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!!

MAY/JUNE 2017 GRANGE NEWS

TORNADO SAFETY
Once again, its that time of year when Spring bring severe storms and our eyes go to the skies. Here are some precautions that we all should know in case of an weather emergency;

At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in. Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Store protective coverings (e.g. mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds notice. If there is no basement, know the smallest room in the center of the home with no windows. Get as low as possible and cover yourself. If there’s a basement go to an area where you know there isn’t any heavy items above you that might fall down on you. Under the stair well is usually a good place to go. If in a mobile home GET OUT. Get to a shelter. Even mobile homes that are tied down are not safe. If you have a pet, put them on a leash or in a carrier and take them with you.

Know the signs of a tornado: Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Here are some things to look and listen for:
  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base,—tornadoes sometimes have no funnel. Also a dark, often greenish sky.
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast , intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be see.
  • Day or night—loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night—Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm. These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Conditions are conductive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. These storms produce hail of 3/4 inch in diameter and/or wind gusts of at least 58 mph.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Issued when a severe thunderstorm has been observed by spotters or indicated on radar. And is occurring or imminent in the warning area. These warnings usually last for a period of 30 to 60 minutes.

TORNADO WATCH: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and around the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather.

TORNADO WARNING: Spotters have sighted a tornado or one has been indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. When a tornado warning has been issued, people in the affected area are strongly encouraged to take cover immediately.

When a tornado warning is issued, you should open all the windows in the house (MYTH) Get to shelter FIRST

Tornadoes won’t cross over rivers or other bodies of water (MYTH) Doesn’t matter what’s in front of it, it will cross over it.

The best place to be during a tornado is the southwest corner of your basement (MYTH) The truth is, no one part of your basement is any safer than another.

If in a car go under an overpass. (MYTH) An overpass is one of the most dangerous things you can do when a tornado is approaching. You have no protection from flying debris or the winds.