The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department turns 80 years old this summer, and on Saturday, June 23, there are many events planned to celebrate the occasion.
Farewell, Mrs. Strand
Sugar Grove Elementary School says goodbye and happy retirement Mrs. Linda Strand, who organized the front office and helped the students, families, and staff for 22 years.
Fire Hall Jubilee
Madison, Ashley, and Brielle work hard painting artwork for their parade float. Many organizations and groups are planning floats and displays for the 80th Jubilee Parade which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 11 a.m.
Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a parade through the borough. The parade will start on School Street at the elementary school and travel to Pleasant Street, Curtis Street, up Race Street to Main Street and then travel one block down Jackson Run Road back to School Street.
Note there will be no parking on Main Street from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There are honor guards, floats, fire trucks and more so come on out to view the parade.
All activities for the day will take place in the fire hall area. At noon, the fire hall will hold a Chicken BBQ along with an afternoon of carnival games and fun. From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be quarter bingo inside the fire hall. From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a teen dance and at 8 p.m. there will be an adult dance. DJ provided by the Kennedy Fire Department. 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 yinterested in either one can call Amanda at 730-3490.
Goodbye, Mrs. Strand
After 29 years, Sugar Grove Elementary School bids farewell to Mrs. Linda Strand. She has been located on the front lines providing service to our students, parents, teachers, and staff in the school office. The Sugar Grove School has been pleased to have her in our office for 22 of those years. Her other years were spent at the Pittsfield Elementary School.
In addition to operating the SGES office, she has been the go-to person and first contact for all our students and their parents. We estimate that she has seen more than 1,500 different students come through our doors over the years.
One of the challenging parts of any school secretary's job is the arrival of a new principal. Throughout her years, Linda has had nine different principals and six of them were "first-time" principals. We asked Mrs. Strand what she will miss the most after leaving the school, "Of course, I will miss the kids and the laughing everyday with my teacher friends. I don't know what I will do next to keep busy."
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.
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 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 got started. A pizza party is held on the last day. The fun continues on June 27 and July 11 at 6 p.m.. Class size is limited so register early. For more information, stop in or call 489-7872.
Creative Card Class
The Sugar Grove Free Library will hold its monthly Creative Card Class. Monday, July 9 class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Two birthday cards will be created, one using the heat embossing technique and the other embellishments. A special "Christmas in July" class is also planned for Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two unique gift card holders, gift tags and a greeting card will be the projects; using punches, templates and paper folding techniques.
Cost for the regular monthly class is $8 and for the "Christmas in July" class $16. Whether a beginner or experienced card maker, make plans to join us for some creative fun. Contact the library at 489-7872 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, sign-up and small supplies needed list.
Vacation Bible School
The Vacation Bible School Program for the Lottsville/Sugar Grove charges of the United Methodist church will be held this year at the Lottsville United Methodist church. The theme is BABYLON! The dates are June 24th-29th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Please come and join us it promises to be loads of fun.
Sugar Grove Library Book Club is open to anyone who would like to attend. This month the club meets on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Don't forget to get a copy of The Night Circus for this month.
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 missions 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. Registration fee is $18 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 benefit the Lady Knights Basketball Team.
The Second Harvest Food Pantry will hold its Mobile Food Pantry at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church, 210 Jamestown St., on Saturday, June 23. The doors open at 8 a.m. and food distribution will begin at 10 a.m.
The 10th annual Nyla Luvison 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. The starting point for the race will be the Sugar Grove Fire Hall on School Street.
Runners please note this year's new start time 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15 if pre-registered by June 18 or $20 anytime after that. Registration will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall.
The age divisions will be 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-65, and 66-plus. T-shirts are guaranteed to first 150 entrants. Awards will be given for the first male and female overall, top three male and female finishers in each age group. The Children's Fun Run is free and will be held at the conclusion of the 5K. All kids get something for their efforts.
Proceeds are equally divided between the Cancer Care Center at Warren General Hospital and the Eisenhower High School cross country teams. A Chicken BBQ dinner will be available at the fire hall starting at 10:30 a.m. on race day at a cost of $8 per meal.
Entry form can be found at www.warrenpa.net/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/10th-Annual-Nyla-Luvison-Run.pdf.