NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS Thanks to all who participated with your Family Activities entries at last month’s State Session. The Door to Success is only opened with the Key to Participation, and we always hope to have tables loaded with your work.
We will be meeting soon to prepare the contests for the 2022 Program Book (to be in your Jan/Feb Grange News.) Please let us know of any ideas or suggestions you might have. This is your department and we want it to work for you!
FOUR WAYS TO EACH MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Follow the every meal approach, Start breakfast with a piece of fruit, blend veggies into smoothies and include a salad with lunch and dinner.
Be Prepared, Rinse and cut up fruits and veggies during the weekend or at the start of your week for easy grabbing throughout the week.
But keep it easy. If it helps you stay on track, buy ready-to-go pre-washed, pre-cut fruits and veggies.
Go for easy add-ins. Boost nutrition in salads by adding seeds and nuts and using an oil and vinegar.
STATE SESSION AWARDS:
Class I Baked Goods
A. Cherry Pie 1st: Lena Young, Community #1675
C. Quick Breads 1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Susanna Lee, Community #1675
3rd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
D. Peanut Butter Cookies 1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Dale Moore, Studley #1174
3rd: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721
Class II Homemade Candies
B. Any type 1st: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Dale Moore, Studley #1174
Class III Canning
A. Pickles 1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
Class V Knitting
A. Any knitted item
1st: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350
Class VI Crocheted
A. Any Crochet Item 1st: Karen Wolletz, Barnard #689
2nd: Ladonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
3rd: Russell Hoag, Community #1675
Class VII Quilting
A. Any form 1st: Karen Wolletz, Barnard #689
2nd:Randy Cebulski, Barnard #689
3rd: Ladonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
Class VIII Clothing
A. Decorated T-shirt 1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Class IX Pillow Cases
A. Any format 1st: Susanna Lee, Community #1675
ClassX Greeting Cards
A. Any Holiday 1st: Susanna Lee, Community #1675
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
3rd: Evelyn Ward, Burns #160
Class XI Woodworking
A. Any Item 1st: Warren Frazier, Colon #215
Class XII Garden Sparklers
A. Any style 1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721
3rd: Gary Ward, Burns #160
XIII Antique home
A. Grandma’s Kitchen or Home Items
1st: Susanna Lee, Community #1675
2nd: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721
3rd: Lena Young, Community #1675
B. Grandad’s Tool Shed
1st: Dale Moore, Studley #1174
Class XIV Miscellaneous Craft
A. Anything Goes 1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
3rd: Susanaa Lee, Community #1675
Certificate of Merit Pomonas St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo #4,
By the time you receive this issue of the Grange News, our annual session is just weeks away. We got a lot done last year in one day, but it will be good to get back to a more traditional format.
With that, it means all contests for Family Activities are on go, and we’d love to have tables filled with the talents of our Michigan Grangers. Check your program books for all the details.
As we have done for many years, we’ve tried to have some sort of collection by our members (like mittens, food stuffs, etc.) and 2021 is no exception. We have contacted the Bay County Humane Society to see what needs they might have.
Here is the list of items they are always in need of:
Grain free wet cat food
Purina dry cat food
Grain free dog food
Collars and leashes
Small paper plates
Cat and dog toys
The lady I talked to was really glad we thought of them for our annual project. She also said she would try to set up a “Photo Op” to highlight the Grange and also the work they do. This isn’t something just for delegates. ALL Grangers are welcome to help out, just send the articles with your delegates. I’m guessing it’s been a long time since there was any Grange presence or mention in Bay County. Let’s show them the caring and giving nature of our members as we strive to help others. Who knows? This might be the seed for Grange renewal in Bay County! (If you would like to send a monetary donation send checks made out to “Bay County Humane Society, to Michigan State Grange, 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, MI 48429. )
Back-To-School: Tips for Keeping Your Kid Healthy
This year, as your kids reconnect with the classroom, either in person or virtually you can help them ward off sniffles, tummy aches and the bigger stuff, like flu, so they can make the most of day one-to summer break.
