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‘Three families’ come together to honor fallen firefighter Ty Marlin

After the procession, fellow fire fighters remove the casket from the truck. Ty Marlin Sr. served over 15 years with the Streetsboro and Twinsburg Fire Departments. Waiting for the procession to pass through are fellow fire fighters. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TWINSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT

>> Breanna Komara Staff Writer Ty Marlin Sr. would do things to “push people,” Streetsboro firefighter Chris Fredmonsky said. He grew out his mustache to annoy his wife and the Streetsboro fire chief Wayne Johnson. When Johnson said he had to trim his mustache because it went past his upper lip, Marlin started to curl up the ends. “He was a great man, funny, loving, and he would do anything for his kids,” freshman Shawn Gokey said. Marlin, an active community member, fireman and father of sophomore Ty Marlin Jr, passed away in a hunting accident April 18. Marlin’s funeral services were held April

23. The procession led from Saint Joan of Arc church in Streetsboro, past both fire stations, to Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. “We wanted [the funeral] to be perfect, and it literally was,” said Twinsburg fire department Captain Steve Bosso. Community members lined the streets on the day of the funeral to pay their respects. People also stopped by or called to give their condolences to both fire departments, Fredmonsky said. “I felt that was really good the way everyone came together and how everyone just supported the family and just showed how much everyone cared,” said junior Mike Melice, whose father, Mark Me-

lice, worked with Marlin on Streetsboro’s fire department. Marlin would trade his holidays, vacation, comp time and sick time to attend his kids’ activities or sports. Bosso said Marlin would figure out how to trade his shifts to be with his family even if it meant getting multiple people involved. “I think one day I came in and there was no less that 18 shift trades going on… It was brilliant,” Bosso said. Marlin was the “model dad” for anyone on how to be a good father and he was always with his kids, Bosso said. Marlin regularly came to the school to pick up work for

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When we sat down as a staff to discuss coverage of Ty Marlin’s death, we were torn. We wanted to show respect for Marlin by writing a piece to honor who he was as a person, and what will be missed with his passing, but did not want to cause any further harm or pain to those left behind to grieve. In covering this event, we discovered Marlin was active in the community and was even said to have “three families” between all of his friends, coworkers, and relatives. We hope what we put together on Page One celebrates Ty Marlin‘s life as as a true community hero.

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>> Dare Gleason Staff Writer We all know the rules of the dress code: keep yourself respectable, keep your shirts up, skirts down and your midriff out of sight. Those are rules not only for others, but for yourselves. As of this year though, I have seen more random parts of fellow students sneaking out of their clothes than in any other school year thus far. I see girls with half their chests hanging out of their shirts, see-through leggings clinging to thighs as if they were painted on and skirts and shorts so precariously short you can see the beginning of parts that not only embarrass the person wearing them, but also the people who see them. Girls aren’t the only ones showing off way too much of their bodies. Boys walk down the hallway wad-

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dling because it’s a necessity to have their pants so low that their undies are peeking out, but why? What is the point? I don’t see why people are getting into the habit of showing their private parts to the world. We don’t go to school in a club, so why are people dressing like it? I should not come to school and see half of someone’s butt cheek or be afraid someone is wearing a shirt that leaves little to the imagination. It’s revolting, and it makes me wonder whether our generation has lost all respect for itself and for others. I have seen teachers let an inappropriately-dressed student walk right into their classrooms without saying a word. Some teachers are so concerned with being students’ friends, or being liked overall, that they won’t say anything to students in an attempt at being “hip.”

What do the parents think when their child is walking out of the house with her shorts hiked up and their shirts pulled down? Oh, our dress code checks we have been having for the last couple weeks should fix everything, right? Wrong-o. Maybe this situation has just gotten to the point where it’s so out of control an abundance of the school’s population is already so far past what is decent that there’s no turning back for them. Maybe it’s students dressing this way to get attention, and wanting to feel that people are looking at them more, or people actually knowing who they are. But, who wants to be known as the girl whose boobs are always hanging out, the girl who can’t walk up the stairs without her underwear showing, or the guy whose whole butt hangs out of his shorts in class?


