October 10, 2012 – – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Pumpkin Pie Contest – Bake your best for bragging rights. (see below) Pies will be served for tasting after the meeting
November 14, 2012 – Plumsteadville Grange
- Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
- Program: Haflinger Horses presented by Barry Hillborn. Come out and learn more about this interesting and unusual breed.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Contest
What Tastiest Homemade Pumpkin Pie Contest
When 10 October 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where Plumsteadville Grange Hall
Who Any Grange member, friends, relatives,
in-laws and out-laws
- Must be a pumpkin pie filling
- Must have a homemade crust
- The pie baker must accompany their pie to the Grange meeting for judging
- Judges decision will be based on the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth. The judges may be wrong, BUT they are official.
- Ribbons will be awarded.
- Members will test the accuracy of the judge(s) by tasting the pies after the meeting.
- Pies purchased at any bakery or market are ineligible for competition (i.e. WaWa, Giant, Turkey Hill, etc.)
- One pie per contestant
Don’t have a pumpkin? Get one at the PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE FARM MARKET, Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Fact: In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
Viewpoint: Once I was hosting a group of African officials who were studying Pennsylvania Agriculture. We took them to a local Bucks County farm that had a field orange with hundreds of pumpkins. Then we went to a local farm market to illustrate how pumpkins were marketed. They were aghast that the American people would spend good money to purchase a pumpkin to carve into decorations when back in their homeland, pumpkins were an important food source for starving people. To them it was wasteful to misuse a nutritious food for decorations.
Jim Diamond, Plumsteadville Grange Master
Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship Fund
Jesse Berdinka of Chubby’s Dairy Barn and Madison Ochoco were recognized for their contributions to the Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship Fund.
Madison sold bracelets in Ellen’s memory, and Jesse pledged all proceeds from sales of t-shirts at his ice cream shop to the fund.
Plumsteadville Grange is exploring ways to increase the fund so that we can increase the number and/or amount of future scholarships. If you have ideas for fundraising for this project, please bring them to a meeting for discussion.
From the Master’s Desk
Jim Diamond, Master, Plumsteadville Grange #1738
There’s nothing like the Subordinate Grange when the Grange Officers and its members are working together. The members of Plumsteadville Grange thank Brother Harold Steeley, Installing Officer, Linda Kling, Regalia Bearer, Katie Graham, Emblem Bearer, Bruce Weikel, Marshal and Betty Diamond, Pianist for installing the newly elected officers at the September 2012 meeting. This was a good example of officers and members working together.
I personally thank the members of Plumsteadville Grange for electing me to serve as Master for an additional two-year term. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” The Grange members elected a tremendous leadership team to get things done and it is my mission to not meddle with their dedicated Grange efforts. I look forward to working with this officer team during the next two years.
Election Day is Tuesday, 6 November 2012. Please give thanks that you live in a country where you can vote for the candidate of your choice without fear of being shot, threatened, abused or roughed up. Please, please, please do not squander away this privilege. Regardless of your political affiliation, your vote is important
For those who have not yet registered to vote, please be aware that the deadline for registering is Tuesday, 9 October 2012. Please do not wait until the last minute to register.
Grange members who have questions pertaining to voter registration for the 2012 General Election, you can telephone Voter Registration, Bucks County Court House at 215-348-6163.
Kudos to Bucks Co. 4-H Horse Bowl Team
Bucks Co 4-H won first place at the PA State 4-H Horse Bowl competition! We wish them luck as they go on to compete nationally representing PA at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus OH on Oct. 16, and the Eastern Nationals in Louisville KY on Nov. 3.
They are seeking help in defraying their expenses. If you would like to support the team, send your check payable to “SNB 4-H Travel Team” to Nancy Hottle, 1636 Pleasant View Rd., Coopersburg, PA 18036.
From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn
State Representative, 143RD Legislative District
Reminder: New Voter ID Law in Pennsylvania
Act 18 of 2012, a new law in Pennsylvania, requires registered voters to present specific photo identification every time they appear to vote, and requires those using absentee ballots to submit proof of identification. Previous law required voters to submit identification when appearing to vote in a precinct or voting district for the first time.
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.
