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Still have that program book handy that came in your last Michigan Grange News? It’s important to hang on to that, because all of the contests in all departments are right there waiting for you to get started on. Now is a great time of the year to start some of those crafts, take a picture or try a new recipe.

​I recently received our Michigan State Grange Roster, like many of you. It’s kind of sad in a way that many of our Granges do not have anyone listed for many positions. The material goes out, to the Secretary, who in many cases is already overloaded with duties. Each Grange should strive to be sure that they have someone designated as a Chairperson to help get information out to our Grangers. To grow, we need participation and without our Granges showing some effort and interest, it’s difficult. Hopefully, we will be doing conferences again and we can discuss this at that time. And if you have ideas or thoughts on conferences in your area, please let your state leaders know.

​As I am writing this article, it’s 4 degrees above zero, with winds! So I though this information might be of interest to all.

Heating Safety — Be Warm and Safe This Winter
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three foot “kid free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying in to the room, ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly!

​​Which Wood Burns Best?
It’s fireplace time again and with it comes the problem of buying or cutting your firewood. Now, I don’t claim to be a scholar on this subject of what’s best, but this poem might help.

​Beech wood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for long its laid away.
Birch and Fir logs burn to fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
Elm wood burns like a church yard mould,
E’en the flames are very cold.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room,
With an incense like perfume.
Oak and maple, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.
But Ash wood wet, and ash wood dry,
A King shall warm his slippers by.
**source unknown

Happy New Year!! By the time you get this issue of the Grange News, how many personal resolutions have been broken? Here’s hoping you’re still having some success with yours. Now, How about Grange resolutions? Do we still have the resolve to make our Granges grow and prosper? I sure hope so because the very existence of our Order is dependent upon our actions in the next few years. Take time, either as a Grangers or as a group of members to set some goals for this coming year, and work towards those goals.

The goals I have set for the Family Activities Department is to make it to a few more Grange activities around the state than I have lately, to increase interest and participation in the department, and to respond to what our Michigan Grangers want from this department. Your input and participation is vital for success. And it starts with saving this month’s Grange News with the Program book and getting busy now on entries in all the various departments to insure we have a display room in October filled with our good works.
Here are some coffee and caffeine facts you might find interesting!
  • Coffee drinkers are 45% less likely to commit suicide according to tests.
  • Drinking coffee can reduce your risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Drinking coffee before a workout accelerates fat loss.
  • Coffee releases a hormone called gastrin, which makes you more regular when it come to visiting the toilet.
  • Originally, coffee was eaten as an energy snack.
  • The average American drinks 210 milligrams of caffeine per day. That’s equal to 2 or 3 cups per day, depending on how strong it is.
  • The top 4 sources of caffeine in the American diet are coffee, soft drinks, tea, and chocolate, in that order. Other sources include over-the-counter pain killers, cold remedies, appetite suppressants and some prescription drugs.
  • What happens to that caffeine they remove from decaf coffee? Most of it is sold to soda companies and put into soft drinks.
  • Do you drink more caffeine than your kids do? If you correct for body weight, probably not. Pound for pound, kids often get as much caffeine from chocolate and soft drinks as their parents do from coffee, tea and other sources.
The Good: caffeine has been scientifically proved to temporarily increase alertness, comprehension, memory, reflexes and even rate of learning. It also helps increase clarity of thought.

​The Bad: To much caffeine can cause hand tremors, loss of coordination or appetite—and in extreme cases trembling, nausea, heart palpitations and diarrhea.

Widely varying the amount of caffeine you ingest can put a strain on your liver, pancreas, heart and nervous system. And if you are prone to ulcers, can make your situation worse.

And here’s a fact for you!! If you could somehow manage to consume the equivalent of 70 to 100 cups of coffee in one sitting, you will experience convulsions and might even die.