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December 24, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 24, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 24, 1988

GILBERTSVILLE — Paul and Helen Cabrinety drove up steep Canham Road during a nasty snowstorm Monday night, just to deliver a holiday food basket to Dennis and Marjorie Canham, fellow members of the Butternut Valley Grange.

The Canhams didn’t have a dire need for the food. “We’re not destitute,” said Mr. Canham, 86. But the Cabrinetys figured Mr. Canham, who is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s disease, probably needed something to pick him up as Christmas approached.

“We enjoyed the visit; it made us feel good,” said Mrs. Cabrinety. “It’s too bad that more people don’t do that. That’s what Christmas is all about.”

However, some of the Grangers worry that the spirit of community as well as the Grange may be fading. The Butternut Valley Grange still has about 90 members, but only a few of them are young enough to carry the tradition of family farming and simple, rural life into the next century.

The Grange members have been keeping their tradition alive of delivering food to the needy and the sick at holidays. A dozen or so food baskets have been dropped off to Butternut Valley Grange members, ex-members and those in the community who simply need help, Mr. Cabrinety said.

Membership in the Grange has decreased nationally in recent years. “But we’re holding our own,” he added.

“There’s a famous Granger saying,” Canham said. “Well done, good and faithful servants.”


50 years ago

Dec. 24, 1963

“There is a warm and wonderful feeling in our hearts because of the thoughtfulness of the children in our community,” a Hartwick Seminary woman said Sunday.

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