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Light in the Darkness — Doubting Thomas

“One of the disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came.  They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”   But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” John 20:24-25

Doubting Thomas. That is what the church calls him today and, as far back as I could find, it has been so.

Perhaps Adam Clarke, one of the commentators I most respect and often refer to, explains best why Thomas might have responded in this manner and so I share what he said.

He writes, “by absenting himself from the company of the disciples, he lost this precious opportunity of seeing and hearing Christ; and of receiving (at this time) the inestimable blessing of the Holy Ghost. 

Where two or three are assembled in the name of Christ, he is in the midst of them. Christ had said this before: Thomas should have remembered it, and not have forsaken the company of the disciples. (or if he had not forsaken but was absent of necessity, he should have remembered what Jesus said… my words). 

What is the consequence? – His unbelief becomes first of all, utterly unreasonable. Ten of his brethren witnessed that they had seen Christ, but he rejected their testimony. Secondly, his unbelief became obstinate: he was determined not to believe on any evidence that it might please God to give him: he would believe according to his own prejudices, (or sight) or not at all.  

Third. His unbelief became presumptuous and insolent: a view of the person of Christ will not suffice: he will not believe that it is he, unless he can put his finger into the holes made by the nails in his Lord‘s hand, and thrust his hand into the wound made by the spear in his side.

Thomas had lost much good, and gained much evil, and yet was insensible of his state. Behold the consequences of forsaking the assemblies of God‘s people! Jesus comes to the meeting – a disciple is found out of his place, who might have been there; and he is not only not blessed, but his heart becomes hardened and darkened through the deceitfulness of sin. It was through God‘s mere mercy that ever Thomas had another opportunity of being convinced of his error.”

Sound a little harsh? Maybe, but Mr. Clarke makes a serious point.

Thomas did, for some reason, after all, reject the testimony of 10 trusted co-workers in favor of his own uninformed opinion. He did for some reason insist that nothing could make him believe except the criteria he himself established.

I believe this is the lesson we are to gain from this account in the gospel. At the same time, I wonder how many of us would want to be remembered for all time only for a moment of failure?

We should also remember that Thomas was one of the 12 chosen Apostles. History tells us that he was a fearless evangelist, carrying the gospel both to India and China faithfully until his death, which historians also tell us was in India, where he was put to death for preaching the gospel by four soldiers armed with spears

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Hopefully everyone is in a Halloween mood!

Don’t forget that the Red Cross Blood Drive that GRB is hosting takes place tomorrow throughout the day. I made a mistake in my last article-if you donate, you will receive Taco Bell rather than pizza and donuts. Sounds like a promising incentive!

Many of our Sectional games went well last week. The girls’ Varsity Soccer Team won their first-round game against Carthage, 4-3. The boys’ Varsity Soccer team beat Whitesboro at home, 3-0.

Soon, however, fall sports will come to an end and winter sports will already be starting up. I cannot believe that snow is already appearing in our weather forecasts! Indoor sports, including wrestling, indoor track, and basketball will begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. Even some spring sports, including lacrosse, will soon be seen in the GRB weight room, hard at work.

If you are interested in working out after school, the weight room is open to anyone on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:40 to 4:40.

If you need a quick snack before your workout, or are simply hungry for a little something during your 8th or 9th bell study hall or after school, look no further than the Raider Den! The Raider Den is a school store selling drinks and refreshments to students. Many tasty treats can be purchased at affordable prices, so make sure to check it out.

Along with fall sports ending, the first quarter marking period is also almost over. Make sure you are checking your grades on School Tool and meeting with your teachers if you find there are any discrepancies. Remember that you must have an 84.5 or higher to make Honor Roll, and an 89.5 or higher to make High Honor Roll. Strive to do your best!

If you are having any trouble in a particular class, National Honor Society members are tutoring every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Certain subjects are focused on in certain rooms, so see your Guided Study Hall teacher for information on where to go.

If you are trick-or-treating tomorrow, remember that the city-designated hours are from 6-8 o’clock. Have fun but also be safe!

