Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help), June 23, 2021
Re-starting a long-time tradition: good food and good folks at the Grange
In the event, we had a small but very convivial gathering for dinner, welcoming people from Jericho and Burlington, as well as Grange members from closer to home. All of us were vaccinated, so we ate, unmasked, in the relatively cool Main Hall, rather than setting up outside. As usual, we had great food, too!
As Merry has often said, “you’re going to eat anyway, why not do it with a bunch of friends?”. Bring whatever you want, we frequently get: hot dishes, cold dishes, vegetables, salads, soups, breads, cheeses, butter, chips, dips, cookies and cupcakes, even ice cream…your choice! We always have lots of food, so even if you aren’t able to bring something, odds are good that there will be plenty to eat.
We will provide serving utensils/plates/glasses/bowls/
Projects and volunteer work–we got ’em!
- Maintain the “sand catcher” for the driveway culvert–Lewis Neill built a “settling pool” to keep sand and small rocks from clogging the new culvert he put under the top end of the driveway (see the picture below) in 2007. Every big downpour fills it up, and I have trouble keeping up with clearing it out. Just requires a hoe or shovel, and being willing to keep an eye on it. Contact Tim: email@example.com and let me know!
- Weed & water the gardens–we have a variety of plants and flowers around both entrances, thanks to past work by volunteers. We’ve got an outdoor faucet, and could buy a hose (or get one donated). Is there someone who could stop by occasionally and check out the flower beds, and weed and water as needed? Contact Tim or Merry: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m putting a few pictures of the current state at the bottom of this newsletter.
- Bakers take notice: we’d like to contribute baked goods for the VT State Grange to sell on July 2nd through 5th, at the Vermont Welcome Center rest area in Sharon. The proceeds go to support the State Grange Center in Brookfield, that provides a summer camp experience for Grange youth, for Fall Festival, and facilities for other organizations to rent. If you can, contact Ruth Hovey-Sicely: email@example.com
- Little Free Library: At our May meeting, we agreed that having a small, voluntary lending library, part of the Little Free Library movement would be a great idea. We are still looking for a volunteer to build the outdoor box with doors that would be needed, to be mounted perhaps on our Old Entrance porch. Interested? Contact Tim.
- Flushing the on-demand water heater: Calcium “scale” can build up in the heat exchanger, and needs to be flushed out out with vinegar, ideally every year. I did it in mid-June, and can now give you a tutorial, if you can take this on as an annual chore. Contact Tim…
There’s more to be done, especially to improve fresh-air ventilation downstairs, watch for updates–and if you have HVAC experience and want to help out, get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeeeed meeee! Expect to hear that cry…
Catching up on Memorial Day: VT Scholastic Chess Championships
In the photos:
- 4-8th grade contestants and families wait to check in–contact info was recorded and kept for 30 days.
- Mike and Kindergarten-3rd grade contestants are getting ready for some hot chess competition.
- K-3 players were spread out downstairs…
- …and upstairs.
- Corinne is keeping track of the moves