New Hampshire State Grange®

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Our 142nd Year

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Hooksett, NH


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Youth Event in conjunction with Spring Fling

2015 Spring Fling Information

Grower Survey on Swede Midge

NH State Grange at 2015 Farm and Forest Expo

Dictionary Price Increase

Seven to Save List and the Grange

NH State Grange Monument at NH Vets Cemetery

NH Wetlands Mapper

NH State Grange Monument at NH Vets Cemetery

The picture above is of the dedication of the NH State Grange Monument at the NH Veterans Cemetery.

I would like to thank everyone who came to the Dedication, brought refreshments, helped set up the chairs and helped clean up. I would like to thank State Master Jim Tetreault for the wreath and carnations, State Flora Ann Leger for placing carnations, and to David Blatchford, firefighter of the year who gave the gift for the monument , and Michael Horne , NH Vets cemetery for everything. Concord VFW Sons of VFW 1631Post for providing a color guard. State Chaplain Matt Clark gave two very nice prayers for the dedication. I hope we can do this every year.

I had Michael Horne, who is the director for the NH Veterans Cemetery, on my TV program, Grange Tonight, and I have a nice surprise. I have permission to install a flagpole behind the Monument that will fly the Grange Flag every day. So they are looking for an aluminum pole, about 15 feet and I will purchase a flag in memory of my mother who loved the Grange. I will be pricing flag poles. Stay tuned, if you would like to help, please let me know. More information below, click here.

I can also put flowers in front of the monument and then after June 6, they will be planted in a Memorial Garden at the cemetery.

Dick Patten

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Seven to Save List and the Grange

October 22, 2013

New Hampshire Granges Statewide are named on Prestigious Seven to Save List

Manchester, N.H. – Tuesday, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced that Granges, Statewide would be included in the 2013 Seven to Save list. The Preservation Alliance received nominations from both the Meriden Grange and the Aurora Grange in Pittsburg, and in turn will spotlight these Granges. 

The Seven to Save list was created in 2006 to focus attention and resources on significant historic properties in New Hampshire that are threatened by neglect, deterioration, insufficient funds, inappropriate development and/or insensitive public policy. The Preservation Alliance considers the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing could help in preserving or protecting the property.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the New Hampshire State Grange, as well as each and every Grange in the state of New Hampshire, that owns its own hall,” New Hampshire State Grange President Jim Tetreault said tonight. The Preservation Alliance will bring much needed attention to protect Grange halls in New Hampshire. “It will bring expert assistance in grant writing as well as a partnership with a group that cares about historical buildings which many of our Grange halls through out the state are,” Tetreault said.

The list was announced at the Manchester Masonic Temple, and those who attended were treated to guided tours of the respected, privately-owned and well-maintained structure.  The event also included a brief annual meeting of the Preservation Alliance and a reception to honor the members of the 2013 list.

The Granges Halls in New Hampshire are among a group of endangered historic structures that includes the unique circular Gas Holder building in Concord, Kimball Castle in Gilford, Boscawen’s Old Public Library, Sanborn Seminary in Kingston and the WPA-era outdoor swimming pool in Durham.

Link to NH State Grange "Seven to Save" webpage

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Dictionary Price Increase

                Suncook Valley Pomona has checked the website for The Dictionary Project and found that prices have risen considerably. The books that we ordered last year at $2.00 each are now $2.50 each. The extra ten cents that Suncook Valley Pomona adds for printing labels and shipping partial cases would bring that price to $2.60 per book. There are some less expensive options ($2.25 per book/ $2.35 with labels) but they are just a basic dictionary with words and definitions and none of the extra information in the back of the book. I would suggest that you look at to see what is available. You might also want to check with one of your third grade teachers to find out if it is just a basic dictionary that they want or if it is the extra information and fun stuff like sign language and the longest word that make the whole project worthwhile. You could save yourself the extra dime per book by ordering directly from the website and having someone in your Grange print labels. It would mean that you would have to order by the case rather than the individual book, which might involve paying for several books more than the number you need. There are 24 books to a case. Shipping is included in the price whichever way you order.

