling, and getting heat started… but discretion is sometimes the better part of valor and we did want to make sure this program was available to folks who didn’t have a Grange horse.

So we are going to reschedule this meeting, probably within the next week or two. Please check back–as soon as the date as been selected we’ll publish it here!

“How to Handle the Tough Stuff” is coming soon!

National Fame Continues…

If you’d like a look at a major portion of our Community Service book just visit the National Grange Website! When you click that link, you’ll be taken right to the National Contest Page… look at the little box on the right and you’ll see another link to click where you can view 29 pages of our notebook: information about projects and programs, samples of our “Valley Grange Gram Newsletter,” pictures, and news articles regarding accomplishments. It’s awesome! I saw a couple of newspaper articles for the first time!

Meeting Reminder… and a news tip!

Friday Update: I have a yellowed newspaper article regarding a meeting held at Valley Grange in 1883. The reporter included this:  “…many thought that owing to the bad condition of the roads our numbers would be small; nevertheless at 10 o’clock nearly all had gathered with their families, for we had learned, as our worthy Master said, ‘that a granger’s horse could go where no other could.’”

In the spirit of our forefathers, we are not cancelling tonight’s meeting!

In case you missed it… it’s not to late to grab a copy of the Piscataquis Observer and read the feature story by Emily Adams regarding Ms. Deering and our January Program! Read that article and you’ll surely want to attend “How to handle the tough stuff” on Friday, January 21st. Bring a dish to share and come at 6 PM for a community potluck supper and fellowship. The meeting will begin at 7 PM and there’s room for everybody! You’ll help stamp out cabin fever, have some fun, and learn some really good stuff in the process!

By the way, if you still have your Christmas cards, you can help us with a very simple community service project. Award winning community service chair Mary Annis has another great opportunity. Mary says, “For our Grangers who hate to throw away their Christmas cards, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children collects them and uses them to make new cards for sale.  Any type of card is needed… cut the front of the card and make sure there is not writing or printing on the back side… 5″ x 7″ or smaller is preferred.”

Operated by Kids, Corp., a program for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch to learn entrepreneurship skills, the children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive “green” holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of “going green,” Basic information regarding the program is available at the St. Jude’s Ranch website. Bring yours to the January meeting and we’ll make a boxful!

Help Wanted!

Ya wanna play some cards?

As part of our ongoing community service, we’ve agreed to support the

Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce with one of its major fundraisers this year… Casino Night on March 12th. (As you may know the Chamber has lost much of its traditional funding this year and is rising to the challenge.

Valley Grange agreed to help by supply desserts… the Grange and food seem to be almost synonymous! The menu includes desserts like brownies,  chocolate chip cookies or bars, fudge of any variety,  cup cakes,  pumpkin cookies, rice krispy thingies… you get the idea!  Yes, this is a ways off… you probably shouldn’t start baking yet, but it’s not too early to start browsing your cookbooks. And you don’t have to be a Valley Granger to help with this project.  If you’d like to help us with the desserts, just let us know!

The Chamber is also looking for some other types of food as well. The night follows a western theme and that suggests some finger food like crock pots size meat balls or hot dogs in BBQ sauce, small cut sandwiches (egg, tuna, chicken) and condiments like cream cheese and olives.

If you don’t want to cook, you can still help! Volunteers are needed for the night itself. Because of the Casino theme, adults only, please… but the Chamber is looking for folks to help with serving, “customer service,” and a willingness to chip in, work hard, and have some fun in the process.

Don’t just think of this as a benefit to the Chamber. This is about us: the people and organizations that live and work in Piscataquis County. So work on your cowboy holler and get in touch with Sherry French (564-2642) or Deb Boyd (564-7533) and see how you can help!