March 7th brought out a group of Grangers from Prairie Grange and a couple of other Granges who met at the Administration Building from 6 until 9 p.m. enjoying each others company and creating beautiful projects […]
July 9, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall Program Awarding of 2014 Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarships and presentations by 4H Beef Club members with leader Annette Crooke
No Meeting in August – Please volunteer at the Middletown Grange Fair!
September 10, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall Program – to be announced
Farm Market upcoming events
July 5 – Lou Pompillio Jazz Musician
July 12 – George Thompson and friends Guitar / songs
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THANK YOU TO THE 4-H TEEN COUNCIL
Members of the
Bucks County 4-H teen council
recently weeded and planted flowers to beautify the grounds around our our hall – Thank you!!
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !!
FROM THE MASTERS DESK
JAMES E. DIAMOND, MASTER, PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738
Raymond Gross Bequest. I am pleased to inform the members of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 that a letter was received from Luray A. Gross, Executor for the Estate of Raymond C. Gross
announcing the estate of Raymond Gross bequeathed a generous donation to the Grange. Per
the Executor Luray Gross, “We trust this bequest will, in a small way, further the work of Plumsteadville Grange as it supports the community and enriches the lives of its members.” Involvement in the Subordinate, Pomona, State and National Grange was a significant part of the Raymond Gross Family lifestyle. I personally have a myriad of fond memories of late Rachael and Raymond Gross at the various Grange events and meetings. I also had the privilege of observing their five wonderful daughters unfold into respectable and successful adults. On the whole, Raymond Gross has left a legacy at Plumsteadville Grange that is an inspiration to the future growth of the Grange and surrounding community.
Thank you. In October 2014 Plumsteadville Grange will accept new leadership. It has been truly an honor and privilege to serve as Master of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 during the past four years. I am quite confident that the Plumsteadville Grange will continue being a community center and provide local leadership that benefits residents in Plumsteadville, Plumstead Township and surrounding municipalities. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Master. I look forward to continued membership and participation in Grange endeavors and will certainly support the new leadership team when they are elected in September. Plumsteadville Grange members are the greatest!
FROM THE DESK OF MARGUERITE QUINN
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Bucks County Medication Disposal Permanent Collection Boxes
Pennsylvania recently launched a permanent statewide drug take-back program that will provide up to 250 secure medicine return boxes throughout the Commonwealth. The new MedReturn boxes, installed in Bucks and 28 other counties, allow individuals to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously.
This is an important step in addressing Pennsylvania’s public health and safety concerns regarding prescription drug abuse and misuse, especially among young people who don’t have to look further than their own family’s medicine cabinet. Additionally, proper disposal of these products is the best practice for our environment. Flushing unwanted medications puts chemicals and potentially dangerous materials into our ground water, even if your home is serviced by sewer. Eventually the water is recycled back into our creeks, streams and waterways.
Medications accepted in the MedReturn boxes include prescription medications, patches and ointments, as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and pet medications. Medications not accepted include needles, inhalers, aerosol cans and thermometers. Under the program, all pharmaceutical drugs being disposed of need to be in a sealed container, such as the original bottle or a zip-lock bag. They may not be disposed of loosely.
It’s up to all of us to keep our communities safe. Making the most of the MedReturn program is just one small part of making that possible. For more information on the Bucks County Medication Disposal Program, or any state-related topic, please contact my district office in Doylestown at 215-489- 2126. I also encourage you to visit RepQuinn.net or Facebook.com/RepQuinn.
MedReturn Box Locations in my Legislative District:
Buckingham Township Police Department
613 Hughesian Drive Lower Level, Buckingham
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street, Doylestown
Doylestown Township Police Department 425 Wells Road Doylestown
Plumstead Township Building 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville 215-766-8741
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MINUTES –
The minutes for the June 2014 meeting of the
Plumsteadville Grange as recorded by Karen Moss,
secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Present Men – 5 Women –
8 , Youth – 3 Total – 16
OPENING: The Grange opening ceremony was led by Master Jim Diamond, followed by the roll call of officers and committee members. Minutes of the previous meeting of May 2014 were mailed/emailed with the monthly newsletter.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Present Master James Diamond, Overseer Donald Steeley, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Secretary Karen Moss, Greeter Katie Graham, Ceres Ruth Steeley, Flora Jane Birk, Musician Betty Diamond.
