August 8, 2012 – – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Program: to be announced
September 12, 2012 – – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Program: to be announced
Middletown Grange Fair – Aug 15-19
Save the Date to help us at the Middletown Grange Fair. Once again, Plumsteadville Grange will be operating the snack bar, and Bucks County Pomona Grange will be operating the pizza booth at the fair. These are major fundraisers, and an opportunity to reach out to the community at large to let them know what the Grange is and what it does. Volunteers are needed & appreciated for all shifts.
Snack Bar: Organizers: Steve Byrne 267-408-9367 and Don Moss 215-766-0707.
Pizza Booth: Organizer: Jane Birk 610-657-7668
HEELP!” “HEELP!” “HEELP!”
Dalai Lama once said, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” We are requesting Grange members and friends and relatives of Grange members to volunteer some time “to help others” at the Middletown Grange Fair Pizza Booth and Snack Bar. Any amount of volunteered time will certainly be appreciated.
Plumsteadville Grange Snack Bar. Much help is needed at during the Middletown Grange Fair. Steve Byrne & Don Moss are coordinating the Snack Bar and will need a lot of assistance to make this fund raising event a success. Contacts: Steve Byrne 267-408-9367 and Don Moss 215-766-0707.
Clean-up day: Saturday, August 11 – 10am – 4 pm at the Middletown Fair Grounds.
Pomona Grange Pizza Booth. Much help is needed during the Middletown Grange Fair at the Pomona Grange Pizza Booth. The Steeley family will be coordinating the booth but will not be able to put in the long hours as they have in the past. Many hands make the job easier – please contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 – Note that this is the ONLY fund raiser for Bucks County Pomona Grange, which donates thousands of dollars annually to LOCAL charitable organizations.
4-H Fashion News
Linda Ochoco, Danboro 4-H Leader
The Bucks County Clothing and Textile members want to thank the Plumsteadville Grange for allowing them to use your facility for their fashion show for family and friends. All members were eligible to attend Regional 4-H Fashion Revue at the Branch Community Church in Harleysville. Because of your generosity, the 4-Hers were able to prepare and to practice their modeling skills with great success! Bucks County Junior winners include Cara Arnoldi and Logan Sudholz. Senior Regional Fashion Revue Winners include Bucks County 4-Hers Amy Gramling, Rachel Quiring, Danielle Sherman, Elizabeth Wiltshire and Teresa Williams. Madison Ochoco won first alternate. We want to wish the senior Bucks County Fashion Revue winners and alternates Best of Luck as they compete with 60 4-H clothing and textile members at Penn State Achievement Days Aug. 7-9
Senior winners at the Regional 4-H Fashion Revue include several Bucks County members,
Farm Market News
The market continues every Saturday through Oct. 9 am -12.30 pm – Upcoming events:
August 4 – Knitting workshop – Karen Moss
August 18 – Bee Keeping Demonstration – Dr. Jim Diamond and Katie Graham
August 25- Faith & Practice – Folk /Old Time Band
September 1 – Hay Bale Gardening – Suzan Bartels
October 13 – Making sauerkraut and Corn mash – Jim & Betty Diamond
Anyone who would like to offer entertainment, demonstrations or a work shop at the Farm Market please contact Meg Lomax at 215 766 9801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy birthday …
TO ALL PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MEMBERS WHO HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN AUGUST 2012. If you feel uninspired and long to rekindle the glowing coals of your life into a roaring fire, try using the following tip. Let a few words of inspiration sink in as you ponder the possibilities of living an inspired life. Those few words from members of PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE are, “Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”
From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
State Representative, 143RD Legislative District
Family Farms Inheritance Tax Exemption Signed into Law with 2012-13 State Budget
Pennsylvania’s budget for fiscal year 2012-13, appropriating $27.65 billion, was signed by the governor on Saturday, June 30. I voted in support of this year’s budget for a number of reasons, as it reflected the priorities of the district that I represent in terms of education, environment, human services and being fiscally responsible. The budget was signed on time for the second year in a row, contains no new taxes, and acknowledges the state of the economy by spending less than the appropriated budget from fiscal year 2008-09.
Signed into law as part of this year’s Tax Code was a measure that ends the financial burden of Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax on surviving farm family members. Because so many farms are split up or are sold because the families can’t afford to pay the inheritance tax on the property, this law will allow for family farms to stay intact after a loved one passes away.