               The books are still a real bargain at $2.50, but a jump of 50 cents over last year is a bit of a “sticker shock.” Over the years we have seen many small businesses in communities willing to sponsor the dictionary cost. Restaurants, beauty salons, insurance and/or real estate companies enjoy the special thank-you’s from the 3rd graders.

               We hope that you will continue to promote the NH Dictionary Project. Please contact Hannah West if you have any questions, at

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2015 NH State Grange at Farm and Forest

The New Hampshire State Grange hatched Quail at the 2015 NH Farm and Forest Expo.

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Grower Survey on Swede Midge

Subject: Grower survey on swede midge - a worsening pest in the Northeastern US of Brassica crops


This message is from Yolanda Chen, researcher at the University of Vermont. Please assist her by taking this survey.

Thank you.

I am requesting your help in forwarding this survey to vegetable growers in your region. As you may know, swede midge is slowly invading within the Northeastern US.

We are currently conducting a survey to determine: 1) how much existing knowledge growers have on effective pest management practices and 2) determine grower willingness to try alternative pest management practices.

We would appreciate if you could complete this online survey. It should only take about 5-8 minutes of your time.

Here is a summary statement introducing swede midge:
Swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii, is an invasive insect pest in the Northeastern US that can cause devastating losses to Brassica crops (up to 100%). Given the staggering losses caused by the midge and its recent rise in damage in the Northeastern US, there is serious need to develop sustainable pest management strategies prior to the onset of major economic losses. Brassicas are a vital crop for Northeastern vegetable growers; New York is the top producer for fresh cabbage nationwide, and 2nd in processing cabbage (total value of $62 million per year). The current major pest management recommendation, aside from long and widely-spaced rotations, is to use systemic neonicotinoids at planting, followed by weekly applications of neonicotinoids. Alternatives to chemicals pesticides have not been developed. The long-term goals of this project are to develop plant and systems-based pest control options to reduce swede midge infestation.

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2015 Spring Fling Information

Spring Fling 2015


April 11, 2015

Tilton Northfield United Methodist Church, 400 West Main Street, Tilton

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  - Registration, Fellowship and Self-Orientation

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.   # 1 Grange Legislative Forum: A panel of elected town and state officials who are also Grange members will talk about their positions, duties, and current state of legislation in Concord and answer your burning questions and hear your valuable suggestions and insight.

10:40-11:55 a.m.   # 2 Lyme Disease: A Growing Epidemic:  Joyce Belcher, of Herbs for Life in York, ME gives an easy-to-understand explanation of how a Lyme infection happens, how it invades the body, its symptoms, and alternative natural treatments. Her experience lies in treating Lyme in dogs and horses, but the information provided in this workshop can be valuable to understanding how serious and pervasive is this disease in animals and humans.

Noon – 12:45 p.m.           LUNCH!

12:45 – 1:50 p.m. - # 3 Grange 101: Presented by State Master, Christopher Heath. Are you new member of the Grange? Does some of the Grange meeting and ritual work confuse you? If so, come to Grange 101 and get the answers to your many questions and more.

12:45 – 1:50 p.m. - # 4 Lecturer’s Tips: State Lecturer, Jane Trombi, will share ideas for creating interesting and engaging programs for your Grange meetings.

12:45-1:50 p.m. - #5 Getting Hooked on Small Scale Aquaponics: This can be as simple as a fish tank with aquarium fish to a raceway with food fish.  I will be going over the basics on setting up a small scale aquaponics system that could be kept on a fish tank to provide you with herbs, and small edibles that can be used in your kitchen.   I will also touch on how to upscale a system to grow more food, including fish for supper. Presented by State Gatekeeper, Norman Brandt

12:45 – 1:50 p.m. - # 6 Mixed Media Art-Using Gelatos: Beth Merrill will demonstrate and help you create your own art piece using gelatos paints that are a fun and inexpensive medium often used in art journaling and mixed media canvases. Participants are encouraged to bring a blank canvas, but are welcome to experiment on the provided watercolor paper.

