REYNOLDSVILLE — On any given hot summer day, Sarah’s Soft Serve & Food can be seen swarming with business on Broadway Street.
Offering more than 50 flavors of soft serve ice cream and many food menu items, Sarah’s is the Reynoldsville hotspot of the summer. Families can stop there after visiting the local park or pool, or eat dinner at one of the shaded picnic tables.
Sarah Caltagarone is not just the owner of the business, but a known local name. She has been president of the Reynoldsville Community Association for about six years and volunteers whenever she can.
Sarah’s opened in 2001 and employs about 10 people. It was formerly an ice cream business with a different name, before Caltagarone bought it and expanded the menu.
Many things make Sarah’s unique. There isn’t a business within miles that has the brand of ice cream they do in as many different flavors, Caltagarone said. Everything is also fresh and made to order, and many things are made from scratch, including their hotdog sauce, and pressing their own burgers.
The menu offers a list of appetizers, salads, burgers, wings, hotdogs and many other tasty treats. There are different dinner specials each day of the week, such as ribs, roast beef and spaghetti.
Caltagarone has always had a passion for food, so when she felt there was a need for both an ice cream and food business all in one, Sarah’s was born.
She also owns The Bellamauro Social Banquet Hall, where she has done her own catering for years for weddings and various social events. She hopes to have the venue, which opened in 2005, remodeled this summer.
“I have always enjoyed food and done my own catering,” she said.
As a local business owner, it has always been important for her to give back to the community, since it has given so much to her, Caltagarone said.
“It’s a great community here, and everyone knows everyone,” she said. “If I’m going to have my businesses in Reynoldsville, I need to be involved here.”
The RCF has been trying to bring more people to Reynoldsville, and to come up with ideas to make the community grow.
“It’s very important to support small and local businesses,” she said. “That’s how we thrive and stay alive.”
Sarah’s opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sundays. Delivery to local businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is available.
For more information, visit www.sarah’ssoftserve.com or call 814-653-9450.
DuBOIS — The 25th annual wing fling, a fundraiser for the DuBois Area United Way, will be held from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the DuBois Lions’ Sky Lodge, according to the organization’s Executive Director John “Herm” Suplizio.
The money raised at the wing fling is used to help the United Way agencies that assist the less fortunate of the community and help defray the cost of the annual campaign, Suplizio said.
Close to 12,000 chicken wings will be served Saturday, Suplizio said.
“Come out and enjoy the day,” said Suplizio. “We get wings donated from more than 20 DuBois area bars and restaurants.”
With a donation of $10, one can eat all the wings, hot dogs and dessert they wish in addition to soft drinks.
The annual wing fling raises approximately $7,000 annually for the United Way, said Suplizio, noting that the United Way board is happy to work at the event.
Tickets are available at the event or in advance by calling the United Way office or contacting a United Way board member, said Walsh.
FALLS CREEK — Music enthusiasts are invited to enjoy an evening of tunes played by a band that’s all about community.
The DuBois Area Community Band will perform at Falls Creek Memorial Park on Monday at 7 p.m.
The mission of the FCMP is to not only support the community and the people in it, but to support veterans and history as well.
The park hosts several events and fundraisers throughout the summer, such as the “tribute to Elvis” by Bugs Bayer that was held June 29, and the coffee break fundraiser on Memorial Day weekend, which raised $575, according to the committee’s Facebook page.
The DuBois Area Community Band was started in the late ‘80s. The band, which operates year-round and is made up of members from Clearfield and Jefferson County, plays in summer concerts and holiday benefits for local charities.
The band is always on the lookout for more members who are dedicated to helping the community and passionate about music and learning. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome.
One of the goals is to give younger musicians a platform to play with and learn from older professionals, like retired music directors, according to a previously published Courier Express article. They also aim to keep the tradition of “wind bands” alive.
“With only about 15 members, we are in need of more players and some more gigs,” said Becky Raybuck, a community band member for three years, in a previous article.
Donations toward the Memorial Park will be welcomed. Participants should bring a lawn chair to the show. More information is regularly available on the Facebook page.
DuBOIS — Once again, the DuBois Area School District hopes to feed as many hungry children as possible over the next few weeks with the launch of its annual free summer food service program.
According to the district, lunch will be served to any child 18 years of age or younger from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and all children are welcome to participate free of charge.
Starting July 10 through Aug. 9 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays children can enjoy a nutritious lunch at any of the following locations: CG Johnson Elementary School, DuBois Area Middle School and Treasure Lake Church.
During the week of Aug. 13 through Aug. 17, Monday through Friday, lunch will be served at any of the following locations: CG Johnson Elementary School, DuBois Are Middle School, Treasure Lake Church and the DuBois Area High School.
On Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21, lunch will be available at the DuBois Area Middle School and Treasure Lake Church.
What constitutes a meal?
As per state guidelines, children must choose at least three of the five components available for the school lunch: One-half cup of a fruit or vegetable, meat or meat alternative, choice of vegetable, choice of fruit, grain/bread, and a choice of milk (1 percent white, fat-free white, chocolate, vanilla or strawberry).
Weekly vegetable subgroups may include:
Daily fruit selections may include:
All meals meet strict nutrition standards including a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy, according to the district. These nutritious meals provide an important resource to many children and families. All site locations will also sell affordable meals to adults, over the age of 18, for $2.50 per meal.
Who Pays For It?
The free summer food service program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through an application process completed by Director of Food Services Tom Koscienski and Business Manager Jeanette Buriak.
“Tom and Jeanette are to be commended for their time and efforts to not only complete and submit the application but also for the coordination, planning and preparation to provide nutritious meals for children over the summer months,” said Assistant Superintendent Wendy Benton. “I certainly recognize and appreciate their commitment to the children of our community.”
This will be the seventh consecutive year that the district has offered the free lunch program. Over the past years, a total of 19,559 meals have been served, said Koscienski.
Although the free summer food service program occurs on an annual basis, there are often a few misconceptions, Benton said.
“First and most importantly, there are no income guidelines. Second, all children, even children that are not residents of the school district, are eligible and welcome to participate. Third, the district receives state and federal reimbursement for every lunch that is served,” Benton said.
The dates for the summer food program were selected to optimize the potential to feed as many children as possible.
The district has tried to schedule around summer school, athletic camps, academic camps and band camps.
“Our goal is to make free lunches available to as many children as possible during the summer months,” said Koscienski.
Good nutrition is essential for learning and helps to promote health and wellness, district officials said.
“When our children are healthy and well, they continue to make positive strides developmentally over the summer months and return to school ready to learn,” Benton said. “The summer food service program is also a nice way to show our students how much we care about them – even when they are on summer vacation. I’m sure the cafeteria staff will appreciate seeing some friendly faces coming through the lunch line as well.”