Valley Grange Takes Third Place at Fair!

Valley Grange extends hands of friendship and invites you to consider joining us!

While eyeing the yellow ribbon hanging on the wall, Valley Grange Master Jim Annis complimented booth planners Mary Annis and Janice Boomsma and noted, “We’ve captured more prizes than just a ribbon! The theme this year is “many hands of the Grange and we’ve joined hands to demonstrate once again that Valley’s ‘can do’ attitude gets the job done…”

Ok, ok… that’s called “editorial license” and giving the story a “slant.” The facts are that there were only three Grange Booths in competition and South Sangerville received the first place blue ribbon; Garland Grange the second place red. And since this is OUR site, we’re allowed to slant the story and even suggest that we’re convinced we had the most fun planning and putting the booth together! The guys had some “very important jobs” during construction… and it really was a team effort.

Exhibits remain in place until Sunday… so when you visit the “fayuh” this year, stop by and see what the Grange is doing! Neighboring East Somerset Pomona also has a display and the Piscataquis Pomona booth offers information about all the Granges in the area.

While you are at the fayuh, wander through the 4-H building and check out the kid’s work… and don’t miss the special tribute to 4-H leader and volunteer Linda Whitten. Most know Linda recently lost her battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by many and it would be more than appropriate to honor her memory by spending some time there.  An even greater honor would be to consider volunteering a few hours of time to work with 4-H… introduce yourself to a leader and get acquainted!

If distance or other factors keep you from visiting this celebration of agriculture in person, check out the daily photos being posted by Judy Wilbur Craig, visit the Fair website, or get the news at the DailyME site.

Officers Installed for 2010-2011 Grange Year

Members of area Granges recently gathered at the Garland Grange Hall for an annual installation of officers.  Grange members from South Sangerville Grange, Valley Grange in Guilford, Garland Grange, and the Piscataquis Pomona Grange started the evening with the typical grange supper for which Garland Grange is famous.

The installation of officers follows a tradition that dates back to the very beginning of the Grange as an organization. Some of the positions and titles are drawn from the old-time English estate: Master, Overseer, Stewards; some from mythology: Ceres, Pomona and Flora; and some from the world of business: Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Committee or Board of Directors. Originally formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation’s farm and rural population, the organization values it’s heritage while adapting to the needs of modern society.

(For a complete list of Valley Grange Officers and descriptions of the office, see the page on this site about our officers.)

State Master James Owens led a team consisting of Terri and Harriet Spencer, Linda LaBree, Mary Thomas and Glenda Barker.  Owens challenged officers to understand and fulfill the obligations of their offices and work together to “increase attendance and membership and have fun in the process!” Owens conducts the entire ceremony installing some fifteen different offices from memory and says he’s been doing so for over twenty five years.

All of the granges present spoke of their recent successes and plans for the coming year for increasing membership and serving their respective communities.  Granges within the Piscataquis Pomona are located in East Sangerville, South Sangerville, Guilford, Parkman, Dexter and Garland.  To learn more about a Grange near you call Pomona Master Bill Bemis at 924-3435 or Pomona Overseer Walter Boomsma at 876-4131.

Piscataquis Pomona Picnic Fun and Fund Raiser

It’s the fifth or sixth (who’s been counting?) annual Piscataquis Pomona Picnic at the Boomsma’s! This year the date is July 1st, Thursday. The official start time (for eating) is 6 PM, but folks are welcome to arrive a bit before that… you can sit and commune with nature, throw some horseshoes, feed the mosquitoes… a host of activities will be available for your pleasure.  If you can find the Abbot Post Office, you can find the festivities… just head down River Road on the left across from the Abbot PO… it’s the second house on the right, 17 River Road. No, we don’t know why it’s called River Road if it runs Kingsbury Stream!

Bring lawn games and lawn/folding chairs! It’s a Potluck Picnic… the grill will be going and Walter and Janice will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and should have plenty of condiments… you might bring a casserole, salad, dessert to share. We usually have plenty of food, so don’t think bringing something is a requirement!

How much for this hat?

The auction probably won’t put Christies out of business… although we always have some classics… it’s really sort of an opportunity to get rid of junk, have some fun, and raise a little money for worthy causes. Some stuff shows up every year and just changes hands. Who’s got the duck basket this year? (We always sell at least one funny hat… and one year we had a book by Margaret Chase Smith that almost got autographed.)

Remember, you do not have to be a Grange Member to attend this… and it’s a great opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun with some good old-fashioned folk. Well-behaved children are welcome and might be enlisted as auction helpers. Poorly behaved children will be auctioned off as slaves.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Janice or Walter either by email or at 876-4131. We don’t require an RSVP, but it does help us plan if we have some idea who’s coming! Bring a friend — if you don’t have one come and make one!