WILTON – Franklin Grange 50 met at the home of Mike and Karen Flagg on March 13 for a potluck lunch and meeting. Patricia and Gerry Libby of Farmington and Mavis and Wesley Lane of North Jay were special guests and were judges of the doughnut muffin entries. The judges didn’t have to make any major decisions as there was only one entry for the men and one for the women.

The grange has seven new members who took their four degrees on March 7. They were Pauline Gauthier of Lewiston, Daniel and Faith Stevens of Turner, Pamela Hallowell-Jordan of Greene, Denielle Cote of Lewiston and Holly and Jason Cunningham of Windsor. One candidate remains to take his degrees. The group encourages people of all ages to attend to see what the Grange is all about.

The first guest speaker at the March meeting was Jon Dunne, a 15-year-old student with highest honors as a sophomore at Mount Blue High School. He is also a member of Boy Scout Troop 518 in Wilton. Dunne has chosen to put up a permanent flag pole at the Wilton Town Office for his Eagle Scout project.

The Grange gave him a monetary donation and pledged to assist with physical labor when he is ready. Rep. Thomas Saviello and Master Mike Flagg were also Eagle Scouts and had memories to share.

The next presentation was a surprise for Thelma Frost and happened with the help of her daughter, Olive Toothaker, who is also a grange member. Several members of Frost’s family attended as Saviello presented her with a proclamation from the State Senate and the House of Representatives. The certificate congratulated Frost for being a continuous member of Franklin Grange 50 for more than 65 years. It was sponsored by Saviello and co-sponsored by Sen. Chandler Woodcock.

Frost’s great-grandchildren, Tori and Dylan Toothaker, also presented her with a bouquet.

Lecturer Helen Bubier had a jar of candy and everyone guessed how many were in it. Jon Dunne was the winner.

Cards were signed for Barry Tracy, a member who recently underwent surgery, and for his parents, Earl and Tippy Tracy.

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