GUESTS: Dave Horne, neighbor of the Diamonds, Linda Ochoco and her daughters, Madison, Gabrielle and Sydney.
PROGRAM: Madison Ochoco spoke about her experience as Middletown Grange Fair Queen for 2013 and the books she has written and illustrated for children about the fair experience. Sydney Ochoco presented a timely, excellent and informative program on strawberries. Following the program, Linda Ochoco presented to Plumsteadville Grange member, Don Moss, the Bucks County 4H Community Assistance Award for 2013.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES:
Deaf Activities/Fish Fry: A check for $1,000 has been sent to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. We have not heard back from them about how it will be used.
Farm Market: Meg Lomax reported that we had a good opening of the Market. A tree planting demonstration was given by the Bedminster Land Conservancy. The tree was planted with a ceremony in the memory of Ellen Crooke.
Building and Maintenance & Grounds: Steve Byrne and his son Brandon (who has a landscaping business) have leveled and seeded the grassy area between the Grange building and the barn. Steve is mowing the lawn for us and has done beautiful work on the plantings around the apartment building. The 4H Teen Council has weeded and replanted the beds around the Grange building.
Agriculture Committee: Reporting that the corn is doing well this year but that it is a poor year for strawberries.
Legislative Report: Reporting that there is no agreement on the PA Ag budget. Jim Diamond reported that Tom Corbett is speaking at colleges about his Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program, which will provide an additional $25 million for middle income students who want to enrich their learning experience with a two or four year degree. These grants would award up to $2,000 dollars and would go directly to academically achieving students who otherwise may not be able to attain enough financial aid.
Grange Fair Snack Booth: The agreement for this year’s snack bar has been signed with Middletown Grange. The menu will remain the same.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship: This year there will be two recipients; more information at next month’s meeting.
COMMUNICATIONS: We received a note from the Brownies who meet at the Grange building thanking
us for allowing them to use the building and asking what they can do to help us.
TREASURER REPORTS: Jim Lomax reported expenditures of $5,872.35 and income of $5,560.07 during the month of May. Our major expenses were the donation of $1,000 to the Intermediate Unit and
$932 for quarterly dues payment to the State
NEW BUSINESS: The Farm Market Banners are wearing out. There was a motion made, seconded and passed to buy a new banner. Don Moss is making the arrangements.
The August meeting will be cancelled because the Middletown Grange Fair is that week. Jane Birk reminded us that we need to choose who we are sending to the State Grange meeting in Reading at the July Meeting.
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS: Lillian Shull has returned home and is recovering.
Respectfully submitted, Karen Moss, Secretary.
DID YOU KNOW?
Each year, millions of people enjoy Pennsylvania’s nearly
9,500 registered amusement
rides and attractions inspected by more than 1,400 certified professional private industry inspectors.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA is ranked fourth in the nation for nurseries, greenhouses, floriculture and sod production with more than 944,000 operations providing products across the globe.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture more than 1.5 million pounds of strawberries are harvested in PA each year which brings in more than $11.3 million to PA’s economy. Ounce for ounce, strawberries have more Vitamin C than citrus fruit and are excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, and
Vitamin A. One cup of fresh, sliced strawberries contains only 50 calories.
SCAM ALERT: PHONE SCAM ALLEGING ASSOCIATION WITH USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY
It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm
Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers.
The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts.
SHOULD YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PROVIDE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE CALLER.
DANBORO 4-H NEWS
Members participated in District Fashion Revue held
at the Montgomery Extension Office. Danboro Junior
Winners were: Logan Sudholz, Isabelle Congdon, and Sydney Ochoco. Danboro Seniors were Angela Williams, Madison
Ochoco. Senior Alternates include Elizabeth Wilshire and Christina Williams.
Don Moss was presented with Danboro 4-H’s Community Assistance Award at the June 2014 Grange Meeting –
Pictured with Don
are Linda Ochoco,
Danboro $-H leader and daughter Madison,4-H alum and 2013 Middletown Grange Fair Queen.
