February Meeting Rescheduled!

snow-shovel-2001776_640Our February meeting has been postponed by one week from this Friday until Friday, February 22, 2019. We’ll have the usual potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm. The weather forecast is part of the reason but several other factors have come into play.

Please help us get the word out… this will be posted on the Valley Grange Facebook Page and a Grange Gram will be sent today.

By way of a hint, we are expecting some special guests… and don’t forget we will be discussing who will be our 2019 Community Citizen of the Year along with some updates regarding Newspapers in Education and our GrowME program.

Sorry for any inconvenience! I wonder if the Secret Shoveler will arrive now that there’s more time to get the steps cleared…

Secret Shoveler Strikes!

snow-shovel-2001776_640I headed to the Grange Hall yesterday with a deep sense of foreboding, trying not to imagine how much snow would be piled up on the steps and porch. There’d been at least three significant storms since someone was last there. I’d even loaded several types of shovels in case I encountered layers of ice and hard crust.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived to find only a little light snow to remove. It seems a secret shoveler had arrived at some point during recent weeks and removed the major accumulations. If you happened to drive by at the moment I discovered that you’d have seen me leaping for joy at the base of the steps!

The identity of the secret shoveler at this point is, well, a secret! The only evidence remaining was a pink snow shovel left on the porch. Since the shoveler was probably wearing gloves, it will not be dusted for fingerprints. It will, however, remain on the porch either to be reclaimed by its rightful owner or to be used by those who might be inclined to stop at the hall after a snowstorm and clear off the steps.

To our secret shoveler, we say, “Thanks!” It’s great to live in a community where folks help each other and the community. While we’re being grateful, we owe a big thanks to Jim French of French Construction for keeping our parking lot plowed during the winter!

Valley Grange does our best to remain “open for business” throughout the winter and knowing that it’s a community effort strengthens our resolve. This Thursday (February 7) we are hosting the Piscataquis Pomona Grange meeting with a potluck supper at 6 pm and meeting at 7 pm. On Friday (February 15) we’ll get together for our regular monthly meeting which also includes a potluck supper at 6 pm and meeting at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing our annual Community Night in May and selection of Community Citizen of the Year 2019. You’re invited to join us and help!

Remember this. Hold on to this. This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning. This is why we’re here. To make each other feel safe.

Andre Agassi

Bookworm Schedule for February 2019

Avoid cabin fever by curling up with a book… reading can take you anywhere!
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Tuesday, February 5 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 7  — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 12 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday,  February 14 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 15 — Valley Grange Meeting! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, Meeting at 7 pm.

February 18 – February 22 Enjoy School Vacation!

Tuesday, February 26 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 28 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mrs. Daniels every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:10.

January Meeting Cancelled

Master Jim Annis is canceling the January Meeting (scheduled for tomorrow) based on the current weather forecast. Sorry for any inconvenience… our next meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2019, with a 6 pm potluck and meeting at 7 pm. See you then!

Bookworm Schedule for January 2019

Make it a New Year’s Resolution to read more!
Bookworm

Thursday, January 3 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 am.

Tuesday, January 8 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 10  — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 15 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday,  January 17 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 22 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 24 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 29 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 31 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mrs. Daniels every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:10.

You Are Welcome!

Sharp Thank You

Breakfast for Supper

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Traditions can be great and that certainly applies to our annual “Breakfast for Supper” program every year. We also have some great treats as members and friends put together a smorgasbord of breakfast dishes that may include an Apple French Toast Casserole… crispy bacon… lots of homemade muffins… an egg casserole or two…there’s always plenty to eat but bring a contribution if you can. And you can even come in your Jammies–we’ll have the hall plenty warm and the warmth of the season will help.

Guests are welcome but not obligated to stay for our short meeting and Christmas Program starting at 7 pm. We’re usually finished and on our way home by 8:15 pm.

Do plan to join us for a relaxing and fun time! Questions regarding food arrangements can be addressed to Mary (564-0820) or Janice (876-4131). Or send an email to grange@boomsmaonline.com. Weather permitting you can come by car, sleigh, snowmobile or if you live close enough skis and snowshoes!

Friday, December 7, 2018

 

Bookworm Schedule for December 2018

BookwormTuesday, December 4 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 6  — Mrs. Kimball  will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 7 — Breakfast for Supper at the Valley Grange Hall at 6 PM… come in your jammies!

Tuesday, December 11 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday,  December 13 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 18 — Mrs. Landerl will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 20 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Happy Holidays to All!

Blanketeers Meet and Make…

When it took a while to get the heat working, the saying “Cold hands mean warm hearts,” was literally true for the Blanketeers who met at Valley Grange to craft Project Linus blankets. This session resulted in a dozen completed and more in process… Working on these comfort blankets for kids is a great wintertime activity that can be done at home in front of the fireplace. If you can tie an overhand knot and would like to help, leave a comment or contact Heather Burgess or Pat Engstrom.

Maine Granger Pens Book on Order

BY LORETTA NIETO
Communication Fellow at National Grange Convention

Signing

Photo by Karie Blasingame

There are many current Grangers who do not have a full understanding of why the Grange participates and carries on the many traditions that it does, therefore, Walter Boomsma wrote the book titled, “Exploring Traditions–Celebrating the Grange Way of Life.”

This book is not a manual expressing how people can become Grangers. However, it is an explanation of the many traditions and rituals that Grangers have practiced for 150 years.

A Granger of 16 years and a communication director of the state of Maine, Boomsma had been writing monthly columns about exploring traditions in the Grange for three years. Then he was presented with the idea of gathering all of the columns he had written and publishing them as a book. In agreement to the idea, Boomsma felt that it was important to revive the understanding of the many rituals and traditions that Grangers participate in because many individuals have lost their understanding within the 150 years of why they do what they do.

“My main example is the ritual of being mindful of when to cross and not cross between the altar and the Graces. Many Grangers do not know why this is a ritual and they follow it because that’s all they have ever known. The reason it is important is because it is a form of respect for women” Boomsma said.

So he decided to expand on what the mission of Grange is, the purposes that Grange was built on and showing readers that the Grange is more than a historical organization. The Grange teaches ways of life and how working through communities makes the world a more efficient place.

In Stowe, Vermont at the National Convention on Wednesday morning Boomsma will be holding a book signing. “The message that I want people to take away after reading my book is that the Grange has a huge opportunity to become more relevant through its rituals” and in order to fulfill becoming more relevant Grangers have to learn that middle ground, consisting of keeping rituals but being comfortable with  transitioning into modern-day styles, Boomsma said. Letting go of the phrase, “that’s the way we have always done it,” is the primary step of moving forward to letting the Grange flourish as an organization.