Press Release

Students receive dictionaries


PCES2.jpg Class representatives gather mail.  (contributed photo)

GUILFORD, Maine — Approximately 50 third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School were treated to a visit at the Valley Grange Hall in Guilford where they were greeted by members, a Civil War Navy Captain, and WABI and WVII news reporters!

Grange members gave each student his or her very own dictionary.

Civil War “Captain” Jack Battick (a re-enactor) attended in his complete Navy uniform to demonstrate the proper Navy salute and talk about the role of the Navy during the Civil War. He was peppered with questions about his uniform and role in the war, as was his companion Mary Annis who wore a typical “day dress” from the era.

Students learned about the Grange and each attending class discovered a letter for them in the Grange mailbox.

This is the first of a series of dictionary days sponsored by Valley Grange. On November 2, a Valley Grange team will travel to Lagrange, Milo and Brownville to visit with third graders. Students from SeDoMoCha will visit the Valley Grange Hall on November 5 to receive the coveted dictionaries. The local program is part of a global program called “The Dictionary Project.”

To learn more about the Grange’s work in the area, visit or attend the Grange’s November 19th meeting which will include the program “Allagash Tails and Tales,” featuring local author Tim Caverly.

The free program is being offered as a family friendly event that begins with a community potluck supper at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. The Valley Grange hall is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford.


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