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.

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…

Some Summer Affairs!

Saturday, July 30 Valley Grangers will be at River Festival with free balloons! Find them with Mr. Boomsma in the Abbot Village Press canopy… from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 4 Piscataquis Pomona Meets at Garland Grange… potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m. You can a Pomona Directory of Area Granges here .

Saturday, August 13, Valley Grange hosts Officer Installation for all area Granges! Paid chicken pie supper ($5) at 6:00 p.m. with Past State Master Vicki Huff and her team conduction installation at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited! Grange Masters, please let Piscataquis Pomona Master Bill Bemis or Overseer Walter Boomsma know how many from your Grange will be participating.

Wednesday, August 24 is set-up day at the Piscataquis Valley Fair with Grange Exhibits being open Thursday through Sunday. You can download judging information here. Granges currently committed to participating are Valley, Garland, and Piscataquis Pomona. If your Grange would like to join, please let us know ASAP.

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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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Opal Bennett Honored — 80 Year Member!

A team of members recently visited Hibbard’s Assisted Living Facility in Dover Foxcroft where they honored member Opal Bennett for her 80 years as a member. The team included Master Jim Annis, Secretary Mary Annis, Chaplain Janice Boomsma, and Lecturer Walter Boomsma. Opal was joined by a number of her friends and several family members. Master Jim entertained the group with several stories demonstrating that the Grange is still very active and thanked Opal for her many years of membership. The Hibbard’s Staff served refreshments and a good time was had by all!

Bookworm Schedule – May, 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, May 3– Mr. Boomsma  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 5 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 6 – Yard Cleanup at Valley Grange… 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Bring your rake!

Tuesday, May 10– Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

 

Tuesday, May 17 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 19 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 20 – Community Night at Valley Grange! All are welcome… community potluck supper at 6:00 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24 – Mr. Boomsmawill be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 26 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, May 30 – No school! Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 31 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Community Help Needed!

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