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    Plumsteadville Grange #1738
    American Values – Hometown Root
    5901 Easton Road, Plumsteadville
    Mailing Address:   Box 335, Plumsteadville PA 18949
    Plumsteadville Grange Meetings
    May 13, 2015 – […]

  • ThumbnailCome on Down !    Community groups will be on hand with demos.   Meet the PA State Grange Young Couple, and take in a preview of the 2015 Farm Market.

  • Grange Meetings
    April 8, 2015 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 pm at the Grange Hall
    Program:  Kathy Salisbury of PSU Extension speaking on Thousand Canker Disease

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  • ThumbnailFish Fry Dinners – Fridays thru Lent
    Dates: February 17, March 13 & March 27
    Fish, Fries, Salad, Dessert & Live Entertainment – Serving 5-7 pm, eat in or take out. Adults $8 – Children under 12 $5

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    Christmas Celebration / Pot Luck Dinner
    Save the Date – SATURDAY evening -6:30 pm
    Visit from St. Nick – Gifts for the children
    Entertainment by our own […]

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    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program: New Year – New Ideas

    Come prepared to discuss your ideas of what you would like your Grange to […]

  • ThumbnailNovember 12, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Reports from State Grange Delegates
    Program to be announced

    December 13, 2014 – Plumsteadville […]

  • ThumbnailOctober 8, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program: Presentation by Bucks County Horse Bowl Team and Pie Making Contest
    Refreshments: Winning pies & runners […]

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        Box 335, 5901 Easton Road (Rte 611), Plumsteadville, PA 18949 – http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org
     

     
    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

     
    PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE FARM MARKET

    Market continues each Saturday

    Farm Market upcoming events

    July 5 – Lou Pompillio Jazz Musician

    July 12 – George Thompson and friends Guitar / songs

    Like us on Facebook for the latest details

    MIDDLETOWN GRANGE FAIR – SNACK BAR

    HELP NEEDED for our major fundraiser of the year –
    August 13-17, 3014. To volunteer and receive a parking pass, please contact
    Steve Byrne at 267-408-9367 or

    [email protected]
     


     
    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

    215-794-8812

    Bucks County Courthouse
    55 East Court Street, Doylestown

    215-348-6000

    Doylestown Township Police Department 425 Wells Road Doylestown
    215-348-9915
    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
    Grange.
     
    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.
    NEWSLETTER

    Have something to share? Want to get the newsletter
    via email? Contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or
    [email protected]
     
    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”
     
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    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

     

     

     
     

    WWW.PLUMSTEADVILLEGRANGE.ORG
     

     
    PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738

    ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    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.

     
    GOAL 4 – Sponsored Fund Raising Events

    Sponsored weekly quilting bee. Yearly tickets are sold to raffle off a quilt.

    Supported the Pomona Grange Pizza Booth at Middletown

    Grange Fair

    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

    Electric units were installed in men and

    women’s restrooms.

    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

    Grange”

     
    PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738

     

     
    %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

     

    Office

    Nominee

    Job Description

    President

    Jane Birk

    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.

    Overseer

    Don Steeley

    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.

    Lecturer

    Katie Graham

    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.

    Assistant

    Don Moss

    The Assistant Steward opens and closes the bible on the alter,

    Steward

    participate in draping the Charter, presenting and retiring the

    American flag and presents special guests to the Presidents station

    Lady Assistant

    Darlene Quiring

    The Lady Assistant Steward is to assists in keeping the sashes and

    Steward

    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.

     

    Chaplain

    Tony Townsend

    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.

    Treasurer

    Jim Lomax

    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

    payments.

    Secretary

    Karen Moss

    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

    duties.

    Ceres

    Meg Lomax

    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.

    Pomona

    Toni Kellers

    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.

    Flora

    Linda Kling

    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

    flowers.

    Executive

    Don Steeley

    Executive Committee members carry important duties and

    Committee

    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

    itself.

    Musician

    Betty Diamond

    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

  • September 10, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Installation of New Officers
    Refreshments: Meg & Jim Lomax

     

    October 8, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program to be announced

    Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
    Market continues each Saturday

    Farm Market upcoming events

    September 6 – Faith & Practice
    Old Tyme Music
    September 27 –   Goose Creek Pioneers  Mountain Music Band
    Like us on Facebook for the latest details

    Middletown Grange Fair – Snack Bar
    We extend a BIG THANK YOU to all Grangers, 4-H members and parents and our Grange Friends for helping make the snack bar at the Middletown Grange Fair a VERY BIG SUCCESS

    Aided by beautiful weather – the best we’ve had in years – we achieved record sales and record profits at this year’s event. Gross sales topped $37,000 with profits estimated a bit over $12,000 (all bills have not been received.) We served an estimated 5,700 hamburgers and 3,500 hot dogs in five days, plus drinks and snacks.