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

Maybe it can be blamed on global warming or too little rain, or a colder than normal spring, but whatever the reason, the pheasant season in Eastern Washington has been a pretty poor one so far.

The hunters I’ve talked to found very few birds where they were used to seeing plenty in years past.

Ben wasn’t able to go, so I stayed in Sammamish with him and the family when members of his wife’s family headed out towards Spokane. It turned out to be a fortunate thing for me, because the six guys we would have gone with shot just four birds total between them.

I located a duck hunter who told me that he will keep track of when the Harlequin ducks show up and let me know. I suppose I should check with a taxidermist to see what a mount would cost just in case I come up with one of those beautiful drakes.

Sam told me there is an ocean flat where the harlequins really bunch up and that getting one should not be too difficult depending on the weather and his schedule.

I really don’t like shooting a bird that I am not interested in putting on the table, but this will be the rare exception if I get my drake.

Sam will be taking me hunting for puddle ducks later this week. I got just a little excited when he told me we would probably see quite a few gadwalls.

I have never taken one of them. If mounting costs are not excessive for the Harlequin, I might consider a nice drake Gadwall to go with it, but nothing certain there.

He also told me we could do some diver hunting a little later this fall. He has a spot that is good for golden eyes. That wouldn’t be a big deal to me except that these are the western species, Barrow’s Golden eyes.

That’s another duck that I have never taken, but I have no intention of getting it mounted, and yes, if I shoot one I will eat it if for no other reason than to know what they taste like. I can pretty much guarantee it won’t taste like chicken.

Sam also mentioned that they get quite a few scaup (bluebills) and some redheads, but they also get good flights of ring neck ducks, better known as ring bills. They are divers, but in my experience they are the best eating of all the diving clan. I am hoping to run into a few of them out here.

I envy the guys who can afford to travel around the different North American flyways to hunt ducks and geese in different states and legendary locations.

Some of them even travel to other countries and continents to pursue their passion for hunting waterfowl. I would not turn down the opportunity to hunt the pin oaks of Stuttgart, Ark. if it was ever offered to me, but it isn’t on my bucket list.

One thing I have come to enjoy in the last few years is reading anthologies of stories written about duck hunting many years ago by earlier outdoor writers. They hunted areas that I will probably never see let alone hunt.

Their exploits are replete with descriptions of arduous travel, rude accommodations, questionable boats, dangerous situations, decoys, guides, and almost as a side line, shooting.

Those writers were so good that I live the moments with them vicariously, crawling out of a warm bed at three in the morning, smelling the coffee and the bacon, feeling the biting cold of the blinds as the bottom drops out of the thermometer, wishing flights of distant ducks would turn our way for at least one pass.

It is almost as good as actually being there.

But here I am in the present in a new duck hunting location, about to make more memories of my own. Will they be as good or as vivid as the hunts of old?  Only time will tell, but I’ll try to fill you in when the time comes.

On a completely different note. I don’t plan on doing any deer hunting in Washington; it’s just too doggone expensive, but I did enjoy seeing a beautiful 8-point buck last Sunday.

There are lots of black tailed deer around the area where Ben lives, and I’ve seen quite a few does and a spike horn buck within a mile of his home.

I don’t know if there are any white tails around here, but I think they are mostly east of the mountains. I have to admit that I have been very disappointed by the cost of all the Washington non-resident licenses.

New York state non-resident tags are a bargain by comparison. I wouldn’t pay the price for a Washington deer license even if I knew I could bag the biggest buck in the state.

And that’s the way it is here in Sammamish, WA.

Jerry’s Journal — Hannibal Street history

Almost the Mayor of Hannibal Street: Tom Trepasso has lived on Hannibal Street his entire life and says there’s only one person (Charley Liberti) who’s lived there longer than he has. “That makes me almost the Mayor of Hannibal Street,” he laughingly remarked.

I visited with Tom in his home a few weeks ago, per his invitation to stop by and look over some artifacts he offered to loan me.

