Bookworm Schedule February 2013

Reading is fun!“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” 

Eugene Field

February… give your Valentine a book! This is also the month third and fourth graders begin work on our Valley Grange Newspapers in Education advertisments… and we all start thinking of spring!

Tuesday, Feburary 5 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 7 –  Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, February 8 – Mrs. Daniel’s third and fourth grade art classes begin work on Newspapers in Education advertisments!

Tuesday, February 12 –  Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 14 – Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 15 – Bookworms, Grange members and friends… monthly Valley Grange Meeting–community potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Saturday, February 16 – Bookworms are invited to attend the February Pomona Grange Meeting at East Sangerville Grange–supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM with special guest Vicky Huff, Maine State Overseer

School vacation the week of February 18 through 22.

Tuesday, February 19 – 3 PM GrowME Collaboration meeting at 3 PM at PCSWCD. Volunteers welcome!  Contact Mr. Boomsma for information

Tuesday, February 26 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 28 – Mr Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Valley Grange, 1300 Dictionaries Later!

Valley Grange recognized for presenting over 1300 dictionaries!

Valley Grange recognized for presenting over 1300 dictionaries!

February Pomona Meeting

The February Pomona meeting is now scheduled for Saturday, February 16th at East Sangerville Grange. Members of East Sangerville are providing supper at 6 PM and the meeting to follow at 7 PM will feature Vicky Huff, Maine State Grange Overseer. All area Grange members are encouraged to attend… while supper reservations aren’t required, it will help to have some idea of how many are coming… please contact Bill at 924-3537 or send an email to and let us know! Our complete February schedule will be posted soon…

We’re A Resource!

video_cameraperson_400_clr_5858And we have resources! The sort that made it possible to provide WABI TV-5 with some connections on short notice that made the following story possible:

Local Grange Continues To Be A Resource!

Special thanks to Grangers Mary Annis and Harriet Mitchell for their quick response, appearances and comments… and to reporter Laura Roberts who has covered several Valley Grange events. Here’s a great line from the story:

“Many of them (Granges) have closed over the years, but Valley Grange in Guilford is still around and still doing good work.”

And if you think media coverage isn’t effective, a couple of kids caught me at school today to announce, “Hey, Mr. Boomsma! I saw Valley Grange on TV last night!”

Dover Foxcroft Granges To Be Honored

Valley Grange of Guilford is undertaking a project members hope will preserve an awareness of the historical role of Granges in the area. Funds are being raised to purchase commemorative bricks for the future Central Hall sidewalk. These bricks will honor Granges that used to operate in the Dover Foxcroft area.

Grange Secretary Mary Annis notes that many of Valley’s older members actually joined as a result of consolidation of local Granges as transportation improved and the need for neighborhood Granges diminished. “During the Grange’s expansive growth period, there were actually three Granges located in what is now Dover Foxcroft,” Annis reports. Central  Grange was organized in 1875 (the same year as Valley Grange started in a school-house near Lowe’s Bridge) in what was then Foxcroft. Additional Granges were formed in East Dover in 1879 and South Dover in 1883.

Central Hall actually played a role in the Grange’s development in Maine by hosting the organization’s state-wide conference in the mid-1880’s.

The members of Valley Grange voted to support the restoration of Central Hall from the beginning. Program Director Walter Boomsma expressed that support during early efforts by writing, “As an organization steeped in tradition, we certainly value the preservation of history and we believe tradition is necessary to maintain a strong community identity. Buildings such as Grange halls and community centers like Central Hall (as the very name implies) have served and can continue to serve as a beacon and rallying point.”

Fund-raising for Valley Grange’s project has already been boosted by several donations, including other community Granges in the area. While additional financial support would be welcome, Annis notes that another need is information. “We’d like to list the years each Grange operated,” Annis explained. “While getting the beginning dates has been relatively easy, discovering their entire history has been more of a challenge. We’re hoping anyone who may remember these important community organizations will contact us.” (Thanks to State Grange Historian Stan Howe for his help with this!)

On Friday, January 18th, Valley Grange will host a community potluck supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM which will feature some historical information about local Granges past and present. The public is invited to come and share memories and learn more about the Grange’s role in today’s communities. The Valley Grange Hall is located at the corner of Guilford Center Road and Butter Streets in Guilford.

Those who wish to help with the project can contact Mary Annis at 564-0820. Donations should be sent to Valley Grange, 28 Orchard Road, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426.