Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, March 14, 2017
When it’s winter–some folks are still riding bikes–and the rest of us are ready to start
As I’m writing this, of course, the biggest storm of the winter is falling….but you have to have faith!
Noah showed us the important maintenance steps he does himself–and recommends for all bikers:
- Cleaning: wiping the chain after riding, to get rid of grit that wears out the chain
- Lubricating: working chain lube into the links, one section at a time. Using your fingers, rolling the links helps the lubrication work its way in
- Checking the whole bike: looking at cables, brakes and gear linkages, to make sure everything is in good shape–before you are going 30 mph down a hill!
- Checking your helmet: be aware that helmets start breaking down after 3 years. Foam that is supposed to cushion your head when it hits the ground can just collapse, just when you need it most! Replacing your helmet regularly is the best insurance you can have.
- Tire pressure check: Noah reminded us that rubber can let air out, so checking and re-filling is a regular necessity. Low pressure tires like the 10-15 psi ones on his fat bike lose air more slowly–narrow, high-pressure tires like the 90-100 psi ones on a road bike lose it more quickly, but all of them have to be checked–especially if they have spent the winter hanging in the garage. Get yourself a good tire pressure gauge, and use it regularly.
Interest was also expressed in having Noah come back later in the year, perhaps allowing people to bring their bikes to be checked–are you interested? Let us know! We could do it when the weather is warmer, so we can have room outside and don’t have to worry about the floor.
March Grange Meeting: What’s Going on These Days?
The Grange is supporting this community service by donating the space, and now by purchasing the “new” used shelves in the photo above, for storage of KT&P’s many plastic bins of clothes. Merry also found a painter through the Grange’s membership in Onion River Exchange, and used O.R.E. Hours donated by Liz Benjamin to get the walls in their storage corner painted. Erin’s husband Sean and I picked up the shelves and delivered them to the Hall, and I put them together. Erin is already thinking she could use more! As usual, it’s a group effort with a community payoff.
Phyllis also reported on research that identifies grease-resistant coatings in fast-food meals as containing PFAs, a potential carcinogen. Cut down on fast food burgers, chicken, etc.–or unwrap them as soon as possible and get rid of the wrappings from the store.
The weekend of Feb. 25/26 was forecast for high winds and possible heavy rains, so they decided they would rather be safe than sorry, and let me know that they would be moving the buses to our parking area up on the hill. With no rentals scheduled on Saturday evening, this worked out well. They left room for parking for the Church of Christ service on Sunday morning, as requested.
In the event, no flooding happened, but we are happy to provide this “peace of mind” for this important community transportation agency.
Every year, the National Grange declares that April is the month to celebrate and publicize the whole Grange. We held our first Open House last spring, and we are holding another one on the first Saturday in April, instead of our usual Grange meeting. Like last year, we are inviting our renters to do demonstrations, staff information tables, or otherwise present their activities and interests. We are inviting local community organizations–the 4H group from Washington County, the Green Mountain Transit Authority, and more–to provide spokespeople and literature as well. Carl Etnier, who has been coming to dance at the Grange Hall for years will serve as MC again, you can also find Carl commuting by bike from Plainfield to Montpelier, and DJing on WGDR.
The Open House will run from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, followed by our usual Community Potluck dinner. Bring one of your favorite dishes to share–we’ll set up tables on the floor-protecting mats in the Hall so all can attend. Come and break bread with your friends, neighbors and people you never met before!
$ecretary Charles Martin
639 Mini$ter Brook Rd.
Worce$ter, VT 05682
Remember, everyone is welcome at all our Grange meetings, but only members can vote!