Bookworm Schedule for December, 2017

Reading is fun!

Keep an eye out for our newest bookworm–Mrs. Lockwood. She recently retired from the Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft and knows a lot about books and reading!

Friday, December 1 – Valley Grange has “Breakfast for Supper” at 6:00 pm–join us at the Grange Hall. You can come in your jammies. We’ll have a brief Christmas Program at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 5 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. At 5:30 pm, join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

Thursday, December 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.  K-4 Holiday Concert is tonight at 5:30 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 13Grade 5 – 8 Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCES Gym!

Thursday, December 14 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Monday, December 18PCSS Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, December 21 – Early Dismissal!

Holiday Vacation December 21, 2017, through January 2, 2018. Just don’t take a vacation from reading! Happy Holidays! See you next year!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s a link to a great but simple activity to enjoy with the family: The Thanksgiving Reader.



Raffle Winners Announced

Maine State Grange Past Master Rick Groton drew the winning tickets from the large rotating basket made by Roger Ricker:

  • First Place, Wayne Bennett of Abbot.
  • Second Place, Sierra Hanson of Charleston.
  • Third Place, Reid Burgess of Dover Foxcroft.

Special thanks to McKusick Petroleum and Will’s Shop ‘n Save for their generous support of or annual meat or heat raffle! Those who participate help us keep the lights on and our community service programs running.


Valley Grange Has Heart!

spirit award
Much to our surprise, we were one of the award recipients at the Spirit of America we recently hosted! In presenting the award, Past State Grange Master Rick Grotton noted that we have in the past been a top award winner at the state and national level and were, therefore, being recognized as the “Top Grange” in the State of Maine and nationally for our “heart for community service.

Check Out This Story!

Special thanks to Blake Lipton for hosting a group of folks who are pretty excited about Friday night’s award ceremony!

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And be sure to join us Friday!

Spirit of America Tributes at Valley Grange

volunteer-652383_1280Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at and the event at