FREDONIA - At a recent meeting of Fredonia Grange, new member Rebecca Joy spoke to the members and guests about how she grew up on her family's farm in Connecticut.
Joy stressed the significance of her involvement in 4-H and Future Farmers of America to later shape her decision to attend SUNY Agricultural and Technical College in Cobleskill, where she studied agricultural sciences and met her husband Andy.
Since living in Fredonia-Pomfret the past few years, Joy cited her work experience with the New York State Agriculture and Markets as a seasonal fruit inspector, participation in the Fredonia Farmers Market, and active role on the Joy family farm. She closed her remarks with advice to the audience to passionately seek the fulfillment of their dreams as she learned to do as a young person on the farm.
Also at the meeting, Linda Blodgett, grange chaplain, announced the winners of the Underground Railroad "Freedom" and Americana quilts. First place went to Pam Richardson of Fredonia, second place to Bonnie Suppo of Brocton and third place to Connie Caruso of Orchard Park. Blodgett also mentioned future Adams Farm canvas painting restoration fund drive efforts to include a square dance and towel bingo scheduled for late in March as well as the continuing can and bottle drive at Cash for Cans on Route 60 in Laona.
Tom Hebeisen, president, welcomed Joanne Nocero of Jamestown who, with her farm business background, expressed willingness to help the grange and its members with agribusiness concerns either at home or at future events with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday with a potluck supper beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Hebeisen at 792-9079.