After Hillcrest Grangers gathered for a potluck dinner Sept. 21, they used their evening’s program for reviewing the past year’s activities of the organization. As a special roll call, the members shared highlights of their busy summer activities and vacations and displayed pictures to highlight some of their varied activities.
Their highlights included a variety of events from raising and showing lambs at the fair, taking cruises, hosting a German teenage boy for the summer, attending high school reunions, selling their recreational vehicle after 42 years of camping activities, raising flowers and vegetable gardens, visiting New York City, Virginia and enjoying a cruise to Halifax and Nova Scotia.
Emma Gene Engle, who has served approximately 40 years as Hillcrest’s secretary, was honored as the outstanding fair ambassador for the 73rd Berlin Brothersvalley Community Fair by the state Department of Agriculture. She has been assisting with the Berlin fair for the past 40 years.
Because the official Grange year ends Aug. 31, many of the Pennsylvania subordinate chapters have been busy preparing their year-end reports, projects and scrapbooks in time for judging before and during the State Grange convention, which this year will be held in Harrisburg Oct. 15-17.
Family Activities Director Ruth Paul reported that she has a bag filled with used postage stamps ready to go to the state convention as well as a baby quilt. Carl Walker’s homemade trivet is also eligible for the convention. Ruth Paul has a picture being entered into the scenes category for Harrisburg judging.
For approximately 40 years Hillcrest Grangers have operated their food booth – specializing in sausage burgers as well as ham, green beans and potatoes – at Mountain Craft Days. Fay and Carl Walker again served as coordinators for Hillcrest’s booth and were congratulated for the many hours they devoted toward organizing and obtaining the food items sold at their booth.
They provided a financial report and inventory of leftover items. Because it was a rainy weekend for festivals and large crowds of persons attended the Flight 93 Memorial activities, sales were slimmer than usual at this year’s craft days.
Hillcrest Grange won first prize on their float, “A Rainy Day on the Farm” and a first in the Grange category on their produce display.
Leon W. Paul, master, officially obligated Duane A. Hough, Jr. of Somerset as a member of Hillcrest Grange, although he joined and has been active since the fall of 2010.
In recent weeks, additional 25-year membership awards have been presented to LaVerne and Robert E. Werner at their Summit Township residency. Both were original members of Friendship Grange at the time it was organized in 1986. When their chapter closed, they were among the members who transferred to Hillcrest Grange, where they have been active in many program activities.
Program director David R. Hay distributed the 2012 activities agendas, describing a variety of activities and programs for the members to be involved in during Hillcrest’s 96th year of service to the community. He led the evening’s program which was titled “Harvest Time.”
Hillcrest will begin its new year of activities at its Oct. 12 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Special guest that evening will be Carolyn McKinney of Greenville Township, who will be sharing interesting details and humorous events that were part of her project experiences while documenting Somerset County gravesites and cemeteries to fulfill a grant project for the Meyersdale Public Library.
In recent months a book entitled “Hunting for Dead People” has been written to highlight some of her experiences. She will also be available to autograph copies of the book, proceeds which benefit the Meyersdale Public Library. McKinney will also share highlights of her parents’ former business – Cunningham’s Meat Packing – and the family’s involvement in raising turkeys.
Hillcrest Grange looks over year's activities
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