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May News from Ekonk Community Grange

By Sue Gray

  May 18, 2017 --

Our Grange was honored to have been contacted by a Penn State Junior, writing an article for the new publication by National Grange, “Good Day”. An article will be in the issue now being worked on about our Good Friday fundraiser for 11 year old Kaycee Chester. Kaycee is a 6th grader at Sterling Community School. She beat cancer in 2016, but it has come back. She’s had surgery on 1 lung as well as her shoulder and still has more to go. She is fighting Stage 4 osteosarcoma. Kaycee is an inspiration with her winning smile and “I will beat this” attitude! We hope our fundraiser, coordinated with Sterling Cadet Girl Scout Troop 65016 and our Junior Grange will be a HUGE success as we help Kaycee WIN her fight!

Our active Juniors enjoyed their visit to Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH-loved the draft horses, the maple sap run and visiting their working dairy farm! They took their homemade Easter cards to a Plainfield Convalescent Home and thrilled the residents with just their youthful exuberance!

We will again serve all food at the 2017 combined Woodstock/Plainfield Relay for Life at Brooklyn Fairgrounds May 20th & 21st. Jody Cameron, Link Cooper, Barbara Bonin and Ashley Finley will head up this event--thanks folks!

We will have our annual Membership Awards Luncheon on Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 p.m. We have 15 awards to be presented from 25 to an amazing 80 years! The same volunteers who are heading the Relay for Life volunteered to chair this event as well—more thanks!

We donated $100.00 to the Killingly High School FFA Scholarship Fund and $300.00 to the State FFA Career Development program. We also sponsored our 15th annual Sterling Community School Earth Day Poster awareness contest and gave books to every 2nd grader at the school.

Bill Reid, Ranger for the Last Green Valley, presented an outstanding program at our April meeting. We learned that 26 CT towns and 9 in MA are included in the 700,000 acres encompassing the Last Green Valley and that 77% of this area is undeveloped! He had amazing pictures he had taken of fisher cats, black bear, American eagles - 6 nesting areas in the “Valley”, plus forest and farmland scenes! Thanks for the program, Link!

We had an amazing time at Richmond, RI (23 Ekonk folks attended) and so look forward to them joining us May 1st!

May 13th will be our annual Roast Beef Supper for the Veterans Home in Jewett City-5 p.m. starting time--see YOU there!

Seventy-four year Granger, Marion R. Emmons, celebrated her 90th birthday Easter Sunday, surrounded by family. Through the years, she has been very generous to our Grange!

Plan to visit us any first Monday at 7:30 p.m. Our doors are always open!

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