    Please congratulate Steve Byrne and Don Moss for their superior organizational efforts, plus a shout-out to grill-master Kevin Kinney and all-around assistant Joe McCanns for their dedicated service all week. Without them and ALL our WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS none of this would be possible.

     

     
    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
    215-794-8812
    Bucks County Courthouse
    55 East Court Street, Doylestown
    215-348-6000
    Doylestown Township Police Department
    425 Wells Road Doylestown
    215-348-9915
    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 Grange.

    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.

     
    Newsletter –
    Have something to share? Want to get the newsletter via email? Contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or [email protected]
    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”
    Happy Birthday
    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

    http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • June 11, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall

    Program
    – Madison Ochoco, will describe her experiences during her year as Middletown Grange Fair Queen. Sydney Ochoco will present “Strawberry Fields Forever” her entry in the 4-H demonstration contest during A-Day.

    June 28, 2014 – Bucks Co. Pomona Grange

    Saturday Luncheon Meeting – 12:00 noon
    Presentation of Donations to local service organizations from Pizza Booth Proceeds
    Memorial Service in memory of members who have passed away during the year
    ALL Grangers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    July 9, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall

    Program
    Presentation of 2014 Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarships
    Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
    May 31 – Opening Day – First Saturday there will be a tree planting demo by Bedminster Land Conservancy. Tree to be planted in memory of Ellen Elaine Crooke.

    June 7 – Carol Stranahan -singer/ guitarist

    June 14 – Alyssa Neiman – singer/ guitarist

    For the latest news on demos, entertainment, vendors and special events Visit our Face book page
    Keystone Grange Fair – June 27-28
    “Keystone Grange #2 in Trappe would like to invite everyone to their 42nd annual fair. This year’s fair will be held at the Montgomery County 4H Center on Route 113 in Creamery.  The dates will be Friday June 27 from 3 pm until dusk and Saturday June 28 from 9 am till dusk.  Friday will feature a pet show, a pageant to select the Grange Fair Queen, bar-be-que from Bigg Dutts and many more activities.  Saturday will feature opening ceremonies at 11 am, music, children’s activities, commercial exhibitors, antique tractors, plenty of food and various groups from 4H showcasing their talents.  Please stop by the Keystone Grange booth and say hello from Plumsteadville Grange! For additional information call Keystone Grange at 484-948-6916, by email at [email protected].  They also have a Face book page and website http://www.keystonegrange2.org.”
    Middletown Grange Fair – Snack Bar
    Save the date to help us for our major fundraiser of the year – August 13-17, 3014. More details next month.
    From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
    State Representative, 143rd Legislative District
    Harrisburg Agriculture Update

    One of the most brutal winters on record is finally behind us; spring has sprung, and with it comes hope and optimism for a bountiful growing season in Pennsylvania. In Harrisburg, law makers and state officials are working on updates to existing laws, and introducing other legislation and programs that will hopefully make it easier for those of you working the soil to make the most out of our Commonwealth’s agricultural resources. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture puts out an informative email each month and I would like to share the latest edition with you. It includes a message from Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture, discussions of how to take more of our products into global markets and other tips to help you thrive this spring and summer. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to my district office at call (215) 489-2126 for further assistance or questions regarding agriculture related legislation and issues, and you can always find me at RepQuinn.net.

    Message from George Greig Secretary of Agriculture. Teamwork moves our state forward. I’ve mentioned the importance of partnering with our ag orgs, but as I head for China this afternoon, I’d like to highlight the importance of working with our sister agencies. Whether it’s working with DCED to open new markets for our agribusinesses or DEP to strike the right balance for ag and the environment, teamwork ensures PDA, and the rest of state gov’t, is putting its best foot forward. It also saves taxpayer dollars. On Tuesday our Bureau of Food Safety staff joined Gov. Corbett as he announced $650 million in cost-saving efforts that also improve services and eliminate inefficiencies. Last year our staff partnered with the PA State Police for Operation Code R.E.D., which made it easier to inspect refrigerated food trucks. State Police flagged down the trucks and learned from our food sanitarians as they identified food code violations and helped ensure the safety of our food supply. From electronic filing of paper work to field computers that save staff time and boost productivity, PDA and other state agencies are serving Pennsylvanians more efficiently than ever.

    Sec. Greig Embarks to China to Expand PA Markets. Through a trade mission to China, Sec. Greig hopes to help develop and encourage new export markets for PA ag products. Today through Monday, May 12, he will meet with Chinese buyers and gov’t leaders to establish connections and determine potential trade partnerships with PA companies. Yesterday he met with the CEO of China’s Stanley Fertilizer Company at the PDA office in Harrisburg, ahead of his visit to their Chinese operations next week.

