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

Hi everyone!!! I sure hope your summer is going Wonderful. Gardens are in and starting to grow, which means getting ready for the rewards it will produce. Kids are out of school and ready for summer fun. I just returned from a two day fishing trip and had a blast!!! It had been many years since I’ve went fishing. Ready to go again!! As we’re out and about having fun with all our events and vacation, please be safe in what ever your doing.

Recently I’ve received some information from the National Lecturer about a couple of things of interest. First, They have changed what items go to Nationals for Best of Show. Only the region hosting will show their Best of Shows. So 2 years from now when our region host Nationals, our best of show’s will go. The one thing that will stay the same is the photo contest. Best of show each year will go to National’s.

Next is the “Lecturers program in a Box.” This is 2 pages information and I will send it out to anyone that would like to do this. Just send me an e-mail and I’ll send it or I can print it and send it to you.

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State session will be here in no time and just a reminder if you haven’t started some of your entries, you have just over 3 and 1/2 months to get them ready. Something you can do in an evening is think about your garden. Pretend your one of your veggies or fruit. Then write down a story about what your day was like living in the garden. Be creative!!! Have fun with it!! OR... go in your closet and find an old purse you don’t use anymore and make something with it. Now to make something with a kitchen towel, I’ll have to buy one. Mine are all full of stains or holes there so old!! Ha Ha!!! Have fun with all the different categories. The photo contest is one to encourage people to get outside and see what’s there. A Single wild flower, one of your pet playing. Michigan has Beautiful Sunsets. Find a classic Court House and take a picture. I’m looking for something to take a black and white picture of. If you have any questions about any of the categories this year please send me an e-mail. There are many things you can do or make in the different Departments this year. Family Activities, Deaf Awareness, Community Service, Junior/Youth and Kevin has included some in his agriculture department. So check out the program booklet and pick something you’ll really enjoy.

Let’s fill all the tables this year!!!! Have fun and I hope to see many of you at State Session in October, in Owosso!!

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS

Learning Something New
Well, you’ve heard the old saying, You learn something new every day. Well I learned something a few days ago and I had never heard of it.
​I love corn on the cob, and every time I clean it, I hate having to work at all the silk, getting it off the corn and then cleaning the mess I’ve made. But loving corn the way I do, I get over it. Then I heard that for each strand of silk I have to take off, it represents a kernel of corn. Yeah!!!! Right !!!!! Well I looked it up and sure enough its true. Corn is a monoecious plant, which produces both male and female flowers on the same plant. The corn silk growing out of the ear is the female part of a corn plant, and the tassel growing out the top of the corn stalk is the male part. As the pollen matures, it is released and carried by the wind to the female stigma of nearby corn plants. The pollen then travels down the style (silk) and then fertilizes the ovary (kernel) on the fruitcase (cob). This develops into a kernel of corn at the other end of that strand of corn silk. If all ovaries have been fertilized, the ear of corn is completely filled out with kernels. If there are a few kernels missing or they are poorly formed, those ovaries were not fertilized or were aborted during development.
Long story short, I’ll never complain about the silk again!!! As long as all those strands of silk keep producing delicious corn on the cob, I’ll clean everyone of them.

​Recently I was at the Dr. office and I asked him about an article I had read, to see if there was any truth to it. He said that he had been to an informational seminar and had heard of this. He also didn’t have any real info on it. I told him what it was for and he thought it would be something good to know though. So here it is.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE?
​Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. Always call 911 first.  However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated
about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart can also help it regain normal rhythm. ​​