Perry County Grange  

Meeting Location:

Millerstown Community Park Building
110 West Juniata Parkway
Millerstown, PA 17062


Community Service

One of the primary purposes of the Grange today is to provide service to its community.  Perry Valley Grange devotes a large portion of its time, efforts, and resources for an extensive year-round community service program.  Each year 20 or more projects are carried out by Grange with the donation of time, energy and money from members and community volunteers.

Many State and National Grange awards for outstanding community service reports have been received over the years, including the 2009 first place state report and the second place national report. 



Recent Grange Community Service Projects


Rain Fails to Dampen Second Community Concert of 2018

A rainy July evening drove the second free “Concert in the Park” sponsored by the Grange from the Millerstown
Community Park amphitheater into the Greenwood High School auditorium.  Over 100 people enjoyed the program
given by folk singer/historian Van Wagner and the free ice cream sundaes served afterwards.     

The inside venue was actually an added plus as it provided an opportunity for Mr. Wagner to share some of his own compositions enhanced with slides about the history of the area.
Despite challenges facing the dairy industry, these young people from the Perry County Dairy Promotion Committee were all smiles as they served ice cream to concert go-ers.


Grange Gifts $1,000 to Perry County Memorial Wall Honoring Veterans


The Perry County Memorial Wall, set to debut in Marysville this fall as a tribute to local veterans, received a $1,000 Grange contribution in July.   Grange officers Renee Hetrick (left) and President Linda Byers (right) made the presentation to Laura Steele who initiated the project.







2018 Essay & Poster Contest Winners

Theme - The Environment Around Us

Each year Perry Valley Grange sponsors an elementary school essay and poster contest open to all fourth grade students in the Greenwood and Newport Schools.   The purpose of the contests is to encourage participants to develop their writing and artistic abilities on a specific subject.  In 2018 the contests encouraged students to describe in their essay or show in a poster the essential lessons learned from the adults in their lives (parents, teachers, counselors, neighbors, police, etc.) about the importance that our environment plays in our everyday lives.  Ideas included but were not limited to: recycling, planting trees, butterfly gardens, soil conservation, and wildlife. This year there were 163 entries and awards totaling $400 were presented by the Grange as part of the field trip day held at the Millerstown Community Park.


Greenwood School Essays
(13 entries)

First - Zoey Wilson; Second - Ava Swann; third – Brayden Benito; Honorable Mention - Makayla Lindsey and Keegan Ross

Greenwood School Posters
(40 entries)

First - Gavin Oburn; Second - Kacy Fegley; Third - Caroline Hartley; Honorable Mention -Ava Swann, Faith Luring and Kamryn Walton


Newport School Essays

(78 entries)

First - Zachary Bates;  Second - Audrey McNaughton; Third - Robert Regester; Honorable Mention – Taylor Barr and (not pictured) Malachi Lominson

Newport School Posters

(32 entries)

First - Jaden Shay; Second - Hadley Reed; Third - Mary Jones; Honorable Mention -Alexis Liddick, Wesson Benner and Justin Still


Grange-FFA Sponsor May 23, 2018 Ag Day Outing


The annual Ag Day event included many learning opportunities on agricultural and environmental topics and the presentation of awards in the Grange’s annual essay and poster contests on the theme “The Environment Around Us”.Here Rachel Peters from the Greenwood FFA shows students a garter snake.  
Nearly 150 fourth grade students from Greenwood and Newport Elementary Schools participated in a recent field trip held at the Millerstown Community Park.   Greenwood FFA member Abby Taylor (standing, center) guided students through a water quality simulation, one of the many hands-on learning centers featured at Ag Day.   This annual educational event is jointly sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and the FFA  chapters from two local high schools.
The butterfly house was an especially popular new attraction at this year’s Ag Day.   The butterflies fluttering around to the delight of the children
were purchased in the chrysalis stage and nurtured carefully for many weeks so they would emerge at just exactly the right time.

Continuing the success of the past two years with a day-long educational outing focusing on agriculture and environmental issues, the 2018 Ag Day for fourth grade students from Greenwood and Newport Elementary School was held May 23, 2018,  from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Millerstown Community Park, 110 West Juniata Parkway.   The event is co-sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and the FFA chapters at Greenwood and Newport High Schools.

