Question: What would make the popular Homer is Home Summer Festival even more popular? Answer: How about more games? Bingo! Literally. The Homer Lions Club will sponsor bingo as a fundraiser Saturday, August 8, during the festival, which starts the day before.
After an abbreviated program proved to be successful this year, organizers of Homer Community Schools’ After School Backpack Buddies are already planning to expand the program next fall. The Backpack Buddies ran for 14 weeks at the end of the 2014-15 school year, but should be in place for the entire 2015-16 school year, according to program director Jill Grant.
A total of 90 schools won one or more of the 127 Finals team championships awarded by the Michigan High School Athletic Association during the 2014-15 school year - with five programs winning the first MHSAA team titles in any sport for their respective schools. The Detroit Western International boys basketball, Armada boys bowling, Detroit Loyola football, Birmingham Roeper boys soccer and Romeo girls volleyball teams all brought home the first MHSAA team championships in their schools’ histories.
Nate Sitkiewicz enjoyed a stellar four-year varsity baseball experience as a key player for the Homer Trojans. The 2015 graduate was a two-time all-state outfielder for the Trojans, earning first team honors this past season as a Division 3 player. During his junior year he was a second team all-state performer.
As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July - our nation’s birthday - we once again offer up our thanks and gratitude that we have the privilege of living in the greatest country in the world. A country whose citizens enjoy unmatched freedom and liberties. We recognize and confess those liberties were paid for with sacrifices made by our forefathers, and we have a responsibility to protect that freedom and never forget the cost that was required to attain it.
“You are a magnet for trouble, Kristy Ann Smith.” That’s what my mother, my grandmothers, catechism teachers, 4-H leaders and a whole slew of teachers used to say about me. To have argued with them about it would only have served to confirm their point. That’s the only reason I didn’t. Guilty as charged. While I’ve earned my journeyman’s card for stirring the pot, I’d just as soon not. I’m no longer motivated by revenge and can’t remotely relate to the motives of most of the characters in the movie “Unforgiven.” Grudge-holding would take more time, energy and focus than I possess.