    Sec. Vilsack Announces Farm Bill Initiatives in Adams County. Applications for two new NRCS conservation initiatives created in the 2014 Farm Bill are now being accepted. During a visit to Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Adams Co., USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack announced the Ag Conservation Easements Program and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working ag lands and support outdoor rec activities.

    Chester Co. Business Leaders Host Ag Roundtable. Sec. Greig and DEP Sec. Abruzzo were guests Tuesday at the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s ag roundtable discussion. Local ag industry professionals had the opportunity to discuss with the secretaries about PDA and DEP and their work with ag and businesses in the county.

     

    Farm Bill Funding for Cooperatives, Small Producers. Nearly $9 million in 2014 Farm Bill funds are available for developing rural coops and businesses and providing tech assistance for small farmers. The Rural Coop Development Grant Program will provide up to $5.8 million to coop development centers to support start-ups, expansions or operation improvements. The Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant program assists those farmers, with $3 million available for market research, product or service improvement, feasibility studies, training and implementing business plans. Contact PAgrows at 717-705-9513.

    When Buying Seeds, Ensure You Get What You Pay For. A quick look at the labels on seed bags can save you the headache of buying the wrong product. PDA’s Bureau of Plant Industry Seed Program verifies that seeds sold in PA are tested for quality and labeling accuracy. Check the label for varieties in a mix, germination percentages and weed or undesirable seeds. If you suspect a problem with your seeds or have questions about labeling, contact the seed lab at 717-787-4894.

    Did You Know? From the 2007 ag census to the 2012 edition, PA’s livestock and animal products increased in value by 17 percent to $4.62 billion, while crops and hort products increased by 48.9 percent to $2.78 billion.
    Plumsteadville Grange Minutes –
    The minutes for the May 2014 meeting as recorded by Don Moss (for Karen Moss), secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30 p..m. Present: Men – 9 Women – 7 Total – 16.

    OPENING: The Grange opening ceremony was led by Jim Diamond, followed by the roll call of officers and committee members. Minutes of the previous meeting of April, 2014 were mailed with the monthly newsletter. A motion was approved to accept them (as written)/

    GUESTS: Nancy Stevenson and the 4-H Teen Council weeded and mulched the flower beds. They received much thanks from the Grange.

    NEW MEMBERS. Larry Kling of Ottsville joined the Plumsteadville Grange.

    STANDING COMMITTEES REPORTS:

    Deaf Activities/ Fish Fry. The Fish Fry activity this spring raised $1781.00. With costs of $831.00 the event made a profit of $950.00.

    Farm Market. The Farm Market will open on May 31, 2014. The hours will be from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

    Fair Snack Booth. Steve Byrnes has met with the Middletown Grange Fair and has submitted our menu. It is the same as last years. The proposed addition of Lamb Barbeque is on hold waiting for input from the Lamb Council.

    Correspondence/Communications: State sent information concerning Pomona Scrapbooks and Family Activities Contests (Quilting).

    The Bucks County Bee Keepers Association donated $100.00 to the Ellen Crooke Scholarship Fund in memory of Harold Steely.

    Pomona, National & State Reports: The Secretary reported all reports have been filed. The Plumsteadville Grange paid $932.00 to State for 115 registered members.

    The Grange has not heard from Jeanne and Roy Snyder or Christine Crook concerning continued membership. Any updates would be appreciated.

    Treasury Report:Income For April: $3,924.12, Expenses for April: $1,967.26

    NEW BUSINESS:

    A motion was made to donate $1000.00 to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit for hearing related functions. The motion passed.

    A motion was made to increase the scholarships to $1000.00 this year since we only have two entrants and we have $2000.00 in the scholarship fund. It was decided to leave the scholarship at $500.00 each for this year and review a possible change for next year.

    A motion had passed earlier this year to plant a tree in the Grange lawn in remembrance of Ellen Crooke. Meg Lomax recommended suggested that we plant the tree during the May 31, 2014 Farm Market. She will investigate which tree would be appropriate.

    Bucks County Pomona has decided not to run the Pizza Booth. Middletown Grange will find another vendor to take over. They will also donate their portion of the proceeds to community groups.

    The meeting closed with the traditional Grange closing ceremony.
    Did You Know?

    According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Weekly Newsletter, PA is home to 1.6 million total cattle valued at nearly $1.6 billion on 25,189 beef and dairy operations. It ranks second in the nation in veal production – just one way to enjoy PA’s bountiful supply of beef during the summer grilling season.
    According to the “Weekly News From Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,” proximity to major highways, population centers and quality ag commodities makes PA a prime location for food manufacturers. PA exported nearly $2 billion worth of food products last year, bringing profits back to PA’s communities.