During the morning session, students had the opportunity to participate in the following hands-on learning stations: Wildlife led by retired Greenwood teacher Sam Ritzman; Aquatics by Rich Morder of the PA Fish & Boat Commission, Agriculture in the Environment by Liz Bosak of Penn State Extension, Plant Growth by Newport FFA, Watersheds by Greenwood FFA and Pollinators/Live Butterfly Tent by Perry Valley Grange. 

Following lunch, awards were presented for the annual Grange sponsored essay & poster contests. During the afternoon students participated in a macroinvertebrate simulation and worked through the scientific method to determine the waterway with the highest water quality.    Ag Day has become a much anticipated field trip that teaches local children about the many agricultural and environmental issues that affect their daily lives.   Greenwood FFA teacher and Grange vice president Krista Pontius was the general chairman of the event.



School Volunteer Receives Community Citizen Award

Christina Voorhees (right) of Landisburg received the 2018 Grange “Community Citizen Award” from Program
Chair Renee Hetrick in recognition for outstanding volunteer service as coordinator of the Perry County Backpack program that  fights childhood hunger by providing weekend backpacks of food for students.  



Grange Gifts $1,000 to Local Fire Company

Millerstown Fire Chief Chris Foose, above, spoke at the Grange's April 2018 meeting on the
challenges facing local emergency services providers - recruiting volunteers, extensive
training requirements, liability concerns, and fund raising issues.


“Words for Thirds” Dictionaries Given at Greenwood School

Four Perry Valley Grangers visited Greenwood Elementary School on Friday, February 23, 2018, to give dictionaries to all third grade students.    Funding to purchase the books was provided by the Perry County Pomona Grange.  


The students were shown how to use the various helps found in a dictionary by Doug Bonsall.  This student version included much interesting information about such things as maps of the world, facts about U.S. states and the history of our Presidents.


Lots of smiling, happy faces after students received their personal dictionaries.


Can you find the longest word in the dictionary?


Grangers Bill Cameron (above left) and Peg Bolton (above right) helped with the book distribution to each student.   


Hunger Banquet Project Raises $3,585 for County Food Bank


     Grange member Edgar Byers (right) talks about food insecurity issues at the Hunger Banquet held on February 2, 2018, co-sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and Greenwood FFA.   Brother Byers appears to be one of those persons at the event who found themselves waiting to receive a meager meal of rice and beans while others at the table were served a literal feast.   The point of the event was to raise awareness about hunger and how much of the imbalance of food availability is often a matter of over which persons may have little control.  


Proceeds of $3,585 realized from the  2018 Hunger Banquet event jointly sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and the Greenwood FFA were presented to the Perry County Food Bank to fight hunger in the local community.    Food Bank Director John Kiner (third from left) accepted the funds from:   (left to right) Krista Pontius, Grange vice president and FFA Advisor, and FFA representatives Kylie Cameron and Ethan Brummer.


Grange Grant Funds Fort Hunter Park Signs

Linda Byers, president of Perry Valley Grange, visits one of the new signs recently installed in a newly developed section of Fort Hunter Park near Harrisburg through an $8,050 grant given by the Grange.   A total of eight permanent outdoor educational signs were installed with the grant to help visitors learn more about the geology of the Susquehanna River, the history of Fort Hunter and local Native Americans, stories of river commerce and the Rockville Bridge in bygone days and information about fish and birds of the Susquehanna basin.  The signs may be viewed any day from dawn to dusk in the park area along the Susquehanna River between Heckton Church and the boat launch.


Grange Contributes $750 for "Courthouse Dog"


The Perry County Children K-9 Fund recently received $750 from Perry Valley Grange to assist with the purchase, training and maintenance of  a “courthouse dog” which will serve as an ambassador for child welfare in the court system.   The dog will provide comfort and advocacy to children who have been physically or sexually abused when they may be called upon to testify in various legal or custody proceedings.   Kristie Gantt (left), Administrator of Perry County Children & Youth Services, spoke at a recent Grange meeting and received the contribution from Grange president Linda Byers.


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