By CANDIS RIEDER
Eisenhower High School held its Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, June 3 in the auditorium. Pastor Todd Venman and Pastor Rick Rohlin were the special speakers. The Knights will honor its 2012 senior class Friday evening at the graduation ceremony in the EMHS gymnasium.
The Imaginative Preschool held its annual Graduation Celebration on Thursday, May 31. Congratulations to all those moving on to kindergarten.
RES/SGES Picnic Day
Everyone came together to enjoy the first Russell Elementary School and Sugar Grove Elementary School combined picnic day on Wednesday, May 30. Parents, siblings, and students all received a warm welcome from the RES staff along with a day of fun, information, and a picnic lunch. Pictured are the Rutsky and Honsberger families.
The 2011-12 graduation of the Imaginative Preschool took place on Thursday, May 31 in the Sugar Grove Free Methodist gymnasium. The students provided a year in review video and presented songs and program for their families prior to receiving their diplomas.
The students will either move on to kindergarten at their local schools or move into the 4- and 5-year-old class at the preschool.
The graduates in the 4- and 5-year-old class were Brock Borland, Annettee Carrington, Cali Chapman, Jordan Chase, Nathan Ciprich, Logan Degnan, Callan Gigliotti, Seth Jensen, Peyton Kellogg, Gerald Leighton, Owen Martin, Talon Mesel, Cedric Miller, Addison Pillar, Ciara Sherwood, Jonathan Sirianni, and Griffin Williams.
The graduates in the 3- and 4-year-old classes were Allie Barr, Brady Classon, Layla Edwards, Riley Evan, Lainey Font, Miranda Gates, Brayden Johnson, Drake Lawson, Alexis McDonald, Deirdre Nelson, Andrew Spiesman, Ella Wiltsie, Lillian Cathcart, Addelyn Drum, Elliott Gonzalez, Derek Guiher, Leyna Irwin, Meea Irwin, Tanner Lookenhouse, Shawn Miller, Alaina Toplovich, Maxwell Uber, and Peyton Weilacher.
Fire Hall Jubilee
The Sugar Grove Fire Department turns 80 years old this summer. On June 23, to celebrate the 80th, Jubilee there are many events planned.
At 11 a.m. there will be a parade through the borough. The parade route is still being determined. At noon the Fire hall will hold a Chicken BBQ along with an afternoon of carnival games and fun. From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a teen dance and at 8 p.m. there will be an adult dance. All events will be taking place at the Fire Hall and the surrounding area. From 5 to 11 p.m. there will also be a Mechanical Bull contest. Registration for that event will begin at the Fire Hall at 4 p.m. There is a $100 prize to the longest riding male and female.
Vendors and Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in either one call Amanda at 730-3490.
Six special flags have been intermingled among the many U.S. flags which adorn the posts and homesteads of Sugar Grove Borough. Those six flags are hand-crafted replicas of the Star Spangled Banner, the flag of the United States during the War of 1812.
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the war in which many of Sugar Grove's earliest residents fought to protect America from foreign invasion, the Star Spangled Banner consists of 15 stars and 15 stripes. Most noted as the inspiration for the American national anthem, the flag was an inspiration for those early Sugar Grove residents including the heads of families like Alger, Blodgett, Bullock, Ellis, Gray, Nichols, Pierce, Pratt, Langdon, Lopus and Miles.
Two of the flags have been placed by Sweeney Resources LLC in memory of Richard Bishop Miller and Henry Catlin, both veterans of the war and early anti-slavery advocates in Sugar Grove. While other Star Spangled Banners are still available for sponsorship, thanks is expressed to the Sugar Grove American Legion for the purchase of the balance of current U.S. flags for display on Main Street and throughout the community.
To purchase a Star Spangled Banner, contact Sugar Grove Borough at email@example.com.
EMHS will hold its graduation ceremony on Friday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The last day of school will be Friday, June 8. Students will be excused after half of the day is completed.
The Sugar Grove Free Library will once again hold a summer program. This four-week reading program is offered to all children from kindergarten to high school seniors. This year's theme "Go Green" will be incorporated into the books that are read.
Participants will enjoy fun crafts and explore the different ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose items from around their house. Prizes will be given to the most books read as well as for the most interesting project that incorporates recycling to help the environment. The library will have two local young authors that have published and sold their books come to the library to explain how they started. A pizza party will be held on the last day.
The fun begins Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. and then continues on June 20, 27 and July 11. Class size is limited so register early. For more information, stop in or call 489-7872.
Creative Card Class
Come and join us at the library for the creative card class. Meetings are held once a month with a special Christmas in July party where you can make a card or work on your own creations. At the monthly meetings you can create two cards, one of which is always a Christmas card so that when that time of the year rolls around again you can send beautiful hand-crafted cards to all your friends and relatives. The library is also in the process of setting up a card-making station for community members to come in and try their hand at the art of card making.
The next meeting is June 11 at 6 p.m. The class will meet July 19 and also July 21st for the special Christmas in July. For more information, call the library at 489-7872.
Miles for Missions
The Otterbein United Methodist Church will be holding the second annual Miles for Missions 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 23 starting at the church in Pittsfield. Last year the monies raised helped towards a mission trip to Haiti and this year the mission team is planning a stateside mission trip in the fall.
The course is a flat course on country roads and is perfect for walkers and runners on all ages. T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered entrants and some will be available on the day of the race. The registration fee is $15 if received by June 14 or $18 for late registration by mail or at the race.
For more information, call Otterbein UMC at 563-6666, Lisa Bush at 706-6067, or Paul Williams at 688-0092. Forms may also be downloaded at www.otterbefamily.com if you click on document downloads and select 2012 and Mission.
The annual Eisenhower Barnyard Classic will be held on June 30. In order to maintain the highest quality that everyone has come to expect each year from the classic only the first 100 teams to sign up will be accepted with a maximum of 16 teams in any one bracket.
The tournament will be held outdoors at the Eisenhower High School and every effort will be made to hold the tournament in its entirety on Saturday only. Registration begins on Saturday, June 30 at 7:45 a.m. All teams must be registered 30 minutes prior to their first game. Games will start at 9 a.m. There will also be a boys and girls 3-point contest and a free throw contest.
More information can be found at barnyardclassic.com. All proceeds form the event benefit the Lady Knights Basketball Team.
Are you interested in the Knights Marching Band? Are you an incoming sixth graders or want to learn an instrument or how to twirl a flag? Come to the EMHS Mini Camp and find out all about the Knights Marching Band. In this mini camp you can learn more about what they do at marching band, the time commitments required and all the fun they have.
If you have more questions on the camp you can contact Mr. Napolitan at 757-9357 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.