MCSI, PO Box 193, Millerstown, PA 17062IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS DO NOT GO UNNOTICED IN MILLERSTOWNMillerstown Community Success, Inc. (MCSI), is 501-c-3 non-profitincorporated membership organization established by volunteer citizens of thegreater Millerstown Area encompassing Millerstown Borough, TuscaroraTownship, and Greenwood Townships in Perry and Juniata Counties withMillerstown addresses. The organization was incorporated in 2004 with amission for the enhancement of the physical design and improvement andappearance of the Millerstown Square, encourage and develop communitypride, stewardship of cultural assets, preservation and enhancement of thehistoric character of Millerstown Borough, and to encourage and develop pridein appearance of homes and businesses.One of the ways that the organization fulfills one of its many missions is topresent certificates to property owners in recognition of recent beautificationand improvement efforts at their homes and properties. Recent certificateswere presented to Ed and Emily Weger, New Harvest Community Church, PatGoodling, Rob and Wendy Sweger, Frank and Teresa Woodard, SweetWater Springs Farm, and Randy and Sue Spriggle. Over the years, dozens ofother area citizens have been recognized for visual and esthetic improvementsof their homes and businesses.Now in its thirteenth year of operation, MCSI has raised and returned thousandsand thousands of dollars to the Millerstown community to preserve andenhance the town that the organization loves and supports in so many differentways through improvement projects and donations to other organizations'projects to improve the community. One major project was a redesign andrebuilding of the “Islands” in the Millerstown Square to make the traffic patternmore vehicular and pedestrian friendly. This project alone cost over $36,000. Electric was also run to the islands which was donated by Greg Dunlap. TheMillerstown Community Park has also benefited from the generosity of MCSIby having a new picnic pavilion built and other items for a total of $7,500. Some home improvement projects have also been undertaken for residentswho need assistance for a total of $3,000. MCSI is very interested inencouraging people to support local business and was instrumental in erecting anew business highway sign on Routes 22-322 West. Businesses paid to havetheir advertisement on the sign but MCSI's cost to have the sign erected wasapproximately $2,000. New Welcome to Millerstown Signs were placed atthe entrances to the Borough in memory of different citizens who madedonations to help with the signs but MCSI's share of the costs was againapproximately $1,800. Lighting to the Millerstown sign off the exit fromRoutes 22-322 west was added at a cost of over $1,600 and the flag pole inthe town square was lit with outlets added at another cost of over $1,800.Since its inception, MCSI has cleaned the town square 2 times a year and hasprovided new cigarette butt receptacles in addition to donated ones from areabusinesses. The group is also responsible for the planting and maintaining ofthe floral displays in the Millerstown Square.Various donations have been made to other organizations' projects, theMillerstown Lions Club received $5,000 to help purchase the new LED lightsand tree that light up the town during the Christmas holiday, the GreenwoodPTO received a $2,000 donation to help build a new playground facility at theelementary school, the Historical Society of Perry County received another$2,000 to help with projects to improve the historical Cochran-Anspach homeon Market Street owned by the society and the Millerstown Fire Company hasreceived donations to help with their Christmas in Millerstown projects. Thereis no end to the ways that MCSI has helped to improve and make a goodcommunity even better, and the group owes those who have supported theirefforts over the years a debt of gratitude. The group is seeking interestedcitizens in the area to join them on their Board of Directors or just as volunteerswith their projects. They meet the last Thursday of each month at theMillerstown Borough building at the end of High Street; meetings are held at 7pm and usually last just one hour. Interested persons can communicate withthe group's president, Teresa Hunker at 717-512-0140 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.Millerstown Community Success, Inc. - MCSIIn August, 2003, discussions began to take place regarding the appearance ofour town square and the approaches into town, as well. Local resident CurtBlack saw a need and a purpose for both visual and physical improvements,and with only a few phone calls, got a strong response from othertownspeople. Many meetings have taken place at Borough Hall since that time,and the following ideas have been or will be implemented. First of all, this verywebsite was discussed and approved before the Borough Council at theirNovember 2003 meeting.In the first step necessary to begin the mission, new officers were voted on andinstalled at the January 2004 meeting. This is due to state and federalregulations pertaining to non-profit organizations seeking to obtain grants andfunding for community projects and improvements. The present committee nowconsists of the following volunteers :Teresa Hunker, PresidentHarold Brookhart, Vice PresidentSherry Black, TreasurerShelby Hile, SecretaryBoard of Directors ...Curt Black, Larry, Shelby and Clint Hile, Donna Showers, Harold & OlgaBrookhart.Committee Chairs - Funding- Curt Black, Beautification- Shelby Hile,Christmas in Millerstown- Donna ShowersSupporting Members ... Mid Savercool, Pastor Bob Meyer, Annette Levan,Bob Finicle.The purpose of this organization is to beautify and revitalize the borough ofMillerstown while preserving its historical significance.Millerstown is a small rural community in northeastern Perry County. It is theoldest planned community in the county and at one time had the most stonebuildings in the state of Pennsylvania. The surrounding area is agriculture basedland and the borough is home to people employed in the town and surroundingareas, including Harrisburg and Lewistown.We are asking you to support our endeavors. We realize that we will need tomeet our goals and objectives without burdening the citizens of Millerstown.Your support, either personally, financially, technically, or politically will begreatly appreciated.Sincerely,The volunteers of Millerstown Community Success, Inc.MCSI recently donated money towards the new square decorations/lights.MCSI also just purchased the wagon for the square! It will be decorated for allthe seasons and incorporated into the square beautification.
Please contact Teresa Hunker with questions/concerns/suggestions, or would like to help or join MCSI. firstname.lastname@example.org