MOUNT UNION - On Friday evening, residents of Mount Union came together to fraternize at Mount Union Area High School over a spring community service dinner to kick-off three days of local pride known as Mount Unity weekend.
Planet LoveJoy, high school students and volunteers arranged the collective project and dedicated their services to community beautification, camaraderie, social awareness and blithe events to bring residents together and share in the spirit of oneness.
At the dinner, high school seniors Maggie Wilson and Delaney Roddey, with mentoring from Planet LoveJoy volunteers, premiered their senior project, a 12-minute video that expresses pride in both MUAHS and the community. The video can be seen by visiting Planet Lovejoy's Facebook page.
Sentinel photo by DUSTY SIPES
From left, Shawn Stevenson, Mike Irby, Dustin Clark, Jeremy Radle, William Hockenberry and Kenny Welch compete at table one during Mount Unity Day’s hot dog eating competition. More photos of the weekend-long event can be found on page A2.
Saturday morning began with the dedication of a sculpture to MUAHS. The design echoes Robert Indiana's Philadelphia sculpture entitled "Love" and Milton Glaser's famous "I Love New York" graphic, complete with heart shape and the area's initials. The sculpture was a senior graduation project developed by Isaiah Neumann, Liz Steward and Eli Attlesburger. Scott Miller, Francis Crouse and Nicholas Crouse initially crafted the sign out of wood. It was then fiberglassed by Butchie Vaughn at Containment Solutions and painted by Tim Adams at Full Throttle.
In addition to the "I Heart MU" sculpture, local woodworking artisan Max Wiser, of Bricktown Bowls, crafted a Trojan sign and helmet out of logs to be placed on display at the school.
An awards ceremony followed to acknowledge members of the community who have volunteered their time and service to Mount Union over the course of last year. The most coveted award, the Bricktown Believers, was given to Butchie Vaughn and Margie Drake for the exceptional services they have offered to the community.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, volunteers proceeded to clean up and plant trees in various parts of town.
After a morning of beautification, volunteers and Mount Union residents were invited to celebrate together in Mount Union's annual Community Festival, where they had access to craft and food vendors, face painting, a hot dog eating competition and a Little Mr. and Miss Mount Union children's pageant. At 1 p.m., a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser was held to bring awareness of domestic abuse. The afternoon concluded with a series of Little League games.
On Sunday, a Cinco de MU 5k run/walk was held and the weekend came to a close with a community worship service at Mount Union Area High School.
Planet LoveJoy can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.