Valley Grange Supports Veterans and Kids

Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”

Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.

Bruce and Bear

“Bear” and “Joker” at a recent Valley Grange Meeting

In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!

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Spring Clean Up Day at Valley Grange!

bucket-309439_1280We’re looking for help with Spring Clean-up! Join our work party on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. (The coffee pot will be on!) We’ve got lots of projects–small and large, inside and out–something for everyone! You can choose how to help. Some things we’d like to accomplish:

  • replace damaged turf in the lawn
  • raking leaves
  • clearing brush from the back of the building
  • floor sweeping/moping
  • wiping down windowsills
  • dusting, general straightening up
  • cleaning kitchen area as needed

If you can give us an hour or two, it will be genuinely appreciated! Bring tools–especially for outside work! Many hands will make the work light… and fun! If you have any questions, call Walter at 343-1842 or email him.

Bookworm Schedule for May, 2017

Reading is fun!Tuesday, May 2 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 11 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, May 19 – Community Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Community Night Program at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Grange!

Tuesday, May 16 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 29 — No school!

Tuesday, May 30 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Is it too early to start planning your summer reading program?