Mary Beth Bower
708 Ralston Road
Colon, MI 49040


Tom Smith

​By the time you receive your Michigan Grange News, our State Grange Convention is less than 4 months away. Hope you are working on your entries for the many contests of the Family Activities Department, as well as all the other various contests in the other departments….Remember, winning a ribbon and recognition is nice, but the spirit of participation should be your motivating factor.

And don’t forget to check the program book for details, and please notice that the quilt contest has been opened up to non-members (prospective members) so be sure to promote this among friends and fellow quilting enthusiasts.

I found this article recently, there’s lots of good ideas and some I have already out into practice.

How to Accident Proof Your Property
  1. Make sure you have secure, easy grip handrails along all stairs
  2. Ensure that loose carpeting and tiles are secured to the floor.
  3. Use a contrasting paint color to draw attention to short flights of stairs. Or, place non-skid tape on the edge of each tread.
  4. Arrange furniture so it provides ample room for walking, especially if someone in your home uses a cane, crutches, walker or wheelchair.
  5. Secure light pieces of furniture so they do not move if someone bumps or leans on them.
  6. Secure phone and extension cords to walls to minimize tripping hazards.
  7. Use non-skid safety strips or non-slip bath mats in tub or shower.
  8. Think about installing a grab bar on the edge of a vanity or shower wall.
  9. Use automatic night lights that turn on in the dark and stay off when light.
  10. Make sure tile and vinyl floors are dry after cleaning or spills before walking on them.
  11. Keep outdoor walkways clear of leaves and debris.
  12. In winter, keep walkways clear of ice and snow.
  13. Fence in pools and water features, and keep surrounding area clear of toys, leaves, etc. that someone could trip on or slip on.
  14. Store outdoor extension cords when not in use.
  15. Pick up tools when not in use, never leave tools like a rake or shovel on the ground.
  16. Install smoke alarms on every floor, make sure they work.
  17. Lock liquor cabinets and remove all poisonous household items from accessible locations.
  18. Keep meds out of reach of small hands—and clearly marked for big ones.
  19. Install lights in medicine cabinet so mistakes are not made when taking meds.
  20. If you have babies or toddlers around or visiting, cover sharp edges with rubber cushioning.
  21. Remove glass shower doors and replace with unbreakable versions.
  22. Set hot water thermostat below 120 degrees to minimize chance of burns. Especially important if small children or elderly are in home regularly.
  23. Use faucets that mix hot and cold water, or paint hot water knobs on faucets red.
  24. Install toilet guardrails or provide a portable toilet seat with build in rails.
  25. Store firearms in a locked cabinet, and ammo in a separate locked cabinet.
  26. Cover outlets with child proof outlet covers. This also minimizes drafts in home.
  27. Keep small sharp objects like tiny nails, pins and razors out of reach of small hands (which are usually attached to curious mouths.)
  28. Make sure TV’s and other large objects are secure and not able to tip.
  29. Make sure pictures are secured to walls and out of reach of inquiring hands.
  30. Keep knives in a knife rack high on the wall.
  31. Never wear loose fitting clothing or dangling sleeves when cooking.
  32. Never leave food unattended when cooking — including food on outdoor barbecues.
  33. Keep space heaters away from curtains, furniture, etc. and unplug when not in use.
  34. Don’t use electric tools or appliances with frayed cord. Replace the cord, or the item.
  35. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and one near bedrooms, and know how to use them.

Lately, it seems I have been a little critical for how things get done. It seems like communication is outdated. Yeah, we have tweets and texts, e-mails and the like but honest to goodness communications seems to be a has been item. This is true, sadly, within our Granges, as well. We just don’t do the personal side of communication anymore. And I might be a little guilty of this as well. Anyway here’s my ideas for better communication in Grange.

C—Come to meetings and events.
O—Offer to help others.
M—Make a contribution of time, food, money, etc.
M—Mix with other Grangers
U—Understand things—if you don’t, ask questions
N—Notice how helping others gives you a good feeling, too
I—Invite Neighbors, friends and family members to Grange events, (and to join).
C—Continue to use the ritual to show Grange pride and fraternal spirit.
A—Actively help committees for the betterment of the Grange and community
T—Take time to enter contests and come to events
I—”I can make a difference” should become your motto
O—Open your hearts and hands to help others
N—Now is the time to take the first step in being an active Granger.

Spring is Here!

Spring is here and we’re all glad for that, but it’s a good time to think about our pets, too. Here are some pet preventatives to think about:
  • What can one mosquito bite cause? Heartworms
  • Canine male heartworms life span is 5-7 years.
  • They can grow up to twelve inches.
  • They can produce up to 250 worms inside your pets heart.
  • Feline heartworms life span is 2-3 years.
  • They can grow up to 5-8 inches.
  • Can produce up to 6 worms inside your cat’s heart.
  • Fleas are the number one case of skin allergies in dogs and cats.
  • Fleas cause Dermatitis and Anemia and can transmit Tapeworms and Murine Typhus.
  • The adult flea finds a host to latch on and takes a blood meal from its new host, then quickly mates.
  • Female fleas lay eggs up to fifty per day.
  • One flea can consume 15 times its weight in blood each and every day.
​Great Companion
I ran across this article recently, and thought I’d pass it on.

A senior dog can make a great companion for a senior human as they may already be trained and are usually a little less active and demanding than a puppy. Still, some breeds are better suited for seniors due to their size and temperament

The best breed for seniors are:
  1. Pug
  2. Schnauzer
  3. Cocker Spaniel
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Boston Terrier
  6. Shih Tzu
  7. Beagle
  8. Poodle
  9. Yorkshire Terrier
  10.  Pomeranian
​Just remember that breed alone cannot determine if a dog is right for someone, if you get an adult dog, you will have a better idea of the dog’s needs and behavior.

  • Hard work and good luck travel together.
  • The competition always deserves respect.
  • Hustle can make up for mistakes: haste creates them.
  • ​Seek character—not characters.
Coach John Wooten, UCLA