Those artifacts included a booklet of poems entitled “As I Remember” written by Fred Kenyon Jones in 1934 (the year this writer was born, gulp); a booklet announcing a Reunion of Teacher and Pupils at Walradt Street School in 1922; and a booklet about the Second Annual Field Day, sponsored by Fulton Police Benevolent Association, Inc., at Recreation Park on Monday, Sept. 4 (but of what year is left to wondering).

The booklets are sitting on my desk to glean from for future columns, so stay tuned. There’s lots of good stuff in them, such as the excerpts at the end of this columu.

Fishing for a circus elephant: Tom can tell you almost everything you might want to know about Hannibal Street’s history.  He remembers fishing for bullheads as a kid in Tannery Creek when it was still deep and full of fish, the circuses that were once held in the field by the old airport – and the circus elephant that got stuck in the creek one summer!

He remembers Kate, Helen and Charley Mangeots’s farm on Hannibal Street, their milk house out back – “the best milk in town” – he said, the dinner bell ringing and the time the cows got loose and wandered onto the railroad tracks.

“It was a terrible, terrible mess, scattered everywhere” he recalled about the cleanup after the cows and a train collided.

These days, Tom and his wife Barbara, they’ve been married for 43 years, still live in a beautifully kept home that once was his parents’ house. It’s the one on Hannibal Street with the Yankees’ logo on it. “Everybody’s a Yankee fan,” he said, but some don’t know it!”

Tom worked at Sealright for 14 years, then at Roller Bearing for 30 years. Now retired, he loves to work around the yard  — it changes with the season — the decorations, that is.

Right now it’s Halloween in his yard, and soon it will Christmas, his favorite time to decorate, he said, though in recent years he’s cut down some.

Colorful work: The North End Paper Mill came up in conversation and  I asked Tom if he knew what was going there. Those of us who frequently travel Hannibal Street can’t help but notice there is some kind activity in that old place, but what?

I was pretty sure they were not manufacturing paper any more, but I had seen cars parked there off and on and had taken note of the new sign on the front of it, and from what I can see there’s the possibility that one of these days that old mill will be sporting a brand new roof.

But, wow, was I surprised when Tom said his wife Barbara is the manager there and oversees a handful of men and women, mostly women, who also work there. She’s been there in some capacity since 1977, and now the manager, he said.

A crew of seven or eight, depending on who can work on any given day, usually four days a week, cut big rolls of tissue paper — “every color of tissue paper,” he said — into squares to package and ship out to florists and gift shops.

The building has been there for more than 100 years,” he said. “It might have been a tannery to begin with. It’s right by the creek and the railroad tracks.”

Tom reminisced about walking the tracks when he was a kid to go swimming at Recreation Park, and of his four years at Good Old Fulton High School, he said “it was the best time of his life … everyone used to have fun back then … we weren’t rich but never went without … it’s too bad young people (of today) can’t visualize what it used to be like,” he said.

Historical Humor: I thank Tom for taking the time to talk to me and for sharing the booklets as well. I especially enjoy the book of poems because it not only recounts our hometown history in rhyme and humor but also because of the people who lived here in that era — many of their names still ring familiar to me and I’m sure to many of you — like Fanning, Youmans, Perkins, Osborn, Case, Freeman, Loomis, Coleman, Knight, Mason, Baker, Allen, O’Brien, Dyer, Stevenson, Williams, Holden, just to name a few.

And, it would seem, our poet/historian, Mr. Fred Kenyon Jones had, at one time or another, many jobs around town: “I worked at Nestlés in 1901,” he wrote, “with 40 girls, we has such fun.”

In another of his poems he said, “I worked once in the Woolen Mill, Jimmy Connell came and went at will. Pay day I drew just three-sixty. Did I stay: Yours truly says nixie.”

And in a poem entitled Digging up the Dirt he wrote: “I worked once for Emmet Conrad, Bert Loomis was his business comrade; their business really wasn’t bad, the trouble was the help they had.”

His booklet is the source of the ads accompanying this column.

Now, here’s my caveat: Reader beware! I write for fun. I am not a historian, nor a reporter. I write from memory and from what others want to share. Sometimes I look things up; sometimes I mess things up.

