Keep Perry County Beautiful, formerly PA CleanWays of Perry County, was formed in 2009 with support from the Perry County Conservation District and the Perry County Commissioner’s Office.
Keep Perry County Beautiful participates in an annual friendly rivalry called the “Tire Wars” with other KPB affiliates; Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful and PA CleanWays of Mifflin County. The “Gold Rim Award” is given to the affiliate who collects the most tires at a specific collection event, helping to remove unsightly tires and mosquito breeding grounds from the landscape.
In 2023, Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful won the “Gold Rim Award” by collecting 1,537 tires, Keep Perry County collected 737 tires and PA CleanWays of Mifflin County won the “Flat Tire Award” by collecting 397! Winning or losing, every tire collected helps to keep our communities clean and beautiful!
Congratulations to Keep Perry County Beautiful’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year, Sante DeMichiel!
Sante, a resident of the Millerstown Borough, has been an active volunteer for the Perry County Conservation District since 2017. He has been a part of their 2017 Tire War, 2019 E-Cycling, 2021 Juniata River Cleanup, 2022 Shermans Creek Cleanup, 2022 Tire War, and the 2023 Tire War.
Sante made an especially importantimpact out at the 2023 Tire War event. Sante helped take charge immediately hauling tires and was a great leader throughout the entire event. At the Conservation District, he is known as one of their favorite volunteers and is always willing to help whether it is assisting us at recycling events or scavenging Shermans Creek for unwanted trash. Sante is kind, proactive, and unquestionably deserving of this award.