Big Walnut Civic Association launched
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Harlem Township has had one for many years, Galena started one about four or five years ago, but until recently the Sunbury area has not had a civic association. All that changed last Wednesday when Cindy Erndt and Theresa Dronsfield visited Sunbury Village Council and formally announced the formation of the Big Walnut Civic Association.
They emphasized that the Big Walnut Civic Association would serve residents of the entire Big Walnut area, and partner with existing organizations, clubs, and groups to enhance life in the community as a whole.
“Our upcoming events include Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds and, new this summer, Movies on the Square,” Erndt said. “For Movies on the Square, we will be seeking businesses who want to sponsor the event with full advertisement for the event and recognition throughout the night. We are hoping to have individual groups like 4-H clubs, booster clubs and sport teams who would like to run the concession stand and receive all profit from sales for their organization.”
Dronsfield said the civic association’s big event for its inaugural year will be Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds. Sizzle & Sounds has been a success the past two summers and planning is already underway for this year’s August 24 event. Dronsfield said that once again Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds would share the date with Galena Summerfest.
“We are taking Sizzle & Sound sponsorships now and offering 10 percent discounts if paperwork and money is turned in by May 1,” Dronsfield said.
Erndt said getting the Big Walnut Civic Association established would take some monetary support.
“We are starting from scratch and could use help,” Erndt said. “Any donations would be greatly appreciated. For a donation, we will post a business’s logo as a supporter of the Big Walnut Civic Association on all our social media.
“We are also always looking for individuals or groups of volunteers, events that could utilize our nonprofit status, and ideas where we can be of service to our community,” Erndt added.
Village solicitor David Brehm said a Big Walnut Area Civic Association is an idea that, in his words, has been a long time coming.
“Historically in Sunbury it’s been the village and the Chamber of Commerce that would pick up the ball and organize events,” Brehm said. “This is for people with the mindset to step forward and make our community and the Big Walnut community better.”
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said he appreciates the Big Walnut Civic Association leadership stepping forward and partnering with the village parks department to do things that the village doesn’t have the time or resources to do.
“It’s mind-boggling the effort that something like Sizzle & Sounds takes,” Hatfield said. “They hope to see the civic association as a vehicle for other people in our community and in eastern Delaware County with other ideas to step up and get things done.”
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