Have something to share? Want to get the newsletter
via email? Contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or
USE OF THE GRANGE HALL:
If you know of a group needing a meeting place, or
to inquire about hall rental for an event, contact Meg Lomax at Meg Lomax at 215-766-9801 or [email protected]
2014 QUILT RAFFLE
Quilt raffle tickets are available at all Grange events –
$2 each or three for $5 – who wouldn’t want to win a beautiful work of art!
Sales have been brisk so far – let’s keep the momentum going.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – We welcome members, friends and market vendors to post your comments. Search for “Plumsteadville Grange” or “Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market”
TO ALL PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MEMBERS WHO
HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN JULY 2014. George Burns once
said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
BUCKS COUNTY POMONA GRANGE FUNDS SCHOLARSHIP – AND MORE!
At a luncheon meeting held on June 28, 2014 at Plumsteadville Grange, Bucks County Pomona Grange made the final payment to fund an endowed scholarship at Delaware Valley College. Funds were raised by pizza booth sales at the Middletown Grange Fair as well as additional contributions by individual donors and accumulated interest.
Additionally, donations were made to the following service organizations: Bucks County 4-H, PA State Grange Deaf Activities, A Woman’s Place, Habitat for Humanity, Chandler Hall, Discovery Projects, Meals on Wheels – Woodside. Meals on Wheels – Central Bucks, Meals on Wheels – Riegelsville. And Peace Valley Nature Center.
Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Buy LOCAL and FRESH
Vegetables – Fruit – Eggs – Honey – Preserves – Jams – Pickles Baked Goods- Cheese -Flowers – Crafts – Art Pottery -Alpaca Products
Dog Biscuits – Woodwork – Tea Room – Knitting Workshop
Try your hand at pottery with Gloria Kosco Continues every Saturday till Oct 25th – 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE # 1738
BOX 335, 5901 EASTON RD.
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738
MISSION: The Plumsteadville Grange is a local non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in local communities through educational, social and legislative activities; promoting community activities; advancing the cause of agriculture in rural and suburban communities; developing rural and suburban leadership; and acting as presenters in public affairs.
“JOB WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS”
The members of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 are to be highly commended for developing, adopting and implementing a plan of work that includes the following components: Mission, Goals and Activities. The following describes the achievements of Plumst4eadville Grange members beginning 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014. PATRONS, CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
James E. Diamond, Master
GOALS and Activities — (1 October 2010 – 30 September 2014)
GOAL 1 – Sponsored Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
Open from 9:00-12:30 p.m. every Saturday beginning the last Saturday of May to the last Saturday of October.
Employed a person to open and close the Farm Market
throughout the 20-week season. Each vendor is assessed
$1.00 per week to offset the $20.00 per week cost.
GOAL 2 – Sponsored a Food Booth at Middletown Grange Fair
a. Major fund raising activity. All laborers are volunteers.
GOAL 3- Support Community Service Programs
Created and displayed heritage quilt block on front of Grange Hall
Published monthly Plumsteadville Grange Newsletter
Planted a maple tree in memory of Ellen Elaine Crooke
Improved awareness of the Grange to community members
Promoted the Plumsteadville Grange Armed Services Project
Sponsored four annual Christmas dinners and plays
Provided financial support to all State and Subordinate Grange appeals.
Rent the Grange to a local church for Sunday morning services.
Sponsored weekly quilting bee. Yearly tickets are sold to raffle off a quilt.
Supported the Pomona Grange Pizza Booth at Middletown
Sponsored several fish fries to raise funds for the hearing impaired
Served several dinners to various groups in Bucks County
Rented the Grange Hall to groups fore meetings and family celebrations.
GOAL 5 – Established Grange Administrative Policies
Established a Plumsteadville Grange web site
Acquired a power point projector for the Grange Hall.
Changed monthly meeting nights from second Friday to second Wednesdays
The Executive Committee reviewed the documents prepared
by Jerry Krone followed by a brief discussion. The Committee recommended that Jerry Krone be commended for the time and effort he dedicated to preparing these detailed documents.
GOAL 6 – Maintained Buildings and Grounds
Installed new heater into apartment house
Purchased new stove for upstairs apartment
Employed janitorial services for Grange Hall
Refinanced the Berger Mortgage with Team Capital Bank for apartment house
Acquired a weed whacker donated by Donl Moss
Installed outdoor motion sensitive lights on the two back ends of the Grange Farm Market Barn
Installed water in Farm Market Barn
Installed concrete slab on side of Farm Market Barn.
