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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February 2017 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Will the groundhog see his shadow or be too busy reading!?

Newspapers in Education –ad creation starts this month!

Thursday, February 2— Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 7— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 9— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 14— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 16— Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

February 20 through February 24— School Vacation! Lots of extra reading time!

Tuesday, February 28— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

 

Bookworm Schedule, April 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, April 5– Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 7– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 13 – Newspapers in Education Supplement will be in the Observer!

Thursday, April 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 15 – Valley Grange Night! Potluck supper at 6 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

April 18 through April 22 – No school!

Tuesday, April 26 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

NIE Winning Ads Announced!

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Nearly 100 third and fourth graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford were challenged to create an advertisement for Valley Grange as part of the annual “Newspapers in Education” program sponsored by the Piscataquis Observer. This is the seventh year the Grange has sponsored the program. Students have an opportunity to become “Honorary Assistant Publicity Directors” according to Walter Boomsma, Program and Publicity Director for Valley Grange. Under the direction of Art Teacher Jane Daniels students labored to produce ads that would promote the Grange and its programs.

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

The winning ads were featured during an assembly conducted at school by Boomsma on Friday, March 20 Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is winner” and the Grange is providing “thank you magnets you can use to hold your school papers on the fridge.” Boomsma also noted that the Grange was particularly pleased so many ads included a reading theme and dictionaries, reflecting the students’ appreciation for the Grange’s Bookworm and Words for Thirds Program. “Our goal with the kids is to create a love of reading and learning. These ads suggest we’re achieving it.”

Third Grade winners announced at the recent school assembly included Summer Nesbit (3rd), Olivia Richardson (2nd), and Zachariah Demmer (1st). Zachariah’s first place drawing suggested “Don’t be a snail, hurry on down to Valley Grange.” Fourth grade winners included Abrielle Kemp (3rd), Meriel Willey (2nd), and Eli Riitano (1st). Eli’s ad included a book being devoured by a book worm while a nearby apple was left uneaten.

All of the winners refused to give an acceptance speech with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but most were “media darlings” when interviewed and photographed by local reporter Mike Lange.

The ads selected as first place winners will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer on March 25th. In addition, winning ads are used on the Grange’s promotional material throughout the year.

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis noted that Valley Grange is happy to sponsor a number of programs at PCES and other schools in the area. “We just love being at the school,” he noted. “These kids are our future and they give us hope.”

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“Mrs. Orton” named Community Citizen

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer includes Walter Boomsma, program director, Bill and Julie Orton, and Jim Annis, master.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer includes Walter Boomsma, program director, Bill and Julie Orton, and Jim Annis, master.

Julie Orton, principal of PCES (Piscataquis Community Elementary School) was named Valley Grange’s Community Citizen of the Year during recent Community Night activities.

Program Director Walter Boomsma noted that Mrs. Orton gets credit for a number of collaborative programs between the school and Valley Grange. “It started with Words for Thirds and just took off from there,” he announced. “We quickly added bookworming and Newspapers in Education. Our GrowME collaboration truly started with a program at PCES that’s become huge–this year volunteers visited nearly 5o classrooms and interacted with at least 850 students in the area.”

The event was attended by Mrs. Orton’s fellow teachers, staff, friends, and parents of children attending PCES who spoke of Mrs. Orton’s compassion, leadership, and strong work ethic. Many considered the event somewhat “bittersweet” as this will be Mrs. Orton’s last year leading PCES–she’s retiring and looking forward to a slightly more leisurely pace. She does plan, however, to continue educating and nurturing children and may be back at school to substitute teach.

A “Just Five Minutes” slide program challenged those attending to consider the value of a daily five-minute commitment to communities. Boomsma pointed out that if “each person in our county between the ages of 20 and 80 spent five minutes per day, “the dollar value is over six million per year and equates to 188 full-time workers.”

Valley Grange was the recent recipient of some community service and honors were bestowed on the “Helping Hands” team from Mountain View Youth Development. Audience members quickly rose to a standing ovation after learning of the amazing makeover the kids and their supervisors completed to the Grange’ dining hall.