Before the law was signed, children who inherited farmland from their parents would have to pay a 4.5 percent inheritance tax, and if the land was left to a sibling, the inheritor would have to pay a 12 percent inheritance tax in Pennsylvania. This bill started as House Bill 1864 and also applies the inheritance tax exemption to farm commodities, such as animals, plants and forest reserves.
For more information on this year’s state budget, or any other state-related issue, contact my Doylestown office at (215) 489-2126 or www.RepQuinn.net.
July 2012 – Meeting Minutes:
The minutes for the meeting of July 2012 as recorded by Meg Lomax, secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday July 11th 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Present: Men 10, Women 12, Total 22
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 June 2012 were mailed with the monthly newsletter. A motion was approved to accept them (as written).
PROGRAM: Chris Christianson of Hilltown Baptist Church, and a former member of Danboro 4H, talked about his upcoming 4 year Mission Trip with his wife and children to Bangladesh in January 2013
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Master Jim Diamond, Overseer Don Steeley, Steward Scott Frye, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Lady Asst. Steward Edith Frye, Secretary Meg Lomax, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Chaplain Tony Townsend, Ceres Ruth Steeley, Flora Jane Birk
OFFICER & COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Deaf Activities Committee – Meg Lomax received a letter of thanks from Dr Kevin Miller of the Bucks Co. Intermediate Unit #22 for the $1000 donation to help support deaf children in Summer school. Dr Miller is leaving the Intermediate Unit at the beginning of July and going home to his home state of Nebraska. There will be a new contact at the Unit for the Grange to lease with.
Agriculture committee The PA Farm Budget was passed last week but work is still ongoing at the Federal level.
Grounds Committee The front and back doors of the Grange building have been fitted with new locks. Don Moss holds spare keys.
Apartments: the upstairs tenants are having trouble with their stove. It will cost between $200 to 300 to fix it, or $500 to 600 to buy a new one.
Farm Market- There are several workshops planned for the Market – Birding, Dyeing natural fibers with Kool Aid, Knitting, Bee Keeping. Members are encouraged to contact Meg Lomax if they can offer a work shop or demonstration.
Correspondence/Communications: A card was received from Gail Crooke in thanks for the basket of fruit she received from the Grange.
Madison Ochoco, Danboro 4H donated $36 to the Ellen Elaine Crooke Memorial Scholarship fund from money raised by selling bracelets in memory of Ellen.
Treasury Income : $3164.31 Expenses $4289.64
OLD BUSINESS: A reminder that volunteers will be needed for the snack bar and the pizza bar at the Middletown Grange Fair in August. Contact Steve Byrne 267-408-9367 or Jane Birk 610-657-7668
The wooden quilt block is painted and almost ready to hang on the front of the Grange building.
Jim Lomax suggested that in light of contributions coming in for the Ellen Elaine Crooke memorial scholarship fund (Danboro Girl Scouts, Jesse Burdinka;s T Shirt sales, Madison Ochoco’s bracelets) the Scholarship amount should be raised from $500 to $1000.
A motion was approved to purchase a new stove for the upstairs apartment.
A motion was approved to purchase 600gallons of oil from Myers at the price of $3.32 per gallon.
A motion was approved to donate $100 to Chris Christianson’s Mission trip.
Dr Jim Diamond put forth the Resolution, which was tabled at last month’s meeting’ to have the Grange support the immediate issue of permits and drilling for gas in Nockamixon Township. Two different view points which were published in the July Newsletter were discussed. After discussion the motion was rejected
Dr Jim Diamond put forward a second resolution to suggest the elimination of the 9/10 cent additional charge on gasoline and fuel oil. After discussion the motion was accepted. The resolution will be sent to State Grange.
Dr Jim Diamond suggested sending a letter to Mike Fitzpatrick objecting to House Bill 2309 which may eliminate daily mail delivery in rural areas.
A motion was passed to send Dr Jim and Betty Diamond to the State Grange annual meeting in October.
ITEMS FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER – Refreshments are usually provided by Grange members after the monthly meetings. A sign up sheet for volunteers will be provided.
Mary Jo Terpeluk, one of our Farm Market vendors fell down stairs on July 4th during a power cut, and broke several bones.
Earl Landes, a local farmer is due to have heart surgery.
Darwin Gruver is doing fine.
Myron Kressman has 2 more Chemo sessions to undergo.
Respectfully submitted, Meg Lomax, Secretary
Middletown grange Fair
Plumsteadville Grange # 1738