Perry County Grange  

Meeting Location:

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

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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More Receive Volunteer Challenge Recognition

2019-9 volunteer Awards

Five more community volunteers received the Perry Valley Grange Centennial Volunteer Challenge Award in September 2019, bringing the total so far to thirteen. The award program, part of the Grange's 100th anniversary celebration, continues to recognize outstanding volunteers who accumulate 100 or more hours of service between March 1, 2019-February 29, 2020.

 


 

2019 Fair Exhibit Promotes PA Agriculture

Fair Exhibit

This exhibit by Perry Valley Grange earned a first place blue ribbon at the 2019 Juniata County Fair and a second place red ribbon at the Perry County Fair. Following the state fair theme (Fairs Feature Agriculture) for the year, the exhibit informed viewers about the significant economic impact of Pennsylvania agriculture and the top 10 agricultural commodities produced in the state.  

 


 

Perry Valley Grange Historical Marker Dedicated at Fairgrounds
 

Marker Dedication

Perry Valley Grange #1804 was organized in July, 1919, with 86 charter members, primarily rural residents from Greenwood and Liverpool Townships.   As part of its 100th anniversary observance during 2019, the Grange purchased this permanent historical marker, installed beside the stage at the Perry County Fairgrounds and dedicated at a brief ceremony held during the fair.   This site was selected because of the Grange’s long-time involvement in the fair, which included providing the initial funding in 1980 to build the fair stage and more recently a $10,000 grant for water and sewage installation.   Arrangements for the marker were done in cooperation with the Fair Board and the Perry County Bicentennial Commission which is promoting the installation of such markers throughout the area as Perry County moves toward its 200th anniversary in 2020.   Participating in the dedication were (left to right): Perry Valley Grange members Doug Bonsall, Cathy Morrison, Carl Landis, Linda Byers and Renee Hetrick; Bicentennial Commission representative Frank Campbell and State Grange President Wayne Campbell. 

 

Marker Text

 


 

2019 Summer Reading

 


 

Liverpool Resident Receives First Grange Volunteer Challenge Award

 

Landis Volunteer Award

As part of the 100th anniversary of its founding, Perry Valley Grange has adopted a Community Volunteer Challenge program.  Any local citizen who provides 100 or more hours of unpaid, volunteer services between 3/1/2019-2/29/2020 to non-profit civic, school (educational), religious, fraternal or veteran organizations in the Millerstown-Liverpool-Newport communities will be recognized as a Grange Centennial Volunteer and an organization designed by the award recipient will receive a $100 grant from Perry Valley Grange.   To date, seven individuals have already qualified for the award and the first to be recognizedpublicly is Marlene Landis (right) of Liverpool.    Ms. Landis, who volunteered with several different organizations and named the Greenwood FFA to receive the grant related to her service, is shown with Grange president Linda Byers (left) and received recognition during a recent free concert sponsored by the Grange in the Millerstown Community Park.   Anyone who wishes more information about the Volunteer program may get more details at: http://www.perryvalleygrange.org/.

 


 

Elvis Tribute Show Big Hit at First Summer Concert of 2019

 

2019-6-18 Concert

Yes, Elvis was spotted in Millerstown on June 18th!  Shown above, Elvis (aka Denny Heckard) performed at the first of two free summer concerts sponsored by the Grange at the Millerstown Community Park.    About 120 persons enjoyed his Elvis Tribute show.

 


 

2019 Elementary Student Ag Day at Millerstown Park

A Joint Educational Project of Perry Valley Grange & Greenwood FFA

 


Grange volunteers, including State President Wayne Campbell (left), prepared and served mid-morning snack
and noon lunches to about 200 students, teachers, parents and helpers at the May 23rd field day
for fourth grade students from Newport and Greenwood Elementary Schools.



Retired teacher Sam Ritzman each year gives an interesting presentation at Ag Day on various animals.
    Students can examine such things as bones, teeth, hides, etc.



The butterfly tent was a popular learning station.  Preparing for this required purchase of and caring
for butterfly cocoons until the butterflies emerged.

 


This station emphasized the importance of the dairy industry, complete with a young calf.   At other stations,
students had the opportunity to interact with animals including chickens and rabbits.

 


2019 Fourth Grade Essay & Poster Contests

Theme - "Farm to Fork: From Where Do I Get My Food?"

The awards ceremony for this annual contest was part of the Ag Day held on May 23, 2019 at the Millerstown Community Park.

 

2019 Greenwood Essays – 18 entries
(Left to right) First – Mason Morgan; Second – Case Barkley; Third – Marek Polcha


 

2019 Greenwood Posters – 38 entries
(Left to right) First – Maddy Weller; Second – Dylan Shipp;
Third – Kevin Fogleman; Honorable Mention – Sylvia Gantt & Carli Ryberg

 

 

2019 Newport Essays – 79 entries
(Left to right) First – Jordana Steffen; Second – Elexus Dishman;
Third – Zadoc Atwood; Honorable Mention – Gracie Crawford

 


2019 Newport Posters – 19 entries
(Left to right) First – Katie Lawlor; Second – Harlow Huff;
Third – Henry Barlup; Honorable Mention – Nolan Vela


 

Bread of Life Outreach Ministry Receives
2019 Grange Community Citizen Award

2019 Community Citizen Award

Rev. Gary Bellis (right) of Newport accepted the 2019 Perry Valley Grange “Community Citizen Award” from President Linda Byers on behalf of the Bread of Life Outreach (BOLO) Ministry of the Newport Assembly of God Church.    For 26 years BOLO has received and distributed food, cleaning supplies, health and beauty products, diapers, formula, non-prescription medicines, medical supplies and equipment, school supplies, housekeeping items, used furniture and appliances to those in need within the community.     

 


 

April 2019 Candidates Night an Overwhelming Success


Candidates Night

It was standing room only in the Millerstown Community Park Building on April 12, 2019 when the Perry Valley Grange sponsored event introduced county office candidates at a public forum.   Above, six County Commissioner hopefuls respond to questions from moderator Dr. Meecee Baker, owner of Versant Strategies.

 


 

Donations Made to Food Banks

Food Bank 4-2019

After paying all expenses from the March 2019 meal packing event jointly sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and the Greenwood FFA, funds remaining were split between the Perry and Juniata County Food Banks.    Each bank received $850 to support their work.    Above, representatives of the Perry County Food Bank (left) accept their check from FFA and Grange officials.

 


 

"Meals of Hope" Food Packing Project - Friday, March 1, 2019

A major service event co-sponsored by Perry Valley Grange and the Greenwood FFA packed 48,500 meal kits to fight hunger in Perry & Juniata Counties.  Tremendous community support has raised the $14,591.02;   more than enough needed to purchase the meal kit supplies so an additional $850 in cash was given to each of the two county food banks.    Almost 200 volunteers descended on the Greenwood Elementary School that evening from 5-9 p.m. to help with the meal packing.    The Grange will provided a light supper to all those helping.   Below are some candid photos of this outstanding service project.

 

Candid Shots for 2019 Meal Packing Event

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Volunteers (above and below) worked in teams to pack about 48,500 meal kits.


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This is one of the FFA educational displays greeting arrivals at Greenwood Elementary.


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State Grange President Wayne Campbell was one of the meal packing volunteers.


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A gong was sounded to celebrate reaching another goal for total meals packed.