The program of Ross Grange at their recent meeting focused on keeping healthy. Information on smoking, high energy drinks and alcoholism were given. Betty Wakefield, lecturer, read "God's Amazing Pharmacy," which was about fruits and vegetables in our diet.
Thank-you letters were received from Chautauqua County Safety Education Village for a donation, as well as the NY State Grange Museum for a memorial to deceased members. Notes of thanks for scholarships were received from Mathew Elderkin and Sarah Culver.
Since its inception, the grange has promoted local education. As an ongoing project, Ross members have worked with Sinclairville, Ellington, Fluvanna and Falconer libraries. Representatives of these libraries will share what they are doing and will receive a donation from the grange. This will be at the March 11 meeting. The March 25 program will be by the Family Activities Committee.
Ross Grange is preparing for their annual awards night, April 8, at the Falcon's Nest Banquet Hall.
Ross Grange has recognized the "4-H Volunteer" for several years. A written nomination for this person should be sent to the 4-H office by March 28. A grange committee chooses the award recipient from those nominated.
A Community Citizen Award is given each year. Anyone with ideas of a helpful person in the area who deserves recognition should call Wakefield, lecturer, at 287-3363 before March 28.
The Country Pomona Grange meeting will be at Ripley Saturday, with the county banquet announced for April 9 at the Cherry Creek VFW. Ross members should make reservations with Leona Peterson.
Ross members are noted for community involvement. Warm Up America afghans continue to be of importance. Various groups and individuals knit or crochet 7-by-9-inch squares for this and donate them to Ross Grange. These are assembled and given to the Salvation Army for use in the women's shelter. Members will work on this project starting at 11 a.m. on March 25, followed by the business meeting.
During March, Ross Grange is having afternoon meetings. Snacks are at 2:30 p.m. with the meeting and program following at the Falcon's Nest Banquet Hall. Those interested are invited to attend.