Acceptable forms of photo ID must include three things: the voter’s name, his/her photo, and an expiration date that is not yet expired. In addition to a driver’s license, the following forms of identification are acceptable to show at the polls:
- ID issued by the United States government.
- ID issued by the Commonwealth of PA U.S. military ID (need not be unexpired).
- ID issued by a municipality of this Commonwealth to an employee of that municipality.
- ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning (Pennsylvania 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, including long-term care facilities and assisted living or personal care homes.
If an individual does not currently possess any acceptable form of ID, he or she may obtain a non-driver’s ID free from PennDOT upon affirmation that the ID is needed specifically to vote.
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 and take action in a timely fashion.
Because the Voter ID law requires the name on the individual voter’s ID to “substantially conform” with the name of the voter as it appears on the voter rolls, the name “mismatch” can be significant, especially for women who may have changed their name due to marital status. Recently I re-registered to vote because I realized that I originally registered as Marguerite Mary Quinn, instead of the Marguerite Corr Quinn, as on my driver’s license. Don’t wait until the last minute to look into this!
Steps are continually being taken by the Department of State to ease the process of obtaining identification for eligible voters. A person having difficulty acquiring ID can contact my office for further information or with specific questions.
Those unable to appear at the polls in person – such as the infirmed, college students away at school or someone with travel plans – may vote by absentee ballot. While this procedure has remained substantially the same, voters will now have to provide their driver’s license numbers, PennDOT-issued ID numbers, or the last four digits of their Social Security numbers when applying 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.
I had many concerns that caused me to vote against this bill. It is now the law, so it is imperative that you ask questions and to get the proper ID now! Visit www.RepQuinn.net or www.votespa.com for more information about Act 18 of 2012. You can also call my district office at 215-489-2126 for information. Please help educate others about these requirements; every eligible vote is important and needs to be counted.
DID You Know This “Scary” Fact?
One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the United States is purchased for Halloween.
September 2012 Meeting Minutes:
The minutes for the September 2012 meeting of as recorded by Meg Lomax, secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday12th September, at 7:30 p.m. Present: Men 13, Women 8, Youth 0, Total 21.
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 August 2012 were mailed with the monthly newsletter. A motion was approved to accept them (as written).
PROGRAM Jesse Berdinka donated $1350 to the Grange – 4H – Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship fund. This was raised by producing and selling T shirts in Ellen’s memory. Madison Ochoco, Danboro 4H donated $36 to the fund produced by selling bracelets in Ellen’s memory.
4 girls in the Bucks County Horse Bowl Team were the 2012 State winners. The 4 girls who attended the meeting were: Sydney Sherman, Sandra Krone, Laura Guidera & Elizabeth Nangle. They were all congratulated on their performance. These girls also volunteered at the Grange snack bar in August. A motion was passed to donate $200 to the girls to support the team in the next rounds.
Guests 17 , including Mr & Mrs Jesse Berdinka and their employees, Mr Ochoco and family, Jim Valuckas and Denise Conner.
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:
Agricultural Committee 500 Grange members, including Betsey Huber demonstrated in Washington DC on National Grange Day
Treasury Income $19,292.50 Expenses $22,163.67
A motion was passed to add Jesse Berdinka to the Scholarship Fund Committee.
It was suggested that the amount of individual scholarships should be reviewed for next year.
Installation of officers for 2012 to 2014, The following officers were installed by Brother Harold Steeley. The Marshal was Bruce Weikel, Emblem bearer Katie Graham, Regalia bearer Lynda Kling and Musician Betty Diamond.
Master Jim Diamond
Overseer Don Steeley
Lecturer Darlene Quiring
Steward Scott Frye
Asst Steward Don Moss
Lady Asst Steward Edith Frye
Greeter Jennifer Danhower (not present)
Chaplain Tony Townsend
Treasurer Jim Lomax
Secretary Karen Moss
Ceres Ruth Steeley
Pomona Toni Kellers (not present)
Flora Jane Birk
Jane Birk has submitted the Plumsteadville Grange Community Service scrapbook to State Grange. She was thanked for producing this.
Don Moss has had a new stove installed in the upper apartment of the Grange house.
It is planned to erect the new wooden quilt block to the front of the Grange building on 25th September at 5pm.
Members Sick Or In Distress Bernice, the sister of Lynn & Wayne Litzenberger, was killed in an auto accident last week.
