June 2011 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!“A book is like a garden you can carry in your pocket.”

Chinese Proverb



Wednesday, June 1–Don’t forget the K-6 Art Show at PCES, from 5 PM- 7 PM!

Friday, June 3– High Five for Arts Alive! (Valley Grange will be represented by Mr. & Mrs. Annis, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Prescott, and Mr. Boomsma. Thanks also to bakers Betty VanDyke, Linda Erwin, and Janice Boomsma!)

Thursday, June  2 – Mr. Boomsma

Tuesday, June 7 – Mrs. Boomsma

Thursday, June 9 – Mr. Boomsma

Tuesday, June 14 – Mr. Boomsma

Don’t forget your Summer Reading List!

Come see us at the Piscataquis River Festival in July!

Give Us A Hand?!

Not THAT kind!

Receiving applause is nice, but that’s not what we’re seeking! We’re not asking for a huge commitment–may just a few minutes here and there or an hour a month… to help us help others. We do our best to provide help where it’s needed, but occasionally WE could use some help ourselves! If you are interested in becoming a “friend of the Grange,” Just tell us about your interest–you get to pick what you do! We promise we won’t bug you too much and we won’t give your information to anybody else! You can use the Give Us A Hand Card listed at the right or send an email. We promise you’ll have fun!

Tell Us ‘Bout the Good Ole Days!

Judy tells us 'bout the good ole days!

It was a night to remember and a night for remembering as CWA Chair Judy Ricker shared music, facts and photos from the past. Thanks to photographer Roger Ricker we had a “virtual tour” of the Maine State Museum with many members offering color commentary… including Laura Pratt who admitted she remembered using a number of items pictured.  We also learned the derivation of a number of current sayings and found ourselves longing for some of the prices from days gone by… when Judy mentioned that mens’ dress shirts were only seventy nine cents in 1940, Laura noted that was the year she and Vance were married. So now we know what they paid for his shirt!

Our opening song (in two or three part harmony at times) was “You Are My Sunshine…” with the notation that “you” are about the only sunshine we have had for a while!

We also made some rousing plans for participating in the Guilford River Festival this year. Stay tuned (well, come back again) for more information about that… We’ve got lots of events coming up:

June 3rd many of our bookworms will be helping out with Arts Alive at PCES.

June 7th we’ll be having a joint meeting with Parkman Grange.

June 17th we have our regular monthly meeting.

June 18th is our Wicked Huge Yard Sale.

Don’t forget we can always use extra hands… if you can spare a few minutes to help out we need bakers for several of these events, helpers at our yard sale… chat with a granger and see what the opportunities are… or just send an email!

3rd Annual JD Foundation Yard Sale


Now scheduled for July 22 – July 24th.

Vic and Cheryl are gearing up for this massive event… donations of antiques, furniture, books, sporting goods, tools, household items, kitchenware, clothing, toys will be greatly appreciated… as will any volunteer help before, during and after the sale. Arrangements for pickup of items or to volunteer can be made by contacting Vic or Cheryl at 876-2295 or 343-1735. You can also email thejdfoundation@yahoo.com

The sale will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 through May 30 from 8 AM until 4 PM each day–right in the heart of Abbot Maine on Route 15.

The JD Foundation serves as an educational tool to the state of Maine by bringing suicide prevention through awareness and education.

Mom Facts…

The following is allegedly based on second graders responses to some questions…

Why did God make mothers?

1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

2. Mostly to clean the house.

3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We’re related.

2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.

2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.

2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?

3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot

2. She got too old to do anything else with him.

3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.

2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.

3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

Wicked Huge Yard and Bake Sale 2011

Mark your calendar! 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 a friendly atmosphere! This all takes place on Saturday June 18th… 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’re accepting donations for the yard sale. Please call Nat Marsh (876-3343) or Janice Boomsma (876-4131) for more information.

Raised Bed Gardening

How would you like to get a chance to gain some practical experience with container and raised bed gardening by helping the “experts?”–for FREE!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will be presenting raised bed and container gard demonstrations throughout the gardening season. Staff and master gardeners will deomonstrate how to prepare, plant, care, harvest, and preserve vegetables grown in raised bed and container gardens. The first session is at 1 PM on Friday, May 6th at the Extension Office — 165 Main Street, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426. For a complete schedule including rain dates visit the Extension Website. Come get some good dirt under your fingernails!

Teacher Appreciation

When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery.

May 2 through May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Just saying “thanks” would of course be great, but if you’d like some really neat ideas for ways to show an appreciation for a teacher in your past… or in your child’s life now, take a look at this Teacher Appreciation Website.  But don’t forget:

“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.”