Mt. Vernon Grange recently honored longtime members.

Loyce Phillips was awarded a certificate for 40 years of service at an event in May that also served as her birthday party. Mary Ellen Brooks was awarded a certificate for 25 years of service.

The Grange, which started in 1925, is a casual group that meets the second Friday of each month at the hall across from Clyde Holliday State Park on Highway 26 just east of Mt. Vernon. A potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining can attend the potluck as a guest, and young people are encouraged to join.

Members host two annual fundraisers: a pancake feed in January or February and a bazaar the second Saturday in November. The Grange sponsors a candidate night during election year and provides awards at the county fair. The group donates to a variety of local causes and supplies dictionaries for third-graders in Long Creek, Monument and Dayville and assists the American Legion in giving dictionaries to Humbolt and Seneca elementary students.

For more information, call Harold Preston at 541-820-4463, secretary Jean Sagert at 541-575-1007 or Scott Farmer at 541-876-7770.

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