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Kendrew Grange welcomes new members

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DEKALB — The century-old Kendrew Grange hopes to breathe new life into its agriculture- and community-minded organization.

The grange will host an open house at 7 p.m. Saturday for potential new members.

“You don’t have to be a farmer to be a member,” grange member Mary E. Simmons said.

“You could be a farmer, a firefighter or a lawyer. It’s about helping any member of the community who needs it,” she said.

The organization offers parents opportunities to teach their children about volunteerism and citizenship.

Founded March 16, 1900, Kendrew Grange No. 891, Stevenson Road, DeKalb, began with 18 farmers interested in promoting local goods and reaching out to the community.

More than a century later, the grange has become a place for all residents to gather and help one another.

The group has 35 members and welcomes people of all walks of life who are at least 14 years old.

Group members aim to help charities and community causes across Heuvelton, Rensselaer Falls and the town of Oswegatchie. For example, the group regularly donates items to food pantries and the Heuvelton Giving Tree. It also recently hosted a free-will dinner for Gouverneur Central School’s FFA.

Several times a year, Kendrew Grange partners with the Hammond and Massena granges on community projects.

Mrs. Simmons said it is not uncommon for whole families to join and volunteer together.

Saturday’s meeting will include a 20-minute presentation from the Rensselaer Falls Fire Department about fire safety and training.

“It’s a good chance to see what the grange does for the community and how people can get involved,” Mrs. Simmons said. “There will be pamphlets and refreshments available.”

For more information, call Mrs. Simmons at 344-6661.

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