Sugar Grove Area News in Brief

Town Meeting


Sugar Grove Borough Council is inviting the community to a town meeting at the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department building on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The council would like community input on the future of the Sugar Grove Elementary School facility.

Music and Movie

in the Park Tonight

Sugar Grove will be having a Town Park Event on Friday, July 25, the evening before Sugar Grove Sale Days.

The local live band “The Flock” will be performing in the park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. They are a group of talented teenagers from the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church. They play a little bit of everything including Christian Rock and Country.

Then at dusk the movie, “Man of Steel” rated PG /148 minutes will be played on an inflatable movie screen outdoors in the park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, snacks and enjoy the music and the show. The event is presented by Sugar Grove Borough Council and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available for a donation and is provided by the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Mark your calendars and come on out for a relaxing night before our day of shopping.

Sale Days

The community will once again be holding its Annual Sugar Grove Sale Days event on Saturday, July 26. Rain or shine come on out and look for treasures throughout the community.

Sale in the Valley

The Chandlers Valley United Methodist Church, 9215 Jackson Run Rd. in Chandlers Valley, is having a Rummage/Bake/Food and Silent Auction Sale on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and see all the stuff we have, plus home-made glazed donuts in the morning.

Annual AMVETS Convention

The AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania recently held its 69th annual convention in Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to our Post 50 from Sugar Grove which brought home the Most Patriotic Ladies Auxiliary award in the Commonwealth and Post members were awarded the Most Patriotic AMVETS Post in the State of Pennsylvania.

It is because of the volunteering and donations of Post 50 members to help veterans and veterans projects along with community, child welfare, hospital and scholarship needs in the area. The Post and the community are proud of the AMVETS members and their willingness to volunteer; it is because of their kindness Sugar Grove is able to receive these prestigious awards. Past Post Commander, Jeff VanArsdale was also installed by Past National Commander and current Post Commander Gary Fry as the AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania Commander.

Americanism/AMVETS Against Drugs, Alcohol

The 2014 AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania recently held its Americanism/AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol (AADAA) programs at the 68th Convention in Pittsburgh.

Our winners from AMVETS Post 50 in Sugar Grove included Americanism third-grade, second-place winner Brayden Burnell; fifth-grade, third-place winner Amber Penley; eighth-grade, third-place winner Dakkota Slocum and 10th-grade, second-place winner Taylor Barnett.

AADAA Program winners were third- through fifth-grade, first-place winner Braden O’Donnell and sixth- through eighth-grade, first-place winner Dakkota Slocum. Congratulations to all the children that participated in this year’s program.

Sportsmen’s Challenge

at Chandlers Valley

On Aug. 23, Chandlers Valley will be holding its 3rd Annual Valley Outdoor Festival.

In 1898 the Chandlers Valley Literary Society Meeting that was held in Chandlers Valley Schoolhouse read the following history for their minutes. They stated that the very first settlers in the valley were Messers Peelman and Murphy, who came about 1807 and built a log cabin just below Valley Cemetery. A few years later John Chandler came to the area. Charles Chandler was the first settler on the farm. Other members of the Chandler family located here and the village was named Chandlers Valley.

We in the community celebrate our history and come together each year for an event that celebrates our local area. This year’s Valley Outdoor Festival will be held at the Chandlers Valley Baseball Field on Jackson Run Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to take part in any or all of the festival events. Some of the activities will be the Sportsmen’s Challenge which is a series of judged sporting events such as bow and arrow, target shooting, canoeing and more.

The popular People Pull is an event designed to have two-man teams attempt to pull a sled packed with weighted sandbags. Grab your partner now and get ready for the fun competition. There will also be a Lawn Mower Obstacle Course and yes, your Lawn Mower must have the mower deck attached while you compete.

New for this year will be the Double Elimination Cornhole Tournament. There will be different age groups and games will begin at 11 a.m.

Registration will take place for all events at 10 a.m. on the day of the festival with the exception of the cornhole tournament. To register for the cornhole tournament, call Rudy at 814-596-6386 or Jody at 814-682-3082.

During the festival there will be children’s activities, a Pre-1964 Tractor Cruise In, a judged photo contest, a favorite pie judging contest and even more popular pie auction. Admission to the fun day is free and food vendors, craft vendors and music will be happening on site.

For more information on the festival or to become a vendor for the event, you can log on to or look for us on Facebook.

SG Library Book Club

The Sugar Grove Library Book Club will meet again on Monday, July 28. Kate Ferry will lead the discussion and the book chosen will be Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture.” She feels very strongly that it should be required reading in all high schools and wants us to examine it with that in mind.

Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who contracted pancreatic cancer. He wrote and delivered his “Lecture” with the thought that he might be able to leave a legacy and made a difference with his life and shows his young children how to love life. It is a very moving love story and a study of humanity. Stop by the library and pick up your copy today and join the Book Club.

Summer Lunch

in Sugar Grove

The Sugar Grove Free Library is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Parents can also purchase a meal for $3. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at the Sugar Grove Free Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our program began on June 16 and runs through Aug. 1.

The Sugar Grove AMVETS has partnered with us in the food preparation. The program volunteers would appreciate it if people that want to attend would call the library at 489-7872 and let us know so we can have a good head count. Stop by the library and take part in this great program.

Summer Reading


The Sugar Grove Free Library hosting this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” with great books, fun prizes and exciting activities. Sugar Grove Library cardholders register in person at the library. Children and teens who complete six hours of reading receive prizes and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Earn extra entries by submitting bonus logs.

Last day to turn in Reading Logs will be Thursday, Aug. 7. Grand prize drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Lights! Camera! Action! presentation. Participants must be present to win.

Contests: Children may enter special contests throughout the summer for chances to win prizes.

Lottsville Heritage Day

Lottsville will soon celebrate its 200th birthday. We invite you to come to this year’s celebration on Sept. 13. The event will be held at the Freehold Township building in Lottsville. Bring a dish to pass, see some friends you haven’t seen for a long time. Help support our program by bringing an auction item.

New this year will be the launching of Chinese lanterns in memory of a loved one. If you wish to remember your loved one, a fee of $5 will be due on the day of the event. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 13 at noon and come on over to Lottsville, bring a dish to share at lunch and support the event.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Ruthann DeVore 489-3408 or Don Martin 489-3262.