GOAL 7 – Promote Youth Programs
Helped to establish the Bucks County Pomona Grange Endowed Scholarship in memory of Harold Steeley
at Delaware Valley College
Established the annual Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship Program
Raised funds to support deaf children in Bucks County public schools via Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
Supported Danboro 4-H Club by allowing them to use the Grange Hall for their meetings free of charge.
Bucks County 4-H leadership team maintained ornamental
gardening on sides and front of Grange Hall
GOAL 8 – Organize and Implement Membership Endeavors
Welcome six new members of all ages to the Grange annually.
GOAL 9 – Organize and Implement Membership Endeavors
a Plumsteadville sponsored Meg .Lomax as a strong candidate for recognition as Granger of the Year in the State of Pennsylvania.
Master Jim Diamond published in the Grange Advocate a “VIEWPOINT: Young Married Couples Are the Lifeblood of a
%JAMES E. DIAMOND, PRESIDENT
35 Tabor Road
Ottsville, PA 18942
Telephone: (610) 847-0867 E-mail: [email protected]
15 June 2014
Dear Patrons of Husbandry:
I am pleased to inform you that the Plumsteadville Grange #1738 Executive Committee has nominated the following individuals to serve the designated office for a two year term beginning in October 2014 and ending in September 2016. I am confident that each of the nominees is capable of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their respective office as described herein.
Being a part of the Plumsteadville Grange Officer team is both a privilege and honor. It’s an opportunity to serve the membership and community. The following slate of nominees have the potential to make a difference and move Plumsteadville Grange forward with a program of activities that will serve members, community and county.
Please note there are no nominees for the offices of Steward and Gatekeeper (Greeter). The Executive Committee discussed the purpose and role of both the Gate Keeper and Steward. It was decided that due to changes taking place in the State Grange, it would be best to eliminate these two Grange positions.
Each officer should make every effort to attend the twelve (12) regularly scheduled monthly meetings and an occasional (as needed only) officers meeting. For whatever reason a nominee not able to serve the office nominated, please inform the President as soon as possible. Good luck to each nominee during the
officer elections in July 2014. Other nominations may be made from the floor before the election.
Table 1. Plumsteadville Grange slate of officers by offices, nominees and job description
All connected with Plumsteadville Grange and those outside the
Grange will diligently scrutinize each act of the President. The
President must keep an open mind among the members and encourage improvement. Maintain order in the Grange, and enforce obedience to the Constitution and Laws of the Order. Decide all questions with calmness and firmness, grant the right of appeal courteously, and abide decisions against you cheerfully.
See that the orders of the President are faithfully transmitted to
the Laborers as described in the Grange Manual. In the absence
of the President to take his/her place.
The Lecturer is assigned the important duty of leading in the
literary program and the educational work of the Grange. To this
end the Lecturer should be prepared at all regular meetings, as time will permit, with a program of activities.
The Assistant Steward opens and closes the bible on the alter,
participate in draping the Charter, presenting and retiring the
American flag and presents special guests to the Presidents station
The Lady Assistant Steward is to assists in keeping the sashes and
decorations of the Grange, open and close the bible on the alter,
participate in draping the Charter, presenting and retiring the
American flag and presents special guests to the Presidents station.
The Chaplain offers the opening and closings prayer at each
Grange meeting and brings to the Presidents attention a
notification to drape the Charter upon the death of a fellow
Grange member as directed in the Grange Manual.
The treasurer has Grange member’s confidence in his/her honesty
and integrity to keep the Grange accounts in order, deposits
promptly recorded and funds safely secured and ready for needed
The secretary has the most arduous duty of all, requiring
judgment, promptness and efficiency. She/he becomes the organ
of the Grange through communications and keeping accurate
records of the Grange. The secretary records meeting minutes,
reports Grange communications, processes membership applications, submits Pomona and State Grange reports and other
The ancients worshipped Ceres as a Goddess presiding over
cereals. A female always presides in this position to show respect
for her and regard for Agriculture. Ceres plays an important role
in draping of the Charter as described in the Grange Manual.
