Dalton E. Paul of Chambersburg returned to his native Brothersvalley Township on June 26 to present the evening's program at the Hillcrest Grange. He selected a program on Animal Adaptation for his presentation at the family organization where he has retained his membership for the past 53 years.
After sharing about his early life in Somerset County and interesting features about being an identical twin, the long-time resident of Franklin County presented a video, "All about Animal Adaptation." He shared about his strong interest in wildlife and the amazing ways that animals have for blending in with nature.
For 25 years, Paul served as a part-time member of the Pennsylvania Game Commission where he worked mainly with law enforcement. He also shared about high school and college studies where he and his twin brother, Doyle E. Paul of Berlin studied together and often scored similar grades on their exams.
Dalton, Doyle and another brother Leon W. Paul — Hillcrest's long-time master — all joined the Hillcrest Grange in 1960 during their high school years at the Berlin Brothersvalley High School.
After graduating from Penn State University, Dalton was employed for six years as an agriculture education teacher at the Chambersburg High School. Afterward he served 32 years at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center as the executive director. Since retirement, he has enjoyed working the past 12 years for the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg.
The evening's speaker shared about his involvement in numerous church and community related activities and always enjoying opportunities for traveling over the mountains to rejoin family and long-time friends at Hillcrest Grange.
"A Cool Breeze" was the title of a devotional presented by Virginia Hay, Hillcrest's chaplain. Many prayers have been shared by Hillcrest members and the community for member Doyle in recent weeks during his convalescence with heart-related problems.
During the business meeting, Hillcrest members discussed early planning for their annual food booth for Mountain Craft Days and spreading the responsibilities among the membership.
Program director David R. Hay shared highlights of Danny Conner Night at Pomona Grange at Kingwood. Allegiance Sunday will be celebrated at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Shade Lutheran Church near Cairnbrook. Pomona Grangers will join various other organizations in assisting with that service.
Hillcrest's July 10 program will feature a program devoted to ritualism and Somerset County. The evening also features judging of Hillcrest's entries in the baking contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Grange. The three classes for judging will be peach pies, chocolate chip bar cookies and peanut butter fudge. All food articles must be made from scratch recipes. No store mixes or store purchases can be used.