Mary Beth Bower
708 Ralston Road
Colon, MI 49040


Tom Smith

Doctored Up Cake—
1st: Tricia Eidsmoe, Studley #1174
2nd: Lena Young, Community #1675
3rd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Cookies made with Cake Mix—
1st: Jackie Bishop, Home #129
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Any type Fudge —
1st: Barb Johnston, North Adrian #721
2nd: Melody Conrad, Community #1675
Any Other Type of Candy —
1st: Ladonna Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730

Jams and Jellies —
1st: Lena Young, Community #1675
Any Variety of Canned Pickles —
1st: Barb Johnston, North Adrian #721
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
Any type of Canned Vegetables—
1st:Michelle Barnes, Home #129
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Scarf and Mittens—
1st: Lois Hicks, West Oshtemo #1630
Any Other Knitted Item —
1st: Russell Hoag, Community #1675(Best of Show-Fam.Act.)
2nd: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350

Afghan —
1st: Darlene Reeser, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350

Tied Quilt—
1st: Betty Persons, Burr Oak #1350
2nd: Alice Martinez, Burr Oak #1350
3rd: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350
Machine Quilt—
1st: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350
2nd: Helen Mudd, Studley #1174
Group Project—
1st: Betty Persons, Burr Oak #1350
2nd: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350

Plastic Canvas —
1st: Kevin Young, Community #1675
Any Other Crossed Stitched Item
1st: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350
2nd: Tracie Frazier, Colon #215
3rd: Betty Persons, Burr Oak #1350

Birthday Card—
1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Gary Ward, Burns #160
Any other Holiday—
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
2nd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
3rd: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389

Decorated T-shirt—
1st: Barb Johnston, North Adrian #721
2nd: Louise Pifer, North Adrian #721

1st: Teena Munsell, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd: Sharon Strebbing, Plymouth/Westland #389
3rd: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389
1st: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Table Favor—
1st: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

Any item made out of Blue Jeans
1st: Joanne Normand, North Adrian #721
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
3rd: Sharon Strebbing, Plymouth/Westland #389

1st: Lucille Bloom, Burr Oak #1350
2nd: Marshall Bishop, Home #129
3rd: Sharon Popler, Burns #160`

1st: Marcus Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325

Ted Mudd, Helen Mudd, Studley #1174

Mid Michigan Pomona #61, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Plymouth/Westland #389, Community #1675, Mosherville #1351, Studley #1174, Summit City #672, Kinney #754, Burns #160, Oceana Center #1047, Burr Oak #1350, North Adrian #721, Colon #215, Gratiot #1898, Barnard #689

And here we are, just a few weeks from our State Grange convention. So much to do, so little time! Hope everyone has been busy throughout the year getting ready with their entries and reports. Please issue that final appeal for entries in your Grange, to insure our displays and contests are competitive. We need to make those judges work!! And don’t forget, the quilt contest is open to members, and non members (prospective members).

Our Family Activities/Community Service Project for this year is a mitten tree. Gloves, mittens, hats & scarves are all welcome and your help in decorating the tree is appreciated. Articles may be hand made or purchased.

​​All articles that are collected at the convention will be given to West Oshtemo Grange for their own mitten tree, and then donated to the Deacon’s Conference in Kalamazoo for distribution to the needy in the Kalamazoo area prior to Christmas.

With the convention coming up, there is usually quite a lot of time spent sitting, so here are some exercises you can do while sitting to tone you up.

To exercise leg muscles and restore circulation you should place hands on top of upper thighs, press feet firmly to the floor. Push on your hands as if trying to get up. Hold, as you count to 3, relax, and repeat.

​​To relieve cramping, straighten knees and extend legs as much as possible. Press heels against the floor. Hold, as you count to 3, relax and repeat.

To improve circulation in your feet, put your heels on floor, knees bent. Turn soles of feet inward. Visualize grasping an object with the feet. Press soles together. Relax, and repeat.

To relieve neck and shoulder tension, stretch one arm up high as if trying to reach an overhead light. Repeat with other arm.

Just be careful with that last exercise, it might appear you are volunteering to help!

Healthy Living: Watermelon. A wonder fruit?
Hydrates—We know that drinking water is important for health. With watermelon being 92% water, it helps to hydrate and helps us to feel full!

Contains Nutrients and beneficial plant compounds —One cup of watermelon provides the following recommended daily intake:
 Vitamin C: 21% of the RDI
 Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
 Potassium: 5% of the RDI
 Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
 Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI

Beneficial antioxidants in watermelon include Vitamin C, which according to the article, prevents cell damage; Carotenoids, which are converted to Vitamin A; Cucurbitacin E which has an anti-inflammatory effect; and Lycopene, a wonder plant compound with its own list of benefits.
​May Help Prevent Cancer– Some plant compounds in watermelon, including Cucurbitacin E and Lycopene, have been studied for their potential to prevent cancer.
May improve Heart Health—Several factors suggest that watermelon my help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce stiffness and thickness of artery walls.
May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative stress — Watermelon may help lower inflammation and oxidative damage as it is rich in the anti-inflammatory antioxidants Lycopene and Vitamin C.
My Support Eye Health — The presence of Lycopene my prevent age-related macular degeneration.
May help relieve muscle soreness — Watermelon juice has some potential as a recovery beverage after exercise.
Is Good for Skin and Hair — Several nutrients in watermelon are good for your hair and skin. Some help keep skin supple while others protect against sunburn.
Can help improve digestion — Watermelon contains lots of water and a small amount of fiber —both of which are important for healthy digestion. And while we’re at it, let’s add one more, possibly the most important health benefit of them all:
Can increase Socialization (and put a smile on your face) — Cut into a watermelon, and it can easily draw the attention of those around you for a little impromptu gathering, creating plenty of opportunity for bonding, laughter, and summertime reminiscing. That really does make it a wonder fruit.