FARMINGTON – Franklin Grange 50 met on Feb. 14 for a regular meeting preceded by a potluck lunch. Mavis Lane, junior deputy of the Maine State Grange, attended. Protem officers were Wesley and Mavis Lane and Glenda Gordon.

Members voted to assist local Boy Scouts with their Eagle projects. Master Mike Flagg is an Eagle Scout and is eager to work with Scoutmaster Andy Shattuck and the young men in the troop to achieve their goals.

Women’s Activities reminded everyone that the donut muffins will be judged at the March 13 meeting and there will be separate categories for men and women.

Members have raffle tickets available for a Cub Cadet Tractor, grass trimmer and a $100 gift certificate from Sears. The drawing will be done at the annual State Grange meeting in October. Proceeds go toward maintaining Grange projects.

Those attending also took a poll on a legislative survey and sent their opinions to Sen. Chandler Woodcock and Rep. Thomas Saviello.

Two sixth-graders at Phippsburg School are working on a project to raise the awareness of the significance of the Grange in Maine communities. They have sent letters to all subordinate secretaries requesting information to assist them in this large undertaking. The group also sent pictures of their Grange hall and special events along with the history of their hall, which originally was a cheese box factory.

As the group met on Valentine’s Day, the lecturer’s program started with the exchange of valentines and her opening thought, “if an idea is worth having once, it’s worth having twice.”

Everyone brought their favorite ice cream topping to be applied to the homemade vanilla, grapenut and strawberry ice cream made and donated by Lincoln Flagg. Several members told jokes and the closing thought was “never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.”

The next meeting will be at the Flagg home on March 13 for the usual noon lunch followed by a regular meeting. The Flaggs’ street number has been changed to 376 Depot St..

Materials have been picked up to start on improvements in the hall along with locating several items from closed Granges that they can put to good use.


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