Maine State Grange Master Vicki Huff made a surprise appearance for the occasion and presented secretary Mary Annis with a certificate recognizing twenty-five years of membership. Annis is also the Grange’s Community Service Director and responsible for many of the programs Valley Grange runs to support our communities.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer. Mary Annis, Linda Erwin and Vicki Huff celebrating Mary's quarter century of membership.

Photo courtesy of the Piscataquis Observer. Mary Annis, Linda Erwin and Vicki Huff celebrating Mary’s quarter century of membership.

 

Newspapers in Education — First Place Ads!

Don’t miss the Newspapers in Education Supplement in this week’s Piscataquis Observer–look for some stories about Valley Grange’s participation and find these two ads!

Third Grade, First Place ad drawn by Julia Rose Munson

Third Grade, First Place ad drawn by Julia Rose Munson

Fourth Grade, First Place Ad drawn by Taylor Folsom

Fourth Grade, First Place Ad drawn by Taylor Folsom

Meat or Heat Raffle Winners

With a resounding Grange thanks to our ticket sellers and buyers, we are pleased to announce this year’s winners!

First Place $100 meat or heat: Garwood Howell

Second Place $50 meat or heat: Lois Prescott

Third Place $25 meat or heat: Bruce Chamberland

Auction helper Hailee (sorry if that's not spelled correctly) enjoys her reward.

Auction helper Hailee (sorry if that’s not spelled correctly) enjoys her reward.

This year’s top ticket sellers included Roger and Judy Ricker, Janice Boomsma and Pat Engstrom, and Betty VanDyke and her granddaughter Roxanne. Thanks for your efforts!

Winners were drawn during intermission  and following our auction of “leftovers” from our Harvest Festival dinner. Auction helper Hailee still had energy left to draw the winning tickets. In appreciation for all her help, she was rewarded with a dictionary–made possible by your support of Valley Grange and our raffle. We caught her looking up words during the second half of the program!

And a special thanks to McKusick Petroleum and Will’s Shop and Save for prize contributions.

Valley Grange appreciates the support we receive from our communities… thanks for making programs like Words for Thirds and Bookworming possible. Collaborations like our recent Harvest Festival to help Piscataquis Santa… our annual Community Citizen Award presentation, Newspapers in Education, and GrowMe are all made possible thanks to you!

First Place Advertisments

Ad by Matthew Burdin

Ad by Matthew Burdin 

 

Ad by Nyla Larrabee
Ad by Nyla Larrabee

 

Newspapers in Education Winners

Madeline Taylor, Avery Herrick, Nyla Larrabee, Qianna Ann Nadeau, Matthew Burdin, Isabel Bussman

Madeline Taylor, Avery Herrick, Nyla Larrabee, Qianna Ann Nadeau, Matthew Burdin, Isabel Bussman

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis and Program Director Walter Boomsma were at PCES in Guilford on Friday, March 22 to satisfy a lot of kids’ curiousity! A few weeks ago third and fourth graders had made a big effort to design the ads that would ultimately be selected to appear in the special Newspapers in Education Section of the March 27th edition of the Piscataquis Observer.

The winning third grade ad was drawn by Matthew Burdin and the winning fourth grade ad was drawn by Nyla Larrabee. “The judges had a real hard time,” Mr. Boomsma told the students. “If you did your very best, we think you’re a winner.”

Certificates were given to third graders Isabel Bussman and Qianna Ann Nadeau for second and third place. Fourth graders Madeline Taylor and Avery Herrick received similar recognition. PCES Art Teacher Mrs. Daniels was recognized for her support of the students and the program.

None of the winning students were prepared to give an acceptance speech, but each left with a smile. Mr. Annis noted that Valley Grange “really enjoys the many projects we do with the school. You guys make us proud.”

Winning ads will also appear in Valley Grange publications and flyers throughout the year.

Newspapers in Education

Dictionaries came in handy!

Dictionaries came in handy!

Lots of kids at PCES want to know… and the answer is, “yes!” Our judges have selected the winning advertisements for the Newspapers in Education contest. But we’re keeping it a secret for now! We’ll announce the winners in a special assembly in the PCES cafeteria on Friday, March 22nd at 9:30 AM. The first place ad from Third Grade and the first place ad from Fourth Grade will appear in the Piscataquis Observer on Wednesday, March 27th.