I hope you have fun reading my stuff. Your comments, additions and corrections are always welcome. You may contact me at 133 Tannery Lane, Fulton, phone 592-7580 or email JHogan@aol.com. Please put Jerry’s Journal in the subject line. Thanks!

In and Around Hannibal

Hannibal District No. 2 Stone Schoolhouse

District No. 2 was located just north of the Village of Hannibal. The original schoolhouse was a wooden structure which was constructed about 1820.

During its early history, children were not graded at this school and school terms were held only during the winter for a 12-week period. As was the custom those days, the teacher boarded among the parents of her pupils, stating one week at a time in each home.

In regard to that practice, there is an amusing story about Mary A. Dudley, a teacher in this district in those early days.

One of the parents with whom she was to board knew Mary was very fond of johnnycake.

So the woman decided she would serve plenty of the teacher’s favorite food during her stay in this household. Accordingly, johnnycake appeared on the table three time a day every day for a week.

When Miss Dudley went home for the weekend, her mother, thinking she would have something that her daughter liked, (you guessed it!) had a large johnnycake fresh out of the oven. However to her mother’s dismay, the young teacher had lost her enthusiasm for her favorite food.

At a school meeting held in the fall of 1850, it was decided to build a new school.  The old building was sold at auction for $9.64 to Grover Burt, grandfather of James B. Burt.*

Trustee J.D. Curtis worked with a building committee composed of Nelson Cole, Martin Wiltsie, James W. Burt, Samuel Stevenson+ and Orson Titus to develop plans and specifications for the new building.  The new school was to be constructed of stone at an estimated cost of $390 and located on the plank road to Oswego.

All the stone used in construction was taken from the site of the schoolhouse.

*James Burt owned a clothing and tailoring store in the village which remained in Burt hands for more that 75 years.

+Sam Stevenson, live stock dealer and  father-in-law to Ella Leonard Stevenson an advocate for the Women’s Suffrage Movement, a hard worker for prohibition and temperance in the Village and assistant organist at the Baptist Church.

In conjunction with the school, a stone toilet was erected at a cost of $26.96.  This was later torn down to make room for an addition to the school.

To keep the school repaired, an annual tax of $5 was levied on the school district. Also, a librarian whose duty was to account for all the books owned by the school district was appointed at each of the annual school meetings.

In 1884, new desks were installed in the schoolhouse.

Family names associated with District #2 included Curtis, Welling, Cummins, Fowler, Ecker, Campbell, Hill, Burt, Parker, Parsons, Kennedy, Gerring, Bishop and Correll.  Some of the later teachers in this district included 1920-21- Grace Upcraft, 1927-28- Frances Stock, 1928-29 -Franklin Barry, Lucy Welling, 1929-30 – Martha Shutts, 1931-32 – L. Mae Signor, 1932-33 Leah W. Owen, 1933-38 – Madeleine Adsitt, 1938-39 – Hazel French, 1939-41 – Minnie Perkins, 1941-43 – Bessie Cooper, 1943-46 – Lois Chaffee and 1946-49 Mildred Howell.*

*Franklin Barry went on to become Superintendent of Schools in Syracuse and I was lucky enough to have known five of the last six teachers.

After centralization, the Stone Schoolhouse was converted into an auto repair shop, once operated by Jeff Fowler. Rolling Thunder Auto and Cycle owned the structure when it was razed on Nov. 11, 1993, for a new garage.

If anyone has memories of the Stone Schoolhouse, send me an e-mail or give me a call.

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Members of the Hannibal Senior Band will be collecting cans and bottles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, at N&N Redemption Center to raise money for their upcoming band trip

The Hannibal Historical Society is hosting an Archives Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street.  Town, Village and Historical Society Historian Lowell Newvine will show copies of newspaper clippings and photos dating from the mid 1800s.  Lowell will also be available to help with genealogy research.

The upstairs room will be open for those who wish to see artifacts owned by the society. Albums of photos taken by Virginia Davenport will be on display. There will be a sign-up sheet to order Pewter Christmas tree ornaments, depicting the newly-renovated and reopened Village Tavern.

