SELKIRK — The Bethlehem Grange Hall is in need of help.
Built in 1921, Bethlehem Grange No. 137 is rectangular, wood-frame two-story building with a medium-pitched hipped roof. That roof, said Grange Master Carol Carpenter, is in dire need of repair.
“We’ve been approved for a loan,” said Carpenter, “but we don’t have anyway to make payments.” She said the roof has leaked so profusely that a large portion of the upstairs ceiling has come down.
Carpenter said it will cost $35,000 to repair the roof. And, right now, the Grange is depending on donations and proceeds from functions like dinners and next week’s rummage sale.
The building expanded in 1936 to its present appearance. In 2002, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure still serves as a community center, as it did generations ago through The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry.
The Grange is a fraternal organization with the purpose to band community members together for the interest of economic and political well-being. The organization was originally founded in 1867 and is the oldest agricultural advocacy group in the country.
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Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.