You don’t have to speak Italian…

You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy eating it! Family friendly pricing… note also area Granges will be participating in an officer installation program immediately following the supper… the public is invited!

Italian Buffet Postcard

Advertisements

Health Beat — July 2014

HeartDr. Lesley Fernow writes a column called “Senior Matters” for the Piscataquis Observer in Dover Foxcroft. Valley Grange is privileged to have permission to use her past columns for our  “Health Beat” Feature and for the information to be reposted to the Maine State Grange website. Address your questions or comments  to lmf@fernowmedicalhousecalls.com, 207-992-6822. Please note that information is general in nature and specific questions should be addressed to your health care professional.

It’s summer time and it is time for people of all ages to Live It Up.  There are wonderful ways to start the month and to get out.  We recommend for maximum health benefit, seniors should do it with a kid.   What can be better for the spirit than fishing?  Teaching a “young-un” to fish.

This is a special opportunity for seniors who want to spend some “quality time” with grandchildren (your own or someone else’s!) and share your wisdom, patience and love of the outdoors.  It is also a time for children to remind us of how it was when everything was new and wonderful, to remind us how to really experience life as if it were the first time.   Sharing such moments with children gives meaning to our lives and allows us to pass on our dreams, skills and passions to the next generation.  It sometimes stretches us to answer questions we forgot kids ask, and reminds us to keep open to the joy of discovery which young children always have.  Our young children need the mentorship of older people to grow into healthy, responsible adults.  It is an opportunity for them to learn simple life skills from someone with time to spare who isn’t “measuring” their success.   Their parents may also thank you for spending the time with their child.

If fishing is not for you, or you are looking for more “entertainment,” invite a child to go to a fair or any on the many summer events in your area.  Whatever you do, call up a kid and grab an opportunity to “live it up”.

Whatever you are planning with young children, a few tips to make the trip easier:   pack a few easy, healthful snacks like granola bars, fruit, raisins.  Plan for short outings.  An hour or two may be enough for a vey young child.  Don’t plan on driving a long way to the destination-the child will get bored and may get cranky before you get there.  Most of all, have fun!

Backpack Registration Open

Valley Grange is a big supporter of this program–in fact we have a benefit dinner scheduled for August 16 at the hall. Parents, note the deadline to sign up for a backpack for your child(ren) is August 11th and can be done by clicking the link at the bottom. 


Registration is now open for parents to get help providing backpacks for their children. Please share with friends or on pages where families in Piscataquis, Penobscot and Knox counties will see it.

The Penquis Backpack Registration is now open for those families living in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. The Penquis, "We've Got Your Back" program provides a backpacks to school-age children. Registration closes August 11th. Click the following link to register. http://www.penquis.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=1686

The Penquis Backpack Registration is now open for those families living in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. The Penquis “We’ve Got Your Back” program provides a backpacks to school-age children. Registration closes August 11th. Click the following link to register:

http://www.penquis.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=1686