TOM SMITH, CO-DIRECTOR
816 4th Street
Three Rivers, MI  49093

269-858-8305​




FAMILY  ACTIVITIES
MARCH/APRIL 2020 GRANGE NEWS

Do you have any resolutions still in effect? I’ve got just one, I resolved that each month I would work on an entry for one of the many State Grange Department contests. So far January is done, and working on February’s. This might be a good idea for others, so you’re not at the last minute feeling overwhelmed just before session.

​And be sure to hang on to your program book from the last Grange News. There in lies all the contests for all of our departments and there have been many changes from previous years.

​(If you have lost or misplaced your Program book, either contact the State Office or check out each department on the website for their program information. www.michiganstategrange.org)

Again, if you have any questions on Family Activities work be sure to call on Barb or me or Russ.

Happy Granging to All!

Grocery Shopping Tips
Everybody knows grocery shopping can be an ordeal and down right expensive at times. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average consumer unit, defined by 1-4 individuals spends up to $500 per month on groceries! Anything you can save is a plus for your budget. These are some ways to cut costs, whether for a family or an individual.
Baking Items:
Find a bakery outlet in your area, where Bakeries unload their overproduction. You’ll fine high quality, fresh products at rock bottom prices. Time your trip for Sale Day and Save 50% or more. Bakery items freeze well, so stock up.

Produce:
Fruits and vegetables are high quality and low price in season. Shop farm markets and watch produce costs plunge by at least 20%.

​Be an Early Bird:
Store meat managers chop as much as 50% from the original price of meat, fish and poultry when dates are near. Items close to date not consumed within 24 hours should be frozen.

Milk-a-Discount:
With milk prices high, buying at a discount makes sense. Save at least $1.00 per gallon at a warehouse club. Low-fat milk freezes well, so stock up if you have room.

Switch Neighborhoods:
The prices in two supermarkets owned by the same company can vary by as much as 10% when one is located in an upscale community and the other in a lower income area!

​Cash Only:
Simple! Leave the checkbook, debit and credit cards at home. You’ll curtain your impulse purchases and save big money.

Store Brands:
Today, generic and store brands are often the same as the national brand. Only label and price are different. Save at least 10% on prepackaged and canned goods by making the switch.

Frozen Concentrates:
If mixing directions say 3 cans of water; add 4. Frozen juices are so concentrated that a little extra water won’t make a difference in taste, but you will save at least $1.00 a week if you use 4 cans.

Eat at home more often. Bureau of Labor statistics says the average family can spend up to $4896 a year eating out, in addition to groceries.


CHUNKING
Our short-term memories are set up to hold only five to nine items. Most of us cannot remember more than this without using “tools.”

​Chunking is one tool that helps us remember a group of objects by arranging them in smaller pieces of information or categories. Our social security numbers and telephone numbers are remembered by three groups. How about that grocery list...Consider the following list: catsup, tomatoes, milk, sour cream, cherries, baking soda, and chili pepper. Suggested ways to categorize them…

​Items that are red: catsup, tomatoes, cherries, and chili pepper OR Items that are white: milk, sour cream, baking soda OR Condiments and baking: catsup, chili pepper, baking soda...Dairy milk, sour cream...Fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, cherries OR Where these items are found in the store OR which items you need for different recipes.

​Each of these methods can be helpful.​​
MAY/JUNE 2020 GRANGE NEWS

Time flies (unless we’re all still trapped indoors) and the 2020 Convention is getting close (well, maybe). Anyway our friends in the north, I’m sure will have everything ready and we need to fill up the display room. All but photography should be easier with all of our home time.

​Remember, not that long ago, when there was a “Michigan Week” in May? Sturgis used to host the Kick-off parade, there was Mayor Exchange Days, and each day of the week was a spotlight on our state like Education Day, Agriculture, Industry, etc. A tradition of my Grange for many years was a Michigan Dinner. All foods brought to the potluck, the main ingredient had to be a product of Michigan. Guaranteed a good meal, and fun, too. Perhaps your Grange could try this as a means of something a little different.

​Here’s a few Did You Knows about or great state…
  • ​That the world’s first stop sign was a hand-held sign used by a traffic policeman in Detroit?
  • ​That over 100 railroad freight cars a day were manufactured in Detroit in the 1890s?
  • ​That Detroit became the leading producer of stoves in the 1890s, not only in Michigan but in the world?
  • ​That the first operating railroad in Michigan was a horse-drawn train running between Adrian and Toledo in 1836? By 1850, railroad companies had completed the rail link from Detroit to Chicago.
  • ​That the first United States Land Office in Michigan was located in Detroit in 1818? Persons wanting to buy surveyed land could only purchase it through a land office.
  • ​That the Ambassador Bridge, linking Canada and Michigan, was completed in 1929 at a cost of more than #16 million? It was the first bridge to connect to countries. In 1930, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel was completed at a cost of $22 million.
  • ​That Michigan was the first state to develop roadside parks with picnic tables?
  • ​That the telephone was first introduced in Michigan in 1877 on an experimental basis, just one year after it was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia?
  • ​The first telephone directory in Michigan appeared in 1878, listing 124 Detroit customers who subscribed to Michigan’s “Speaking Telephone?”
  • ​That because of the availability of wood in Michigan, our state led the country in shipbuilding in the 1890s?
  • ​That Ruth Thompson, a probate judge in Whitehall for 18 years, was the first Congressman from Michigan? She was elected in 1950, served three terms, and was the first woman to sit on the House Judiciary Committee.
  • That in 1918, before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Michigan amended its own constitution to give women the right to vote, thus ending a long struggle by suffragists.
  • ​That the small town of Belding, Michigan, in 1925, produced 95 percent of all the silk thread sold in the US?
  • ​That celery, long the leading product of Kalamazoo fields, was reputed to have medicinal qualities? Celery was acclaimed as a cure for nervousness, depression, headaches, and insomnia, and was even used in cough drops!
  • ​That logging companies, owning over 12 million acres of forested land in Michigan, today plant more trees than they cut? Michigan now has over 19 million acres of trees on both peninsulas.
  • ​That a policeman in Detroit named William Potts designed the first traffic light in the early 1900s? He discovered that he could direct three intersections at once with an electric contraption using a red, a green, and a yellow light installed in a tower.
  • ​That Pearl Kendrick, a Grand Rapids native, developed the first vaccine against whooping cough?
  • ​That the first newspaper in Michigan was printed in 1809? It went out of business after one issue because of lack of sales. However, the Detroit Gazette printed its first copy in 1817 and newspapers have been a part of Michigan ever since.
  • ​That several Michigan teams were a part of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which the movie A League of Their Own was based upon? Just like in the movie, the league was created to fill the void left by men who joined the armed service in the early 1940s. The league lasted about a decade.
  • ​That the Native Americans believed that Arch Rock, a natural limestone formation on Mackinac Island, was built by spirits as a gateway to the island? The Arch Rock stand 149 feet above water and has a span of 50 feet.
  • ​That, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Bertha Van Hoosen, a talented doctor and skilled surgeon and raised in Michigan, was denied entrance into the medical societies because she was a woman? She later taught obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois and Loyola University medical schools. She paid her own tuition to the University of Michigan by teaching because her parents objected to her career choice.
BARBARA JOHNSTON​, CO-DIRECTOR
2028 Robbins Road
​Tipton, MI 49287

​Tel: 517-431-2546

Email: tnbjohnston@pc.com​