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.

 

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Valley Grange Has Heart!

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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.

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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 http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

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…