    Happy Birthday
    To all Plumsteadville Grange members who have a birthday in JUNE 2014. They say you lose your memory as you grow older. I say “forget about the past” and live life to the fullest today and the many tomorrows. Start your day with ice cream.
    Happy Birthday!

    Update On State Grange Efforts To Eliminate Taxes On Grange Properties
    According to Versant Strategies has indicated that a priority issue of the PA State Grange has been the elimination of taxes for Grange properties. Unfortunately, there are two roadblocks to resolution of the issue. The Grange is not organized as a 501c3 which is required for organizations to be eligible for exemption as charities in the tax code. Also, deep in the tax code, there are two lines which state that agricultural and fraternal organizations may not be given tax exempt status. Even with these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we have friends in the House and Senate who are looking to help. While this issue will not likely be solved during this session, MeeCee Baker feels confident there is momentum to continue to investigate ways to provide tax relief. In the meantime, the county comptrollers make the decision on a county to county basis. When making the ask on a county level, being prepared with a detailed list of the good works Granges do can be helpful. Let us know if we can assist you.



    Satellite imagery boom for farming
     

     

    By David Hest, Farm Industry News
    In 2014, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) may deliver actionable images every week on every crop acre across the America’s heartland could come to fruition. When combined with crop imagery from manned aircraft and ground-based sensor systems like Trimble’s GreenSeeker and Ag Leader’s OptRx, U.S. crop producers will have a wealth of imagery sources to help improve management of their crops.

    With little fanfare, GEOSYS, the French-based satellite imagery company bought by Land O’Lakes in late 2013, began delivering weekly satellite crop images to U.S. farmers through WinField-affiliated ag retailers in April. Satshot, another major satellite imagery provider, says it will begin providing weekly crop images beginning in 2015. For 2014, it has increased the frequency of its 5-meter resolution crop images to every three weeks, up from every four weeks in 2013. Meanwhile, UAVs could begin delivering real-time anytime crop images for the 2016 crop season – assuming federal regulators hold to their fall 2015 schedule for releasing regulations governing commercial UAVs – or recent legal challenges to FAA regulations don’t speed up the timetable.
    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 this beauty!

    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”
    Newsletter
    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].
    Dates To Remember
    31 May 2014
    Opening of 2104 Plumsteadville Grange Market

    11 June 2014
    Plumsteadville Grange Meeting, Plumsteadville Grange

    28 June 2014
    Bucks Co. Pomona Grange Meeting at Plumsteadville

    9 July 2014    Plumsteadville Grange Meeting, Grange Hall, Plumsteadville

    12-14 Aug 2014
    Ag Progress Days, Penn State University

    13-17 Aug 2014
    66th Middletown Grange Fair

    10-17 Jan 2015
    99th Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg

     

     

    Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market

    Opening Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m.

