Grange Notes for October 29, 2017 by Tim Swartz
A win for migrant workers!
So now this resolution has been sent on to the National Grange annual meeting, being held Nov. 7-11 in Spokane, Washington. We’ll hope for support for this resolution and this bill by the national body. Their support will mean lobbying support from the national organization.
Our Grange decided that immigrant farm workers, who have been vital to keeping VT dairy and other farming going, should have a legal framework for their residence here in the United States. This bill (sponsored by Diane Feinstein, and co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Leahy) provides appropriate safeguards and verifications to set up a “blue card” permit system for agricultural workers, and a road to a “green card” for permanent residence status. Keep your eyes on this bill, and contact your representatives to let them know you support it, and so does the VT State Grange!
- #2 restrictions on “neonicitinoid” pesticides (very well researched and documented)–passed
- #12 increase font size on prescription bottles–amended to increase font size on info sheets accompanying prescriptions instead–passed
- #13 advocating better enforcement of seat-belt laws–amended to specifically call for primary enforcement–passed
- #14 calling for Drivers’ Ed to be offered at no charge in all VT high schools–passed
- #17 to actively support the Equal Rights for Women amendment–passed
The state session also does the annual “business” of the Grange, hearing reports on all the committees, events and accounts of the past Grange Year, just as our CCG business meetings do, in an open and transparent way.
I also got several compliments on the contra-dance we helped to put on at the Grange Fall Festival, bringing some of the Grangers from around the state, plus some “civilians” in on the fun of community dancing–and we’ve been asked to repeat it for next year! I’ll see if musicians Robin Russell, Michael Fiorillo &Emily Bartlett can play, and we’ll see if caller David Kreiss-Tomkins is coming back from Alaska, to reprise the successful combination we had this year–or we’ll find others! Put the Fall Festival in September 2018 on your Calendar.
No, wait, that’s not exactly right…
At our meeting, we will also be discussing providing holiday food baskets for needy families, based on contacts Merry has been making with Washington County Head Start. We’ll also talk about the information Merry & I plus others saw at the State Session about the Grange supporting Farm to Schoollinks as part of the official program for the next year.
We’ll also talk about the food donations the State Grange is soliciting, and how FCCGH board member Elizabeth Templeton is taking this on as a project. She’ll be setting up donation boxes in our foyer(s) to accept non-perishable products for those who need help getting good, nutritious meals. Look for the signs!
As you can see, the north end is suffering terrible paint peeling–we think that stopping the airflow in the wall will really help. The Friends is also planning to have that end strapped and re-sided, with a drainage plane behind, to keep moisture from being trapped.
Besides stopping air-flow, the dense-pack insulation gives us about R=14 in these 2 x 4 walls–a big improvement!
(For those curious about the spelling of the French above, note that the bilingual labeling of the cellulose bales taught me the French for “blowing cellulose!)