Sugar Grove Area News In Brief



Hunger Games

The Sugar Grove Library and the Sugar Grove community are hosting the inaugural Hunger Games tomorrow, Saturday, June 1. This will be an event like no other. Come down and watch the excitement and visit vendor booths. There is plenty of food and fun happening all day.

There will be rock climbing, bungee running, archery, obstacle courses, races geocaching, laser tag, hoop shoots, baseball throws, and more. There will be events for the younger crowd as well including a magic show, games, and crafts.

It is all happening in the streets of Sugar Grove beginning at 10 a.m. Come on down to the Fire Hall/Elementary School area and join in.

Sugar Grove Cruise-In

The 18th Annual Sugar Grove Cruise In was held on Friday, May 24. Even though many of the visitors felt they needed their coats and gloves, there was a great attendance and more than 100 cars entered the show. This event is hosted by the Sugar Grove Community Development Council and we want to thank everyone who helped out.

Thank you also to the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department for providing the Chicken BBQ.

Miles for Missions

The Otterbein United Methodist Church will be holding its third Annual Miles for Missions 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 1 starting at the church in Pittsfield. This year we are adding a 10K for those interested in a longer run. Previously the monies raised benefited a mission trip to Haiti and this year the mission’s team is planning a stateside mission’s trip in the fall.

It is a flat course on quiet 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 for late registration by mail or at the race.

For more information, call Otterbein UMC at 563-3333, Lisa Bush at 706-6067, or Paul Williams at 688-0092. Forms may also be downloaded at

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, June 12, 19, 26, July 10 and 11. Join us and “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.

Eisenhower Awards


The Eisenhower Middle Senior High School will be holding its Senior Awards program on June 5 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 contact Karen Wiltsie in the school office at 757-8878 or email her at to make sure your awards are listed in the school program for the day.


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Community Lunch


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.

Note that the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will not be holding a luncheon during June, July and August. They will be on a summer break.

Graduation Celebration

The Imaginative Preschool of the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church held its Preschool Graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in the SGFM Activity Building. Congratulations to all those students heading on to Kindergarten.

Nyla Luvison 5K

The 11th Annual Nyla Luvison Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, July 13. The start time is 9:30 a.m. and the starting line is at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall. The cost to register is $15 if you pre-register by June 19. The cost after that time will be $20.

Registration forms can be sent to Sharon Harris, 22 Greenbriar Circle, Russell, PA 16345. Registration forms can found at local businesses. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 150 entrants. Proceeds for the event are equally divided between the Cancer Care Center at Warren General Hospital and the EMHS Cross Country teams.

Benefit Dinner

In April, Melissa Swanson Braley was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and required surgery. Melissa began treatments in May. Sadly she lost her battle with cancer this past week. Tom, her husband, has been working through this as much as possible while caring for their two young daughters, Taylor age 12 and Caidy age 6.

Due to the bills they have been incurring and no medical coverage, they have not only been fighting cancer but also financial hardships. Their family and friends will be holding a benefit on Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Russell Fire Hall. The benefit will have a Chicken BBQ dinner, Chinese auction, live auction, bake sale, and music.

Help support this family by donating gift certificates or gift cards towards the auctions. Any donations given whether big or small are appreciated. Also, mark your calendars to plan to come our and support this event in June 15.

Barnyard Classic

Sign up now for the Eisenhower Barnyard Classic Basketball 3 on 3 tournament. The event this year will be happening Saturday, June 29 on 10 permanent outdoor courts. For more information or to register your team, go to

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 hardbacks 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.

Read and join us for our fun book club meeting.

Township Meeting

The Sugar Grove Township meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 is cancelled due to a lack of quorum.