Gayle Crooke is still undergoing chemotherapy.
Myron Kressman had a clean report on 9.11.12
Dr Jim Diamond visited Darwin Gruver last week who is doing fine.
Respectfully submitted by Meg Lomax, Secretary
TO ALL PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MEMBERS WHO HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN OCTOBER 2012. As you look back on yesterday, may your memories be warm ones. As you celebrate today, may your heart be filled with happiness and joy. As you look ahead to tomorrow, may your deepest hopes and dreams come true for you. Again, Happy Birthday!
News from Bucks County SPCA
The Bucks County SPCA Quakertown Shelter, Stray Cat Blues, Inc. cat rescue and No Nonsense Neutering will team up to offer the residents of Upper Bucks County a unique opportunity to deal effectively with the outdoor cats in their neighborhoods.
Working together to maximize our resources to address the problem of humanely reducing the number of feral cats in this region, our organizations complement each other quite well with Stray Cat Blues’ trapping expertise and the SPCA’s clinic facility and No Nonsense Neutering’s ability to deal with high volume spay/neuter services.
Stray Cat Blues will be conducting two TNR workshops at the Upper Bucks SPCA on Oct 4th 7-9 PM and again on Sat. Oct 6th 1-3 PM
As people complete the workshop we will be offering them vouchers for one spay or neutering for the low cost spay neuter clinic event during National Feral Cat Week on October 14, 2012 at the Upper Bucks Shelter location. Our goal is to reach as many people doing this. Should this prove more popular, we will offer another workshop in the future.
For more information, contact the SPCA at 267.347.4674 or www.bcspca.org
Trick-Or-Treating And Guising
Trick-or-treating in Sweden
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to a (mostly idle) “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats.
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on 1 November, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day (2 November). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas.”
In Scotland and Ireland, Guising – children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins – is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going “guising” around the neighborhood.
American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of the holiday in the U.S; The Book of Hallowe’en (1919), and references souling in the chapter “Hallowe’en in America”;
Members sick or in distress
Please pray for Wayne and Lynn Litzenberer. Lynn’s sister Bernice was killed in an automobile accident recently. Also Lynn has a very serious health issue she is struggling to overcome.
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.
Thoughts on Autumn
James E. Diamond
The autumn months have always been a special time in my life. It’s a time to vote, harvest corn and soybeans, plant winter barley and wheat, make sauerkraut, gather black walnuts and put rams with the ewes so lambs will be born during the following February. Much time is devoted to canning and freezing fruits and vegetables for the winter months. It’s time to anticipate being with friends and family for a jovial and devotional Thanksgiving dinner. It is a time to go hunting for small and large game with long time friends who like to sup a glass of wine in the evenings and to swap yarns of yesteryear hunts. The following lines are an attempt to put into words my feelings and images of an autumn that God hath made.
September is when summer begins to fade
and gardens wane,
Squirrels scamper about gathering hickory nuts
from trees along the lane.
The trees set in motion their annual color change
Before the leaves flutter as far as they dare range.
October environs are vividly bedecked with natural paint
By God’s gifted artist branded as nature’s talented saint.
Cool and shortened days beget yearly bird migrations
Far to the warm south to establish winter stations.
November is a month when whitetail deer’s rut is unfurled,
To forever propagate its’ being in the natural world.
It’s a time for pleasure at apple fests
A time to give thanks for bountiful harvests.
Autumn is an exceptional time to be with exclusive
friends who are part of your soul
Who make a home feel warm and cuddly akin to a fur stole.
September, October and November are the 91 days,
Which imprison the warmth of summer’s
Sitting in front of a flaming woodstove warming the spirit
Throughout a chilly moonlit evening, it has a
great deal of merit.
Life is designed to contemplate and appreciate such a time,
When mysteries of autumn merge in harmony
like a captivating rhyme.
Dates To Remember
10 October Plumsteadville Grange Meeting
13 October Demonstration how to make “goood”
20-22 October PA State Grange Session
24 October United Nations Day
27 October – Last Day of 2012 Farm Market &
31 October Halloween
6 November Election Day
14 November Plumsteadville Grange Meeting
22 November Thanksgiving Day
26 November ”Religious Holiday”
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