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LOCK HAVEN – A new room has been dedicated at the Piper Aviation Museum, in honor of longtime volunteer, the late John Bryerton.

The Museum’s Board of Trustees, along with a good crowd of Museum volunteers, local leaders and community members, and members of the Bryerton family were on hand Thursday for the grand opening. Bryerton’s wife, Lana, and their children, Lisa Lucas and Justin Bryerton, led the Museum’s Board of Trustees in cutting a ribbon to officially open the new hall.

As part of his comments, Museum President Ron Dremel said John considered adding a floor to what was then a two-story hangar section. The new space, approximately 2,500 square feet, extends the Museum’s footprint to the second floor. Already, the John Bryerton Room houses an L-4 Grasshopper, the military version of Piper’s J-3 Cub, and a Vagabond, the first of Piper’s short-wing aircraft, with space for additional exhibits. An overhead garage door at the rear of the new hall serves as a mezzanine, allowing visitors to have unobstructed views of a variety of aircraft on display below in the Museum’s first-floor hangar.

“We added the floor for this new room a few years ago, and then COVID hit,” Dremel said. “We are therefore happy to complete the project – to fulfill John’s dream – this year, in time to help us have enough space to house some additional aircraft that have recently been donated to the Museum.”

Bryerton died in April at the age of 80, after a nearly 60-year career in the aviation industry. He had worked for Piper Aircraft for 20 of those years and in 1980 he started his own engineering and consulting company, General Aviation Technical Services (GATS). John had devoted much of his time and talent to the Piper Aviation Museum, including serving as Chairman of the Board for 10 years. A framed photo of John, complete with a beautiful plaque that says, “For his commitment, his contributions and his vision”, hangs at the entrance to the new room.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU The John Bryerton Room at the Piper Aviation Museum currently houses two Piper aircraft, with room for other exhibits.

In addition to Dremel, the program included remarks from Michelle McCain on behalf of State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz; Angela Harding, Clinton County Commissioner, former Piper Museum Board Member; and Chamber/Tourism Manager Julie Brennan with the Clinton County Economic Partnership.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU Center left, Lana Bryerton, wife of the late John Bryerton, and her children Lisa and Justin, cut the ribbon to officially open the new John Bryerton Hall at the Piper Aviation Museum. Also pictured, left to right, the Museum’s second vice-president, Calvin Arter; First Vice President Charlie Rosamilia; the Bryerton family; museum board members Clyde Smith, Steve Gundy and Jason Marr; Chairman of the Board Ron Dremel; Secretary Cathy Redmond; and Treasurer Josh Grimes.

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