    Tree Planting Demonstration
    by Bedminster Land Conservancy

     
    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

    http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • May 14, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program to be announced
    June 4, 2014 – Bucks County Pomona Grange
    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program to be announced
    June 11, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program
    – Madison Occhoco, will describe her experiences during her year as Middletown Grange Fair Queen. Sydney Ochoco will present “Strawberry Fields Forever” her entry in the 4-H demonstration contest during A-Day.
    Help Needed for Grange Dinner
    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.
    May 10 – Pt. Pleasant Baptist Church
    These dinners help raise fund for our Grange programs. Your help and support are needed and much appreciated!
    Keystone Grange Fair – June 27-28
    “Keystone Grange #2 in Trappe would like to invite everyone to their 42nd annual fair. This year’s fair will be held at the Montgomery County 4H Center on Route 113 in Creamery.  The dates will be Friday June 27 from 3 pm til dusk and Saturday June 28 from 9 am till dusk.  Friday will feature a pet show, a pageant to select the Grange Fair Queen, bar-be-que from Bigg Dutts and many more activities.  Saturday will feature opening ceremonies at 11 am, music, children’s activities, commercial exhibitors, antique tractors, plenty of food and various groups from 4H showcasing their talents.  Please stop by the Keystone Grange booth and say hello from Plumsteadville Grange! For additional information call Keystone Grange at 484-948-6916, by email at [email protected].  They also have a Facebook page and website http://www.keystonegrange2.org.”
    From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
    State Representative, 143rd Legislative District
    LIHEAP Help Extended
    Many of us are doing all we can to forget about the winter we endured in Bucks County, but the reality is for many of our friends and neighbors, the costs of this winter will hurt pocketbooks for the rest of the year. To help ease this burden, Governor Corbett announced an extension of LIHEAP benefits. Now Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will have extra time, through April 18, to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program was slated to end April 4.
    “Pennsylvania has had a difficult winter, and programs like LIHEAP have helped our most vulnerable households to endure the cold temperatures,” Corbett said. “By providing this extension, our Department of Public Welfare is able to give individuals additional time to apply for home heating assistance so they can keep warm for the remainder of the season.”
    Since the beginning of the LIHEAP season on Nov. 4, the department has processed approximately 357,000 applications for cash assistance to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel. It has also granted more than 107,000 crisis grants, which assist with heating emergencies such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages.
    Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used.
    Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at http://www.compass.state.pa.us or in person at the Bucks County assistance office, located at 1214 Veterans Highway in Bristol. You may also call the Bucks County office at 215-781-3300, or the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095 with questions about the program.
    For more information about LIHEAP, visit http://www.dpw.state.pa.us
    Mark Your Calendars
    Shredding Event – I am hosting a free paper shredding event to give all residents of the 143rd Legislative District the opportunity to safely destroy personal paperwork. The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 9-11 a.m., in the parking lot of the Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company, 5064 Stump Road in Plumsteadville. You will have a chance to shred a maximum of two file boxes full of paper, and watch your documents be shredded on site.
    “Golden” Anniversary Tea – I would like to honor couples living in the 143rd District who have been married for 50 years or more by inviting them to a “Golden Anniversary Tea” later this year. If you, or a couple you know are interested in participating in this special recognition, please call my district office at 215-489-2126 to register. You will be asked to provide the names of the anniversary couple, address, phone number and date of marriage. A personal invitation will be sent via mail to those who register.
    Plumsteadville Grange Minutes – March
    The minutes for the March 12, 2013 meeting as recorded by Donel Moss (Acing secretary) are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Present: Men – 6,     Women – 5. Total – 11
    OPENING: The Grange opening ceremony was led by Overseer Don Steeley, followed by the roll call of officers and committee members. Minutes of the previous meeting of February 11, 2014 were mailed (emailed) with the monthly newsletter.
    PROGRAM: The subject of the program was “BC PA Strong Networking”, a form of Time Banking. The presentation was made by Dr. Julie Fagan. Geared to both individuals and organizations, time can be entered when a service is performed and time can be withdrawn when a service is required. The network becomes a way of trading time.
    STANDING COMMITTEES REPORTS:
    Deaf Activities: The Fish Fry held on March 7 served 54 meals and made approximately $300.00.
    Farm Market: The first farm market will be held on May 31, 2014.
    SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
    Ray Gross Memorial: It was decided that the display case as a memorial to Raymond Gross would also be a memorial for Harold Steely.
    Pomona, National & State Reports: The Secretary reported all reports have been filed.
    Treasury Report: Income for the period was $4519.55 and expenses were $4032.77. It was noted that the cost of snow plowing this year was more than doubled from last year.
    NEW BUSINESS:
    State Grange has released a Quilt Raffle. Tickets are available from Karen Moss.
    Plumstead Township is looking for volunteers to serve on the new Plumsteadville Village Committee. Interest was shown at the meeting to having the Grange offer to serve. Don Moss will follow-up.
    The meeting closed with the traditional Grange closing ceremony.
    Respectfully submitted, Acting Secretary, Don Moss
    Plumsteadville Grange Minutes –April
