By Dorothy Varney Hill | Contributor
Welcome spring! The old adage about the lion and the lamb having it out in the month of March has gone into overtime in April. Next up, will we actually have “mud season” in 2016? Never mind, I am saddened right now by the sight of my frozen, flattened crocus.
The Charlotte Grange and our partner state and national Grange organizations recognize April as Grange Month, and our proclamation is featured nearby and on our hall notice board at 2858 Spear Street. The Grange is your local group of neighbors interested in furthering connections to community, supporting volunteerism and appreciating our rural life heritage. We welcome the community to join us at our seasonal potluck dinners and meetings held monthly. Our next potluck dinner will be held on May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Grange hall. Please join us!
Our spring rummage sale will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Saturday sale has a flat nominal charge that won’t break the bank, so please try us out! The sale relies on donations of gently used clothing and home wares, garden and hobby items, etc. and is a great way to repurpose unwanted items locally. Drop-off dates will be Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You may also contact me (425-4140 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange another time if needed. We are grateful for all the donors and shoppers who participate every spring and fall in this important fundraiser.
The money we raise is used to further the Grange mission, including promoting literacy. Every year we present personalized student dictionaries to every Charlotte 3rd grader through the Dictionary Project, or “Words for Thirds.” We are also partnering with the Charlotte Library on some exciting projects. Our historic building is volunteer maintained, but we do have the matter of insurance and utilities that require ongoing cash flow. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the voters in Charlotte who supported property tax abatement at Town Meeting. Some important exterior maintenance is planned for the hall in 2016 that will require a professional contractor, and we all look forward to appreciating the end result when the work is completed.
Longer daylight hours are here to stay for a while and a new season, too. Get out and enjoy our beautiful town and state and support your local farms and businesses. Each one of our contributions to community makes it a great place to live!