Come See Us at River Festival!

Books and Balloons 2017


January 2017 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Welcome to a new year of reading!

Thursday, January 5— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 10— Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 12— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 16— No School!

Tuesday, January 17— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 19— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 24— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 26Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 31— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.


“The book you don’t read won’t help.”

–Jim Rohn

Bookworm Schedule — December 2016


A short but busy month it is!

Thursday, December 1 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, December 2 is the Fellowship Breakfast at Valley Grange, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 5 is the K-3 Holiday Concert at PCSS, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, December 7 is the 4-6 Holiday Concert at PCES, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, December 13 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, December 15 — Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Don’t forget to bring canned goods to PCES for the Giving Tree!

Monday, December 19 — No school–unless you’re a teacher! Christmas vacation for students begins… and the first day back isn’t until January 3, 2017! Enjoy the time off, but keep reading!

“Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”

– Lenore Hershey

“My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”

– Charlton Heston

You’re invited!


No, that’s not a typo! Breakfast is not just for breakfast anymore… join us for a potluck fellowship breakfast followed by a brief Christmas Program. Come in your jammies if you’d like!

Thinking Safety First!

A community event with kids in mind…


Family Friendly Food… Fun… Resources… and it’s all free!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Community Potluck Supper 6:00 — 7:00*

Eddie Eagle Program  7:15 — 7:45 p.m.

*please bring a dish to share with  your friends and neighbors.

We’re assembling family safety resources and plan to have a variety of people and material available during and after the potluck supper… Examples of what we’re looking for include fire safety, bicycle safety, what to do when lightning strikes…  the program is built around the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program, but we have room for people and material on a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in participating as a safety resource or have handout material we can use, call Mary Annis at 564-0820 or Walter Boomsma at 343-1842 or email

Would your child know what to do if he or she found a gun?

Picture1“Mr. Boomsma” will be facilitating the NRA Eddie Eagle Gunsafe® Program as part of this family safety program. Free workbooks will be distributed to kids from pre-school age to grade four, but all ages are welcome! The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by National Rifle Association firearm safety and education experts designed to teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun. In a brand new video, Eddie and his friends remind children that if they see a gun, they need to stop, don’t touch, run away and tell a grown-up. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, no firearms are ever used, and it covers an important topic that needs to be addressed with kids. With recent changes in gun legislation and firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a program that makes sense.

Valley Grange Creates Opportunities!

Community Counts Flyer

November Meeting — Let’s Sign!

November Meeting

Eat and Learn with Extension

Saturday, September 6 Valley Grange hosts the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County Annual Supper and Meeting and it looks like there’s going to be something for everyone!

logo-piscataquis-santaAnother yummy supper is prepared by Penquis Volunteers and all proceeds will benefit Piscataquis Santa. Supper will be served from 5 PM until 7 PM. The meal deal will feature locally grown produce… baked ham, carrots, turnip, squash, potatoes and gravy… apple crisp for desert! Minimum donation is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 3-12, under 3 eat free! Remember, 100% of the proceeds benefit the Piscataquis Santa Fund! (There will only be 110 days until Christmas from this event!)

A LOGOThe program parts include lots of exciting things! Prior to and during supper there will be Extension exhibits and demonstrations including a working bee hive and information on gardening, farming and nutrition. Bring your gardening, farming, nutrition, 4-H questions! There will also be lots of material available… The annual meeting starting at 7 PM will feature highlights of local programming and a feature presentation by John Jemison, UMaine Extension Agronomist, “Think Globally; Eat Locally.” All exhibits, demonstrations, and the program are free!

This is collaboration and cooperation at its best! You can come to one thing or you can come to everything!

Up, Up and Away at River Festival

Here are just a few random images from the 2014 Guilford River Festival… Valley Grange is a proud participant, passing out approximately 300 balloons this year–including some that got away–and having a great time! Thanks to those who came by to visit and a special thanks to those who bought 101 Raffle Tickets! Your support makes our programs possible!

Booth space was provided by Abbot Village Press–hard working volunteers included Bob Carroll, Linda Erwin, Jim and Mary Annis, Roger and Judy Ricker, and Janice and Walter Boomsma.


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Health Beat — August 2014

HeartDr. Lesley Fernow writes a column called “Senior Matters” for the Piscataquis Observer in Dover Foxcroft. Valley Grange is privileged to have permission to use her past columns for our  “Health Beat” Feature and for the information to be reposted to the Maine State Grange website. Address your questions or comments  to, 207-992-6822. Please note that information is general in nature and specific questions should be addressed to your health care professional.

This month’s column was a guest column written by Walter Boomsma for the June 2014 Senior Matters and as a follow up to least month’s “It’s time to live it up” Health beat.

Borrowing Kids Helps Hearts

Several years ago the Mrs. and I accidentally started what has become an annual tradition when we decided to go to the circus. Since it just didn’t feel right going by ourselves, we borrowed the children of some friends to take with us. We had a ball. The kids kept thanking us for months.

Fearing they will eventually decide they are “too old,” we still keep asking every year only to discover they’ve been anxiously waiting for our invitation. We don’t spend much money—they bring their own but are careful spenders. It’s become one of our favorite days of the year.

Educator Rita Pierson says, “Every kid deserves and needs a champion.” She’s right, of course, but what’s great about borrowing kids is that every adult deserves and needs at least one kid. In fact, the older we get, the more important it becomes to spend time with kids. Whether you take your own grandchildren or borrow some, everybody wins.

Studies have documented the benefits of mixing seniors and kids, but the statistics aren’t half as exciting as the experience itself. During our last foray, we learned (rather humorously) the disadvantage of being the youngest in the family. We also watched two young ladies make some very intelligent decisions that left us believing there is hope for the future.

Of course we acknowledge that borrowing kids is an awesome responsibility, but we’ve learned not to make things too complicated. The kids actually don’t expect much. It’s not about how much money you spend; it’s about respecting and being interested in them as little people.

There are plenty of free and low-cost opportunities to share with a kid. Talk to them; listen to them. Appreciate their energy and wonder. Your heart will feel younger.