Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 National Grange Chaplain will conduct an Easter Service starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Join the service on the National Grange Facebook Live Page or YouTube Channel.
Recently released by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
The Maine Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Marine Resources; and Economic and Community Development invite you to help identify how best to support your industry, should any federal or state funding become available to support investment in Maine’s heritage industries.?
For this survey’s purpose, please consider infrastructure and innovation needs to include: transportation, storage, processing, research and development, essential equipment, and any other structures, improvements, and services that are vital to the success of your company and the growth of your industry.
The survey should only take three to five minutes to complete and is anonymous.
Compiled results will be posted on the DECD website upon the survey’s closing. Please respond by Friday, April 12, 2021. We value your dedication to Maine and rely on your input to inform decision-making moving forward.
This monthly newsletter written by Burton Eller, National Grange Legislative Director, covers “what’s happening” in Washington on a wide variety of topics of interest to Grangers.
Webmaster’s Note: This may be of particular interests to Grange historians and historical societies, feel free to share!
The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings via the online ArchivesSpace portal at https://archives.maine.gov/.
For the first time in the Maine State Archives’ 56-year history, researchers can now search through the bureaus listing of collections online to see if the Archives is the right resource for their purposes before contacting an archivist to access the actual documents.
The launch of the Maine State Archives’?ArchivesSpace portal is the product of five years of work, recently accelerated by the inventory necessitated by the ongoing extraction of holdings from the Cultural Building during building repairs.
The new ArchivesSpace catalog makes the Archives more accessible than ever before by listing the full scope of holdings, and it serves as an important electronic resource for staff as well.
Only about half the state archives across the country have completed this type of public-facing indexing. ArchivesSpace is a nonprofit organization created by archivists, hosting finding aids for subscribers on the cloud.
The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 100 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable, such as bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Council reports, election returns, deeds, maps, and military records through World War I. In addition, the bureau’s Records Management section is the custodian of all State records that must be retained for certain statutory periods.
The Maine State Archives is a treasure trove of information about our state’s history. Students are now able to access remarkable primary source documents from the classroom or their living rooms for research and learning.
When you subscribe to the website, you only receive (at most) one email per day when new information is posted. You can unsubscribe at any time!
Thanks to those who’ve responded to our request for information regarding available Grange Scholarships! We are building an impressive list and want to include every scholarship we can find!
If you are aware of any available scholarships for students, please let us know! We need:
- The Grange name and number
- The name of the scholarship(s)
- Brief description of the scholarship(s) including who is eligible (for example, must the applicant be a Grange member?)
- The deadline for applying
- How to apply or who to contact for additional information. (If you have information or an application, you can send it as an attachment for posting.)
Note that even if your scholarship is only available to local residents, we should list it! Let’s show our communities how relevant we are to our young people.
Articles in this issue include:
- The Power of Op-Eds by National Grange President Betsy Huber
- 2021 Quilt Block Contest by Amanda Brozana Rio
- Deaf Awareness Grant by Joan C. Smith, Grange Foundation Chair
- March is National Kidney Month
- Grange Comments and Mentions
The Grange Membership Recognition Application form has been updated. Get the new form here.
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Farm, Food, and Promotion Update
?Join others in supporting Maine agriculture year-round! ? Find farms, agricultural products, and opportunities to support Maine agriculture at?RealMaine.com.
Please note that planning progress varies for 2021 agricultural events due to the ongoing public health efforts regarding COVID-19. Currently, impacts, resources, and contingencies are being assessed. For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s COVID-19 resources Web page.
Visitors and Supporters: Please consider subscribing to the Department’s email list, follow its blog, and learn how you can support sugar shacks, maple producers, and farms year-round at RealMaine.com.
Halcyon Grange decided to try a “grab and go” Comfort Food Cafe recently… Master Heather Retberg said that they appreciated the help and information they received from Highland Lake Grange’s Drive through Turkey Suppers. She also agreed I could share the report she sent to members.
