October 2011 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

 – Jacqueline Kennedy

 After several months of creative scheduling… we have a real one with bookworms actually coming to school! In fact, we have a pretty busy month… bookworms and their buddies have lots on the schedule, but the best events are the ones when we read!

Saturday October 8th is the JD Foundations “Keeping Our Communities Warm” Project… stop by at 107 Main Street in Abbot from 8 AM until dusk where there will be lots of winter clothes available for a small donation… give what you can afford, even if it’s just a smile!

Tuesday October 11th is the official start of our 2011-2012 Bookworm Project with an assembly in the PCES Cafeteria at 9 AM. Oh boy! Awesome!

Thursday, October 13th — Mr. Boomsma will be at the school at 9:00 AM.

Friday, October 14th — PCES Dictionary Day! PCES third graders come to the Valley Grange Hall to get their dictionaries!

Tuesday, October 18 — Mr. Boomsma will be at the school at 9 AM.

Thursday, October 20 — Mrs. Marsh will be at the school at 9 AM.

Saturday, October 22 — Come to the Fall Harvest Supper at Valley Grange, 5 PM to 7 PM and help support the Piscataquis Santa Project! It’s a great menu for only $6 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12 (including bookworm buddies) and kids under 5 eat free! A collaborative project with Penquis!

Tuesday, October 25th — Mrs. Marsh will be at the school at 9 AM.

Thursday, October 27th — Mr. Boomsma will be at the school at 9 AM.

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October 2011 Health Beat

Karen’s Kolumn is written by Karen Dolley, R.N. and Grange Friend… we appreciate her knowledge and her willingness to share!

It is that time again when people begin to think about heating their homes. Many of us have already turned on our furnaces or started our wood stoves to “take the chill off” in the early mornings or in the evenings. Most people do not think about carbon monoxide or carbon monoxide poisoning when they begin to plan for a new heating season.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gas, wood, coal, oil, and propane burn incompletely. The fumes can build up in enclosed places like homes and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than four hundred lives every year and sends twenty thousand people to emergency rooms each year. The most common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. A person can be poisoned by a small amount of carbon monoxide over a longer period of time or by a large amount of carbon monoxide over a shorter period of time. High levels of carbon monoxide inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. People who may be sleeping or who are intoxicated can die before they even experience any symptoms at all. Never use gas generators, charcoal grills, or fuel burning camping heaters and stoves inside homes or in other enclosed places like garages during power outages. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of carbon monoxide produced is usually not dangerous. When appliances are used incorrectly, installed incorrectly, or are not working properly, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result.

All heating systems including chimneys and vents should be inspected and serviced every year. Burn charcoal outside only. Do not use gas appliances like stoves, ranges, or clothes dryers to heat your home. Never keep a car running in a garage, even with the door open. Always use generators outdoors away from doors, windows, and vents. Do not use generators in basements or crawl spaces. Install carbon monoxide alarms in the hallway of your home near sleeping areas and test the alarms every month. Don’t sleep in a room with an unvented gas or kerosene heater. Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you experience any signs or symptoms you think might be from carbon monoxide poisoning, get fresh air immediately, open doors and windows, leave the house, go to the emergency room or call 911 and tell the doctor or health care provider that you think your symptoms may be from carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t ignore the symptoms! Plan ahead now for a safe heating season.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm, www.usfa.fema.gov, www.redcross.org, or www.epa.gov.

Harvest Supper Details–Wanna help?

Supper is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd and we start serving at 5 PM. Come early to avoid disappointment!

Valley Grange Hall is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road.

These dinners are truly a community effort. If you’d like to help, contact Sheree Brown or Walter Boomsma. We are currently “shopping” for local produce to feature at our dinner. Our “grocery list” includes:

  • Ham 50 pounds…
  • Potatoes 50 pounds… donated by Fred & Karen Cookson of Dover Foxcroft, thanks!
  • Sweet Potatoes 25 pounds…
  • Zucchini 25 pounds…
  • Carrots 24 pounds…
  • Peas 8 pounds…
  • Squash 48 pounds… donated by Norm Clough of Hermon, thanks!
  • Turnip 25 pounds…
  • Apples 25 pounds… donated by Mark & Wendy Sheriff, Avalon Acres, thanks!
  • Cider 8 gallons…

Pie bakers are still needed… so far we have Nathalee Marsh, Vic Morin (volunteered by Cheryl!), Janice Boomsma, Judy Ricker, Mary Annis…

Proceeds of this dinner benefit the Piscataquis Santa Fund…

Dictionary Days Scheduled!

Dictionary Days have been scheduled and dictionaries have been ordered! As it stands right now SAD 4 third graders will be getting their dictionaries on Friday, October 14th… SAD 68 on Friday, November 4th and we’ll make the rounds in SAD 41 (Lagrange, Milo and Brownville) on Friday, November 19th. Details will be coming soon… along with an updated calendar for the entire year!

Fall Harvest Supper

We know, we know… you really don’t want to start thinking about fall… but we just couldn’t wait to tell you: Valley Grange and Penquis are teaming up for another great supper with a great cause! We had too much fun and success with the Italian Buffet not to do something again. As one of the Penquis Volunteers said when we settled on a date, “Yippie Skippie!”

Mark your calendar and save the date: Saturday, October 22nd. We’ll be serving from 5 PM until 7 PM (or until the food runs out).

And wait until you see the menu… Sheree Brown and her volunteers are planning to top the last “Italian Buffet” and are hoping to feature some “locavore” products from farms and gardens in the area with a traditional harvest feast. (Farmers and gardeners are invited to gain some reconition by donating needed items. An email to grange@boomsmaonline.com or sabrown@penquis.org will get you a list of opportunities.)

Once again, we’re offering this dinner at a price that can’t be beat even by the fast food joints! You can dine fine for a minimum donation of $6 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12 and under five eat free!

And if you’re not ready to think about fall, you surely won’t want to think about the fact that the dinner will benefit the Piscataquis Santa Project.  But the reality is the falling leaves will eventually turn to falling snow… and there are going to be a lot of families in the area who will need some help this year.

Yippie Skippie and Ho,Ho, Ho!

Keeping Our Communties Warm — Winter Clothing Available

Reprinted from the event page on Facebook, The location for this is right at the four corners in Abbot… and the home of Vic and Cheryl Morin. The date is Saturday, October 8th and you can come anytime after 8 AM until dusk.

This project was started by the JD Foundation to try and help our community in the cold months. We save coats, boots, warm clothing, blankets and more to donate to those in the area that needs them.These are either new or gently used items. We also have plenty of mittens, hats, etc… We do not man the tent. We only put a donation bucket out. If you can and want to donate, that is great. If you can’t donate and need things, please take them and leave with a smile. We all need things especially when we have children.

If you have a coat that you no longer need, especially for younger children, please drop them off or give us a call.

We will also have a tent with Christmas items and some brand new items that you can purchase for Christmas presents. Most items are by donation. PLEASE pass this on to all of your friends,& neighbors.

FMI call Cheryl 207-876-2295 or 207-343-1732