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. - # 7 A Reporter’s Talk: State Grange Publicist, Jim Tetreault, will provide pointers on how to prepare publicity articles that local news editors will find irresistibly worthy of publication.

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. - # 8 Code Book Reading – This workshop open only to Grange members and will be presented by Past General Deputy, Arthur Merrill. Learn some of the secret work of the Grange by learning how to read the Grange Code Book.                                                                                                                    

 2:00 – 2:55 p.m. - #9 Getting Hooked on Small Scale Aquaponics: This can be as simple as a fish tank with aquarium fish to a raceway with food fish.  I will be going over the basics on setting up a small scale aquaponics system that could be kept on a fish tank to provide you with herbs, and small edibles that

can be used in your kitchen.   I will also touch on how to upscale a system to grow more food, including

fish for supper. Presented by State Gatekeeper, Norman Brandt

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. - # 10 Mixed Media Art- Presented by State Lecturer, Jane Trombi.  Have you ever said "I don't have an artistic bone in my body?"  Well it's not true!  Come join me in making a work of art.  You will have choices of using several different mediums to put together something you can be proud of.  When you are done, your project can be entered in the Lecturer's Art Contest!

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. - Reassemble, Debrief (tell us what was good and what needs improving, and show us your creations), and Adjourn – Have a safe trip home!

**Please note that the schedule and workshop list is subject to change. Refer to updates on the State Grange website as the event draws near.



March 6, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

                The enclosed information and schedule for what is sure to be a great day of learning, sharing, networking, fellowship, and fun. In other words, a great day to celebrate being a Grange member! What better way to observe Grange Month than to join together at the 8th annual Spring Fling on April 11th.

The Tilton Northfield United Methodist Church is located a short distance from exit 20 on I-93 and the church folks will be doing our lunch (soup and sandwiches) which is included in the suggested donation request.

Jr. Grange Director, Joann Brandt has kindly agreed to offer projects and activities to keep the kids busy and occupied throughout the day. She does ask that parents/guardians be responsible for the child/children they bring during the lunch break. This is a great opportunity for children ages 5-14 to participate with others their own age as we continue establishing an active State Jr. Grange in New Hampshire.

                Please complete the registration form below and return it by April 3rd. Your pre-registration is very much appreciated!


Beth Merrill, Spring Fling Coordinator


Registration for Spring Fling 2015

Return a completed form for each attendee before April 3rd to:

Beth Merrill, 107 West Street, Antrim, NH  03440 or send an email to

Name____________________________________ Grange__________________________

Town______________________________ Phone_________________________________

Names of Others Attending with You _____________________________________________

Please check off each workshop you plan to attend:

#1___  #2___  #3___ #4___  #5___  #6___ #7___ #8___ #9___ #10___ #11___

___ # lunch registrations

# Attending Children’s Activities _____ Please list first name and age of each child attending:


Name of Adult in charge of child’s supervision: ____________________________________

To prevent this event from becoming a drain on the State Grange budget, a suggested donation of $10 per person, which includes lunch, is being asked to help defray the expenses of the day and is payable on the day of the event. If that is prohibitive, especially for families, please come anyway and contribute what/if you can! We want you there more than we want your money!

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Youth Event in conjunction with Spring Fling

Grange Youth Event

In conjunction with Spring Fling

(Of course, all ages are welcome!)

April 11th    5-7 pm

Fun @ Fun Spot!

579 Endicott Street North (Rt. 3)   LACONIA, NH

Enter the Team Challenge

Eat some Cake & Ice Cream

Enjoy the Fun & Fellowship

Experience Games Galore (bring your own $$)

Youth members who also attend Spring Fling will receive bonus tokens!

RSVP REQUIRED! By April 9th to Youth Director, Beth Merrill

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