Maine member releases easy-to-read book ‘Exploring Traditions’ of the Grange

Reprinted from the September 2018 issue of The Patrons Chain–The Official Newsletter of the National Grange


Walter Boomsma, Program Director of Valley Grange and Maine State Grange Communications Director has authored the book, “Exploring Traditions–Celebrating the Grange Way of Life.”

While this is not his first book, Boomsma believes it may be one of his most important.

“The primary goal in writing it was to encourage exploration,” Boomsma said. “The Grange is a 150-year-old organization with a strong agricultural focus and many are questioning its relevance to today’s society. I wanted to encourage people to develop a deeper understanding of what the Grange is all about–including our members. The Grange is very much about a way of life and, while farming has changed, people have not.”

Boomsma said he also believes people who are not familiar with the Grange will appreciate exploring the value of tradition in general since “tradition and ritual create stability and a sense of community, especially when we understand the basis for them.”

Betty Van Dyke accepts the “very first copy” of Exploring Traditions from Walter Boomsma, the author.

National Grange Master Betsy Huber provided a foreward to the book, in which she wrote, “These essays by Walter Boomsma unpack the teachings of the Grange and relate them to today’s world
and our everyday lives. He has a gift for taking the lessons from the farm and showing their relevance today, even for those whose only interaction with agriculture happens through their food and clothing choices. He understands the meaning the Grange Founders intended and interprets the sometimes archaic language to reveal the principles they wanted to teach to farm families who often had no other opportunity for education.“

Boomsma dedicated the book to a woman he affectionately calls a “Granger Extraordinaire,” Betty Van Dyke of Guilford. During a presentation of the first copy of the book, Boomsma said Van
Dyke explained the great influence she had during his “formative years” as a Grange member.

“I came to appreciate both her knowledge of the Grange’s teachings and her commitment to what I later came to understand as ‘the Grange Way of Life.’”

At the height of her Grange career, Van Dyke held a number of local and state positions, including serving as the Maine State Community Service Director. At 94, Van Dyke still keeps track of what’s going on at Valley Grange and is a strong supporter.

Boomsma will sign copies of the book at the 152nd Annual Convention where it will be available for sale. It is also available through the Grange Supply Store. Contact Loretta Washington at sales@nationalgrange.org or by phone at (202) 628-3507 ext. 109.

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Kids Write!

We can’t resist sharing a few notes we’ve received from Mrs. Gokas’ Third Grade Class at Piscataquis Community Elementary School! The kids wrote them as part of wrapping up this school year and getting ready for summer.

Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all you do for our school. It means a lot to us. We enjoy all the stuff you help make happen. For example, Bookworm, Arts Alive, Words for Thirds, and GrowME. 

I have a lot of fun doing all of these programs you help with.

I like the dictionary that you gave us.

Thank you for letting us read to you and be able to have Arts Alive and other programs like Arts Alive.

K.W.

(We think she really likes Arts Alive!)


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all that you have done for our school. We really appreciate it.

The GrowME Program was really fun. My grass plant is still alive.

The dictionary, Words for Thirds that you have given third grade has been really helpful for me in the time that has passed. 

The Bookworm Program has been really enjoyable in the passed two years. It has taught me to read more comfortably with other people each time.

The Arts Alive Program that you’ve helped with over the years have made it very enjoyable for our school.

Thank you so much!!

Sincerely,

D.W.


Dear Vally Grange,

Thank you for all the stuff you do for us.

A few things you do are GrowME, Word for Thirds, Bookworms, and Arts Alive.

You do that for our school.

From,

A.H.


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all of the things you have done for us.

One thing you have done that I know that all of us appreciate is you giving all of us a dictionary. I know we use it a lot. 

The next thing you have done for us is that you put on the program GrowME. For example, this year we built dirt babies. That was really fun.

My favorite part is when you come in and have us read to you. I love to read with Bookworms.

Sincerely,

C.L.


Dear Third Graders,

Thank you for your letters. We are glad you enjoy and appreciate the things we do together. 

We really like learning, working, and playing with you. We have fun too!

Have a good summer. We’ll see you in the fall!

