Kline's Grocery owner recognized for community service

Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce names Barry Kline the recipient of 2011 James P. Oliver award

September 22, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Barry Kline of Kline's Grocery in Shady Grove, Pa., accepts the 2011 James P. Oliver Award from Joel Fridgen, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday at the Chamber's annual banquet at Green Grove Gardens in Antrim Township, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce on Thursday named Barry Kline of Kline's Grocery as the 2011 James P. Oliver Award recipient for his community service.

In 1977, Kline joined the Shady Grove, Pa., grocery store that was started by his father, Ray Kline, more than 50 years ago. The business is known for its meats and bakery.

Kline, 52, is involved with a host of organizations and causes, including the Shady Grove Ruritan Club, scholarships for Shady Grove residents, Rescue Hose Co., Nittany Lion Club and Penn State's "Thon," and the Fisher House Foundation for housing veterans and military families.

Kline's Grocery provides food for the Grove Food Bank and Greencastle-Antrim High School's golf team, according to Joel Fridgen, the chamber's executive director.

James P. Oliver was a former Greencastle borough councilman who owned Eagle Construction. The award, which recognizes community service, first was granted posthumously to Oliver.

"We've been giving out the award since 1992," Fridgen said.

Kline said he was humbled and embarrassed by the recognition. In his brief remarks after the awards presentation, Kline praised God and thanked community members for their support during his recent cancer treatments.

Barry Kline and his wife, Bonnie, have two grown children. The grocery store on Pa. 16 employs 35 people, 12 of whom are full-time employees.

The chamber hosted its annual banquet at Green Grove Gardens in Antrim Township, Pa. Proceeds from a new silent auction benefited the chamber.

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