    The minutes for the April 2014 meeting of the Plumsteadville Grange as recorded by Karen Moss, secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday, April 9th t 7:30 pm.
    Present Men – 7, Women – 11, Total – 18.
    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 March 2014 were not mailed/ emailed with the monthly newsletter and will be presented in next month’s newsletter for approval.
    ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Present were Master Jim Diamond, Overseer Don Steeley, Lecturer Darlene Quiring, Chaplain Tony Townsand, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Secretary Karen Moss, Greeter Katie Graham, Ceres Ruth Steeley, Pomona Toni Kellers, Flora Jane Birk, Musician Betty Diamond.
    GUESTS: Members of the Steeley family, Jim & Joyce Stauffer and Mary & Charlie Mann.
    PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP: Kevin Kinney
    PROGRAM: The charter was draped in memory of Harold Steeley, followed by shared memories of his friendship.
    REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES:
    Deaf Activities/Fish Fry: Reported by Jim Lomax that the last Fish Fry for the spring season will be held this coming Friday, April 11th. The previous Fish Fry had 85 guests and to date the Fish Frys have raised $400 for our Deaf Activities fund.
    Farm Market: The Farm Market will open May 31st. A clean up date will be announced. Meg Lomax is trying to coordinate the Dairy Princess crowning with the opening. In August there will be an exhibit and activities presented by the Bee Keepers Association.
    Quilters: Reported that since 2004 they have raised $7,556.
    Building and Maintenance & Grounds: Brandon Byrne has raked and leveled the area between the Grange building and barn to restore it after winter damage.
    There was a shortage of parking reported at the last Fish Fry. It was suggested that volunteers for this event and our other dinners park behind the barn to free more spaces for our guests.
    The sewer grinder (in the barn parking lot) has been installed, backfilled and marked with caution signs. This was installed under the direction of Bucks County Water Authority to correct the problem of excess water flowing into the storm sewers and prevent backup of waterand sewage into the apartments and Grange.
    Agriculture: Honey bees have been sighted gathering nectar. Trauger’s has sweet corn started in the green house and 100 pounds of peas planted outside.
    REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
    Ray Gross Memorial: Don Moss has presented plans for the display cabinet and it is planned     that it will be ready for dedication at the November meeting.
    Ellen Crooke Scholarship Fund: Has received an addition $1,180 in donations in memory of Harold Steeley.
    COMMUNICATIONS: Received a thank you from Ruth Steeley.
    TREASURER’S REPORT: For the period 3/1/2014 through 3/31/2014 we had income of $3,978 and expenses of $4,557 with our biggest expenses for the month being for snow removal and building maintenance.
    NEW BUSINESS: Limiting the number of programs presented during the year was discussed, found acceptable to those present, but it will be left to the Lecturer to make the final decision on the number of programs and dates.
    Meg Lomax reported that the Food Shed Alliance is considering presenting workshops on Food Preservation at the Grange during Farm Market hours in September. Jim Diamond will repeat his Sauerkraut workshop in October. Cabbage will be available – bring your own crock.
    During the month of March there has been a display at the Doylestown Branch of the Library about our Plumsteadville Grange. It was designed by Meg Lomax and Betsy Wertz, assembled by the quilters. Meg Lomax reported that it was well received.
    The same display will be used on May 31st at an all-day event celebrating the opening of Hanusey Community Park in Plumstead Township. The park entrance is off Route 611 on Gordon Road. The event will open at 10 am, continue all day with the movie “Frozen” being shown, under the stars at 8pm. The park includes sports fields, basketball courts, tot lot, pavilion, walking trails and an indoor community center. Here’s a sneak peek…
    MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS: Lillian Shull is having a heart operation at Doylestown Hospital this coming Friday.
    Respectfully submitted, Karen Moss, Secretary.
    Did You Know?
    Plant Merchants Must Be Licensed this Growing Season Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig has announced that as part of PDA’s work to safeguard PA’s plants against pests and diseases, all plant growers and merchants must be certified and licensed. Consumers can use the PaPlants portal to find a nearby nursery or plant dealer and producers and businesses can use it to manage their certifications.
    PA Hardwood Forests According to Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, the USDA Forest Service estimates that Pennsylvania’s nation-leading hardwood forests cover nearly 16.8 million acres with 114 billion board-feet of standing saw timber. They contribute to healthier ecosystems, provide recreation and clean the air while remaining the world’s highest-quality supply of hardwoods.
    Schedule for 2014 All-American Dairy Show
    The 51st All-American Dairy Show is Sept. 13-18 at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. The show features 23 shows in six days, including four full days dedicated to youth activities and nearly 2,800 animals from more than 1,200 exhibitors from across North America. The 11th annual Premier National Junior Events run in conjunction with the show from Sept. 13-16.
    PA Fruit Production According to Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, “PA ranks in the top six nationally for five major fruit varieties – apples, grapes, peaches, pears and tart cherries. In 2012, total production on more than 40,000 acres was valued at more than $180 million.”
    Dog Wardens Checking for License, Rabies Compliance. According to Pennsylvania Department off Agriculture, PA’s dog wardens are canvassing homes throughout PA to ensure that all dogs owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Licenses may be purchased through county treasurers, at issuing agents or online
    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.
    Lillian Shull
    Anne Bailey
    Your Vote Counts
    PA Primary election day is Tuesday May 20
    2014 Quilt Raffle
    Quilt raffle tickets are available at all Grange events – $2 each or three for $5 – who wouldn’t want to win this beauty!
    Sales have been brisk so far – let’s keep the momentum going.

