“Spartansburg Events” organization supports the community | Spartansburg

Ben Byler and Amanda Slaney of Spartansburg have started a new non-profit organization called Spartansburg Events with the goal of making a difference in the Spartansburg community.

While the Spartansburg Community Foundation continues to work on the big things — renovating and restoring Sparta Grange Hall, an annual community party, and providing scholarships — the new Spartansburg Events (SE) will focus on smaller goals.

“We plan to hold smaller events for the community and welcome anyone who wants to participate,” Amanda said. “We’ll have a meeting soon to start planning a fun vacation and we’ve had some fabulous feedback.”

One of the first goals of the SE is to erect street signs at the east and west ends of the city.

The Spartansburg Borough Council had discussed wanting to have signs welcoming travelers to Main Street, Route 77. The cost of the signs for the east and west entrances to the borough will total approximately $10,000. Unfortunately, the cost of the signs is not included in the Borough’s budget.

“We want people to know what Spartansburg has to offer, whether they live in the area or are just passing through – we want people to visit our town,” Byler and Slaney said. “The signs will help.”

Signage isn’t the only improvement on the agenda.

When the Corry Area School District sold Spartansburg Elementary School, the district removed the playground before the sale. The removal of playground equipment left the town without a playground.

“We would like to work on building a playground because we think having places for families would be great for our community,” she said.

The organization will also work to purchase banners for major Spartansburg events to promote them. Banners will hang above Main Street.

Byler wants to see more community involvement and pride in the community.

“Spartansburg Events relies on donor support,” Byler said in a flyer recently sent to residents of the Borough and Township of Spartansburg. “We can’t do anything without the generosity of people who want to make a difference in our city.

Slaney agrees with him.

“We want people to support whatever we have locally in the borough and township,” she said.

She added that SE will also support the Spartansburg Community Foundation in all the work it does.

For more information, visit the Spartansburg Events Facebook page or call (814) 873-1454 or (814) 434-8668. To donate, make a check payable to Spartansburg Events and mail to 117 Mechanic Street, Spartansburg, Pennsylvania 16434.

What’s new?

— Zumba, Thursdays at Water Street Apartments Gym, 150 Water Street. The class starts at 6 p.m. and there is a fee.

— Open Mic Night, Thursdays all summer, 5-8 p.m. at the Dutch Treat Pavilion.

– Spartansburg Community Fair Royalty Pageant, 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, followed by Vespers Service at 7 p.m.

— Spartansburg Community Fair, September 5-10. The rides open on Wednesday, September 7.

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