September 12, 2012 – – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Pie Contest – Bake your best for bragging rights. Pies will be served for tasting after the meeting.
- Recognition of Donations to Scholarship Fund – - Jesse Burdinka and Madison Ochoco will be recognized for their fundraising on behalf of the Ellen Elaine Crooke Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- Installation of Officers – Newly elected 2012-2013 officers will be installed.
October 10, 2012 – – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Program: to be announced
From the Master’s Desk
Jim Diamond, Master, Plumsteadville Grange #1738
A GREAT “BIIIIG” THANK YOU for all who people who volunteered their time to assist Steve Bryne at the Plumsteadville Grange Food Booth and the Steeley family at the Bucks County Pomona Grange Pizza Booth during the 2012 Middletown Grange Fair. The Food Booth a major fund raising event where all the profits are deposited into the Plumsteadville Grange treasury and are used to support the expenses of maintaining the Grange Hall.
The profits from the Pizza Booth are donated to many service agencies throughout Bucks County. Those who received funds last year included Meals on Wheels (Central Buck, Woodside & Riegelsville) Woman’s Place, Bucks County Audubon Society, Peace Valley Nature Center, Chandler Hall, Bucks County 4-H Clubs, Pomona Grange Scholarship at Delaware Valley College and Discovery Project.
Without the volunteer assistance of Grange members, Grange Friends and their Relatives these funds that support Grange community services would not be possible.
Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
. Farm Market News
The market continues every Saturday through
October . 9 am -12.30 pm – Upcoming events:
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.
National Grange Joins Farm Bill Coalition
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Grange joined forces with more than 40 other agricultural organizations as part of the Farm Bill Now coalition this week (24 August), and promised to rally with coalition members on Capital Hill next month. The coalition’s objective is to raise public awareness about the importance of passing the 2012 Farm Bill. Provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill are set to expire on Sept. 30.
Farm Bill Now is set to hold two major events in coming weeks, including a rally on Capitol Hill at which several Grange representatives from all levels of the organization will be represented. “This rally, and other advocacy events, are a key part of our organization’s mission,” National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said Thursday. “It’s important for our members’ voices to be heard by their representatives, for those elected to see the faces of those effected by their decisions, or indecision.”
Happy birthday …
Happy birthday to all Plumsteadville Grange members who have a birthday in SEPTEMBER 2012. Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional.
Happy Birthday! J
National Grange lauds USDA’s investment
in rural electric infrastructure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Grange today applauded the Thursday, Aug. 9, announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, that electric utilities in rural areas of 18 states will receive loan guarantees to improve their local electric lines, transmission facilities and to implement smart grid technologies.
“The National Grange is pleased with the USDA’s continued investment in rural America that reaches far beyond some of its staple programs supporting farming, food subsidies and research,” National Grange President Ed Luttrell said. “The success and sustainability of American agriculture and rural America cannot come without dramatic improvements to the electric infrastructure of our small towns. It is our hope that these funds will help to support the expansion of other technologies, such as rural broadband, that level the accessibility playing field for all Americans.”
The funding will come from the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Along with helping to improve rural America’s electric infrastructure, the RUS is also meant to support energy conservation and renewable energy projects.
Vilsack has set a goal of funding over $250 million for smart grid technologies. In total, the USDA has announced investments of more than $420 million of pre-allocated USDA funds for electric infrastructure in rural areas
Low-Cost Cow Feed
Susan Jongeneel, University of Illinois (Farm Industry News)
The following article is for Grange members who raise cattle and have drought stressed corn fields. This is a practical way to salvage a crop loss.
Persistent drought conditions have rendered pastures lifeless, sent hay costs soaring upward, and jumped corn prices to the eight dollar mark, leaving cattlemen coping with record-high feed costs. Extension educator Travis Meteer said that looking to nearby cornfields for feed may be the most economical solution. ”The best way to use a harvested corn field is to allow cattle to graze it,” Meteer said. “Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. For cornstalks, the more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk.”
From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
State Representative, 143RD Legislative District
New Voter ID Law in PA – What You Need to Know
Act 18 of 2012, a new law in Pennsylvania, requires registered voters to present specific photo identi-fication every time they appear to vote and will also require those using absentee ballots to submit proof of identification. Previous law required voters to sub-mit identification only when appearing to vote in a new precinct or voting district for the first time. Though I voted against this bill last March, it is now the law. Please act now to ensure that your vote will be counted.
What constitutes a valid form of identification? The photo ID must include three things: the voter’s name, photo and an expiration date that is not yet expired, except when an individual presents a military identification card.
The following are acceptable forms of identification to show at the polls, so long as they meet the three requirements listed above.
- ID issued by the United States government
- ID issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- ID issued by a municipality of this Common-wealth to an employee of that municipality
- ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning (Note: PA residents who attend college out of state will not be able to use their student IDs to vote.)
- ID issued by a licensed Pennsylvania care facility
Most Pennsylvania colleges and universities do not presently issue ID cards that would be acceptable at the polls because the cards do not have an expiration date. While these cards might be changed and then be compliant with this law, it is important that college-age voters are aware of the requirements under Act 18 and take action if they need to acquire the proper ID to ensure their vote is counted. Additionally, most of our local senior care facilities do not issue ID cards that are compliant with the new law. If you or someone you know resides in a care facility and does not have a driver’s license or PennDOT-issued photo ID, please become familiar with the new law.