When it comes to keeping your kids healthy is school, the key is preparation. That means teaching them a few tricks at home, packing their backpacks with the tolls they’ll need—and by giving them a literal shot in the arm.
1. Vaccinate, Vaccinate, and Did we Mention Vaccinate?
If the pandemic put a pause on your family’s well-visits, here’s your reminder to schedule them—especially before your child heads back to the classroom
After age 4, your child should see their pediatrician each year for a well-visit. Along with checking your child’s over all health, your pediatrician will make sure they’re up to date on necessary vaccines. You can even opt for extras that are like a shield for kids entering classrooms where, let’s face it, surfaces can get germ-y.
Vaccines are the best way to protect your child against potentially serious diseases, like measles, polio and COVID-19. Make sure your child has all the immunizations they need. And if they’re 12 or older, we’re recommending getting the COVID-19 vaccine this year.
2. Teach Good Hand washing Techniques
Frequent hand washing is one of our best defenses against getting sick—from pink eye to COVID-19 So, teach your kids good hand hygiene habits. And, if they’re young, wash with them a few times to be sure they’re doing it the right way.
Touching a surface and then touching their face, mouth, nose or eyes is the most common way kids encounter the germs that make them sick. So, encourage them to wash often and wash well.
3. Stock up on Hand Sanitizers
While washing hands with soap and warm water is the best way to combat the germs that can make us sick, it may not always be possible for your child to hit the sink. For those times, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a great solution.
One way to increase the odds your kid actually uses their sanitizer? Take them shopping with you. With so much fun packaging—and kid friendly scents—available, you’re sure to find one they might actually like showing off and squirting on.
Make sure the sanitizer doesn’t contain methanol, as per FDA guidelines.
4. Cough and Sneeze Like Dracula
Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their bent elbow instead of their hands. Teach them to cough into their chicken wing. The position looks a lot like Dracula pulling his cape across his face, which makes it fun and easy to remember, especially with Halloween in the fall. This practice will keep germs off their hands and makes it less likely that they’ll spread to another child or a surface that everyone touches.
5. Early Detection of Other Illnesses will be Key
Some conditions—like the ones below—are more common among kids than adults. Keeping these nuisances top-of-mind lets you watch for signs and intervene early.
Head lice: Lice can cause an itchy scalp, red bumps on the head and neck, irritability, difficulty sleeping
and white particles (lice eggs) in the hair.
Hand-foot-mouth disease: This condition can cause sores in the mouth and blisters on the hands and feet.
Fifty disease: Also called “slapped cheek syndrome,’ Fifth disease causes a rash on the cheeks and may be accompanied by a low-grade fever.
Pink eye: Pink eye causes the whites of the eyes to become pink or red, often with watery green or white discharge. The infected eye may be itchy or painful.
These illnesses can cause a lot of discomfort. Some can be treated at home with over-the-county treatments, while some require prescriptions.
6. Know When to Just Keep Them Home
You and your child followed the hints—but they still catch something. While it’s always a good idea to keep your child home from school if they aren’t feeling well, it’s especially important as COVID-9 (and its variants) are still spreading. If your child is sick keeping them home not only allows them to recover, but also keeps them from spreading germs to others.
As a general rule of thumb, keep them home if they:
Run a fever —Have a cough —vomit more than once —have frequent bouts of diarrhea (more than 3 loose stools in 24 hours) — complain of joint pain or muscle aches —complain of chills or shaking shivers — have an unexplained rash — are unable to eat and drink normally — are unable to concentrate on schoolwork due to not feeling well.
When in doubt, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and keep your child home. And don’t be afraid to call a pediatrician for advice.
BARBARA JOHNSTON, CO-DIRECTOR 2028 Robbins Road Tipton, MI 49287