We saw most of our traffic in the first hour and 20 cars altogether.?I don’t think we have a “meals sold total” as cars bought up to eight meals and Rob made change for only one vehicle.??
That’s right, 19 out of 20 cars plus our indoor (member) take-out guests all paid/donated more than our asking price!?It was a generous and grateful bunch.? We were also gifted a WHOLE tray of cinnamon rolls from our neighbor, Veronica of Soul Thyme Bakery during the event.
Rob reported that the shepherd’s pie was the most popular menu item and the baked beans the least ordered.
Having greeted most of the guests outdoors, I can also report that there was a nice cross-section of ages and regulars and new people.? One sympathetic younger fellow drove up and said, “man, this always happens to you guys”, referring to the sloppy weather.?He seemed glad to be there again.? Another long-time Grange supporter offered to help bake pies for our next event.? One expressed interest and hope for a pie event soon. There were a few cross-pollinated from Simmering Pot (thanks for spreading the word, Jeff!).
One thing I know we all enjoyed because you told me so, is being together and working together again!?Thanks to all of you who came, all of you who made the poster or otherwise promoted the event, all of you who planned and organized, all of you who cooked and then patronized the supper, all of you who cooked and cleaned and served. It was simply good to Grange again (IF I may make it into a verb!).
We all missed was getting direct feedback from our guests.? So I want to share three comments I’ve since heard, one from our Facebook page, and two from some of our farm customers who came out for Halcyon comfort food.
~ And thank you for the delicious shepherd’s pie dinner on Friday night. We thoroughly enjoyed it (and wished we’d bought more!). Next time…
~ The dinners from the Grange were great! Thanks so much for brightening up the gloomy day.
~Thank you for a delicious dinner just like grandma used to make! And for braving the rain with curbside delivery
A thought to think: what shall we do next month??A St. Patrick’s Day event, a PIE event, another to-go cafe? Same menu? Different menu? A mud season supper? A spring fling?
Another thought to think about: as the weather warms and outdoor events are possible again, what kind of seed swap, farming support, idea exchange or educational demo/workshop would you like to do?
For now, thanks for making our first ever to-go Comfort Food Cafe a success!?
Parkman Grange is announcing plans to award 2021 Minnie Welts Bridge Memorial Scholarships to one or more deserving Parkman students continuing their education beyond high school. If and when there will be a 2021 Memorial Grange Supper is yet to be determined. Last year’s Supper was canceled for the pandemic. Even so, the Grange awarded $500 scholarships to David Hession and Bailey Woodard.
This is a call for qualified applicants for 2021 Minnie Welts Bridge Memorial Scholarships of $500, each. Applicants must be Parkman residents, must have successfully completed at least one term of post-high school education, and be enrolled for the upcoming term. Application packages may be picked up at the Parkman Town Office. Completed applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Winners will be announced in August.
Minnie Bridge (1909-2011) was a lifelong resident of Parkman, a retired schoolteacher, and a life member of the Parkman Grange. In her memory, the Grange established the Minnie Welts Bridge Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving Parkman students continuing their education beyond high school.??The Grange annually awards one or more scholarships funded through donations and the proceeds from an annual supper in Minnie’s name. To date, the Grange has awarded $12,000 in scholarships. For more information contact Sue Manchester, 207 277-3942.
Valley Grange, with an abundance of optimism (doesn’t that sound much better than “an abundance of caution?”) is planning a blanket-making on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9:00 am until noon, and volunteers are needed! Organizer Pat Engstrom notes “no sewing skills are needed. If you can measure, cut a straight line with scissors and tie a simple knot you can become a ‘blanketeer’ and help support Project Linus.” While supplies will be provided, volunteers are encouraged to bring scissors, rulers, and masking tape. Light refreshments will be served. Call Pat Engstrom at 207 564-8290 for more information or visit the Valley Grange Website.