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Portage students help out St. Jude’s newspapers

Vol. 116 No. 7 USPS 439-000

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Are you ready to dunk? Well, how about we add a twist to the typical basketball game, and let’s play donkey ball. Portage seniors Abbey Koenigsberg and Leanna Fordick are putting a creative twist on their senior project. Fordick and Koenigsberg decided to have a teacher versus student basketball game, but to make the game more interesting, the teachers and students will be riding donkeys. Yes, I said donkeys.

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The seniors will battle their teachers to claim all the glory and triumph, including the winning trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year. The event will act as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and it will take place Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Portage High School gymnasium. Both of the students thought it would be an interesting way to raise money, and they figured that the event would draw in a large crowd from the community. Who could resist seeing students and staff riding donkeys while playing

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basketball? It is sure to be an afternoon full of laughter. Tickets are $8 per person, but all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s. Children six and under will be able to get into the event for free. The donkeys will not be harmed in any way; they will be taken care of by the Buckeye donkey staff, who will make sure they are well-fed and watered during the game. Koenigsberg and Fordick have thought of every preventative measure to ensure the well-being of the animals during the event. SEE ST. JUDE’S, PAGE 14A

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A cause close to the heart

Kiera Berkley and Alexandria Block of Forest Hills chose to support breast cancer awareness with their art mural. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Forest Hills sends out positive messages to boost self-esteem

Forest Hills Middle School art students chose quotes that were meaningful to them on their banners, and some students even decided to support a cause to help raise awareness. The banners will be on dispaly throughout the school so their fellow classmates can read their words and feel inspired. Submitted photos. By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” A Forest Hills Middle School student painted this expression in bright yellow paint on their banner to display throughout the school. After reviewing Keith Haring’s work, the Forest Hills seventh grade

class decided to make public murals just like this artist. The students formed small groups and selected a positive message that was unique to them. Some of the groups chose to protect wildlife, perserve the environment, stand up to bullying and drugs, stay active, and of course, be creative. The students mirrored Haring’s work by writing their messages on

colorful poster paper and painting simple figures, just like Haring himself. Some of the students even decided to show their support for a cause, such as breast cancer awareness. Kiera Berkley and Alexandria Block made a colorful pink banner to raise breast cancer awarness. By looking at Haring’s work, the students were able to see how he drew in the public with his colorful

pieces. Haring focused on war, birth, and even death. He raised awarness by painting in subways, which is where he got his first start in his career. He was a social activist in New York City, and his work has become widely recognized as visual language for the 20th century. His vibrant three-dimensional images speak for themselves. They are a language of their own. For instance,

he would use bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures to depict life and unity. Haring was even able to work with Andy Warhol, who became the theme for several of his pieces. His success is credited to his frienship with Warhol, who helped him branch out his work by creating more apparent themes. Haring even began to use his life experiences as

education coordinator for the Fish and Boat Commission, used an auger to drill holes in the lake for the fishermen and women. Then, each group picked a hole and, keeping in mind what they had learned about ice fishing from the morning’s program, they fished. The morning was spent indoors, learning the basics of ice fishing — safety, equipment, rules and regulations. The class was led by education specialist Mandy Smith, who discussed with the group the importance of being a SMART angler. SMART is an acronym that stands for Safety first, Manners, Appreciate clean water, Release some of your catch, and Teach others. Safety is imperative when it comes to ice fishing. First, you have to know that there is no such thing as safe ice. If you do venture out onto the ice, check the quality to ensure the strongest ice possible. Frazil ice is the first ice to start to form. It floats on top of the water and is not safe. Rotten ice has a honeycomb appearance. It is ice that has started to deteriorate and it is very weak. Clear ice is the strongest ice. When the clear ice is at least four inches thick, it can

support the weight of one angler. For a group, the ice should be at least seven inches thick. Ice that is eight inches thick can support a car. Another safety issue that needs to be addressed when ice fishing is choice of clothing. Being improperly dressed can cause hypothermia, therefore layering is key when being on the ice for an extended period of time. Wear an inner layer made of silk or polypropylene; these synthetic fabrics are ideal for wicking away moisture. Avoid cotton, which tends to trap moisture. The mid layer of clothing should be wool, polyester, or fleece. For the outer layer, you will want something waterproof and windproof, but something that is breathable. On top of all of these layers, you need to wear a personal floatation device, or a life jacket. Do not wear an inflatable life jacket; instead opt for a float coat or PFD that is secure and that fits you well. Accessories such as insulated water boots, gloves, hat, scarf, hand warmers, and sunglasses, depending on the weather, are also a must. You will want to pack an extra set of dry clothes in case you would happen to fall in the lake or get wet.

The program highlighted being courteous to other fishermen and women when on the lake, and being courteous to the fish and the

surrounding environment. Smith talked about where to buy fishing

Fish and Boat Commission holds family ice fishing program By Megan Riner

of Mainline Newspapers

It’s early afternoon Saturday. It’s cold, and even though Ethan Howdyshell is bundled up, the arctic air bites his cheeks and nose, burning them red. He slowly, but confidently, dangles his line in the 10-inch hole in the frozen lake. A SMART angler, he knows to be patient waiting for the fish to bite, but he can’t hold back his excitement when he feels a tug on the other end of the line. Despite the temperatures that dropped into the teens on Feb. 8, a group of men, women, and children, including Ethan, his sister Emma, and his dad Kris, trekked cautiously onto Glendale Lake to try their luck at ice fishing during the hands-on part of the Fish and Boat Commission family ice fishing program. Dennis Tubbs, regional outreach



Taryn Varner, Sidman, dangles her rod in a hole in the ice hoping to catch a few fish at the Fish and Boating Commission family ice fishing program on Saturday, Feb. 8. Photo by Megan Riner.

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