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In need of ‘new batteries’ Stoner retiring after 36 years of teaching math >> Courtney Sackett Staff Writer During a hot summer football practice, a coach rushed up to his players who were enjoying a refreshing drink from the water fountain, and with a bright red face screamed, “What’re you doing?” He slowly leaned in toward one of the players, said “Just kidding,” and walked away with a goofy smile across his face. This eccentric behavior is what math department head Ken Stoner has become known for over his 36 years of teaching mathematics, and what will be missed after his retirement in June. “There’s been so many memories,” said Stoner. “There’s been a lot of good things that happened here.” Former football player, junior Josh Foerst had only known Stoner for a short time when he was surprised by Stoner’s unique sense of humor. Foerst said he was so scared by the water fountain incident, he almost peed his pants. “I was definitely a little intimidated by Stoner,” said math teacher Allison Carey. “He can be loud at times, but it’s just because he cares, and cares a lot about the students and what he does. So, after the initial shock of how loud he was and that, he turned out to be a pretty cool guy.” Unlike Carey, seven of the current members working here experienced Stoner’s class firsthand when they were students; Jim Boardwine, Polly Dierkens, Holly Kocis, Cristy Lindstrom, Nick Marcini, Megan McCaffrey and Nancy Yenulonis. His unusual behavior is what students know him for, but Stoner acts in such a manner as a teaching technique. He said he does what is necessary to have a good time while educating his classes, such as pretending he has a calculator in his brain. “As a teacher, I always wanted to try to keep my kids paying attention,” said Stoner.

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Showing senior Skye Flanders how to work out a problem on her homework during third period Calculus is math teacher Ken Stoner. “I would tell jokes, I would goof around, I would dance… That’s all an act.” His act worked. Students would pay attention and if they did not understand something, he would work with them one-on-one until they understood what was going on. Sophomore Taylor Goodman said Stoner assisted her when she needed help with geometry. He would work with her during intervention until she understood the material. He also helped former student, senior Nate Tonkin when he needed help. Once before a test, Tonkin was struggling, so Stoner skipped his own lunch to help him. “There was more of a chance to see Stoner and who he really is,” Tonkin said of his one-on-one experience. “And he’s actually a very crazy old man.” Beloved as he is, it is time for Ston-

er to retire after being involved in education for 53 years, including his own education and his time teaching. After 30 years teaching here and a year in Miami, Florida, he said he thought about retiring. The State Teachers Retirement System gives Ohio teachers an incentive of an extra 10 percent if they teach at least 35 years, so he continued five more years. “It’s time to go on,” Stoner said. “You know, I’ve done my part.” In retirement, Stoner plans on spending time at home with his wife, third grade teacher Paula Stoner, who will be retiring next year. Now that he is becoming an “empty nester,” with his two daughters in college and his third moving out, he said he will also spend his days with his cat and dog. “My calculator is getting old,” Stoner said. “I need new batteries.”

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Continued from Page 1 his son, Ty Marlin Jr., said special education teacher Christy Lindstrom. “He was just supportive of his kids and his family, a true concerned parent.” Streetsboro fireman Kevin Grimm said he believes Marlin had three families: his wife and children, his Twinsburg fire department family and his Streetsboro fire department family. Members of the Twinsburg department are embracing Marlin’s family more than ever said Bosso. “We have two godsons,” Bosso said. “Supporting the boys is our goal... it’s ongoing, its for life… We’re gonna take care of those boys for as long as they’re around. We watched these kids grow up, we were around when they were born... We’re gonna take care of Elaine and his family...” Marlin became a firefighter for the Twinsburg fire department in 1993 and started part-time for Streetsboro’s department in 1994. He was a part of HAZMAT and rescue diver teams on the Twinsburg Fire Department. Fellow firefighter Jim Hartung said the crew members spend more time together than with their families because even when they are not on duty their spouses work during the day. Firefighters work 24 hours, then have 48 hours off. They can also work a 36-hour shift and 48 hours maximum. “We are a family. We spend a third of our time together,” said Twinsburg firefighter John Knaus. Marlin would give “fatherly advice” to the new guys at the station, Bosso said. “I can’t think of one he didn’t make an impact on - fire, EMS, HAZMAT, or dive- and he was not even an officer. He just had that officer mentality.” Marlin had the ability to “get people going,” Grimm said. He would always be the one to joke and give someone a hard time if they messed up and “wouldn’t hold anything back.” “He liked hiding things, so if you were cooking for lunch and you put something in the microwave and walked away, when you came back it was usually in a different location,” Twinsburg firefighter Gina DevitoStaub remembered. Marlin was always someone who was laughing and a lot of fun, Bosso said. “You always knew when he was in the building. He was small, but he had that voice and that laugh that carried.”


