SHARON POPLER, LECTURER
3640 E. Bath Road
Morrice, MI 48857
(989)634-5748
gma4hugs@hotmail.com
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS

Creative Writing — Something your Grange did this year that they’ve never done before
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

​Creative Writing — If your were a vegetable, pick one and tell us about your life in the Garden.
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Creative Writing — Favorite Season and Tell About it
1st Place: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Handcrafted Art Contest — Christmas Wreath
1st Place: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
2nd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
3rd Place: Dale Moore, Studley #1174

​Handcrafted Art Contest — Christmas Wreath
Juniors — 9-11
1st Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325

​Handcrafted Art Contest — Something made with pinecones
1st Place: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721 - Best of Show
2nd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Handcrafted Art Contest — Something made with pinecones Juniors — 9-11
1st Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325

Handcrafted Art Contest — Recycle an Old Purse into Something
1st Place: LaDonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
2nd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
3rd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

Handcrafted Art Contest — Decorate an Easter Basket
1st Place: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd Place: LaDonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
3rd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

Creative Writing — Make something with kitchen towels
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Lois Hicks, West Oshtemo #1630

Art Contest — Adult Coloring Book
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Phyllis Warren, Burns #160
3rd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

​Photography — A single Wildflower
1st Place: Terri Sheffer, Burns #160
2nd Place: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
3rd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Photography — A single Wildflower — Juniors 9-11
1st Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325

Photography — A court House
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Dale Moore, Studley #1174

​Photography — A Pet
1st Place: Janice Merten, Oceana Center #1047
2nd Place: Connie Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Photography — A Pet — Juniors 9-11
1st Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325

​Photography — A sunset
1st Place: Joanne Normand, North Adrian #721 - Best of Show
2nd Place: Timothy Johnston, North Adrian #721
3rd Place: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754

Photography — Your Grange members working together at something
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Tricia Eidsmoe, Studley #1174

Photography — Black & White
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Connie Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Terri Sheffer, Burns #160

​Photography — Black & White— Juniors 9-11
1st Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325

​Certificates for Reporting: Pomona Granges
​Mid Michigan #61, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo #4

​Certificates for Reporting: Subordinate Granges
Harbor Springs #730, Oceana Center #1047, Fern #803, Pittsfield Union #882, Community #1675, North Adrian #721, Studley #1174, Burns #160,

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 GRANGE NEWS

Boy oh Boy, what a busy year and an extra busy Christmas Season. I know all of you have been busy with family events, Grange events, baking for the holidays, shopping and traveling to and fro. I hope you’ve had a Wonderful time and may the New Year be filled with Good Health, Love and Joy for all. With the new year here and the Michigan State Grange paper being sent out, the program booklet for next year is included. I have made some changes in each of the category’s. I hope you enjoy them and can get started working on some of them.  Have Fun.

FUN WINTER FACTS AND TRIVIA
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded was in the Antarctica on July 21, 1983. It was –98.2 degrees Celsius (-128.6 Fahrenheit).
  • Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does.
  • The months December, January & February are winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, but in the
  • Southern Hemisphere (for Example, in Australia) the coldest months of the year are actually June, July, and August.
  • The Southern Hemisphere typically has milder winters than the Northern Hemisphere. This is because the Southern Hemisphere has less land and more maritime climate.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, on January 28, 1887, a snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick fell in Fort Keogh, Montana, making it the largest snowflake ever observed.
  • Every winter, at least one septillion (that’s 1 followed by 24 zeros) snow crystals fall from the sky.
  • The largest recorded snowman ever built was in Bethel, Maine, in February 1999. The 113 foot, 7 inch snowman broke the previous record held by Yamagata, Japan at 96 feet 7 inches.
  • A single snowstorm can drop 39 million tons of snow.
  • Snow appears white because snow is a bunch of individual ice crystals arranged together. When light hits snow, it bounces all around the ice crystals and the “color” of all the frequencies in the visible spectrum combined in equal measure is white, While white is the color we see in snow, the individual ice crystals are actually translucent.
  • Depending on the season, some animals actually change color. For example, the Arctic fox’s fur changes to white during the winter so that it can better blend in with the snow.
  • During the winter, the black bear goes into hibernation , slowing its heartbeat to about 8 beats a minute from the usual 40 or so. It can go as long as 100 days with out food!
  • Mt. Baker ski area in Washington State holds the world record for snowfall at 1,140 inches of snow during the 1998-1999 winter season.