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Grange continues to attract a faithful flock

WEST NEWBURY — It is probably not what you think. You hear the word “grange” and you might envision farmers with dirt-cracked hands sitting around, smoking corn-cob pipes.

And although the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry did start out in 1867 as an association to serve farmers’ interests — and continues to advocate for rural folks and agriculture — it has evolved over time to serve a 21st-century purpose.

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