November 2014 Newsletter

November 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 Grange

  • 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 Grange/4-H Players
  • No regular monthly meeting in December

January 14, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange

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

Plumsteadville Veterans Park –

Dedication Ceremony November 8, 9:00 a.m.

  • Invite ALL VETERANS to attend and be recognized regardless of their branch and length of service
  • Breakfast dishes are needed. For more information or if you can help, Contact Annette Crooke at 215-345-1276

Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market

  • A BIG THANK YOU to our vendors, entertainers and customers for making the market season a success
  • Vendors and customers turned out in costume to celebrate the last market day on Oct 25th.

Elizabeth Downey Elected as New PA State Grange Master

Congratulations to Elizabeth “Beth” Downey on her election as Master of Pennsylvania State Grange at the 142nd session held in Reading October 19-21.

Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who have joined our order in the past quarter:

  • Edna White
  • Robert Mogg
  • Helen Whitmore
  • Jeni Minguez-Mogg
  • David Barnhart

From the Desk of Marguerite Quinn

State Representative, 143rd Legislative District

LIHEAP Applications Now Available for 2014-2015

Eligible Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to apply for the 2014-2015 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a program that helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants.

Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

The eligibility requirements for this year’s program can be found online at After your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining you eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive, usually within 30 days. Payments are generally sent directly to a utility company or fuel dealer and are credited to your account.

If you’ve never applied for LIHEAP benefits before, you can apply online, on paper, or in person. To apply online, visit to fill the application out on the Internet. On that same website you can download the application, print it and fill out your information and send it in to the Bucks County Assistance Office. Or if you’d prefer to fill out the application in person, you can visit the Bucks County Assistance Office and it will provide you with one.

If you applied for LIHEAP online last year, you should have received a postcard from the Department of Public Welfare encouraging you to reapply online this year. The postcard has a pre-registration number on it, which gives the applicant access to an online application that has already been filled out with their information from last year. Clients then simply have to ensure the information online is correct and update anything that may have changed, such as an address. All online applications are sent straight to the county office to determine eligibility, thereby eliminating mail and hand processing time.

Prior applicants who did not apply online last year should have received a paper application in the mail.

The Department of Public Welfare may extend or shorten the program depending upon the availability of federal funds. For more information or to apply online, call my district office in Doylestown at (215) 489-2126 or visit

Plumsteadville Grange Minutes

The minutes for the October 2014 meeting of the Plumsteadville Grange as recorded by Don Moss, acting secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met October 8th at 7:30 pm.

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

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Present were President Jane Birk, Overseer Donald Steeley, Lecturer Katie Graham, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Chaplain Tony Townsend, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Ceres Meg Lomax, Flora Lynda Kling, Musician Betty Diamond.


GUESTS: Leader of the Horse Bowl Team, Nancy Hottle and members, Madison Helveil, Joahna Supple, Angeline Scott, Nicole Scott. Beth Supple and Tami Helveil, parents of team members. House guest of the Diamonds, Cezary Tkaczuk, Professor of Plant Protection, University of Siedlce, Siedlce, Poland.

PROGRAM: Presentation by the Bucks County 4H Horse Bowl Team.

PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP: Welcome to new members Helen Whitmore of Pipersville, Robert Mogg also of Pipersville, and our Farm Market pie maker extraordinaire, Edna White of Chalfont.


Farm Market: The last market of this year will be October 25th. There will be games and goodie bags for the children and a Halloween costume contest for all.

Building and Maintenance & Grounds: An electrician has been contacted to fix outside lights, flag light and trouble lights.

COMMUNICATIONS: We received a letter from Alice Betts and Marian Lowes donating $30 for the newsletter.

TREASURER REPORTS: Income for the month ending September 30, 2014 was $1881.82. Expenses, $5187.72 including $1,693 that we paid in sales tax for the snack bar and $1,189 in expenses related to the apartments.

OLD BUSINESS: Date for the Christmas Party, Potluck Dinner and Play will be Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Our Plumsteadville Grange seal, which is used on all official documents, has been missing. If anyone has it or knows where to look for it, contact Karen Moss 215-766-0707.

Meg Lomax gave thanks to Jim Diamond of his years of work as Plumsteaville Grange’s Master.

Respectfully submitted, Karen Moss, Secretary.


2014 Quilt Raffle – We Have a Winner !!

At the closing day of the Farm Market the lucky ticket was drawn – and the winner is Lynda Kling of Ottsville. The raffle raised a total of $867 to be used for improvements to the Grange/Annex properties.

Didn’t win? No worries, the quilting group has another beautiful work of art ready to be unveiled.

Farm-City Dinner at Keystone Grange

Celebrate National Farm-City Week – Nov. 21-27

It would be our delight if you would join us for the annual Farm-City Dinner Catered by Phamous Phils BBQ of TV Food Network Fame – Friday November 21st 6:45 pm, St Luke’s Church, 192 West Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426, Featuring keynote speaker: Former PA Secretary of Agriculture and current Delaware Valley College Dean Russell Redding -Cost: $18.00 person ($15 for children 12 and under) Choice of Chopped Brisket or Smoked Sliced Ham or Baked Ziti – (sides include tossed salad, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and potato casserole) bring a dessert to share


You may call Gene at 484-948-6916 or email [email protected] Or mail your payment to: (checks payable to Keystone Grange #2). Farm City Dinner, 250 East Third Avenue, Trappe, PA 19426

VOTE – Nov. 4th

The Grange is non-partisan, but we believe in the power of each individual vote – we encourage each of you to excerise your right to vote by casting your ballot for the candidate(s) of your choice on Nov. 4th

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]


Did You Know?

According to Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, PA’s apple crop is estimated at 11.2 million bushels this year which would be enough for every person today in the U.S. to have an apple a day for two years. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Grange Refreshments

A Grange meeting without refreshments is just a meeting – the informal time after a meeting is often the most fertile ground for discussion of ideas and forging new friendships. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the Grange Hall – please indicate which month you would like to provide refreshments.

Like us on Face book

– We welcome members, friends and market vendors to post your comments. Search for “Plumsteadville Grange” or “Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market”


As always, if you have something to share or want to get the newsletter via email contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or [email protected].

Member Concerns / Celebrations

  • Charles Rizzo is recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery.
  • Harold Keeler is in again rehab after a recent hospitalization for injuries occurring from a fall. He would appreciate cards and visitors at Manor Care Health Services, 640 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936. Phone: (215) 368-4350.
  • Darwin Gruver, a long-time member, is a resident at Saucon Manor, 1050 Main Street Hellertown, PA 18055
  • Margaret Moyer (daughter Kathy is a market vendor) 200 Veteran’s Lane, Apt.514, Doylestown, PA 18901
  • Doris Hellerick is at the Lutheran Home at Telford, 12 Lutheran Drive, Telford, PA 18969




Up to 20 artists will be displaying  their work

Coffee and snacks available + additional; goodies for purchase from farm market vendor M & E Edibles

Save The Date – Christmas Celebration

Plumsteadville Grange Annual Christmas Dinner Saturday 13th December at 6.30pm

  • Pot luck dinner
  • Dedication of display cabinet in memory of Raymond Gross and Harold Steeley
  • Visit from Santa Claus
  • Christmas Play
  • Carol singing
  • The invitation will be in the December Newsletter

 If you are bringing children please contact Meg Lomax before December 1st.






Plumsteadville Grange # 1738

Box 335, 5901 Easton Rd.
Plumsteadville, PA 18949