     
     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]
    May 31 – Two Great Events
    Grange Farm Market Opening Day
    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..
    Joseph E Hanusey III Community Park
    Opening Ceremony – 10 a.m. Events continue throughout the dayPlumsteadville Grange will have a table display – stop by to visit or help spread the word about us
    Visit http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org
    or our facebook pages for updates
    Like us on Facebook – We welcome members, friends and market vendors to post your comments. Search for “Plumsteadville Grange” or “Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market”
    Newsletter
    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].

     
     Plumsteadville Grange # 1738
    Box 335, 5901 Easton Rd. Plumsteadville, PA 18949http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      

  • 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.
    Happy Birthday
    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:
    Betty Diamond
    Lillian Shull
    Margaret Moyer
    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]
    Newsletter
    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
    May 31st.

       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

     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      

  • March 12, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
    Program – Julie Fagan, from Bucks County PA Strong, a community exchange network. For more info visit their website http://buckspastrong.timebanks.org

    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

    From the Master’s Desk
    It is my sad duty to report that Brother Harold L. Steeley died suddenly on Sunday 16 February 2014. He was 85 years old and was married to Ruth A. (Chelton) Steeley for 58 years. Brother Harold was born in Tinicum Township and was a son of the late Raymond and Hattie (Geho) Steeley who were also long time members of Plumsteadville Grange. Harold was a 1946 graduate of Nockamixon High School and became a dairy and crop farmer, working the family farm in Tinicum Township until 1987. He then worked for the Moyer’s (Chicks) Hatchery, Quakertown, PA, for over 20 years until retiring in 2012.

    The Grange was important to Brother Steeley’s life. He joined the Plumsteadville Grange #1738 in 1945 and met Ruth at Pennsylvania State Grange Session in Williamsport, PA in 1952. Harold and Ruth were married in 1955 and shortly afterwards Ruth joined Plumsteadville Grange by demit that same year. They have one son (Donald) and one daughter (Jane) who are both loyal members of Plumsteadville Grange. Both Harold and Ruth have been 7th Degree members for over 50 years. Harold was named Granger of the Year at the 2000 Pennsylvania State Grange Session. In addition he was Master, Overseer, Gatekeeper, Steward and Assistant Steward at Plumsteadville Grange. He also served as Master, Overseer and Lecturer of Bucks Pomona Grange, served as Deputy to the State Master and served on various State Grange Committees under the leadership of six State Grange Masters. In addition Harold and Ruth have coordinated and served many many Plumsteadville Grange dinners. The Grange has been a significant component of their many years together.

    In addition to the Grange, Brother Steeley was a member of Solomon’s United Church of Christ, Bedminster where he served on the Church Consistory, taught Sunday school and sang in the Church Choir for many years. He was an active member of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association, the Bucks County Farm Bureau and a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Kellers Church, PA.
    Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarships 2014
    Sponsored by Plumsteadville Grange 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.

    A Sincere Thank-you.
    The entire Steeley family would like to thank all of the Plumsteadville Grangers and Grange friends who expressed their sorrow for our sudden loss, as well as the outpouring of concern, cards, kind words, actions and assistance during this very difficult time.

    The Grange has been an ever-present aspect of our lives, and it seemed everyone loved “our Harold”. We are grateful for your support, and are honored to count you as friends. With sincere and heartfelt thanks,
    Ruth Steeley, Donald & Patti Steeley, Jane & Mike Birk, Denise Conner, Donald & David Steeley

    Danboro 4-H Celebrates 80 Years
    Danboro is celebrating 80 years in 2014! We would like to record some of the history of the club and are asking the Plumsteadville Grange members, who were members or leaders, to give us stories about the club’s past. It is written in the official Bucks County 4-H History Books that “Danboro 4-H Club started in 1934 and still exists to day and that the Gross and Crooke families are still involved with it today” but we don’t have anything more specific. We are interested in the projects taken, activities, events, and other stories. It would be nice to see what happened then and what we do today. Personally I will have been a leader of the club for the past 15 years and can only record recent history.

    If anyone wants to share about other 4-H clubs such as the Unami 4-H Club, we probably could use their stories as well. Bucks County will be celebrating their 100 years of 4-H in the next couple of years and it would be helpful to record these stories. Any submissions will be welcomed.

    Thank you Plumsteadville Grange for supporting the Danboro 4-H Club and the Bucks County 4-H program.              Linda Ochoco

     From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
    State Representative, 143rd Legislative District
    Solving the State Budget

    The process of finalizing a state budget is complicated, and it’s a responsibility that is not taken lightly by state legislators. The General Assembly’s work began work in February, when Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his 29.4 billion budget proposal. The governor laid out his highlights for what he believes will be a balanced and successful budget for the people of our commonwealth.

    Of course, this is only a proposed budget, and in my seven years in the House no budget proposal ever became the final budget. In the weeks after the Governor’s budget address, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have analyzed figures, held hearings, and for the first time ever, accepted public comments through pabudget.com, and used these comments in budget negotiation hearings.

    Some highlights from the governor’s proposal include:

    $10.3 billion for pre-K through 12th -grade funding, the most in Pennsylvania history.
    $25 million in “Ready to Succeed” higher education scholarships distributed through PHEAA. (Based on House Bill 1213 which I introduced in 2013.)
    $5.5 million increase in Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding, enough to provide coverage for more than 10,000 children in Pennsylvania.

