February 2017 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Will the groundhog see his shadow or be too busy reading!?

Newspapers in Education –ad creation starts this month!

Thursday, February 2— Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 7— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 9— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 14— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 16— Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

February 20 through February 24— School Vacation! Lots of extra reading time!

Tuesday, February 28— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.


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!

What a bunch of cut ups!

Over twenty “cut ups” met at Valley Grange recently to manufacture blankets under the direction of Pat Engstrom. (The blankets are made by cutting and tying fringe around the borders.) Several dozen blankets have been made and distributed to the Linus Project and the Veterans’ Home in Bangor. A special thanks goes to the group of students from Foxcroft Academy who attended and pitched in. No doubt we’ll be doing this again!

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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.

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.

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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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!

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 grange@boomsmaonline.com.

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 Summer Schedule

June 18, Thursday–Pomona Election of Officers at South Sangerville Grange. Potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

June 19, FridayValley Grange Election of Officers. Potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

July 11, SaturdayPomona Picnic at the home of Janice and Walter Boomsma. Social time starts at 4:30, potluck picnic at 6 pm and White Elephant Auction at 7 pm. This typically takes the place of our July meeting.

July 25, SaturdayRiver Festival in Guilford… theme this year is Wizard of Oz… Valley Grange will be there with balloons! Details will be announced.

August 6, Thursday–Pomona Meeting with Fifth Degree instruction at Garland Grange. Potluck at 6 pm and degree instruction at 7 pm.

August 15, Saturday–Pomona-wide Installation of Officers tentatively scheduled at Garland Grange. Supper to be announced at 6 pm, installation at 7 pm. State Master Vicki Huff’s Installation Team will preside. This typically takes the place of our August meeting…

August 27, Thursday Piscataquis Valley Fair opens and runs through Sunday. Several Granges usually exhibit,

Valley Granger cited in Dictionary Project Newsletter

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Sponsor Spotlight: Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange #144

Enthusiasm is important to the success of any project, but it is not the only ingredient. Although enthusiasm is frequently the catalyst, the jump-start that gets the engine going, it is commitment that provides for the life and continuity of a dictionary project. Commitment, or the state of being whole-heartedly dedicated to a cause, is what has driven Walter Boomsma to continue The Dictionary Project for the Valley Grange #144 for the past eight years. “My passion is kids first, second and third,” said Boomsma and The Dictionary Project appreciates his efforts to ensure that today’s children have a bright future.

Read the entire article here.