Spirit of America Tributes at Valley Grange

volunteer-652383_1280Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

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Bookworm Schedule, April 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read… deadline for entries is this month!

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

Thursday, April 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Remember Valley Grange is hosting the Piscataquis Pomona Meeting tonight! Chicken Pie Supper at 6:00 p.m. – meeting at 7:00 p.m. features National Grange Master Betsy Huber. All are welcomed!

Friday, April 7 — Jump Rope for Heart activities all day at school!

Tuesday, April 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Newspapers in Education Supplement (including winning Valley Grange ads) will be in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 13 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 14 – Bikes for Books Assembly! Bikes… books… clowns… oh, my!

April 17 – April 21 – School Vacation!

Friday, April 21 – CWA Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and special program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are!”

Bookworm Schedule, March 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read!

Thursday, March 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 14 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

March 20 – March 24 is Agriculture Week — GrowME activities will be scheduled!

Tuesday, March 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

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.

 

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…

Bookworm Schedule, April 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, April 5– Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 7– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 13 – Newspapers in Education Supplement will be in the Observer!

Thursday, April 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 15 – Valley Grange Night! Potluck supper at 6 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

April 18 through April 22 – No school!

Tuesday, April 26 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, March 2016

Reading is fun!Third and fourth graders should be ready for Newspapers in Education! We’ll be designing ads this month!

Tuesday, March 1 – Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2 – Don’t forget supper with a side of reading and snuggle up with a book! More info available from the school.

Thursday, March 3 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. It’s March Madness Wild West Day!

Friday, March 11 – No school!

Tuesday, March 15 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 21 through March 25 is Ag week — GrowME Volunteers will be at school with activities for Kindergarten through third grade.

Tuesday, March 29 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, February 2016

SReading is fun!nuggle up with a book! What a great way to spend a cold winter’s evening!?

Tuesday, February 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 4 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19 — School Vacation!

Tuesday, February 23 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 25 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Valley Granger cited in Dictionary Project Newsletter

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Sponsor Spotlight: Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange #144

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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.

May 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

–Unknown


It’s May! It’s May! The lovely month of May! And there is a lot going on!!

Friday, May 1 – Bookworms and members will meet at Valley Grange at 6 PM for some spring cleaning–sweepers and rakers and dusters are welcome! Business meeting starts at 7 PM.

Tuesday, May 5 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 7 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, PCES Spring Concert starts at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Tuesday, May 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 14 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Art Show opens at 5:00 PM!

Friday, May 15Community Night at Valley Grange… potluck supper at 6:00 PM, program at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 21 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Third Grade Exhibition at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 28 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Arts Alive is coming soon!