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.

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.