Congratulations to the Eisenhower High School Band members selected to attend the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Band Festival taking place this weekend in Cameron County. The talented music students selected this year to participate are Senior - Brady Keister playing the clarinet, Sophomore - Greg Mizak playing the trumpet, and Senior - Samantha Conklin playing the alto saxophone.
Photo by Candis Rieder
Eisenhower Middle/High School was honored to have three students selected to attend the PMEA District Band Festival taking place this weekend in Cameron County. They are Brady Keister, Greg Mizak and Samantha Conklin.
Congratulations to Michael Spencer from Eisenhower High School. Michael was selected to attend the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 2, 3, & 5 Orchestra Festival January 27-29, 2011. He was on of over 150 students who participated from around the Northwestern region of Pennsylvania. The festival was hosted by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA and the guest Conductor was Daniel Meyer, conductor of the Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
The Sugar Grove Borough Council held their monthly meeting on Monday, February 7th. A larger than normal turnout of community individuals attended this month's meeting. Council Members in attendance were Jerry Bloomgren, Kevin Nicklas, Neal Hosington, Kevin McIntyre, Mayor Dutch Strand, Bob Snyder, Kathy Buerkle, Dave Slater and secretary, Karla LoPresti.
The large attendance was due to the presentation brought by Dan Glotz, Director of Warren County Planning and Zoning. Glotz made a presentation on the history of why the zoning ordinance was adopted in the 1960's for a number of communities in Warren County. Presently, the Warren County Planning and Zoning covers a number of boroughs and townships. Clarendon, Sugar Grove and Tidioute Boroughs as well as Columbus, Conewango, Eldred, Elk, Farmington, Glade, mead, Pine Grove, Pleasant, and Southwest Townships. Glotz also explained changes made to the Warren County Zoning ordinances when it was revised in 1986.
Glotz was thanked by the Mayor and the Council for taking the time to make this presentation and the Council will take some time to review his recommendation and the process.
In other business the Council was informed that Justin Darr has been named as the new Fire Chief of the Sugar Grove Volunteer Department. Additional business that was discussed included the upcoming Geocashing event in the area, Fire Committee Classes, and Snow removal issues. Presently, the total for snowplowing and removal this winter has totaled $10, 621. Due to the harsh winter conditions, that amount is expected to continue to grow and will eventually exceed the budgeted amount for the year. Council President Kevin McIntyre would like to remind all Sugar Grove residents to take precautions and think of safety first when removing ice from their rooftops this winter.
The Council meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m. The next Council meeting will be on March 7th.
VITA personnel affiliated with RSVP will be available at the Sugar Grove Free Library and at the Sugar Grove Borough building to assist with free 2010 tax preparation.
Appointments at the Sugar Grove Library will be every Thursday (with the exception of Feb. 24) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To schedule an appointment at the Library call anytime at 489-7872.
Appointments at the Sugar Grove Borough Building will be every Wednesday starting Feb. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Borough building, you can call 489-8668.
Please make sure to bring all your pertinent tax information paperwork.
The Warren County School District will hold the Sugar Grove Elementary School Kindergarten Registration for the 2011-2012 school year, on Thursday, Feb. 17. Parents of students who will be attending Kindergarten next year are asked to please come and register their children. Times for registration will be 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. In an effort to make registration convenient for working parents, there will also be an evening registration time held from 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Registration packets which parents are required to fill out may be picked up prior to the day of registration. There will also be vision and health services screening available for the new students at this time. For more information, please contact the local Elementary School or the Warren County School District.
Many area volunteers, businesses, and organizations have donated to refill our local Sugar Grove Food Pantry. The food pantry is daily in operation to help out those in need in the Sugar Grove Community. If you are in need of food items this holiday season, please contact the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church at 489-3105 for information on how you can make an appointment with a volunteer who can assist you in receiving needed food items.
A community lunch is provided at the local area churches. The first Friday of each month lunch is provided at the Mission Covenant Church. The 2nd Thursday lunch is provided at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The third Wednesday lunch is provided at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Chandlers Valley United Methodist Church will be having a community lunch on the 4th Monday of the month starting at 11:30 a.m. The first luncheon will be held on Feb. 28. The public is invited.
There is a fundraising Raffle at the Sugar Grove Free Library to benefit the library operations. The quilt is a queen size sunflower pattern donated by Linda Kane Eckman owner of Creative Threads of Frewsburg, NY. Donations for raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The drawing will be held Feb. 28. For more information stop in the Library.
The EMHS Band Boosters are currently selling tickets for a 300 Club drawing. This takes place at the Frewsburg Legion located at 9 Meadow Lane, in Frewsburg, N.Y. on Saturday, Feb. 19th. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the drawing starting at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $10 each and one ticket admits 2 people. There will be a Chinese Auction, and a light dinner will be served. Parents of students in concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and marching band have tickets available. This fundraiser benefits all the instrumental programs at Eisenhower. If you are interested purchasing tickets you can also contact Mark Napolitan at 757-9357 or Kathy Mizak at 757-8766.
The EMHS Band Boosters are also doing a Bon-Ton Community Day fundraiser on Feb. 26. Coupon booklets will be sold for $5. Contact the Band Office or a band member for more information.
The Second Harvest Food Bank distribution from it's mobile food pantry will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church located at 210 Jamestown Street is the host site for the Northern part of Warren County for this program. Second Harvest is the major supplier of food to charitable agencies throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania. They obtain products from the organization's warehouse and distribute them to individuals and families facing hard times in 11 counties.