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Grange seeks lawn vandals

One or more pickup trucks or other large vehicles have torn up the Sequim Prairie Grange's lawn two weekends in a row last month, and Grange members want to find out who is responsible.

"They got the whole place, they didn't leave anything out. We'll never get it back the way it was," said Grange President Fred Grant while he surveyed the damage.

"Maybe now somebody's parents will ask their Johnny what he was doing on Saturday night."

Sequim Prairie Grange, established in 1942, owns a 5,650-square-foot building on almost five acres at 290 MacLeay Road, five miles northwest of Sequim. The nonprofit organization makes its building available to many community clubs and organizations.

The Grange maintains a scholarship fund and holds pancake breakfasts, flea markets, pie socials and ice cream socials for the community. Family fairs are held in October and December and it has a booth at the Clallam County Fair in August.

Grange members called the sheriff's office after they discovered the "doughnuts" carved into the lawn on Feb. 20 and were told to put up a fence to keep vehicles out. It happened again the following Saturday, Feb. 27.

"I don't want to do that. You shouldn't have to put up a fence. But I'm going to have to if it keeps up," Grant said.

Grant said one set of tracks looks like a smaller pickup, judging by the width of the tracks, but the others had to be big pickups to throw dirt clods 30 feet.

"I offered to let a youth soccer group practice here but I can't now. It will cause further damage, and they could get hurt."

Clark said since it's a large public building, the lawn is useful for parking but they couldn't do that if it's fenced off.

"That will be a last resort. You shouldn't have to fence yourself in to protect your property."

Reach Brian Gawley at bgawley@sequimgazette.com.

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