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Copake Grange honored, recognizes longtime member

Grange member Joseph Shirk handed award to longtime Grange member Bessie Bussette. Photo by Rita Jakubowski >

COPAKE — History left its mark on Copake on Saturday, May 4, when two town treasures were given long deserved recognition.

At that time, Bessie Bussette, the longest registered member of the Grange with 55 years on the rolls, was honored at an 11 a.m. ceremony that also observed the unveiling of an historic marker commemorating the Copake Grange No. 935’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

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