Perry County Grange  

Meeting Location:

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

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.