Sugar Grove Area News In Brief



Cruise In

The 18th Annual Sugar Grove Cruise In will be happening tonight in the fire hall area of town. This event is hosted by the Sugar Grove Community Development Council. The entry fee is $7.00 per vehicle. Entries will be accepted at the fire hall. The first 100 cars or motorcycles entered will receive a dash plaque sponsored this year by the Bucket Cafe. The Sugar Grove Fire Department will also be holding a Chicken BBQ and other vendors will be on hand. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. rain or shine.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sugar Grove Community Development council. Thank you to all those who volunteer their time and sponsor this event to help make it a success year after year. If you have any questions, please call 489-3125.

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Monday, the Sugar Grove Community is invited to come together to honor servicemen and women. AMVETS Post #50 and American Legion Post #758 will hold this service in the Sugar Grove Town Park beginning at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend this special service.

Summer Reading

This year’s Summer Reading Program at the Sugar Grove Free Library is “Recycle Mania” . The program starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday nights June 12, 19, 26, July 10, and 11. “Go Green” at the Library”. Learn how you can make a difference by recycling, repurposing, reusing and helping the world you live in by reducing what goes into landfills. There will be a Pizza Party on the last day with prizes for the Best Recycled Invention and the Most Books Read. All grades should sign up early as the class size is limited. For more information, call the library at 489-7872

Ike Awards Program

The Eisenhower Middle Senior High School will be holding their Senior Awards program on June 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. This event will announce the 2012-2013 school year scholarship winners. Presenters of any scholarship awards are asked to please contact Karen Wiltsie in the school office at (814) 757-8878 or email her at to make sure your awards are listed in the school program for the day. All award presenters are asked to contact her no later than May 17th.

Photography contest

The Warren Public Library is sponsoring its 5th Teen Photography Contest. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 who are residents of Warren County. Reminder that the person entering the contest must be the one who has photographed the entries. Each contestant is limited to two entries and they may be in black and white or in color and are required to be framed. Get your entry form at the Warren Public Library or download one from the Library’s webpage at All entries must be received no later than Saturday, May 25th.

National Honor Society

The Eisenhower Middle High School recently held its National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society inductions. Jeanette Walter, the EMHS library media specialist and EMHS alumna , delivered the keynote address. Senior members and officers conducted the candle ceremony and Dawn Dietsch, advisor of the National Honor Society, presented new members with their membership cards.

Principal Erik Leamon and teacher Jewel Rozanski also spoke during the ceremony which was immediately followed by reception for new members and their families.Mrs. Nancy Warner, assistant principal, Eric Rozanski and Christina Burns also assisted with the ceremony and reception. New members to the Eisenhower National Honor Society and Eisenhower National Junior Honor Society include: Mollie Marsh, Jessica McCool,William Acklin, Julia Bauer, Jenna Chase, Kellie Coons, Katie Enos, Brent Gerbec , Morgan Hultman, Courtney Jewell, Jacob McCool, Chris Sanders, Elizabeth Satterfield, Tara Sleeman, Shania Spicer, Jaclyn Talasky, Sidney Wallin, Britanny Arp, Kristen Baran, Josef Bauer, Laura Courson, Jocelyn Courtney, Aidan Farrell, Alex Fincher, Zach Fincher, Lydia Giannini, Naomi Haight, Eric Honsberger, Grace Larson, Delaney Marquis, Alyssa Melice , Sydni Miller, Delaney Nizzi, Neil Rossman, TerryLee Talasky, Brodie VanOrd, Brielle Whitney, Brodie Whitney, Mariette Williams, Jared Younger, and Joni Zortman. Congratulations to all.

Lunch schedule

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 1st Friday of the month which will be at the Mission Covenant Church at the corner of Matthews Run and Jackson Run Road. On the 2nd Thursday of each month which will be at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at the corner of Race Street and Jamestown Street in the center of town. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month will be at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church located in Chandlers Valley. Please note that the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will not be holding a luncheon during June, July and August.

Hunger Games

The Sugar Grove Library and the Sugar Grove Community are working on the first Sugar Grove Library Hunger games with a twist on Saturday, June 1. It will be a community street fair that will involve good clean fun competitions and will provide nonperishable food items to fill the local food banks. This event will not only raise funds for the local library, it will assist in replenishing the area food banks. Local businesses are encouraged now to get in on the fun. Contact the Sugar Grove Library at (814) 489-7872 or event chairperson, Mary Passinger at (814) 489-3744 to find out how you or your business can become a sponsor of the event. Vendor forms are now available at the Sugar Grove Library.


The Imaginative Preschool of the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church will hold its Preschool Graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 on Thursday evening, May 30, at 7 p.m. in the SGFM Activity Building. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Come along and help us celebrate as we send the 5-year-old class off to kindergarten.

Green Day

Thank you so much to all those community individuals who participated in Green Day for the Sugar Grove and Russell Elementary Schools this week. This will be the 4th time the students in the area have visited the VanOrd Farm for Green Day. It is just a day for the students to explore nature, hold a chicken, witness a sheep shearing, and just enjoy learning about the outdoors. The Barry and Tammy VanOrd farm is located just outside of Sugar Grove. They strive to be a self-sustaining farm and to teach future generations the same techniques so they too can learn to live a healthy, profitable, self-financing, successful life on a farm. Check out their website at The students this year benefited from the talents shared by the Forest Service- Brittnee Shows, Conservation District-Greg Kolenda, Heather Wilcox, Jean Gomory and Laura Ayers, Retired Educator- Mark Davis, Co-operative Extension Jennifer Grooms and Juliet Enfield, 4-H Members and Farmers Barry VanOrd, The McMillen Family, Tara Sleeman, Carley Martone and Kay and Stewart VanOrd, The EMHS Cross Country Team and Ryan Hoffman, Bird Expert- Don Watts and numerous parent, teacher, and school staff volunteers. Again, Thank you to all who made this a great day at Barry’s Barnyard for the students.

Concert in the Valley

The Chandlers Valley United Methodist Church is hosting Ron Brewer in Concert on May 29 at 7 p.m. and all are invited to join us. Refreshments will be provided after his concert.

Book Club

The Sugar Grove Free Library Book Club will meet June 24. The reading choice for the month is The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout, currently on the New York Times bestseller’s list. Strout is a Pulitzer Prize winner for another of her novels, both which are based in Maine. There are several hard backs at the library to be shared and the library’s Kindle has the book and of course, if you have a Kindle or Nook, go to the library and borrow from it.