NP youngsters hoping to honor veterans – one glass at a time

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John Mueller, news@newpraguetimes.com

A group of youngsters, with help from adults, gathered Wednesday afternoon, June 26, to operate a lemonade stand at the intersection of E Main Street and N Chalupsky Avenue. The group includes Bethany Bright, Ava Hertaus, Shelby Bistodeau, Scarlett Kushner, Kaleb Kushner and Stella Kuehner. (John Mueller photo)

A group of New Prague youngsters is hoping to help honor veterans while enjoying time outdoors during the summer months. It’s a project they planned and are implementing with the help of their moms, one glass at a time.

Ava Hertaus wanted to keep busy and help support veterans. With the help of her mom, Julie, Ava and her friends helped at one of several planned lemonade stands Wednesday afternoon, June 26. A group of children met at the intersection of E Main Street and N Chalupsky Avenue, in the parking lot of Hertaus Floors’ new building (the old Gerald Bros. Construction). The outing lasted a few hours and gave the youngsters a positive activity to keep them busy, Julie said.

The lemonade stand has been several weeks in the planning. “We’ve been waiting for a nice day and whoever was available could come,” Ava Hertaus said.

Julie Hertaus agreed to front the ingredients for the stand – lemonade, sugar, lemons, cups, ice, the use of a cooler and straws. With the help of the adults overseeing the effort, the youngsters hope to hold several stands, as many as they can work into their schedules.

Proceeds from the stands will go toward the New Prague Veterans Memorial fund. The idea belongs to the children, Julie said. She’s proud of her daughter for thinking of something larger than her own self interests. Several of the children involved in the pop-up stand last week have family members who served in the military.

“Veterans have served us very well. My grandpa (Ken Kushner) is a veteran and I appreciate him serving for us,” said 9-year-old Scarlett Kuehner, one of the youngsters manning the lemonade stand.

“There are tons of organizations they could donate to,” Julie said. “The memorial is something they see ever time we drive by. We know there are people in our community who have served. This is a good cause.”

Besides their family members, the memorial was an easy choice, if only for its prominent location. It’s next to two places youngsters like to...

To see more on this story pick up the July 4, 2024 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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