The Hannibal Ecumenical Key Council Bake Sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon today (Saturday Oct. 26) at the Hannibal Village Market IGA.

The Ecumenical Key Council, is made up of members of the Churches of Hannibal. They meet the third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m.  The money they make at their bake sales is split between the Hannibal Resource Center for their Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away and the Christmas Bureau at Hannibal Central School District.

The Ecumenical Key Council also hosts the Baccalaureate, and Thanksgiving services for the community.   New people are always welcome.

Hannibal Fire Co. Auxiliary Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at the Firehouse on Oswego Street, Hannibal.  Menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, and beverages.

Don’t forget to come in costume and come let the breakfast crew cook breakfast for you.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or  play games or just some idle chit-chat!  Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation.  This week’s menu is:

Monday — Baked chicken, garlic red potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, jello

Wednesday — Roast pork with gravy, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and carrots, ice cream

Friday — Pasta with meat sauce, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad, pears

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling;    Wednesday — Halloween party; wear your costume!  Friday — games

The Jammers will be celebrating Halloween with a covered dish dinner at 6 at the American Legion.  You are asked to bring a generous dish to pass – ham and scalloped potatoes and table service provided.  The Jam will begin at 7. You are encouraged to wear a costume.

Music BOOsters (the BOO is in honor of Halloween) will be meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 31.

Sports Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the high school libary.

The Hannibal Methodist Church will host its annual Election Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.  Takeouts will be available and delivery in the village can be done. Call 564-5346.

The church is handicap accessible and is 1 block west of the village on Church Street. The luncheon will include your choice of New England clam chowder and vegetable beef soup and a choice of sandwiches and pie for dessert.

Home and School will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 5 in Room 30 (Pre-K wing) at Fairley School.

The Senior Band Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Lockwood Auditorium in the High School.

Remember this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area.  If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an e-mail or give me a quick call.

 

 

 

Light in the Darkness — Judas Iscariot

“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 

They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”

Mark 14:10-11

Judas Iscariot is a prime example of a man who followed Jesus but never surrendered completely surrendered his life to Him. He serves as a warning to us that to follow Jesus means to accept not only the God Man but his will and agenda for our lives as well.

Judas was appointed by Jesus to be an Apostle, and as such traveled with Jesus and the other eleven chosen men for three years. He was both a witness to the teaching and miracles of Jesus … and, in a way not easily understood … a participant in the power of the Holy Spirit ministering to others.

He was there at the wedding feast in Cana when Jesus turned water into wine. He was present with Jesus outside the tomb of Lazarus and witnessed his rising from the dead when Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!”

Judas himself would have cast out demons, seen the sick healed when he laid hands on them, and helped to feed 5,000 with one little boys lunch.

We sometimes have a picture of Judas sitting in a black cloak deep in the background, somehow separated from the other Apostles, but this is not the image scripture paints. He was trusted by the other disciples. As their treasurer he was entrusted with their money bag.

But Judas had his own agenda. Judas, his name appears eight times in scripture as “Ish-Kerioth”.

Iscariot is not his last name. “Ish-Kerioth” labels him as a man from Kerioth, a small town in Judea known for its insurgency. It was a hot bed for Zealots, who would resort to any means in their attempt to rid Israel of the hated Romans.

Historians are in agreement that Judas was a Zealot. Furthermore, based upon some other words used in scripture to describe Judas, it is probable that hewas a member of the Sicarri, an elite group of assassins who carried out the darkest ops of the Zealots.

They believed that any means were justified if the end was desirable. And the ‘desirable’ end the Zealots sought was the expulsion of Rome from Israel.

This goes far in explaining Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. He never left his own goals or agenda for Christ’s but sought to use means of his own choosing in an attempt to force the issue, to bring about the conclusion he and his compatriots longed for.

The Rev. David Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Barclay discusses state referenda to be voted on Nov. 5

When voters go to the polls Nov. 5, they will be asked whether to support a number of amendments to the State Constitution.

Recently, I talked about the casino referendum and the implications its passage will have on New York.

