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Proclamation notes national group's 150th anniversary, community service to local communities

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Springwater Grange members Don and Rob Guttridge act in the groups recent variety show. During an Estacada City Council meeting earlier this week, April was declared as Grange Month.

Mayor Sean Drinkwine recently recognized the National Grange in observance of the organization's 150th anniversary.

During an Estacada City Council meeting on Monday, April 9, Drinkwine read a proclamation declaring April 2018 to be Grange Month.

The proclamation cited the Grange's role in the development of rural America through the establishment of rural free delivery of mail, expansion of electricity to rural areas, as well as their role in the creation of the cooperative extension service and land grant colleges.

"The Grange provides leadership, motivation, and education to bring together rural and urban families and offer them opportunities for personal growth and individual expression (and) emphasizes civic responsibility and the involvement of people in the legislative process," the proclamation read. "The Grange promotes service to the local community and volunteerism to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of its members and friends."

There are several granges in the Estacada area, including the Springwater Grange, Eagle Creek Grange, Harding Grange and Garfield Grange.

Estacada's local granges facilitate a variety of events, including community dinners and breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, fundraisers for schol-

arships and theatrical activities.

"The Grange continues today to be an active force in thousands of communities across the country," the

proclamation read. "Grange members everywhere wish to celebrate and express their pride in the legacy of their highly respected organization."

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