by Mike Warner
There is involved. Then there is Samantha Johnson involved. Johnson, a Central Michigan University senior, has embraced trying new challenges and volunteerism during her time at the university at a level few others reach. She was rewarded for all her community service by being nominated to - and then selected to - the CMU Homecoming Court. It will take a small forest to supply all the paper needed to contain the 2011 Homer High School graduate’s college portfolio. Her list of organizations she belongs to - and in some cases founded - is extraordinarily extensive, but befitting of her philosophy of trying as many new experiences as possible.
by Mike Warner
It is less than one month into the school year, but Litchfield Community Schools officials are saying security cameras placed on their buses are already paying dividends. “I love them,” said Mickey Green, transportation supervisor for LCS. “It’s a great tool because the kids know they are there. They just automatically behave better. “It there is an issue, we can just go to the tape,” she added. “Some students forget about the cameras, but once they get a write-up, they remember.”
The Homer varsity cheerleading squad has been busy cheering on the football team this fall. Members include, back row, from left: Prim Moongprasittichai, Thao Tran, Alissa Kittinger, Nikkolette Cornstubble, Ashley Dodson, Shylyn Perin, Juel Marovich, Zuzanna Rivera, Raquel Vilarino, Lilly Butters, Hope Cornstubble and Elisa Kendrick; front row Bailey Newsome, Nicole Young, Lillie Smith and Janel Nelson.
by Mike Warner
Four weeks into the Big Eight Conference football season, several patterns have emerged for the league-leading Homer Trojans: They continue to win. It may not always be pretty, but Homer has come out on the winning side of the ledger each week. Such was the case Friday, when they dominated Jonesville in a 32-13 win that moved them to 4-0 in the league, 4-1 overall. The Trojans are a great first-half team, but only mediocre after intermission. They have an amazing 134 points in the first two quarters in their conference games, but only 12 in the final two quarters. Senior quarterback Caleb Drumm is on fire. For the second consecutive week, he threw five touchdown passes - nine of which were in the first half.
by Rev. Tim Marvil
I travel out east a good bit. On average once a month I head out to the New Jersey area. We lived out there for all of our lives before coming to Michigan in 2008. I still have some deep connections, including a son who is now going to college in Princeton, New Jersey. I almost always drive, considering the high cost of airfare. I’ve gotten pretty good at routing myself around most situations. Wintertime brings the threat of bad weather, and I have had to hole up in hotels on the way there or back to wait out snowstorms. Just last week I found myself travelling our east once again. I wasn’t anticipating any travel issues as we are now in the beautiful fall season. As we made our way further and further east, however, we started to see numerous temporary traffic signs posted to be aware that the entire New York Metro area was under traffic watches for the week because of the visit of Pope Francis. It was with a little trepidation I realized the end of our trip would be in the Philadelphia area and that the main roads were to be closed because of Pope Francis’ arrival on the day we was leaving.
by Kristy Smith
I hate litter, whether it’s having to clean the cat litter box, dealing with stray kittens people drop off “out in the country” from an unwanted litter, or picking up fast food bags tossed into my ditch next to the kittens. Those who litter dirty the rights of those who don’t. The issue of American litter was first addressed nationally in 1953, with formation of the “Keep America Beautiful” non-profit organization. Its main focus was litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and community greening and beautification. My focus has always been on the first two, as I stink when it comes to greenery and/or beautifying anything.