This week, I want to let readers know about five other referendums that will appear on the ballot.

All of these passed the State Legislature in order to be put in front of the public for a vote. Some matters I supported in the Legislature, while others I did not.

Civil Service Credits for Disabled Veterans

Our State Constitution allows veterans to receive additional credits on a civil service exam.

This is a one-time credit, according to our constitution. This amendment would enable veterans to receive additional credits if they become disabled.

For example, if a veteran was employed as a police officer, decided to return to military service in Afghanistan, and became disabled as a result of his or her service, the employee would be eligible to receive an additional credit as a disabled vet. I supported this in the Legislature and plan to do so at the polls.

Land Exchanges

Title disputes have a chance to be put to rest if the public supports the amendment to resolve claims between the state and private parties that own land in Hamilton County.

This constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the state and private parties over land in a state forest reserve. Owners of land in the Forest Preserve would receive clear title to the lands where they live and pay property taxes if this passes. I supported this in the Legislature as well.

Another land exchange amendment would enable NYCO Minerals, Inc., a private company, to continue its mining operations in Essex County. The company currently mines wollastonite, a rare white mineral used in ceramics, paints, plastics and other building products.

The Lewis Mine, which NYCO Minerals, Inc. uses, produces 60,000 tons of wollastoniate annually — 8 percent of the annual worldwide production.

The mine is approaching the end of its life cycle and its closure would mean the loss of nearly 100 full-time workers as well as tax revenue for the local economy.

Debt Limit Exclusion/Sewage Facilities

This amendment would enable municipalities to extend their debt limit for sewage treatment and related facilities until Jan. 1, 2024. I supported this in the Legislature.

Increasing Age Judges Can Serve

Currently, state Supreme Court judges must retire at 76. This amendment would increase the mandatory retirement age to 80. It would also increase the retirement age for judges of the Court of Appeals from 70 to 80. Also, it would prohibit the appointment of any person over the age of 70 to the Court of Appeals. I voted against this bill in the Legislature and plan to do so at the polls.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.

Bodley Bulletins — by Julia Ludington

I am happy to report that the girls’ soccer senior night was just as successful as the boys’!

The girls won against Homer, 3-1. Haley Carroll, an eighth-grader, scored two of the goals and Cara Bricker, a junior, scored another. The game was quite exciting but yet again bittersweet, as the team lost six seniors.

If you are looking to promote a great cause, the Youth Advisory Council, or Y.A.C., is taking donations for the Colombian orphanages they sponsor. Sophia Giovannetti and Amelia Coakley are two seniors accepting these donations.

They are asking for lightly used summer clothing, as it is normally above 80 degrees where the children live, and simple necessities including toothpaste, deodorant and any other items that we are accustomed to in our day-to-day lives.

The children will be receiving these items for Christmas this year.

Don’t forget about the fall play this coming Friday and Saturday. Everyone is getting excited to see “What the Bellhop Saw.” If you’ve forgotten, the play will be presented at 7 p.m. both days. Seniors and children under 12 receive a discount!

Club officers and treasurers met on Oct. 16 to discuss proper accounting procedures.

The procedures this year are much more efficient and organized, with each club or activity receiving its own binder in which they can record fundraising and the like.

Clubs, with their newly easily accessible information, will be able to give advice to other clubs about what fundraisers worked the best for them.

A new requirement this year is clubs must prove that they have voted and decided on a specific purpose for donations they have received.

For example, the Environmental Club has just voted to use a donation it received to go towards putting in another eco-friendly water fountain.

These water fountains have a slot for you to put your water bottle in to refill it, and they display the number of water bottles that they have helped the school save.

The club also hopes to start raising money this year to help put a few of these water fountains in our elementary schools.

The spirit of charity has been rampant lately at the high school, and it has really created a very optimistic environment.

The Varsity and JV Girls’ volleyball teams held their annual “Dig Pink” game last Thursday. The game’s goal was to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and from what I hear, they were very successful.

I am excited to see all of the clubs and activities thrive this year. Continue to get involved!