Community Arts Council
Brick Wall Sculpture
Arts on Broadway
Downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio

Panel 13 - Community Working Together

Service organizations such as the Rotary, Lions and Lionesses are quite active in our community, as are other organizations such as the Harbor of Hope Food Pantry, which is serviced by area churches and held at the Barrs Mills Church of God. Because “family” is an important part of our community, refugee families have been welcomed and reside here. In 1951 six members of the Mykola Ahijevych family (Mykola Sr., Maria, Svetlana, Mykola Jr., Anatole and grandmother Anna,) Russian refugees who had been kept in a refugee camp in Germany, were brought here by the congregation of the First Mennonite Church. The family made a home in this community and became citizens; thus they are depicted in this panel as representational of other refugee families who reside in this area. The Wally Byum Caravan Club has met for the Swiss Festival for over 50 years at the Village-owned Winklepleck Grove, two miles outside of town. In the background is the clubhouse for the Willandale Golf Course and a golfer to represent the many persons who enjoy sports. The young people and their backpack in the forefront of the carving represent the Native American heritage of the Lenni Lenape, who were the original residents of our area. Note the arrowhead and the five symbols that represent this tribe—the turtle, the mask, the chicken foot, the bear’s paw, the cross, the fire starter. A longtime family business, Andreas Furniture, is pictured in the sculpture.