Grange seeks members and rummage-sale donations

BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Grange is holding a giant rummage sale two weekends in September to help pay for a new roof on its historic building.

“The roof has been patched too many times, and the life of the roof is way past its lifetime,” said Carol Carpenter, master of the Grange. “The roof is leaking badly and is taking the second-floor ceiling down.   It's necessary to contain our damage, and not allow any more damage to occur.”

The Bethlehem Grange Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Donations for the annual rummage sale are being accepted until Sept. 10. The Grange welcomes donations of furniture, holiday and craft items, tools, books, music items, decorative items, household items, jewelry, glassware, china, computer items, linens, and toys but will not accept televisions or tires.

To arrange for pickup of donated goods, call  Caroline Wirth at (518) 424-4953, or Carol Carpenter at (518) 21-1384.

The rummage sale will be held Friday, Sept. 10 and 16 and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange hall at 24 Bridge Street in Selkirk.

The hall, which seats 96 people and has a full kitchen, may be rented for family get-togethers, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, and the like. It is accessible to those with handicaps. Call Carpenter or Jo Downey at (518) 767-2985 for more information on renting the hall.

New Grange members are welcome. The Bethlehem Grange is 142 years old. Its members meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month and participate in community service projects. For more information on membership, call Carpenter or Caroline Wirth at (518) 424-4953.

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