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Currently social media web sites such as Facebook and MySpace are blocked through the district but some think the school could be taking advantage of these tools that are a growing part of people’s lives. One way they could implement this would be to communicate information about topics such as a levy while getting direct feedback from voters said Bill Sledzik, public relations associate professor at Kent State. “You have to engage in your conversation—you have to take the good and the bad.” Junior Jeff Dowdall said the school could promote and address lighter topics such as sporting and academic events. Teachers could also use social media to their advantage by hosting conversations on Twitter or Facebook. Students could then collaborate with teachers and their peers for help on their work or to make a project. “It fits really well with this generation,” Sledzik said. “It’s an easy way for the teachers and students to stay in touch.” A main upside of these tools is the multitude of people who are already on them which eases communication Reply:

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said Sledzik. “You’re seeing a broader base of population ever since Facebook opened up to the masses—everyone can be involved,” said Sledzik. Schools across the area, including Kent, Crestwood and Streetsboro, have sites such as Facebook blocked from district computers. Reasons given for being blocked include being safety and a loss of productivity. “We see no educational value to it,” technology director Steve Cain said. “There’s no tie to our curriculum.” Cain said he uses a personal Facebook page on his own time, but does not think the web site should be accessible during the school day. Sledzik said he understands the school’s reasoning for having it blocked, but the school could look at it as a chance for students to take advantage of social media tools for research. “It gives you an opportunity to tap into people, not just the people who are writing the books, but the people who have knowledge of [a subject],” Sledzik said. WSTB music director and junior Larissa Bradford said not being able to get onto MySpace hamper’s the radio station in discovering new

talent. She said it would be easier to contact bands and organize concerts if access to those web sites were allowed because the music scene is on these sites. Cain said he would like for the radio station to be able to use these tools, but there is no way to please everyone. If he unblocked it for 88.9 then he would have to unblock it for the whole school. “Unfortunately, that’s one of those Catch 22 situations,” Cain said. The decision of what to block is up to Cain, who said he would need a teacher to find a really good reason for him to unblock sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Twitter is currently unblocked. “I would be hard-pressed to make that decision… there’s just too much danger,” Cain said. Sledzik said social media is “an easy platform to abuse” but it is growing into more than just a time killer. “It’s a friend’s network, but it’s also a business network,” Sledzik said. He currently uses social media to stay in touch with his friends and many professors who he would not know otherwise.


Streetsboro Alumni Association President: Michael P. Mack, SHS Class of 1968 Vice President: Ricki J. (Poole) Graeser, SHS Class of 1968 Treasurer: Deborah J. Wenzel, SHS Class of 1968 Secretary: Don Mountain, SHS Class of 1980

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The Streetsboro Alumni Association serves the nearly graduates of Streetsboro High School since 1964, the Streetsboro residents who attended area high schools from 1951 until 1963 when there was no high school in Streetsboro, and the Streetsboro High School graduates between 1902 and 1951. We also serve the teachers/administrators of Streetsboro City Schools, and the citizens of Streetsboro.

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Update, the Streetsboro Educational Foundation connection, and the Streetsboro Alumni Association website. Check out the Streetsboro Alumni Association website by going to www.streetsboroalumni.org. Karyn (Kravetz) Hall, SHS Class of 1989, did a great job creating our website. Go and have a look at it.

Streetsboro High School students may become associate members of the Association upon the payment of dues or commitment to service upon one or more standing committees of the Association. Teachers and administrators of Streetsboro Schools may become associate members of the Association upon the payment of dues. Citizens of Streetsboro may become associate members of the Association upon the payment of dues. Associate members may attend open meetings and take part in discussion but shall not vote, make motions or hold office. Annual Dues for Streetsboro High School Graduates will be $5.00, and a Lifetime Membership is $25.00. Lifetime membership dues are waived for any graduates of Streetsboro High School and students graduating from other high schools when there was no high school in Streetsboro prior to 1964. Annual Dues for Streetsboro High School Students (associate membership) will be $1.00; provided, however, that the Association will waive said fee in each year the associate member serves upon one or more standing committees of the Association. Our fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30. The Streetsboro Alumni Association uses a portion our membership dues, which are $5.00 for an annual membership or $25.00 for a lifetime membership, to fund a $250.00 scholarship granted to a son or daughter of a lifetime alumni association member or associate member (see the scholarship information on the Streetsboro Alumni Association website). The 2008 Streetsboro Alumni Association scholarship recipient was Stacie Lesher who used her scholarship money to help pay for her fall 2008 registration fees at Baldwin-Wallace College. She is the daughter of Todd Lesher, a lifetime alumni association member, SHS class of 1971 and the 2009 Streetsboro Alumni Association scholarship recipient was Tom Gilmer, son of Laurie (Perin) Gilmer, a lifetime alumni association member, SHS class of 1974. New lifetime members will receive a FREE Streetsboro Alumni Association baseball cap, a laminated membership card which allows admittance to home sporting events at a reduced price, a quarterly newsletter, and the opportunity to contribute to the alumni scholarship fund.

