Sugar Grove Area News in Brief

Americanism Essay

Winner

Recently Julia Bauer from Eisenhower Middle High School won first place in her age category for the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 758 Award for her essay. While we had numerous winners from the area we wanted to give you the opportunity to read Julia’s essay on being an American. Enjoy- Happy Fourth of July to all.

“Being an American is truly a blessing that most people take for granted. Living in America, we have countless rights and freedoms that citizens of other countries could only dream of. For this reason, we should have pride in being an American.

“Having pride in being American or Patriotism is defined as “positive and supportive attitudes to a father land” (Webster’s Dictionary.). Knowing this, I can show my pride in being American by doing positive things for my country (following laws, being involved in civic activities, and regarding all citizens as family) and supportive things (supporting our troops and other service men, respecting leaders, and by publicly displaying my Americanism).

“Our country’s founding fathers instated laws to “for a more perfect union”, for the good of the United States. It can not be expected for every citizen to agree with these laws, but respecting and abiding them shows your pride in your country as you maintain the boundaries set for you.

“Civic activities can be anything from fighting fires to picking up trash in your local park. Regardless of what you do, by participating in civic activities, you show patriotism. Time is very valuable, so by donating yours to better your community, city, state, or country, you demonstrate a great deal of respect towards your fatherland, and therefore pride in being an American.

“Your fatherland, or country of residence, is composed of all persons living in a nation. Since our constitution states “all men are created equal”, we should treat all residents of American equally, kindly, even as family. By giving a helping hand and reaching out to those in need, we show our pride in being an American, treating others how we would like to be treated in return.

“All the service men of our country give up a big part of their lives to keep us safe. By supporting them, we take pride in being Americans, having the privilege of knowing we are safe and protected. Giving our time and resources to uphold our troops, firemen, policemen, and countless others that sacrifice so much for the good of our country shows our patriotism.

“Patriotism goes beyond actions, reaching into the realms of thoughts and conversation. As Americans, we should respect our leaders, regardless of our political views or opinions. Our government is a huge representation of our country so even if we don’t necessarily agree, we should always be respectful. By respecting them, we in turn respect our country.

“Standing up at sporting events for the anthem, saying the pledge every morning before school, and flying a flag at my home is a simple yet sincere way that I show my pride in being an American every day. It shouldn’t have to be hard, but showing your patriotism should be an essential part of your life, no matter how you choose to show it.”

Nyla Luvison 5K

Run/Walk

The 12th Annual Nyla Luvison 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for next Saturday, July 12 at 9:30 a.m. The starting point for the race will be the Sugar Grove Fire Hall on School Street.

Runners should note this year’s start time is 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20; registration will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall.

The age divisions for the race will be 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-65, and 66 plus. T-shirts are guaranteed to first 150 entrants. Awards will be given for the first male and female overall, top three male and female finishers in each age group. The Children’s Fun Run for all the little ones is free and will be held at the conclusion of the 5K. All little participants get something for their efforts.

Proceeds from the event are equally divided between the Cancer Care Center at the Warren General Hospital and the Eisenhower High School Cross Country Teams. A BBQ chicken dinner will be available at the fire hall on race day. A race entry form can be found at the www.sugargrovepa.com webpage.

Community Lunches

The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Note that the United Methodist Church and the Mission Covenant Church will be taking a summer break from community lunches during July and August. On the third Wednesday of the month at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church located in Chandlers Valley. Everyone is invited to attend.

Flea Market

The Chandlers Valley Community Center, a nonprofit organization, at 6250 Jackson Run Rd., will be having a Flea Market every third Saturday of the month through Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. At this time, there are openings for vendors. A 10 x 10 space will be $10.00 and a 20 x 20 space will be $15.00. Vendors will be set up in the Chandlers Valley ball field. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or you would like more information on the event, you can contact Marlene Falconer at 489-3760.

Sportsmen’s Challenge

The Chandlers Valley Community Center is looking for vendors for the upcoming fall Sportsmen’s Challenge. The challenge will take place on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will include the people pull, judged pie baking contest, pie auction, judged photo contest, children’s games and events, a Chinese auction, lawn mower obstacle course, corn hole tournament, sportsmen’s challenge, pre-1965 farm tractor cruise in, craft vendors, food vendors, flea market, and more.

Anyone interested in joining us for any or all of these events or needing more information on becoming a vendor can contact Marlene Falconer at 489-3760.

Sale Days

The community will once again be holding its Annual Sugar Grove Sale Days event on Saturday, July 26. If you would like to rent a spot for your sale you can do so at the United Methodist Church parking lot or the Sugar Grove Fire Hall.