Fry goes to Washington
Pictured here at the Arlington National Cemetery Veteran’s Day Ceremony are Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, ( in the glasses and blue tie, ) President Obama, and from Sugar Grove the National AMVETS Commander, Gary Fry (in the gold hat).
AMVETS National Commander, Gary Fry, from Sugar Grove, Post #50 had the honor and privilege of attending breakfast at the White House with President and Michelle Obama on Veteran's Day. Fry also spoke with Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki. Concluding the breakfast event a motorcade took the various Veteran Service Organizations to Arlington Cemetery where President Obama was the guest speaker. Fry had the humbling experience of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. Fry's wife Judy, daughter Amy and grandsons Carter and Brady had the pleasure of witnessing the event from their designated AMVETS booth. Later in the day, the group also traveled to the Veterans Day service at the Vietnam Wall.
EMHS honors veterans
The Eisenhower High School spent a portion of their day on Friday, Nov. 11, honoring Veterans and learning more about Veterans Day Observances. John Ferry, Alumni from EHS Class of 1962, is a Veteran and the artist of the large Civil War mural outside the EHS auditorium. He came to speak to students about Veteran's Day. Dressed as Civil War Officer, he chronicled his military career, the history of Veteran's Day and what being a veteran means to him. The special program was opened with the singing of the National Anthem by Fantasia.
Toys for Tots
AMVETS Post #50 is proudly sponsoring a "Toys for Tots" Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, November 27th from 1 - 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, children ages 6-12 will be $3 and anyone under the age of 6 is free. Along with the fundraiser, the Post will be accepting unwrapped Christmas gifts for children in Warren County. All proceeds and donations will go directly to the Warren County Toys for Tots.
Craft and Vendor Show
The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be the place for the Holiday Craft and Vendor show on Saturday, Nov. 19. There will be dozens of vendors tables at the show. Come on out and get a jump start on all your Christmas shopping this weekend at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall.
Holiday Treasure Sale
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will hold its annual Holiday Treasure Sale on Saturday, Nov. 19th from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. This is a "silent auction" of merchandise, services, holiday decorations, gift certificates, toys, food, crafts, and more.
During the designated time of the sale, the public may place written bids on any items they wish. All items are new and will be awarded to the highest bidder. Bidders do not need to be present when the bids are opened after 2 p.m. High bidders will be contacted. Proceeds of the sale are used for the maintenance and upkeep of the church and its parsonage.
Back by popular demand are the Cookie Corner and the Sweet Shoppe, with a large variety of homemade cookies and candies which are pre-priced and available for immediate sale. There will also be a "Kids' Korner" where shopping is limited to children, and nothing is priced over $1. Gift wrapping is free, and Santa will be on hand to take "extra-early" orders from the children.
Sandwiches and ice cream sundaes will be available for a nominal charge for those who need a snack.
The Sugar Grove Community will hold a Thanksgiving Service at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20th. Join us for an evening of praise and thanks.
The Hessel Valley Lutheran Church is hosting a Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the community, on Thursday Nov. 24th (Thanksgiving Day). There will be a single seating at 1 p.m. It will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings served family style. There is no charge and the whole community is welcome, however because there will be only one seating, RSVP is requested to ensure we have room for everyone. Please call (814) 489-3619 or (814) 726-1519 by Wednesday, Nov. 23, to reserve your spot.
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.
Stamp class planned
The Sugar Grove Free Library will be hosting "Stamp out the Winter Blues!" Greeting Card and Rubber Stamping Classes will be on Monday, Nov. 14 from 6 -8 p.m. and Monday, December 12th from 6 -8 p.m. This event is fun for all skill levels. At each class, you will create two greeting cards. With the first card you will be using punches, markers, and glitter to create backgrounds. With the second card you will be using stamp positioner and a die cut machine. Techniques you will learn include double inking, stamping off, and embossing. The cost is just $6 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Please call 489-7872 to reserve a spot
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. The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry held last Saturday on Nov. 12th had 47 volunteers that sorted and gave away 10,000 pounds of food to approximately 170 families. The next Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Saturday, December 17th.
The Warren County School District will not have classes on Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Monday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 29th.
Citrus and soup sale
Eisenhower Choir Support Club is selling citrus (oranges, grapefruit and tangelos) from Florida Indian River Groves and Cooke Tavern Soup mixes. The community is invited to support this fundraiser by buying from a choir family or by calling Donna Blair at 489-5657 or the EMHS music room at 757-9357. Deadline for orders and payment is Nov. 15. Citrus and soups will be delivered to you on Friday, Dec. 2.
Eisenhower Knight-time Players will be presenting their fall production of "Play On", a comedy by Rick Abbot, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 17-19, at 7 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium. This humorous play deals with a group of community members trying to produce a play whose author continually changes lines and characters.
The cast includes students in grades 8-12, and tickets are available at the door. Door prizes will also be given each night- a different basket theme each night for adults, and food certificates and a chance to win a yearbook for students.
It's the 3rd Annual Sugar Grove Christmas Walk happening this year on Friday night, Dec. 9th beginning at 5 p.m. Our Sugar Grove Businesses and groups are coming together again this year to make a memorable evening for children of all ages. Come on out and see all the decorated and living windows, take part in the merchant drawings and give aways, enjoy music of the season, see art exhibits, live animals and more. Dress warm and walk through the beautifully decorated town and visit the merchants through the borough for a variety of Christmas fun and activities.
Live music for the evening will include the Sugar Grove Grade School outside concert starting at 6 p.m., Sugar Grove Free Methodist Singers caroling atop the Bucket Cafe', Live music on the Deck at Wilcox Brothers, and the Roadapple Ridge Band inside Linda's Floral Shop.
Stores will be open and local organizations will be participating, each with it's own activities or event, including living windows, art exhibits from our local schools, costume characters throughout the town, face painting, drawings at participating merchants, Snacks, treat bags and beverages, cookie decorating, hay rides, live animals and more. Chair massages will be available by Erickson's Massage Therapy
Mrs. Santa will host events at the Library and of course, a Christmas event is not complete without Santa. He'll be arriving at the park with the help of Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department at 5 p.m. Participating groups volunteering at this time are the AMVETS and AMVETS Auxiliary, Bucket, Catering Plus, Darling's Pharmacy, Erickson's Massage Therapy, Girl Scouts, Hebners Town Styling, Linda's Floral Shop, The Outpost, PNC Bank, Schylers, Sugar Grove Elementary School, Sugar Grove Free Library, Sugar Grove Laundromat, Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Dept., Sugar Shack, Town & Country, Warren County Dairy Princess, Wilcox Brothers and the local churches
Flyers will be in stores beginning the week of Thanksgiving with a list of events, along with a map, showing the location of each. Mark your calendars for a fun evening.
The Sugar Grove Free Library will be taking part in the Sugar Grove Christmas Walk Event. The Library will have Special guest, Mrs. Claus, reading an assortment of Christmas stories. There will also be Elves on hand to help make Christmas ornaments and writing letters to Santa. Stop by and get your name on our town Christmas list. It is there for everyone young and old to all write their names and what they want for Christmas. The Library will be providing hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies.