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An Economics Class Inspired Seneca Valley Seniors to Start Their Own Business, Little Twists 

 Four seniors at Seneca Valley High School took an Economics class that inspired them to embrace their entrepreneurial skills outside the classroom, which led to creating an evolving business venture, Little Twists. As a result, seniors Declan Cygnarowicz, Aidan Drake, Thai Nguyen and Joel Berringer placed first in presentation and second overall at the Westminster College Entrepreneurial Center Scholastic Contest.  

Students shared their business plan in this intrapreneurial/entrepreneurial competition by presenting how they could sell a chicken sandwich idea to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. They received grants to Westminster College if they choose to attend, and they also got a plaque. 

These students were the first semester “Shark Tank” winners from Ms. Rebekah Grinnen’s Economics class, which aims to help young entrepreneurs make their big ideas a reality. Their company, Little Twists, started by selling specialty dips for pretzels. Then, with the profits they earned from selling specialty dips, they donated all their proceeds to the Seneca Valley CBVT program (Community Based Vocational Training) and the SV No Cost to Shop.   

After the idea of placing their logos on shirts, the students decided to change their business model into clothing options and try their hand at eCommerce. Their goal was to make clothing for people to wear to express themselves. They make creative designs that are different and fun to wear day-to-day and on the golf course. To date, Little Twists has a combined gross income of over $1,000, and their profits are currently going toward branding and growing their business. 

When asked how this project has impacted their future, they said, “We feel it has taught us a lot about ecommerce and selling products. It has also helped us grow as individuals by talking to manufacturers and influencers to grow our brand. Before this project, we did not have intentions of having our own business, but now we hope to continue Little Twists for a long time in hopes to be a successful brand.” These graduating seniors will all be going to different colleges in the fall. Still, they plan to have Zoom calls to continue formulating ideas and opportunities that will grow their business. 

“I am proud to have the opportunity to facilitate the deeper interests of students who find a passion and curiosity in unexpected places.  It is amazing to watch these students problem-solve and grow from their experiences.  All teachers see potential in their students and hope for the best when they enter the “real world.”  However, it is a rare and fantastic occasion to witness their potential come to fruition before graduating.  I am elated that Little Twists will continue their entrepreneurial adventure into their college years,” said Ms. Rebekah Grinnen, Seneca Valley Senior High School Social Studies teacher. Learn more about Little Twists by visiting www.littletwists.com.  


Support Our Military by Purchasing Veteran Made Flags 

By: Paula Green 

On June 14, the United States celebrates Flag Day. There is a reason why this date has historical meaning.  It turns out that on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution. They decreed that “the flag of the United States would have 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. 

Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14 beginning in 1885. Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949. 

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, U.S. citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag. The flag should be displayed on all government buildings.  In addition, some organizations hold parades and events to celebrate our national flag and everything it represents. It’s also a time to remember and honor military men and women who defend our flag and country. 

An awesome way to support our military is to purchase flags handmade by veterans.  Flags of Valor are the largest producer of wooden American flags in the United States. Every flag is handmade by a team of American combat veterans. These brave service members served as far back as the Vietnam War and more recent uprisings in Iraq and Syria. Flags of Valor employ more than 75 veterans and has raised over 41.7 million for veteran charities. For more information, visit www.flagsofvalor.com/collections/wooden-american-flag-made-by-veterans. 

Another veteran-operated facility that manufactures wooden flags, apparel and hand-crafted items is braveamerican.com/collections/wooden-flags. They have a plethora of military things, all made by veterans.  

Veterans Made Works is a company that employs “vets with a passion for carpentry.” Any one of their handmade wooden flags can be custom laser engraved. If you have a quality image, they can engrave it. This veterans group specializes in names, sayings, numbers, emblems and logos. Learn more at veteranmadeny.com/team/. 

If you are in need of a flagpole to hang “Old Glory” then shop at Service First.  The company is owned and operated by Parker McCumber, an OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) Veteran. Service First is not only veteran-owned, but they also employ many active and reserve service members.  Their flagpoles are designed to withstand the strongest storms and be a fixture at your home or office for decades.  For more info, visit servicefirstproducts.com. 

Flags for Veterans is a flag distributor, and 100% of its products are made in the United States. They make American flags, state flags, military flags, international flags and library flags. They also offer a full line if promotional products and commercial printing. For further details, visit www.flagsforveterans.com/. 

Happy shopping, and display your flag, and show your American pride on June 14 and July 4. 

 Sources: www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day, www.united-states-flag.com/flag-day-history.html 

June is a “Dairy Delightful” Month  


By Ron Eichner 

Hi folks, June is a busy month in so many ways. First, the school year ends, and there are graduations at every level, which keeps family and friends on the move. 

               Interestingly, June 1 is National Milk Day, and June 3 is National Egg Day. Whole eggs are the No. 1 source of complete protein, and raw milk is the No. 2 source of protein. Flag Day is June 14, Father’s Day is June 19, and summer begins June 21. Summer Christmas is June 25. 

Most families take vacations in the summer and enjoy exploring our great country. Most farm families are focused on vocations, planting, sowing, nurturing and harvesting. After all the hard work to support our communities, the joys of most farms are our customers that support our family farms. 

National Dairy Month in June celebrates the many contributions of the dairy industry to our health and economy. An eight-ounce glass of whole milk has more nutrients than the same serving size of juices. In addition, good fats are essential for our health. A 2014 study of more than 1,300 people found that those who consumed the highest amount of full-fat dairy were less likely to be obese than those who consumed the lowest. They also have less belly fat. 

In the mid-1960s, we were encouraged to follow a low-fat, high-carb diet. A low- fat diet is supposed to shun whole, raw dairy, and high carbs means avoiding the incredible, edible eggs to make room for our over-processed cereals. However, in recent times, the experts who have misguided us for 60 plus years, now say we need good fats, proteins and fewer carbs. 

So, circle back to whole eggs and whole milk and focus on the top sources of complete proteins and good fats. It truly is a way to keep the laying hens and milk cows employed across our beautiful state of Pennsylvania.  

Currently, agriculture is one of the leading industries in Pennsylvania, with about 59,808 farms and about 5,430 dairy farms. But unfortunately, the numbers have declined each year, maybe because of the joys of vacations and not vocations. 

On April 29, 1982, dairy milk was designated and adopted as the official beverage of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the average dairy herd is about 90 cows, with 99% of all dairy farms being family owned. Our farm market sells dairy from two local farms: Pasture Maid Creamery of New Castle and Marburger Dairy of Evans City. Feel free to look up Paul Harvey’s God Made a Farmer; it truly reflects a day, a week, and a month of a farmer. 

Summer begins on June 21, and it gives us three months to enjoy all the summer activities before we transition into fall. But, of course, we can’t forget Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year, it falls on June 19. So, take time to recognize the contributions of our fathers and father figures in our lives. For many dads, they consider being a father the most important job that they have. Take a minute or two and reach out to those extraordinary men, whether it’s a phone call, a visit, a card, or even just talking to your dad, who may have passed. If you want a great Father’s Day story, visit my August 2021, From the Farm, and see why I feel it’s essential to talk to my dad every day and God our Father, if nothing else, walk in our Father’s light and likeness and welcome our Father to walk with us each day. 

If you want to make a breakfast of champions, our high-energy eggs, bacon and lean pork sausages are a one-two hit. June 25 is Summer Christmas and just putting a few clusters of colorful flowers brings the yard to life. You are welcome to stop by Eichner’s Whole Farm & Greenhouse and let us be one of your year-round destinations. Bring a friend and be a friend at 235 Richard Road in Wexford and get the “rest of the story.”