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Prom Preview2010 Teachers become celebs overseas Location:

*Prom- Bertram Inn, 600 N Aurora Rd, *Aurora, OH *After Prom- Fun ‘n’ Stuff, 661 *Highland Rd E, Macedonia, OH

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>> Courtney Sackett Staff Writer Cameras flashing. Fingers pointing. Eyes staring. Three teachers recently experienced such celebrity status while visiting foreign countries as part of a teacher exchange program. After applying for the International Leaders in Education Program, social studies teachers Sherry Maruna and Gabe Swarts were selected to travel to Indonesia, and Spanish teacher Karen Merritt was selected to travel to the Philippines, to experience teaching in a foreign school. “We were pretty nervous because Mr. Swarts and I really wanted to get to the Middle East, because that’s really where we teach,” Maruna said. Some places are not secure in the Middle East, however, so they were placed in Indonesia. Maruna said they adjusted because it is the most populated Muslim State and it is a democracy. The three teachers were treated like celebrities in the foreign countries. “People were very friendly and it was kind of weird,” Swarts said. “I was like a rock star at first. Everyone was coming up and like, touching me, and wanting pictures with me, even random strangers on the street, ‘cause we’re just so foreign to them and it’s not a place Americans go a lot, or Europeans for that matter, so to have someone come is a really big deal for them.” Because Merritt was the first American to visit the high school in Naga, she was the guest of honor and gave commencement speech at graduation.

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“I was struck by how everybody was hanging on my every word,” Merritt said. “I wanted to make sure it was worth their attention.” Maruna had similar experiences. She said she could not even walk out her front door without strangers asking for pictures and making comments about her, including her “pointy nose.” All three teachers said teaching in countries where English is not the first language was the hardest part of their experiences. Many people wanted to talk to and meet them, but they had trouble communicating. “They were all looking at me and I was thinking, ‘do they think something’s wrong with me,’ because I’m speaking so slow?” Merritt said of her commencement speech. “Many people approached me and tried to talk English or wanted to take my picture,” Maruna said. “And I’ve never felt out of place like that.” Food was another obstacle for the teachers. In Indonesia, Maruna was offered an Ice Kekong, which she described as “watered down coffee with ice chips in it and pieces of jello, corn and puffed rice, and some other floating things in it.” Maruna said people do not think about what Americans eat that other countries might find weird. “They acted like it was a treat,” she said. The teachers’ experiences changed many of their educational views. They realized how different the schools and culture are in other countries. “I’m just full of gratitude and appreciation for the things I walk in and take advantage of,” Merritt said. “You know, how many times do you wake up and think ‘oh, I’m so grateful to have running water today?’” “Firsthand experience is so beneficial,” Maruna said. “You think you know a culture or you think you know a religion, but to actually be immersed in it, and not as a tourist…that to me was very, very cool and gave me a whole new perspective on tolerance.”


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Cleveland Cavaliers: As of press time the Cavs are tied with Boston at 1-1 in the second round of the playoffs. LeBron is scheduled for his 3rd MRI on his elbow, but should not cause him to miss any playing time as of now. The Cavs will face the Celtics tonight at 7:00 pm and is airing on ESPN.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians have lost three straight and ten of their past fourteen games. As of press time the Indians are in last place in the Central Division with a record of 10-16.

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Boys team looks to win PTCs >> Craig Donovan Staff Writer Injuries and all, the boys track team finished first at last Friday’s Mogadore Invitational. Key underclassmen members such as sophomore Dakota Luzador, and freshmen Dorian Williams and Jeremy Branyard have filled the void on the sprint relay teams while Stevie Magic and Ray Nevels have been out with hip flexor injuries. Also, senior Mario Valenti is now healthy from a freak accident where teammate Jack Slavik “spiked him” with his shoe, and caused Valenti to get stitches “At this point we are just trying to stay healthy,” said head track coach Tom Fesemyer. Juniors Stevie Magic and Ray Nevels have been battling nagging hip flexor injuries throughout the season. Fesemyer said he is going to sit these guys down until PTC’s to get healthy.

