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State Grange to meet Oct. 24-26

State Master James Tetreault will call the 140th annual session of the New Hampshire State Grange to order Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Concord. This is the first time since 1994 the State Grange has returned to the state capital for its annual session.

The State Grange is expected to attract several hundred patrons of the Grange from Pittsburg to Nashua and from North Conway to Winchester for this convention. The session opens Oct. 24 and concludes Oct. 26, following the conclusion of the 60th annual State Grange banquet. Gov. Maggie Hassan, past governor John Lynch, and the commissioner of agriculture are invited guests, as well as representatives from the University of New Hampshire Agriculture Department, Cooperative Extension, and the New Hampshire Farm Bureau.

The national Grange lecturer, Franklin Pompper Jr. from South Carolina, will be representing the organization at this session. The highlights of the Thursday evening session features reports, reading of the resolutions to be acted upon by the delegates on Oct. 26, and the memorial service. State Chaplain Matt Clark of Surry will coordinate the memorial service, assisted by State Flora Ann Ledger of Shelburne, and State Secretary Gerald Leclerc of Hudson.

The Oct. 25 session will begin at 8:30 a.m., featuring a series of officer and director reports, election of an Executive Committee member, and a past state officer luncheon at the Red Blazer Restaurant, by reservation and invitation. Call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for reservations. State Historian Dick Patten and State Family Director Debbie Patten will give reports to the delegates.

The annual conferral of the Sixth Degree or Degree of Flora will be held Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the hotel. A large class of candidates is expected to receive the initiation in preparation for the National Grange meeting in Manchester Nov. 11-17 at the Raddison Hotel.

The Oct. 26 session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with reports by the various directors. The delegates will listen and vote on the proposed State Grange Budget at 10 a.m. The proposed budget can be altered by a vote of the delegates. The Grange Foundation will meet before the delegates to act upon business presented by them. The Foundation Board of Directors features nonmembers as well as Grange members.

The 60th annual State Grange Agricultural and Heroes Recognition Banquet will begin Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn. The tickets for this banquet must be reserved by Saturday, with payment. Call State Ceres Tricia Taylor at 630-0159 or State Community Service Director Dick Patten at 228-1803 for reservations. State Agriculture and Legislative Director Robert Haefner will present Century Farm, Young Farmer of the Year, and Outstanding Legislator Awards. Patten will present awards for outstanding police officer, firefighter, educator, military (retired and active duty), citizen, Granger of the Year, Public Service Award, State Police Trooper, and Fish and Game Officer. In addition, he will honor State Legislative and General Court Clerk Karen Wadsworth and retired Major Tim Acerno from the State Fish and Game for Lifetime Achievement.

While the session is going on, there will be displays featuring sewing, crafts, youth contests, photography, art and much more. The Community Service Department is collecting nonperishable food for the Liberty House Food Pantry, greeting cards for the military, personal packets for male victims of domestic violence and pillows and linen for homeless shelters. The Family Activities Committee will offer fudge, trail and party mix for sale with proceeds going to charitable causes.

Call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for more information.

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