Grange seeks help cleaning up after vandals hit hard

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Taggers did a number on the Keizer Grange building recently. The grange’s president hopes a few volunteers come out between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16 – weather permitting – at their hall on 441 Chemawa Road N. to help paint and clean up from extensive vandalism to the building, its sign and a storage shed. The first tags appeared sometime around Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, said Grange President Wayne Johnston. More have come along, crossing out the originals and putting their own stamp on the building. There’s no cost estimate on the damage, and no suspects. “(Police) said that’s par for the course – another group comes around to X it out,” Johnston said. Plenty of paint and supplies will be on hand for volunteers, Johnston said. “This is the first time this has happened in 25, 30 years,” Johnston added. At one point the Keizer Grange hall was for sale, but the facility has seen an uptick in rentals, Johnston said. Nevertheless, the Keizer Grange, like its counterparts nationwide, has had trouble attracting new members, he said....

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