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Arline Flood

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Ralph and I went to the State Grange held in Skowhegan Community Center from October 16-19. There was election of officers with the first woman elected State Master, Victori Huff, in the Maine State Grange. There was a penny march for “House in the Woods” a program for returning veterans. Lorna Hatch, VAVS director at Togus, gave a very informative talk. Tim Caverly, retired from the Forest Service and now an author of several books, gave a wonderful slide snow and talk about his years as a wilderness ranger.  Thursday night there was a touching memorial service by State Chaplain. On Friday night there was a guest speaker, Linda Chase, Ceres, of the National Grange who kept us laughing. There was a conferral of the sixth degree on 35 candidates and the beautiful Rose Drill. After this, apples were passed out and then cider and donuts were served. We left Cooper on a foggy morning but when we broke for lunch the day had turned into a perfect warm day and the moon shown bright on the ride back to the motel. On Friday morning we woke to rain but again at lunch time the sun came out. We came home on Saturday in perfect fall weather.

On Saturday afternoon we took two cats in carriers to the rabies clinic held at the fire station from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. What a battle. Squeaky rode up well but turned into a wild cat at the clinic. Tigger howled and screamed the whole time he was in the carrier. The clinic was well attended by ended really slow. There are some really beautiful animals in town. Donna Timpee brought in one of the biggest cats I have ever seen.

This Wednesday, October 23, Cathance Grange will hold a regular meeting and would love to have some visitors. This time has been changed during the winter months to 6:00 p.m. So come early and have fun with the programs that the lecturer, Louise Lee, has each meeting. I was very pleased to bring home a first place ribbon for a short story that I wrote called, “The Hay Ride”, a true story. Refreshments are always provided after the meetings.

TOPS 256 meets each Tuesday night at the Methodist Church with Marcia Flood, the leader, and Jeff Townsend, the co-leader. A new program on exercise has started with a chance to win a charm. Any exercise of 20 minutes is equal to 1 mile of walking. We are asking members to try for 25-50 miles in 2 months. There is a place to keep track in the weight book that each member has. The best loser was Jeff Townsend. The program was about the benefits of drinking plenty of water.

There will be a spaghetti supper and a Halloween party held at the CC-Grange Hall on Saturday, October 26th starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of fun and good food. Some of the officers of the Cathance Grange will be on hand to judge costumes. Come and join in on the fun!