A college student away at school, or someone who will not be able to make it to the polls to vote, will be able to vote by absentee ballot. The procedure for voting by an absentee ballot has remained sub-stantially the same, but a voter will have to pro-vide his/her driver’s license number, or a PennDOT issued ID number, or the last four digits of his/her Social Security number, when they apply to the Bucks County Board of Elections for a ballot. There are provisions in the law to provide for other acceptable forms of ID, please contact the Board of Elections at 215-348-6154 for specifics. In order to vote by absentee ballot, one must be a registered voter.
Voters who appear at the polls in November without photo ID will NOT be turned away! Voters will have the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot, then present valid identification within six days of the election to the Bucks County Board of Elections.
For those with religious objections to being photographed, a valid without-photo driver’s license, or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT, will be acceptable forms of ID at the polls.
If an individual does not possess any of the allowable forms of ID, he or she may obtain a free photo ID from PennDOT. In this scenario the voter must first affirm he or she has no other form of ID and may then proceed using PennDOT’s existing procedures for obtaining a non-driver ID.
Now is the time to ask questions and to get the proper ID. Visit www.votespa.com for more information about Act 18 of 2012. Please help educate others about these requirements; every vote is important and needs to be counted.
Contact my Doylestown district office, located at 1032 North Easton Road, or call (215) 489-2126 for additional information on this new law.
More From the Master’s Desk
Jim Diamond, Master, Plumsteadville Grange #1738
Dear Plumsteadville Grange Members,
It is with sadness that I report that two outstanding Grange members and long time friends have been called home to be their Lord and Saviour. Brother George Steele, Past Master of Brandywine Grange #60, Chester County passed away on 20 August 2012. Brother Steele served the Pennsylvania State Grange for more than 14 years as State Steward and State Overseer. Brother Furman Gyger, member of Kimberton Grange, Chester County passed away on 15 August 2012. Brother Gyger served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Grange Executive Committee from 1963-1969. Both Brother Steele and Brother Gyger had many friends at Plumsteadville Grange and they will be missed.
August 2012 Meeting Minutes:
The minutes for the meeting of August 2012 as recorded by Meg Lomax, secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday Aug 8th at 7:30 p.m. Present: Men 7 Women 8, Youth 0, Total 15.
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 July 2012 were mailed with the monthly newsletter. A motion was approved to accept them (as written).
Program: Melissa Frank, Shelter manager of Upper Bucks SPCA gave an interesting and informative talk on “Managing Barn Cat Population”
Roll Call Of Officers: Master Jim Diamond, Overseer Don Steeley, Steward Scott Frye, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Lady Steward Edith Frye, Secretary Meg Lomax, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Ceres Ruth Steeley, Flora Jane Birk
OFFICER & COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Farm families are now exempt from inheritance tax.
National Grange news release: The Sec of Health announced that premiums for Medicare plans will remain at the same level until 2014
The Budget allocated $20 million for Fair funds
Agriculture Committee: Dry, hot weather, but crops in Bucks County are not affected like the ones out West.
Farm Market: Meg Lomax reported that the farm market activity is slower than other years. It could be due to the proximity of new Markets setting up. The Dying workshop attracted interested participants and Karen Moss’s knitting workshop is very popular and is now ongoing each week. Fliers have now been posted in 20 to 30 churches around the area.
Treasury Income $2377.59 Expenses $5407.75
More volunteers are needed for the snack bar and the Pizza Booth for the Grange Fair – August 15th to 19th. Passes are available from Don Moss.
The wooden quilt block is ready to mount on the outside of the Grange hall. Volunteers are needed to help erect it, after the Grange Fair. A dedication ceremony is planned with an invitation for a personage from State Grange to attend.
The slate of nominated officers as presented by the Executive committee was voted on, and all were approved (see attached listing)
Meg Lomax will take over from Ruth Steeley, the job of renting the Grange hall, from October
Next month will be the installation of new officers.
There will also be a home baked pie contest and the contents will be eaten after the meeting.
Harold Steeley passed his heart stress test last week and was given a round of applause.
Gail Crooke has started the first of her chemo treatments and Myron has one more Chemo treatment starting next week.
Respectfully submitted, Meg Lomax, Secretary
Bucks Co. Horse Bowl Team Wins State
Congratulations to the Bucks County Horse Bowl Quiz Team on their first-place win at the 2012 Penn State Horse Quiz Bowl held at Ag Progress Days on Aug. 16.
We wish the team good luck as they move on to the National competition.
Members sick or in distress
Please pray for Wayne and Lynn Litzenberer. Lynn’s sister Bernice was killed in an automobile accident two days ago. Also Lynn has a very serious health issue she is struggling to overcome.
The Plumsteadville Grange Officer Team wishes all Grange members a Happy Labor Day Weekend. Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Again, Happy Labor Day!
Please continue to remember those in need of food in our community. Items for the Lord’s Pantry food bank may be dropped off at the Grange at any time.
Have something to share? Please send items of interest to Jane Birk at email@example.com, or call 610-657-7668.
A BIG THANK YOU …
T0 all Grangers, 4-H members and Friends who volunteered to make the Middletown Grange Fair pizza booth and snack bar successful;
Plumsteadville Grange # 1738
Box 335, 5901 Easton Rd.