By CANDIS RIEDER
A Sugar Grove
A Sugar Grove Christmas
Tonight is the 5th Annual Sugar Grove Christmas Walk. Be in the Park at 5 p.m. for the arrival of Santa and then travel through town to see all the holiday happenings. Pick up a map at the local businesses of all the ongoing events from 5 to 7 p.m.
Pearl Harbor Anniversary
On Dec. 7, the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the AMVETS hosted a dinner for World War II veteran members. Those in attendance were, front row, AMVETS officers Pete Glotz, Mandy Hitchcock, Commander Travis Hitchcock and John VanDeWark; Seated, Henry Stec, Walter Cline, Morton Williams and Frank Coffaro; standing, Gail Hunter, Ted Faust, Walter Langford, John Rupczyk, PNC Gary Fry, Charles Peterson, Past Post Commander Jeff VanArsdale, George Bush and Officer Jim Hannon.
Toys for Tots
The Sugar Grove AMVETS Post 50 hosted a fundraising event to support the Warren County Marine Corps Chapter of Toys for Tots. Picking up the toys and donation from AMVETS Past National Commander Gary Fry is Marine Corps Chairman of the Warren Toys for Tots Program Mike Madigan, member of the J.H. Pendleton Detachment Marine Corps League. Missing from photo is Post 50 Commander Travis Hitchcock.
The Sugar Grove Community will hold its 5th Annual Christmas Walk this year on Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be live music throughout the town and well as many activities. Our stores will be open and local organization will be participating, each with its own activities or events including living windows, live nativity scenes, art exhibits, costume characters, face painting, contests and drawings at participating merchants, Christmas cookies everywhere you look, donut making, treat bags and hot beverages, hay rides, live animals and much more. Mrs. Santa will host a reading at the Sugar Grove Library with crafts for children to make with hot chocolate and outside marshmallow fire roasting. See the listing below for details of happenings at each location.
Of course, a Christmas event is not complete without the arrival of Santa. He will be coming to the park with the help of our local fire department at exactly 5 p.m. Be on hand in the park to see his official arrival. Flyers are located in the Sugar Grove businesses so pick one up with your map of activities for the evening.
Thank you to all the merchants and local groups listed below that have volunteered to provide special events throughout town for the evening. During the evening you will find: The Christmas Train ride provided by George Hedlund traveling in the Main Street/Jamestown Street area. The AMVETS Post 50 and AMVETS Auxiliary with a hot dog stand in the town park and many of them dressed up in costume characters helping with the arrival of Santa Claus, Hebner's Town Styling will have refreshments and specials with stocking stuffers, McKinney's Funeral Home will have window displays, Wilcox Brothers will have a number of activities happening in the center of town.
There will be special drawings and refreshments along with the EMHS and SGES Elementary School art work displayed throughout the store. They will also have a barbershop quartet and Catering Plus will be on hand to have a homemade cookies decorating display in the store. The American Legion Post 758 and Julie Greenman Photography will both have window displays at Wilcox Brothers. The EMHS orchestra and EHS choir students will provide music both inside and on the outside deck. The Warren County Dairy Princess and the Bear Lake Church will also both provide refreshments on the outside deck locations. Darlings Pharmacy will have hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and a children's coloring contest through December. Their drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Town and Country Food Center will have treats, face painting and temporary tattoos. The Bucket Cafe will have treat bags and holiday painted windows and the Free Methodist Church will be singing outside the Bucket Cafe. Linda's Floral will be providing refreshments. The Outpost will be having a living window display and refreshments. The Sugar Grove Soft Serve will have a spin the wheel game to win Christmas in July treats. Bob's Discount Foods will have hot mulled cider and Christmas cookies and a drawing to win a box of food worth $100. The United Methodist Church will have the sidewalk triangle lit with its luminaries and the church educational center will be open with refreshments. New Beginnings will have a gift card drawing. Schuylers will be serving hot drinks, PNC Bank will have cookies outside the bank, the Sugar Grove Free Library will be hosting its Mrs. Claus event, with the EHS Orchestra playing inside from 5 to 6 p.m.
Bill Gourley will be providing free hayrides throughout the borough traveling in the School Street/Curtis Street area, the SGVFD will assist Santa with his arrival and the Fire Hall will also have homemade donuts and cider during the evening. They are also having a house lighting contest and a Chinese Auction. The Laundromat will have a drawing for children and the Presbyterian Church will be serving home made cookies.
Check out the new revised Sugar Grove website. You just might be surprised at all the changes. Visit www.sugargrovepa.com for all the news, information, and background about our community.
The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend any or all of the lunches.
Each month lunch is held on the first Friday of the month at the Mission Covenant Church at the corner of Matthews Run and Jackson Run roads. On the second Thursday of each month at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at the corner of Race and Jamestown streets in the center of town. On the third Wednesday of the month at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church located in Chandlers Valley.
Everyone is invited to attend.
The Warren County School District be on Christmas Break from Monday, Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. School will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
Red Kettle Campaign
The local churches will once again be ringing the bell for the local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign throughout the holiday season. The kettle will once again be located outside of the Town and Country Food Center. Each weekend the Kettle was manned by volunteers.
The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise donations for those who need it most by providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless other programs. Local volunteers will begin ringing this weekend and continue each weekend through Christmas Eve.
The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church, located at 210 Jamestown St.,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.
The next Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Saturday, Dec.21 opening at 8 a.m. The local Sugar Grove food pantry is in need of canned soup and other various canned goods. If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church.
The January choice for the Sugar Grove Free Library Book Club is selected by Marjean Hawkins is a book by Lenore Skomal called "Third Willow". Lenore Skomal is an author from Erie. The library has arranged for her to participate in book discussion by Skype or in person, if the weather is nice. Copies of the book are currently available at the library. The meeting will be Jan. 27. Call the library if you have any questions on participating in the SGFL book club.
EMHS Choirs will present a Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Warren State Hospital Interfaith Chapel. Due to ongoing renovations at Eisenhower High School our concert will be presented off-site this year. Choirs that will be participating in the concert will be the 8th grade chorus, 7th grade chorus, Reflections, and Senior Choir. All will perform under the direction of Denise Pearson.
There is no charge for admission although donations are accepted. We hope all those who make this a yearly tradition and join us for the holiday concert will come to the State Hospital Chapel for our concert. In case of bad weather or a school cancellation our snow date for the concert will be Friday evening, Dec. 20.
On Dec. 7, the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the AMVETS Post 50 Ladies Auxiliary and AMVETS Post 50 officers hosted a dinner for World War II veteran members. Some of the regular WW II attendees were unable to attend this year. We missed them and the opportunity to restate to them how much our community appreciates their service to our country.