Quick Report…

There wasn’t much buffeting, but there was lots of eating! Last Saturday’s Italian Buffet probably can be considered an annual tradition and event–lots of folks who attended said they came last year and couldn’t miss it! If you did, it’s still not too late to help support the cause! We actually did have a few people drop off a donation even though they couldn’t stay to enjoy the food!

Write a check to Valley Grange and mark it “Smart Starts Program.” Mail it to Mary Annis, Valley Grange Secretary, 28 Orchard Road, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426. Also note that we’ll be collecting donations–cash or school supplies–at Grange events from now until late August. Let’s give our kids a smart start this year!

Volunteers Needed in Aroostook County…

Many hands needed for Maine Harvest for Hunger next Wednesday!

A very generous farmer in Houlton just notified the Penobscot County Extension office that he has thousands of pounds of peas and beans that he’s willing to donate to Maine Harvest for Hunger if volunteers are willing to come harvest. This is the first harvest of both crops – meaning it will be good pickin’!

Any time you can contribute would be much appreciated. The farmer estimated that an average picker would harvest approximately 15-twenty pounds an hour. Just think of the people you could help feed in just one hour!

If you are interested in helping out next Wednesday, August 1st (rain date the following day), please contact Kate Garland at the Penobscot County Extension office (katherine.garland@maine.edu) for details. Please provide your full name and phone number when you email and let Kate know your location if you are interested in carpooling.

Here’s a short video explaining the Harvest for Hunger Program:

Tell Kate you’re a Granger! Bless your pea pickin’ hands and heart!

Bookworm Schedule July 2012

Reading is fun!We may not be getting together at school, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t all reading! (Mr. Boomsma is reading some non-fiction [Talking Back To Facebook] and a book on Yankee Humor.) In lieu of a traditional bookworm schedule, consider these thoughts from Carl Sagan:

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Here are some Valley Grange activities coming up:

Friday, July 20 – The regular Valley Grange Meeting will be held at the home of Mary and Jim Annis… potluck picnic starts at 6 PM! Call Jim or Mary at 564-0820 for more information.Saturday, July 21 – We’ll be having our Italian Buffet Dinner from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Grange Hall… this is a huge treat with a menu that runs from pizza to chicken cacciatore… and wait until you try the chocolate mousse (two s’s – otherwise it would be “mouse”) with raspberries… adults eat for $6, kids 5-12 $3, and under 5 eat free! All proceeds from this dinner benefit the Smart Starts for Students Program… come early before the food runs out!

Thursday, July 26 — Piscataquis Pomona* has their annual Fun and Fund Raiser in the form of a picnic and auction at the home of Walter & Janice Boomsma in Abbot… you don’t have to be a Grange Member to join the fun that often features some fantastic auction finds, plenty of laughs, and we usually wind up roasting marshmallows around the fire pit. Hamburgers and hotdogs are furnished… bring a salad or dessert to share… and if you have something “cool” for the auction, bring that as well! For more information contact the Boomsmas at 876-4131.

Saturday, July 28th — Valley Grange Bookworms and members will be at the Guilford River Festival again this year, handing out free balloons and asking how kids are doing with their summer reading!

Enjoy the summer… and spend some time with a book!

*The Grange “Pomona” is a regional (originally county) collection of local or community Granges… the Piscataquis Pomona includes Dexter, East Sangerville, Garland, South Sangerville and Valley Granges.