Dictionary Days Are Coming!

According to the Dictionary Project records after we complete this year’s distribution we will have given out 2,766 dictionaries! Thanks to those who support our program and our fundraising efforts!


Dictionary Days!

New DictionaryMonday, October 16, 2017
SeDoMoCha Dictionary Day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
P.C.E.S. Dictionary Day!

Friday, October 27, 2017
Brownville Dictionary Day!

Third graders will be getting their dictionaries compliments of Valley Grange… for more information contact Mr. Boomsma.  We’ll be coming to Ridgeview Elementary and Harmony Elementary soon!

Parents of home-schooled children are invited to contact your school or a Valley Grange Member.

The Bookworms Are Coming!

Valley Grange Bookworms are getting ready to visit P.C.E.S. We’ll be kicking off this year’s program with a brief assembly in the PCES Cafeteria on Monday, October 23 at 2:15 p.m. Third graders will meet old friends and second graders will learn what bookworming is all about!

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!

Congratulations, Melissa and Will

Valley Grange Community Citizens 2017

Melissa and Will

Spring Clean Up Day at Valley Grange!

bucket-309439_1280We’re looking for help with Spring Clean-up! Join our work party on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. (The coffee pot will be on!) We’ve got lots of projects–small and large, inside and out–something for everyone! You can choose how to help. Some things we’d like to accomplish:

  • replace damaged turf in the lawn
  • raking leaves
  • clearing brush from the back of the building
  • floor sweeping/moping
  • wiping down windowsills
  • dusting, general straightening up
  • cleaning kitchen area as needed

If you can give us an hour or two, it will be genuinely appreciated! Bring tools–especially for outside work! Many hands will make the work light… and fun! If you have any questions, call Walter at 343-1842 or email him.

March Meeting Moved!

Last minute change of venue… our poor hall is buried in snow. Tonight’s (March 17, 2017) meeting is being moved to Jim and Mary Annis’s home… hope to see you there! (Jim and Mary are currently at the hall to intercept anyone who shows up there, so if you go to their house and no one’s there, just wait!)

Bookworm Schedule – November 2016

Reading is fun!
Tuesday, November 1, Mrs. Lander will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, November 3, Ms. Erwin will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

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

Thursday, November 10, Mr. Boomsma  will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m

Tuesday, November 15, Mrs. Lander will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, November 17, Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, November 22, Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, November 24 — Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 29, Mrs. Lander will be at school to read at 8:45 a.m.

Dictionary Day Delights!

dp-logo-transparent (1)Third-graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School weren’t the only ones at the Valley Grange Hall for Dictionary Day last Friday. Also present were Corporal Austin and Miss Mary (Civil War Reenactors), Grange Bookworms and Members, and Laura Smith, a reporter from FOX 22/ABC 7 in Bangor. Check her report on Facebook.

This was Valley Grange’s fifteenth year presenting dictionaries to area students, bringing the total distributed to over 1,800. Students who make a field trip to the Grange Hall learn about the Civil War, the early days of the Grange, and the excitement of having their own personal dictionary. Another group of approximately 65 students will be visiting the hall soon and the “Dictionary Team” will be traveling to three schools to complete the program.

Additional information about the Dictionary Program can be found at the Dictionary Project Website.

Sherry and Jim French–the “Dynamic Duo”

Folks came from far and wide to join Valley Grange’s Community Night Celebration–an annual event that celebrates community and recognizes a Community Citizen of the Year. This year the award went to Sherry French of Guilford for her work throughout the area. Sherry’s projects are many, ranging from supporting Pine Tree Hospice to coordinating fundraising events for a number of causes, to answering children’s letters to Santa Claus. Friends and coworkers testified to the unselfish work Sherry does and to the value of her friendship. This year’s event took on an unusual twist in that Sherry’s husband Jim received the Grange’s Award several years ago, so following Sherry’s honor a special certificate was presented to the “Dynamic Duo.”

The evening’s program was based on “Just Five Minutes” with Lecturer Walter Boomsma pointing out the dollar value of volunteering for just five minutes per day. “If everyone between the ages of 20 and 80 in Piscataquis County did that, it would equate to 188 people working full-time for our communities–an average of ten per town and an equivalent payroll of over six and a half million dollars.” But, Boomsma noted, “the real value comes from the impact we can have on others lives.” Every attendee received at least two lollipops, with the instruction they were to give one to someone who they wanted to recognize as “creating an important moment in their lives.”

Additional recognition during the event went to Grange members celebrating anniversaries. Secretary Mary Annis reported on the recent celebration for Opal Bennett, an 80 year member and then presented her husband Jim with his 25 year certificate joking, “It pales by comparison.”

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