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December 3, 2013

Grange plans holiday events

The December meeting of the Butternut Valley Grange at Gilbertsville will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a holiday supper.

Each family is to bring its own table service and a side dish for the buffet. The committee of Richard Ballard, Jean Smith, Bruce and June Huggins, and Sonja Galley will provide the dessert and beverages.

The business meeting and program will start at 7:30 p.m. with Stephen C. Coye, master of the New York State Grange, who plans to make a special presentation. Butternut Valley Grange was awarded the second place of all states in the Community Service program for this past year, announced at the National Grange Convention held in Manchester, N.H., in November. Laura Palada, program director, will lead a seasonal program, which will include musical renditions from the Grange choir.

Interested households in the town of Butternuts may still enter the Grange’s new project, “Light Up the Town,” which encourages seasonal decorations to their front entrances or to more of the property. There are two divisions, consisting of homes and public buildings. Questions or official entry into the project must be registered with Roger Halbert at 783-2691 by Friday. Judging will take place sometime over this weekend. Prizes will be awarded by the Grange. Lighted decorations should be lit by 4:30 p.m.

The Grange is also providing a Christmas Hat Tree, in the post office. Grange members and others are invited to place knitted hats, either purchased or homemade, on the tree and anyone who needs a hat for warmth during the upcoming winter months may select a hat at no charge. The tree will be available in the lobby of the Gilbertsville post office throughout the month of December. For more information, call Barbara Hill at 783-2388.

The Grange is also hosting a Christmas dinner open to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Grange Hall on Bloom Street. The turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, is free. Reservations must be made by Friday with one of the following: Laura Hall at 783-2452, Sue Winter at 783-2898, or Rose Foster at 783-2104.

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