By CANDIS RIEDER
Half a Century
Half century of giving
Thank you to Bryce and Isabelle Hanson and their family who have donated the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church’s Christmas trees each year since the early 1940s.
The choirs at Eisenhower High School will be presenting their annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Pictured is the Fantasia Choir which will be one of the choirs sharing holiday music. Left to right are, row one, Allan Jackson, Amanda Morgan, Mollie Marsh, Ashley VanCise; row two, Rachel Enos, Lindsey Keppel, Sharon Harrington; and row three, Cody McMillen, Andrew Childs, Brian Stein.
If you want to know about evergreen trees and the best type to have for Christmas, the Sugar Grove and Chandlers Valley community know to call our local expert, Bryce Hanson.
The Hessel Valley Lutheran Church and the Chandlers Valley community thank Bryce and Isabelle Hanson and their family for years of donating the Christmas trees that have adorned the church each Advent season.
In the 1920s, Bryce's parents, Edgar and Crystel Hanson, planted the Christmas Tree farm on Jackson Run Road. They did not begin selling trees to the community until the 1940s. Ed was also the community school bus driver and often would deliver Christmas trees to places in the area with the bus prior to picking up students. Back then the bus was not like it is today. The bus was more of a covered truck/bus vehicle with movable benches. They added and removed benches depending on how many students were riding in those days.
Every year since the early 1940s the Hanson family has donated a Christmas tree to the Hessel Valley church. The donations were started by Ed and Crystel and they still continue today with Bryce and Isabelle and their family.
for Tots Drive
The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department recently held a Toys for Tots drive and asked their Bingo participants to donate items to the Toys for Tots Christmas Drive. On Nov. 11 the fire department began collecting for the drive.
There is still time if you would like to donate. The fire hall will be accepting money donations as well as toy donations for the Toys for Tots through the Christmas Walk event on Friday, Dec. 14.
Annual Sugar Grove
The fourth annual Sugar Grove Christmas Walk is happening on Friday night, Dec. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. Sugar Grove businesses and groups are coming together again this year to make a memorable evening for children of all ages. Flyers titled, "It's a Sugar Grove Christmas" are located in various business throughout town with maps of events happening throughout the town.
Visitors will see all the decorated and living windows, take part in the merchant drawings and giveaways, enjoy music of the season, see art exhibits, live animals and more. Dress warm and walk through the decorated town and visit the merchants through the borough for a variety of Christmas fun and activities. Live music for the evening will be in various places.
Santa will be arriving on a fire truck with the SGVFD in the Sugar Grove Park at 5 p.m. so be there with your list for Santa all ready to go. AMVETS Post 50 will also have costumed characters in the park and throughout town to visit with you. The AMVETS' hot dog stand will be operating in the park.
Hebner's Town Styling will have refreshments and store specials with one of a kind stocking stuffers. Wilcox Brothers will be a hub of activity in the center of town featuring its windows with art work from the SGES grade school students and EMHS art students. The EMHS Fantasia Choir will be singing holiday favorites on the porch and you can take part in refreshments provided by the Warren County Dairy Princess and court. Erickson's Massage Therapy can massage away that holiday stress. Just stop by the massage chair that will be set up inside the store. Catering Plus will also have holiday cookies decorating demonstrations and you can watch for the American Legion Post 758 holiday window displays and a special glass blowing exhibition in front of the store.
The Bear Lake Church, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Troop 17, PNC Bank, Presbyterian Church, Red Apple and Schulyers will all be serving holiday goodies. At The Town and County Food Center you will find holiday face painting, temporary tattoos and cookies, as well as the Salvation Army. Stop by the Bucket Cafe for treat bags, take part in the children's holiday contest, and view the holiday painted windows. Enjoy the sounds of the Free Methodist Church singing carols from the Bucket balcony. Everyone is welcome to join in and sing along. On Main Street, Linda's Floral will have live music and refreshments, the OutPost will have hot chocolate and cider with free mugs to go, and Bob's Discount store will have refreshments and in-store specials. Stop by the end of Main Street in the triangle to watch the United Methodist Church perform their play, "If Sugar Grove was Bethlehem".
Mrs. Claus will be at the Sugar Grove Library to meet and greet with children and there will be a Christmas ornament and card projects for guests to complete. There is fun planned for both children and adults. Mrs. Claus will be reading books and you can listen while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.
If you stop by the Sugar Grove Borough Building you can hop on a Bill Gourley hay ride throughout the town. The Sugar Grove Laundromat will have special ChrisAnn Crafts, a holiday drawing and refreshments. Darlings Pharmacy is holding a Children's Coloring Contest through December and the final drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. during the walk.
The SGES parent organization is beginning work on its Sugar Grove Elementary Cook Book to be printed in the spring. Parents are reminded to not wait and get your recipes in. Remember to include your child's name and grade with your recipe entries. You can also email recipes in to the cookbook committee by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kindergarten class is sending in recipes for desserts, cookies, and candies. The first grade students are sending in breads and roll recipes. The second grade is sending in main dish recipes. The third grade students are sending in appetizers and beverages. The fourth grade students are sending in soups, stews, chili and salads. The fifth grade students are sending in vegetable and side dish recipes. If you would like to submit recipes that are not in your child's grade that would be great also.
The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend one of the area community lunches.
Each month lunch is held on the first Friday 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 each month the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church will hold its luncheon.
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 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.
The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church, 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. It obtains 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.15, opening at 8:30 a.m.
The holiday break will begin on Monday, Dec. 24 and continue through Jan. 1. School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Library Card Class
Sugar Grove Free Library will hold its monthly Creative Card Class on Monday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Two Christmas cards will be created; one using a framing technique with rubber stamps and layers; the other a letterpress die. Cost for the class is $8. Contact SGFL at 489-7872 or via email at email@example.com for more information, sign-up and small supplies needed list.
The Eisenhower choirs will present their annual Holiday Concert next Thursday evening, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the EMHS auditorium. Middle School Choirs, Senior Choir, Fantasia and Reflections will all sing under the direction of Denise Pearson.
The public is invited to attend and donations will be accepted at the door. The snow date for the event is Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The school will also be having its library book sale open that evening from 6 to 7 p.m.