SHARON POPLER, LECTURER
3640 E. Bath Road
Morrice, MI 48857
(989)634-5748
gma4hugs@hotmail.com
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 GRANGE NEWS

CREATIVE WRITING
“How Special the Grange is for you”
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
“Passing out Dictionaries”
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
“Your Special Pet”
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

​HAND CRAFTED ART CONTEST
Halloween centerpiece
1st: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
3rd: Arlene Douglas, Burns #160
Something Made With Stones
1st: Martha Laupp, Home #129 (Best of Show-Lect. Dept.)
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Dawn Laupp, Home #129
Decorated Placemats
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
2nd: Sharon Strebbing, Plymouth/Westland #389
A Gift Wrapped Box
1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Ladonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
3rd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Decorate A Throw Pillow
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

ART CONTEST
Adult Coloring Book Page
1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
3rd: Melody Conrad, Community #1675

​PHOTOGRAPHY
A Water Tower
1st: Terri Sheffer, Burns #160
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
Any Type of Butterfly or Moth
1st: Randy Cebulski, Barnard #689
2nd: Janice Merten, Oceana Center #1047
3rd: Gordon Merten, Oceana Center #1047
A Family Portrait
1st: Janice Merten, Oceana Center #1047
2nd: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
3rd: Chris Johnston, Burns #160
America The Beautiful
1st: Tricia Eidsmoe, Studley #1174 (Best of Show– Photo)
2nd: Connie Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Kevin Young, Community #1675
Juniors: 9-11 year olds
1st: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd: Marcus Johnston, Burns JG #325
Winter Scene
1st: Michelle Barnes, Home #129
2nd: Terri Sheffer, Burns #160
3rd: Kevin Young, Community #1675
Juniors: 9-11 year olds
1st: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd: Marcus Johnston, Burns JG #325
Juniors: 12-14 year olds
1st: Eowyn Sheffer, Burns JG #325
Black and White Picture
1st: Terri Sheffer, Burns #160
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
Juniors: 9-11 year olds
1st: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd: Marcus Johnston, Burns JG #325
Juniors: 12-14 year olds
1st: Eowyn Sheffer, Burns JG #325

CERTIFICATES FOR REPORTING:
Pomona Granges: St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo #4, Mid Michigan Pomona #61
​Subordinate Granges: Summit City #672, Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Community #1675, Studley #1174, Kinney #754, Barnard #689, Oceana Center #1047, Home #129, Colon #215, Harbor Springs #730 Fern #803, Pittsfield Union #882
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 GRANGE NEWS

Boy oh Boy, it’s hard to believe that the year is winding down, and just next month we will be meeting for State Session !! I know that the members of the host region are working really hard to have a Wonderful event for us. So I hope everyone is planning on attending ! Grange business and super fellowship will be had by all. I also am hoping everyone is working on their entries for the display room.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES, AGRICULTURE, DEAF AWARENESS, JUNIORS, YOUTH, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LECTURERS.

HOW WE CAN SHARPEN OUR BRAIN AT ANY AGE
The Best time to start your brain-improvement plan is NOW.. There’s not an age that’s too early or too late to think about better brain health. Your brain’s four favorite life preservers include some that probably look familiar: The activity, foods, and sleep your heart loves also keep your brain in shape. Add some quality thinking time to that list, and your ideal plan looks like this:

BRAIN BOOSTER #1: WALK, DANCE, PLAY, MOVE.. Getting your body into action helps clean your brain of a protein fragment called amyloid, which is believed to accumulate in and “gunk up” the brains of people. There is no drug available that can lower amyloid. The only thing we know that can do it is exercise.
So get moving::: Walk, dance around the kitchen, play with pets, stand up when checking your social media feed. Plus two short sessions of resistance training— squats, lunges, and the like. Every day, find ways like this to be active. Also aim for at least 20-30 min of purposeful activity most days of the week.

BRAIN BOOSTER #2 Challenge Your Mind…. One of the most solidly researched ways to lower your risk of dementia is to challenge your brain so it becomes more flexible. That doesn’t mean solving crossword puzzles, it means doing new things to continually work different parts of your brain in order to build connections
between them. Variety, feeling engaged, and being challenged all help build a healthier mind.

BRAIN BOOSTER #3 Get the Zzz’s you need. Cheat on sleep, and you rob your mind of its potential. Shut-eye is when your brain does its housekeeping, cleaning up some of the toxic by-products that may be a precursor to amyloid proteins. Reframe sleep as a priority and a must-so, not as a weakness. Staying off digital
screens for at least a half hour to an hour before bed. The blue light they emit keeps you from producing melatonin, a sleepiness hormone that rises in your body at night.

BRAIN BOOSTER #4 Eat Smarter. While there’s no single food that can prevent or cure cognitive impairment, an overall healthy eating pattern can help. Try the mind diet. It includes the foods known to enhance memory and brain health and limits the ones thought to hurt it. Eating more of these: antioxidant-rich berries, vegetables ( especially leafy greens), fish and whole grains. The foods to cut down on are those with saturated and trans fats, both of which are believed to damage your cardiovascular system and thus your brain health. This showed that older people who stuck to this style of eating over five years lowered their risk of
Alzheimer’s by 35% to 53%. The longer the people stayed on the diet, the more their odds improved.