Tomorrow will be another test for the team as they head to the Columbiana Invitational. “We want to go in the PTC and win it, that’s our goal,” Fesemyer said. “I think it will be a close race with us and Woodridge for PTCs,” said sophomore Pete Hannan. “Our sprinters definitely will get us there, and our distance team is putting in much- needed effort.” Two senior sprinters are confident in the team’s ability to compete with the best upcoming local competition. Mario Valenti said he feels the boys team has a pretty good chance of winning PTCs with a healthy roster. “I feel like I am going to do well at PTCs,” said Valenti’s teammate, senior Nick Wiseman. “My goals are to take first in the 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, and place top three in the 300 hurdles and compete for a school record in that event.”

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avs fans are “All Together” this year: anything less than a championship will be a disappointment because all the pieces are in place. Staff and students are caught up in the hype the Cavs are providing for the city, and enjoying the playoff ride as well as LeBron James’ second consecutive MVP title. “I think they are going to fly through the playoffs and go straight to the finals,” said P.E. teacher Krista Vonstein, who has attended two games so far. “They have all the pieces to the puzzle: Antawn making all the crazy shots, Shaq guarding teams’ ‘bigs’, and their bench is amazingly good.” “It’s not going to be as easy as we hope,” government teacher Gabe Swarts said. “Cleveland fans are always nervous, like me, but I am hopeful we will win the title.” With the addition of Shaquille O’Neal, Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon, and Anthony Parker this season, the Cavs are one of the deepest and talented teams in the league. “They have depth, and are determined to bring a championship to Cleveland,” sophomore Pete Hannan said. To make it to the NBA finals in June, the Cavs need to get past the Boston Celtics in Round Two this week. A rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup of Cleveland and Orlando is anticipated. “I think they have a better chance this year than any other,” science teacher Bob Sternburg said. As the Cavs’ success builds year after year, ticket prices are sending flocks of fans to local bars and basements. Ticket prices on Flash Seats for the second round range from $50 in Loudville to $4,500 for floor seats. Cavaliers fans are reserving their spots on Euclid Avenue to watch the team hoist the O’Brien trophy as they make their way through downtown in late June. Like basketball legend Magic Johnson recently said, “LeBron James is the best player in the universe,” who practically carried the Cavaliers in 2007 to the NBA finals. “Anything is possible when you have LeBron James,” Swarts said. Photos by: Polly Dierkens

Stars align to form NBA free agency >> Craig Donovan Staff Writer As the NBA playoffs are in full force, basketball fans are anticipating July 1, the day the NBA free agency period begins. This free agency class is expected to be the most talented in the history of the NBA, with superstars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Cavaliers fans are worried that if Cleveland does not win a championship LeBron will go elsewhere. With the “Cleveland Curse” in the back of die-hards’ minds, this has caused some concern for the local faithful. The New York Knicks just recently traded away high salary players and only have four players under contract for the 2010-2011 season. This creates enough salary cap space to sign two of the highly coveted superstars mentioned earlier. New York is currently the only team with enough salary cap room to pull this off. Why would any player want to go to the dreaded Knicks, who play as much defense as a team in an All-Star game? Also, they have no supporting cast to surround an All-Star.

LeBron may be close to New Jersey’s partial owner Jay-Z, but the Nets are a disaster with the worst record in this year’s season. The talk of moving to Brooklyn is at a standstill, and would not happen for a few years. On that note, the team seems to know it’s in a re-building stage as it was bought by Russian tycoon Mikhail D. Prokhorov for $200 million, a very cheap price for an NBA franchise. With this in mind, the Cavs can offer LeBron the most money because they own his bird rights, while Nike and other sponsors are drooling at the thought of seeing him in a large market such as New York or Los Angeles. LeBron is already an international, global icon, and his sponsors are known globally, so staying in Cleveland would not hurt his exposure. LeBron knows nothing other than Northeast Ohio, and should have no intention of ruining what he has built in Cleveland. Will he stay or will he go? All I can provide you with are some words of closure from a west coast trip this season to Los Angeles. A national reporter asked LeBron James if he knew the words to “I Love L.A.,” the Randy Newman classic, and LeBron replied: “No, I know the words to ‘I Love Akron’ and ‘O-H-I-O’ …’’

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