The third annual Sully Night Out Cruizin' the Square will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Sully Town Square.

Show off your classic car! Join the Dutch Masters in this classic car show around the square.  Cars should arrive between 4:30 - 5:00 pm to be included in the voting.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy all the great cars and activities.  DJ music will be provided by Curt Dunsbergen.  Cast your kernel - vote for your favorite car.  Enter the prize drawing to win $50 in Sully Bucks.  Fill up with corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes and smoothies served by the Sully Lions Club.  Water and pop available to purchase with proceeds going to support future Sully Night Out events.  Top it all off with scrumptious pie served by the L-S Speech Team for a freewill donation.  Fun activities planned for the youngsters.  New this year is a Horseshoe Competition!  Starts at 5:00 pm with pairings and brackets to be determined with a $5 entry fee.  Contact Ron Dunsbergen at 641-891-0822 for questions on the Horseshoe Competition.

Come join us for a fun, family friendly event - see you there!

welcometosullywi-fiPeople can now connect on Sully’s town square – with free Wi-Fi that is.

Beginning in mid-July, a wireless connection called “Sully Downtown Hotspot” has been available to people on the square. It was made possible through the work of the Hometown Pride Committee and the Sully Telephone Association.

Jack DeAngelo, manager of Sully Telephone, said getting free Wi-Fi on the square was on his list of ideas to implement when he started his position last year. When Diane Vos of the Hometown Pride Committee approached him expressing interest in having some kind of wireless access downtown, the wheels started turning. Since an antenna was already in place to bring the Wi-Fi, it didn’t take long to get the connection up and going.

Vos said the Sully Betterment Committee’s community questionnaire, taken by the town’s citizens back in 2012, was one of the original indicators Wi-Fi on the square would be a good idea.

“That was one of the items on the survey that they wanted,” she said.

In recent months, the Hometown Pride Community Coach hired for Jasper County encouraged committee members from Sully to pursue getting Wi-Fi downtown.

“We thought we’d look into it to see if we could make it happen,” Vos said. She approached DeAngelo a little over a month ago. Now the Wi-Fi is up and running.

To connect to the Wi-Fi, find the “Sully_Downtown_Hotspot” network and allow your device to connect to it. A login page will appear with a username and password already filled in. Click “OK,” and a “Welcome to Sully” greeting page will appear.

The greeting page lets visitors know of some attractions in the area – both on and off the square.

If people lose the hotspot signal, they should try moving to a different part of the square. “The signal varies around the square due to trees and other obstacles,” DeAngelo explained.

It’s a good thing for Sully to have Wi-Fi downtown, he added, especially for when the town hosts events on the square.

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With the celebration of Independence Day over, a few thoughts come to mind.  

First, how great it is that we as a city are able to start our activities of the day with prayer. Most people don't think about this, but it is a very important thing to be celebrated as well.

Second, THANK YOU to all the service men and women who make it possible to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.  

Third, a huge THANK YOU to all the individuals and groups who did so much work and thoughts to make the celebration possible.

I would also like to look at what all has been completed in the last few months.  1st Avenue is almost complete and the new playground equipment is installed in the central park even earlier than the council had predicted. Since fundraising went so well, we were able to replace it a few years ahead of schedule. 

All of this makes me so glad to call Sully home for me and my family.

2015_july_4thIt was a perfect day for the annual Sully Fourth of July celebration 2015 on Saturday, July 4, from the weather, to the large crowd gathered around the square, to the fun-filled activities planned throughout the patriotic day. The day's theme was "Pride In Our Past ... Faith In Our Future."

Following the early morning 20th Annual Freedom Fun Run with a record 369 participants, Faithwalkers breakfast, and more, people lined the streets of the Sully square two to three rows deep to catch a glimpse of the 65 entries making up the annual parade. In the kiddie parade, 25 decorated entries in red, white, and blue circled the Sully square.

After the parade, the central park served as a hub of activity. The Sully Lions Club served their annual meal with $3,078 realized for communitiy projects, Inspirations Childcare and Preschool hosted carnival games, the Van Kooten family entertained with kids' barrel train rides, and the new playground equipment was broken in with hundreds of children checking it out. Deep Rock Ice Cream Shoppe and Van Wijk Winery drew large crowds, the old hardware store being restored was open to view, waterfights were held, and softball games were played before fireworks in the southwest corner of town concluded the celebration.

Pictures and Results of the parade judging follow.

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altA sincere and big THANK YOU to the individuals, businesses, and organizations who helped make the new playground and swingset in the Sully Central Park a reality. It could not have been accomplished without you.

Sully Central Park Playset Committee: Amy Harthoorn, Jessica Winegar, Stephanie Rozendaal, Teryl Ver Ploeg

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Many hands made light work as volunteers spent Friday, May 29, installing the new playground equipment at the Sully Central Park. The original two-day installation plans were cut in half due to the outpouring of volunteer help. Approximately 20 people, mostly volunteers, provided the manpower needed to construct the ADA-approved playground under the direction of a project supervisor from Boland Recreation. The volunteers worked steadily, splitting into two groups to assemble the playset, ten spin merry-go-round, overhead monkey bars, and swingset by 3:30 p.m. With the work ahead of schedule, the concrete was able to be poured into the 49 holes for the equipment by 5 p.m. Teryl Ver Ploeg, chairman of the Sully Central Park playground committee, said about the progress of Friday's work, "Completing the installation in one day was made possible by the good workers, and the equipment we had at our disposal." Other members of the committee were Amy Harthoorn, Stephanie Rozendaal, and Jessica Winegar.

In photo at right, volunteers remaining at the end of the productive day on May 27 pose on and around the new playground: Front, Jordan Judkins (Boland rep.), Dennis Snodgrass, Jim Vander Weerdt, Donavon DePenning, Warren Terpstra, Arie Scholten, Jessica Winegar, Teryl Ver Ploeg, Brad Rozendaal, David Jansen, Dick Ver Ploeg, Mark Mack (Boland rep.); back, Terrance McCuddin (in tube), Bruce Dunsbergen, Tim Jansen, Shannon Dusnbergen, Ryan Milledge, Jason Van Ersvelde; not pictured, Jeff Corbett, Nick DePenning, Darrel Jansen, Shaun Needham, Holden Jansen, TJ Cunningham, Kyle Kramer, Amy Harthoorn, and Stephanie Rozendaal.