    The commonwealth’s fiscal year begins July 1, so it is very important that a new budget is signed into law prior to that. In the last three years, the budget was signed into law on June 30. I anticipate that we will have an on time budget again this year. These are enormous undertakings that will have an enormous impact on our state’s budget. In his budget address, the Governor re-affirmed his commitment to privatizing the state store system and to implementing changes to public sector pensions.

    I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate over the next few weeks to finalize and pass a budget that reflects our economic situation and equitably addresses our Commonwealth’s priorities and needs.
    Grange Display at Doylestown Library
    Plumsteadville Grange has been allocated the display case at the Doylestown Library for the month of March. Please take the time to take a look.
    Did You Know?
    From African Violets to Poinsettias, PA floriculture producers sold nearly $29.3 million worth of potted flowering plants in 2012.

    Maple trees are often tapped with two or three plastic or steel spikes. PA’s 583,000 taps last year averaged just under a quart of syrup, producing 134,000 gallons.

    Plumsteadville Grange Meeting Minutes
    The minutes for the February 2014 meeting of the Plumsteadville Grange as recorded for Karen Moss, secretary by Don Moss, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30 pm. Present Men – 6 Women – 4 Total – 10

    OPENING: The Grange opening ceremony was led by Jim Diamond, followed by the roll call of officers and committee members. Minutes of the previous meeting of January 2014 were mailed/emailed with the monthly newsletter.

    ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Present – Master Jim Diamond, Overseer Donald Steeley, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Greeter Katie Graham, Musician Steve Bryne

    GUESTS: Karen, Nathan, Ken, and Lydia Adams

    PROGRAM: Presented by Lydia Adams of Grandview Rabbitry who raises Polish rabbits.

    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES: Agriculture Committee: The Federal Farm Bill has passed.

    TREASURER REPORTS: The financial summary compiled by Jim Lomax for the month of January 2014 shows income of $29,492 the bulk of that coming from the yearly payment by the renters of Tyro Hall. $12,000 was transferred to savings. Our expenses for the month were $7,208 with the largest expense being the final payment on the new furnace for the apartment.

    NEW BUSINESS: It was reported that the luncheon served on February 7th had 90 paying guests. We will be serving a dinner on February 22nd to the Franklin Company for the Purpose of More Effectively Detecting Horse Thieves and Other Villains.

    Fish Fries will resume during Lent and be held every two weeks. Dates being planned are March 7th and 21st, April 11th.
    Respectfully submitted, Karen Moss, Secretary.

    Monitor Ag Building Roofs to Guard Against Collapse
    Farmers should pay particular attention to barn roofs in the wake of severe winter weather. Heavy snow and ice has caused roofs to collapse on at least five ag buildings across PA, trapping and in some cases killing livestock. Particularly dangerous are gently-pitched roofs that make snow more likely to accumulate. (Pennsylvania Department. of Agriculture Weekly Newsletter, 14 February 2014 issue)
    A Personal Note …
    “I’ve missed the last couple Grange meetings and was a bit slow at getting news. I’m grateful for the new letter that Jane Birk sends out.’
    With much caring, Ruth Peters

    Wanted to Rent
    Tony Warsavage is asking if anyone has a place for rent to his son which would include some acreage or a very large garden. The son and his roommate are horticulture graduates, employed, and also want to have their own garden. Phone number is 215-766-0769.
    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:

    Betty Diamond
    Lillian Shull
    Margaret Moyer
    Harold Keeler & family
    Family of Raymond Gross
    Family of Harold Steeley

    Newsletter
    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].

    FISH FRY DINNER

    Fish, fries, Salads, Coleslaw, Dessert

    EAT IN OR TAKE OUT

    FRIDAY March 7th
    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

    Fish Fry Dinners to Continue Through Lent

    Fish Fry Dinners will be held on the following dates:

    March 21

    April 11

    Mark your calendars and plan to attend.


    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]

    Plumsteadville Grange # 1738
    Box 335, 5901 Easton Rd.
    Plumsteadville, PA 18949

    http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org

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    Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
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    Plumsteadville Grange’s quilt block is one of several dozen that comprise the Pa State Grange Heritage Quilt Trail.

  • FISH FRY DINNER – Friday May 10TH 5 to 7pm
    Fish, Fries, Salad, Dessert
    EAT IN or TAKE OUT

    Adults $7 under 12 yrs $5
    Proceeds to benefit the Doylestown Intermediate Unit for deaf children
    Jim Lomax 215 766 […]

  • FISH FRY DINNER – Friday May 10TH 5 to 7pm
    PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738
    Fish, Fries, Salad, Dessert
    EAT IN or TAKE OUT

    Adults $7 under 12 yrs $5
    Proceeds to benefit the Doylestown Intermediate Unit for deaf children
    Jim Lomax 215 766 9801 http://www.plumsteadvillegrange.org

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