A Big Certificate at Will’s!

Wedge BannerImagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop’n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, 2017.  The second announces that Will’s Shop ‘n Save was the Small Business Administration’s Business of the Year in 2016.

The store and its owners are well-known throughout the area for their support of the community in part because they are truly part of the community. How many grocery stores do you know that actually have a small food cupboard run by two young kids?! (Check out the cover photo on their Facebook Page.) Melissa and Will are two very thoughtful people and great examples of the fact that pride and humility are not in opposition to each other. We’ll congratulate them again–and says “thanks” for acknowledging Valley Grange’s award!

Community Night at Valley Grange!

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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.

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“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!

Bring Your Scissors!

hands-697645_1280If you can handle a pair of scissors and tie a knot, you should join a group of cut-ups at the Valley Grange Hall!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 a.m. until…

The coffee pot will be on and there may be a few snacks… running with scissors will be strictly prohibited.

Under the capable tutelage of Pat Engstrom all men, women, and children will be manufacturing blankets for Project Linus and for Veterans. She says it’s real easy and has even convinced Jim Annis to try his hand at it! No sewing is involved.

Any questions call Pat at 564-8290 or Janice at 876-4131. Material will be provided.

Speaking of cutting, remember that we are collecting coupons that you have no use for as part of our “Coups for Troops” Program. Bring what you have! Additional items collected include Box Tops for Education and aluminum can tabs.

Bookworms Start Wiggling!

FReading is fun!riday, October 14 at 8:00 a.m. Bookworm Assembly at PCES in the gym following morning assembly!

Tuesday, October 18 Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, October 20 Mrs. Lander will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 25 Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, October  27 Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, October 28 is PCES Dictionary Day!! Third graders visit Valley Grange at 11 a.m. for a presentation and to receive their dictionaries…

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2016 — 2017 Meeting Schedule

While there are still some “tentatives” and “to be determineds” we have our meeting schedule for the Grange Year 2016-2017. Download your copy:

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And stay tuned! We are in the process of counting kids and planning dictionary days…

Bookworm Schedule, March 2016

Reading is fun!Third and fourth graders should be ready for Newspapers in Education! We’ll be designing ads this month!

Tuesday, March 1 – Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2 – Don’t forget supper with a side of reading and snuggle up with a book! More info available from the school.

Thursday, March 3 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. It’s March Madness Wild West Day!

Friday, March 11 – No school!

Tuesday, March 15 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 21 through March 25 is Ag week — GrowME Volunteers will be at school with activities for Kindergarten through third grade.

Tuesday, March 29 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Guilford Birthday Bash

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Valley Granger cited in Dictionary Project Newsletter

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Sponsor Spotlight: Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange #144

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Enthusiasm is important to the success of any project, but it is not the only ingredient. Although enthusiasm is frequently the catalyst, the jump-start that gets the engine going, it is commitment that provides for the life and continuity of a dictionary project. Commitment, or the state of being whole-heartedly dedicated to a cause, is what has driven Walter Boomsma to continue The Dictionary Project for the Valley Grange #144 for the past eight years. “My passion is kids first, second and third,” said Boomsma and The Dictionary Project appreciates his efforts to ensure that today’s children have a bright future.

Read the entire article here.

Valley Grange Creates Opportunities!

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