The ancients worshipped Pomona as a Goddess presiding over
fruits as a reminder that fruits are to receive special attention
and care. A female always presides in this position and is
urged to encourage women to engage in cultivation and
improvement of fruits where practicable and proper. Placing
fruits in Pomona’s care is a reminder that no tree bears fruit in
autumn, which do not blossom in the spring.
The ancients worshipped Flora as a Goddess presiding over
flowers. A female always presides in this position and she is
urged to cultivate the most beautiful expressions of the Creator’s
goodness to prompt her associates to adorn their homes with
Executive Committee members carry important duties and
responsibilities. They are responsible for the custody of the
invested funds of the Granges and are expected to offer advice
and counsel. The Committee in conjunction with the President is
authorized, between meetings of the Grange, in time of
emergency or need, to act for and in the name of the Grange
The Musician has the opportunity to share musical talents with
the members of the Grange. It is his/her duty to select appropriate
marches and aid the Lecturer in presenting musical portions of the
programs. Music touches the mood of people
April 9, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
Draping of the Charter in memory of Brother Harold Steeley
Program to be announced
May 14, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
Program to be announced
Help Needed for Grange Dinners
The Grange will be catering the following private dinners – please volunteer to help prepare, serve and clean up. Pies are also needed – contact Annette Crooke 610-470-6602 if you can help or provide a pie or two.
April 6 – Lamb/Wool Pool
April 26 – Pineville Horse Company
May 10 – Pt. Pleasant Baptist Church
These dinners help raise fund for our Grange programs. Your help and support are needed and much appreciated!
Last Fish Fry Before Easter – April 11
This is your last chance to get our delicious fish ‘n chips with all the fixings before Easter. Volunteers are also needed to help prep, serve, and clean up. Contact Jim Lomax 215-766-9801for more info.
Our previous fish dinners were successful – Let’s keep up the good energy to achieve our goal of $1,000 to be donated to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit to benefit local deaf children and their families.
Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarships 2014
Sponsored by Plumsteadville Grange
Application Deadline May 1st 2014
Scholarships for 4H members, alumni, and children of Plumsteadville Grange Members
Two scholarships of $500 each will be offered. One will be Agriculture related and one will be for a study of the student’s choice.
Students can reapply for study year 2 if they have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or above, but they will compete with new students applying for year 1.
Agriculture students may apply in year 2 for a subject of their choice.
Students to apply to Plumsteadville Grange on the 4H/Plumsteadville Grange application form available from Nancy Stephenson at the county Extension office.
From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
State Representative, 143rd Legislative District
Residents Concerned with Spikes in Electric Bills
Within the past few weeks, numerous residents have called my office about recent increases in electric bills – brought on by the variable rate charged by your electric generation supplier.
The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be looking into this matter by holding a public hearing on Thursday, March 20, in Harrisburg. From testimony gathered at that hearing, we’ll be able to see if legislation would help correct this situation.
In the meantime, here’s a short explanation of why this is happening: Competitive electric generation suppliers are not public utilities and their rates are not subject to government regulation. These suppliers operate in a competitive, free market environment. The terms and conditions of service offered by a competitive supplier are contained in the contracts it offers to customers.
When a consumer signs up for service from a competitive generation supplier, it is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of service, which contain important information regarding the type of rate (fixed or variable), how the rate is determined, if the rate includes taxes and fees, and if the contract is subject to early termination or cancellation fees.
Under fixed rate contracts, consumers are charged the same price for electric generation for the duration of their service contract with a competitive generation supplier. However, variable rate contracts are generally subject to a promotional rate period, followed by fluctuating monthly rates based on wholesale electric prices.
I cannot stress enough that variable rates change based on wholesale market conditions. While these types of contracts may work for some consumers, anyone considering a variable rate contract for electric generation should be aware that the rates are market based, and that dramatic rate increases may occur. Market prices for electric generation are constantly in flux – and greater demand for energy, as evidenced by our cold winter – is one of those factors.
Unfortunately, consumers with variable rate contracts are impacted by these record-breaking wholesale prices, and have seen or will see increases in their monthly bills as a result. However, a large increase in a variable rate does not, on its own, point to inappropriate conduct by an electric supplier.
