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December 24, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 24, 2013

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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.

Mrs. Marian Ryan of Hartwick Seminary tells of a special Christmas party given Saturday by a group of children and parents, and honoring Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ryan.

Mrs. Ryan reported that about three years ago, the Ryans built a 50 by 60 feet concrete swimming pool on their property and gave permission to the neighborhood children to swim there.

She said that this is the only swimming pool in Hartwick Seminary and they had to restrict it to the neighborhood children.

“The rule was and is that children be accompanied by a qualified swimmer, otherwise we left them to enjoy the sport to their hearts’ content,” said Mrs. Ryan.

Mrs. Ryan is president of the woman’s auxiliary of the Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, and Clifford Ryan is the second assistant fire chief.

“When we received a call from the Fire House, to come down later that afternoon, both my husband and I thought that it was business, and you can imagine our surprise, when we were greeted by about 50 children and parents, who applauded, sang “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and offered us a Christmas gift … an electric blanket,” Mrs. Ryan said.

“This is the best Christmas … we are grateful to the children and their parents, but we are happy to let them use the pool,” Mrs. Ryan said.