Sincerely,
Valley Grange Bookworms and Members

Bookworm Schedule for May 2018

Tuesday, May 1 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, May 3 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 8 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, May 10  — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. “Canstruction” and Reveal at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11 — Bikes for Books Assembly at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 15 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 16Spring Art Show/Book Fair (4:00 p.m.) and Spring Concert (6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 17 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, May 18Community Night at Valley Grange! Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. and program at 7:00 p.m. — Find out who is Community Citizen of the Year!

Tuesday, May 22 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, May 24 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, May 25 — No School. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 29 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m

Thursday, May 31 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

 

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for April 2018

Reading is fun!

Tuesday, April 3 – GrowME Day! Ag activities with Mr. Boomsmsa and Mrs. Bosworth in Grades K, 1, 2, and 3.

Thursday, April 5 – Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 10 — Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 11 — Check out the Newspapers in Education Supplement in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 12 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, April 13 — Bikes for Books Assembly — early dismissal for vacation next week!

Friday, April 20 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and program starting at 7 p.m.! No school today!

Tuesday, April 24 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, April 26 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

 

Don’t forget! Bikes for Books is underway… get an entry form for every book you read–even the ones you read with Bookworms!

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for March 2018

Reading is fun!

Third and Fourth Graders--Thanks for your Newspapers in Education advertisements! We’ll be announcing the winners soon… See Mrs. Daniels or Mr. Boomsma for more information!

Thursday, March 1 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 6 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 8 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 13 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 15 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, March 16 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and program starting at 7 p.m.! No school today!

Tuesday, March 20 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 22 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27 – Ms. Lockwoodwill be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 29 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Don’t forget! Bikes for Books is underway… get an entry form for every book you read–even the ones you read with Bookworms!

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for February, 2018

Reading is fun!

Let’s hope for no more snow days on bookworm days! It’s a short month to begin with!

Third and Fourth Graders--the annual Newspapers in Education Contest sponsored by Valley Grange will be starting soon! See Mrs. Daniels or Mr. Boomsma for more information!

Thursday, February 1 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, February 8 – Mrs.Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 13 — Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Thursday, February 15 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Friday, February 16 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 pm and program starting at 7 pm!

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 is school vacation–make sure you have plenty of books to read!

Tuesday, February 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

 

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for January, 2018

Reading is fun!

Keep an eye out for our newest bookworm–Mrs. Orton. She will be a familiar face to many and we’re really glad to have her join us as a bookworm!

Tuesday, January 2 – Welcome back to school! Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 4 – Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, January 9 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 11 – Mrs.Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, January 16 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Thursday, January 18 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Friday, January 18 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 pm and program starting at 7 pm!

Tuesday, January 23 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 25 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Tuesday, January 30 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for December, 2017

Reading is fun!

Keep an eye out for our newest bookworm–Mrs. Lockwood. She recently retired from the Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft and knows a lot about books and reading!

Friday, December 1 – Valley Grange has “Breakfast for Supper” at 6:00 pm–join us at the Grange Hall. You can come in your jammies. We’ll have a brief Christmas Program at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 5 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. At 5:30 pm, join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

Thursday, December 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.  K-4 Holiday Concert is tonight at 5:30 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 13Grade 5 – 8 Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCES Gym!

Thursday, December 14 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Monday, December 18PCSS Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, December 21 – Early Dismissal!

Holiday Vacation December 21, 2017, through January 2, 2018. Just don’t take a vacation from reading! Happy Holidays! See you next year!

 

Bookworm Schedule for October/November, 2017

Reading is fun!

Monday, October 23 — Bookworm Kickoff Assembly, PCES Cafeteria, 2:15 pm!

Tuesday, October 24 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, October 26 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. — Don’t forget this is also Dictionary Day! Third graders are coming to the Grange Hall to get their “Words for Thirds!”

Tuesday, October 31 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, November 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. Don’t forget to vote today!

Thursday, November 9 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, November 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 16 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, November 17Everyone is invited to the Valley Grange Hall–we will be hosting the Piscataquis County Spirit of America Awards! The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 23Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 30 –  Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule for May, 2017

Reading is fun!Tuesday, May 2 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 11 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, May 19 – Community Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Community Night Program at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Grange!

Tuesday, May 16 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 18 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 29 — No school!

Tuesday, May 30 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Is it too early to start planning your summer reading program?