Perry County Grange  

Meeting Location:

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


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“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.   The $3,585 proceeds of the Hunger Banquet will assist the Perry County Food Bank to fight hunger in the local community.


Fun & Education Always Part of Grange Meetings


Cathy & Lee Morrison try their hand at a post-holiday relay game enjoyed in January.  It’s not easy to unwrap that box while
wearing oven mitts!

At the February meeting Grant Carlton, a Millersville University student majoring in meteorology, explains a cartoon illustration to make points about “Wacky Weather” and its effect upon our lives.   Climate
change has a significant economic effect on agriculture.




Long-time Members Honored by Grange

Perry Valley Grange held its annual recognition for continuous membership at a November 2017 fall fellowship dinner held in the Millerstown Community Park Building.   Receiving certificates were:  (left to right) Andrea Cameron - 65 years; Krista Pontius and John Gothel - both 25 years.   Honorees not present included: Gerald Holman - 55 years; Lloyd Byers - 50 years and Robert Sheaffer - 45 years.



 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.


Fair Exhibit Earns Blue Ribbons at Two Fairs

Fair Exhibit


This year’s Grange exhibit earned first place blue ribbons recently at both the 2017 Perry County and Juniata County Fairs.  Following the state fair theme (Country Scenes….Blue Ribbon Dreams) the exhibit conveyed a message about the factors that make for strong “blue ribbon” communities in the Juniata Valley – business growth, quality education, good transportation, residential housing, recreational areas, and forest management.



Louise Cameron Reaches 100th Birthday Milestone

Long-time Grange member Margaret Louise Cameron (left) celebrated her 100th birthday June 2017 at a party given by Perry Valley Grange at her residence in Brookdale Grayson View, Selinsgrove.   Friend, Granger and fellow Grayson View resident Clarice Kerstetter (right) was among those attending the celebration.

First Community “Concert in the Park” a Big Success


On a lovely June evening (6/9/2017) Perry Valley Grange sponsored a free community concert in
the Millerstown Park Amphitheater.  It was very popular, promising to be the first of many. 

6-2017 Concert

6-2017 Wagner



Folk singer and recording artist Van Wagner (left) from the Lewisburg area performed a program of vocal and guitar music that included some of his own compositions.   His narrative cleverly wove into the concert many facts about the Juniata River just behind the stage and its cultural, historic and economic impact on the area.    Plans are underway for two free concerts to be held during the summer of 2018.

Both the performer (above) and the free ice cream sundaes (below) received applause.




Grange Sponsors Second Annual School Field Trip Day

Perry Valley Grange recently sponsored an all-day Environ-Go educational field trip for fourth grade students from the Greenwood and Newport Elementary Schools.   The day’s activities, held at the Millerstown Community Park, included many hands-on activities and learning centers on a variety of environmental subjects.  

Also included in the day's activities was the announcement of top entries from among nearly 200 entries in the “The Environment Around Us” essay and poster contests.  Sharing $400 in cash awards provided by the Grange were (left to right):


Greenwood Elementary School:  

1st place essay -  Nathaniel Roshel; 3rd place poster -  Rebekah Brinser; 2nd place essay -  Deidre Hahn; 2nd place poster - Hannah Shiffer;
3rd place essay - Isabella Wiehe and 1st place poster -  Michael Hoy.

Newport Elementary School:

3rd place essay -  Tyler Bowen; 3rd place poster - Brooke Arnold; 2nd place essay - Gabriella Turpin; 2nd place poster - Kylah Conrad;
1st place essay - Adison Geer and 1st place poster - Lexie Zaring.


Youth Mentor Volunteer Honored

Mr. Shirey Little (right) of Millerstown was the recipient of this year’s Community Citizen Award presented annually
by the Grange since 1978 to recognize outstanding volunteers serving the community.  The award was presented by
Grange President Linda Byers at the Grange's March 2017 Open House-Community Night dinner and program.


Mr. Shirey Little of Millerstown is the 2017 Perry Valley Grange Community Citizen of the Year. Shirey is a familiar face around the Greenwood and Newport communities. Annually, he volunteers with the Millerstown Community Success to clean up the Millerstown Park, he is a volunteer football coach for the Newport High School Buffaloes and also spends a great deal of time mentoring football players. Weekly, Shirey is in the schools, serving as a lunch monitor at Newport and  Greenwood. However, his role is much more than simply that of a lunch monitor. He is there for the kids! He serves as a positive role model, provides support and encouragement, and brightens the day of each student. 

“Shirey genuinely wants to build relationships and has a heart for the youth. He gives freely of his time. He sees the needs of our young people, then quietly finds ways to fill those needs. He sees the best in our community members and knows their strengths. Then he finds places where they can use their talents to serve others. Whether we like to drive, ride a bike, or bake cinnamon rolls, Shirey finds a place for us to be involved. He inspires us and volunteering with him is something we look forward to.” –Frank and Teresa Woodard.

Shirey is the Perry County Director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ministries.  As a part of his outreach with youth, Shirey is a constant part of many youth’s lives.  The activities and impact that Shirey has on our youth’s lives is immeasurable.  Weekly, Shirey hosts the student-led Breakfast Club for students in Newport and Greenwood.  After breakfast, if a student does not read scripture and present a thought, Shirey has local leadership figures come and share or he will. 

According to Greenwood student Cecila Good, “he always helps us connect scripture to our daily lives.”  He also hosts a weekly night club in both districts which provides junior high students opportunities to strengthen their faith and interact with peers.  In addition, Shirey takes students to Winter Snow Camp, Impact, Winter Jam and Summer Camp, along with other retreats, conferences, small group settings, local service projects, mission projects and events throughout the year.  All of these activities provide avenues for youth to deepen their spirituality while bonding with an individual who serves as a positive role model for our entire community. 


Home of Perry Valley Grange

Millerstown Community Park Building

110 West Juniata Parkway, Millerstown, PA  17062

As of December 11, 2014, ownership of the former Perry Valley Grange Hall was transferred to a local business.  After renovation and a planned future expansion, the former Grange building will become the new location of Fremont Auto Parts.  

Perry Valley Grange is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Millerstown Recreation Association for a 25-year lease that will allow the Grange to meet monthly in the community park building.  The park and community building is located along Juniata Parkway near the Millerstown exit ramps of Route 22-322, just 1-1/2 miles from the former range Hall.  The agreement includes the option for the Grange to hold up to six (6) other events there annually.  The Grange continues to serve some small banquets there, subject to the more limited seating capacity of the community building. 

The sale of the Grange Hall, built in 1988, is a matter of mixed emotion. Over the past 10 years, it has become increasingly difficult for a small group of Grange volunteers to give enough time and energy to both maintain the property and raise the thousands of dollars needed annually to pay for repairs, improvements, utilities and insurance costs.  We are saddened  to have to take this action and regret that the facilities may no longer be available for the use of the community.  However, we also look forward to the time when the Grange will be able to concentrate even more of its available time, energy and resources on community service activities.