Customers on a variable rate plan are encouraged to contact their supplier on a regular basis to find out the rate the supplier is charging for that day/month. Customers should also be aware of any early termination or cancellation fees associated with their contracts. If switching to another supplier, please be aware that it takes one or two billing cycles for the switch to be completed. During this time, you will continue to be a customer of the “old” supplier.
We have all been told before, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I look forward to the Consumer Affairs Committee’s findings on this subject, and will push for any relevant legislation that will protect consumers from any unfair business practice in the future.
To All Plumsteadville Grange Members Who Have A Birthday In April 2014 —
Birthdays are good for you, the more you have the longer you live . Happy Birthday!
Did You Know?
PA’s trout producers raised more than $13.5 million worth of PA-grown fish in 2012 for commercial, conservation and recreational use, placing the state third in the nation and ensuring happy anglers during trout season.
Youth can create 4-H projects in more than 100 categories and exhibit them at fairs throughout PA. In 2013, 103,000 PA youth participated in more than 1,400 4-H clubs in all 67 counties across the state.
PA is home to 39 historical markers honoring ag like the Doylestown Ag Works in Doylestown, Bucks Co. The factory produced farm machinery and iron works sold around the world from 1867-1937.
7 March Issue of Inside PDA, Weekly News from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
PA is home to 10 percent of the nation’s hardwood lumber supply and exports $1.2 billion in hardwoods yearly. Help keep this supply safe by taking care to prevent wildfires
14 March Issue of Inside PDA, Weekly News from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Bedminster Township Newsletter & Website
The Township’s new website is now up and running at http://www.bedminsterpa.com. .
On the home page, at the bottom, there is a place to subscribe for news alerts (e-blast); the Township will be sending out a monthly newsletter with upcoming events and notices to all members that subscribe. Please let people know that this is available.
If you know of any upcoming non-profit events that you would like included on the monthly newsletter, please contact us ([email protected] & [email protected] .
Pharmaceutical Drop Off
State Representative, 143rd Legislative District
Did you know medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning? Just as disturbing are the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse among teens. A National study, conducted last year by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, found that 49 percent of teens who misuse or abuse prescription medicines get them from a family member or friend. More often than not, these drugs are found in our medicine cabinets. This year’s U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Temporary drop-off boxes will be set up throughout or communities on that date to help you safely dispose of medications. For the convenience of Plumsteadville Grange members following are some drop off sites that will be available in your respective communities:
Bucks County Courthouse 55 E. Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-6000
Doylestown Township Police 425 Wells Road Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-4201
Dublin Borough Police 119 Maple Avenue Dublin, PA 18917 215-249-0272
Hilltown Township Police 13 West Creamery Road Hilltown, PA 18927 215-453-6000
Pennridge Regional Police 200 Ridge Road Sellersville, PA 18960 215-257-5104
Perkasie Borough Police 311 S. 9th Street Perkasie, PA 18944 215-257-6876
Plumstead Township Building 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville, PA 18949 215-766-8741
Take Precautions When Applying Manure
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Greig urged PA farmers to follow state laws when spreading manure this spring to reduce the risk of groundwater contamination. All farms that generate or use manure are required by state law to have a Chapter 91 Manure Mgm’t Plan or Act 38 Nutrient Mgm’t Plan. Contact your local conservation district for more details.
Members Sick or in Distress
Do not under estimate the power of prayer. Please keep the following Plumsteadville Grange members and Grange friends in your prayers:
Harold Keeler & family
Family of Raymond Gross
Family of Harold Steeley
Like” us on Facebook – We welcome members, friends and market vendors to post your comments. Search for “Plumsteadville Grange” or “Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market”
Use of the Grange Hall: Many groups that use our hall, making it truly a community center. If you know of a group needing a meeting place, or to inquire about hall rental for an event, contact Meg Lomax at Meg Lomax at 215-766-9801 or [email protected]
If you have something to share in the newsletter, or to get it via email, please contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or [email protected].
THINK SPRING …
Farm Market Opens
FISH FRY DINNER
Fish, fries, Salads, Coleslaw, Dessert
EAT IN OR TAKE OUT
FRIDAY April 11
5 to 7pm
Adults $8 under 12 years $5
Proceeds to benefit the
Doylestown Intermediate Unit for deaf children
Jim Lomax 215 766 9801 http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org