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Dr. Olin, Mr. Cary discuss plans for next year’s COViD protocols

by Tyler Young/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Principal Jason Cary talks about COVID protocols and expectations for next year. Photo by Tyler Young

Have you wondered what the plan for the next school year is? Principal Mr. Jason Cary and Superintendent Dr. Harold Olin have revealed a sneak-peek for the Greenfield Central school system plan next year with COVID protocols, the schedule, and expectations.

Starting with Mr. Cary:

Q: Is there a set plan for next year?

A: “Our goal is to be as close to normal next year. Masks next year with students vaccinated could be flexible. The governor has mandated to wear masks at this point. No anticipation to go above the governor. Hopefully high school students get vaccinated.”

Q: How can we build from this year?

A: “We need to learn what works and what doesn’t work. The virtual option may stay next year. The Zoom meetings may become more a part of what we do. Hopefully there is more of what we can do from this year.”

Q: What is the goal for next year?

A: “As close to normal as possible. Traditional blue and gold schedule with kids all back eating in the cafe. Field trips and visitors hope to be back as well.”

Q: How are teachers going to be affected?

A: “Hopefully not at all. We hope they can go back to their normal careers with no sort of confusion or worry.”

Q: Will we return full-on or with a hybrid schedule?

A: “The goal is to start on a normal schedule. This last quarter was to go from hybrid to full-on last fall. We should be back as normal in fall.”

Q: What can students expect for next year?

A: “They can expect it to be as close as normal from the last couple of years. Hopefully we continue the process of returning to normal every day.”

All of those answers were from Mr. Cary. Now, on to Dr. Olin.

Q: What is next year’s protocol going to look like?

A: “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has not shared a recommendation for next fall. We have sought to follow the guidelines established by the CDC, ISH (Indiana State Department of Health), and the Hancock County Health Department. We will continue the 3’ radius for contact tracing.”

Q: What should the returning students be aware of?

A: “Students can expect the same precautions from spring and we will not bypass any of them. These include social distancing, increased hand washing, deep cleaning of our facilities, contact tracing, and quarantine periods for infected individuals. But our beliefs are in our students’ best interests.”

Q: How will the vaccines come into effect for your plan?

A: “As of this day, I cannot tell you if we will require the use of masks in our schools in the fall. We may not even have an answer this summer, but I am always eager to hear the new set of recommendations provided by the CDC and the ISDH.”

History of Jordan brand at Nike

by Tyler Young/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Chicago Black Toe’

It all started in 1984. Michael Jordan had a tremendous rookie year with the Chicago Bulls winning ROTY (rookie of the year) in the NBA. Nike was a fairly new company and was not a successful company in the 80’s. In 1984 Jordan received his first offer from Nike just at 21 years old. Jordan wasn’t interested in Nike and was actually in favor of Adidas or Converse. But then Nike offered him a new kind of deal. Some call it a “signature line” which means he endorsed his own type of shoe through Nike. “Michael Jordan signed a five-year deal with Nike worth $500,000 per year.” (Republic world.com) Jordan accepted the offer, little did he know that he was about to release one of the biggest shoe and clothing franchises ever.

Nike and Jordan called it “Air Jordan” or just “Jordan.” The first release came in 1985 with the Air Jordan l. But these shoes did not meet NBA standards. As it says from footlocker.com. “The NBA banned the original Air Jordan for not meeting the league’s stringent policy on uniforms and colors. Jordan wore them anyway and faced a $5,000-per-game fine as a result.” But that’s not the only thing about these shoes “This Air Jordan was the only one in the series to feature the familiar Nike Swoosh logo.” (Footlocker.com). The shoes also featured wings instead of the, yet to be created, Jumpman logo. The wings were trademarked by Nike on May 7, 1985.

After Michael Jordan won ROTY in 1985. The Jordan brand soon took off, creating all sorts of new clothing, shoes, and sports equipment. Hitting $100 million dollars in sales in 1985, business was booming for Nike. Not to mention that the Air Jordan 1s game worn autographed sold for $560,000 becoming the most expensive sneakers to ever be sold. “Sotheby’s recently sold a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s for $560,000 to become the most expensive sneakers ever sold.” (CNBC.com).

Nowadays, Nike is the most popular footwear brand. With new endorsements such as LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, etc. But we can’t forget how it all started with one man, Michael Jordan. Jordan has made 1.4 billion dollars off of Nike alone, and Nike is a 34.8 billion dollar company. So in conclusion, Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand have made a huge impact on Nike today. Without Jordan’s success and Nike’s signature deal. Who ones what Nike could’ve turned out today.

HOW THE WINTER WEATHER AFFECTED THE COUNTRY

by Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writer

During the week of February 13-17, a winter storm came through North America. Places that usually don’t see the blanket of white, woke up to a little surprise on their doorstep. The winter weather stretched from the Rio Grande to Ohio. At first it was a treat, with posts on social media of people playing with the snow and exploring the vast pros and cons of the weather. Things took a turn when the weather worsened. Texas experienced many power outages leading to school closures and it is suspected that more than 70 people lost their lives. 

    Temperatures reached 8 degrees in Austin, Texas and -38 degrees in Hibbing, Minnesota, both temps breaking records in their respective states. State officials all over America recommended their citizens to stay home to avoid disasters on the roads. 10 people died due to crashes and poor road conditions. In 14 states, utilities called for a blackout which resulted from subzero temperatures. This left 300,00 residents of Oregon without power. 

Chicago had issues after 18 inches of snow fell in some areas of the city. Every hour almost 2 inches of snow fell, though areas like the O’Hare International Airport saw a lot less snow. This snowfall helped to tie the record for the longest stretch of days with snow since 1884, when records were kept of snowfalls. 

   Chicago wasn’t used to getting this much snow this quickly. Todd Kluber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, stated, “We’ve had more snow in three weeks than we’d typically get in the entire winter.” 40.1 inches of snow had fallen throughout the three-week period, marking another record as one of the snowiest stretches. This total is about 5 inches more than the seasonal normal snowfall of 36.3 inches, Kluber said. https://www.chicagotribune.com/weather/ct-winter-storm-snowfall-totals–20210216-36pex67a5redhki3tnqfcdjh6q-story.html

Records after records kept getting broken by this winter storm. Over 73% of the lower 48 was blanketed with snow, the largest percentage since 2011, when NOAA began tracking show coverage. Texas was hit the hardest, due to its isolated electrical grid. The state had to rollout blackouts to conserve their energy.   Jessica Knofla, a Texan from Galveston, said of conditions in Galveston, “Basically, everyone who lives here had no warning and is stuck on a blacked-out island with no major stores open and no lights on the road. It’s absolutely infuriating.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/16/texas-weather-snow-storm-latest-news-power-outages-deaths

12 million citizens of Texas were advised to boil their water before consumption. Kelsey Muñoz, an intensive care nurse in Dallas, stated from the link above, “Currently, I have power and I’m hoping I am not jinxing myself by saying that. However, for water I’ve had to gather snow and melt it. Never thought I had to do that in Texas.’ ” Four million people were without power throughout the week all across the country, 3.5 million were in Texas alone. People were even told to stop dripping their faucets to preserve water for hospitals and fire departments.

   The storm affected everyone differently. Some has a little bit of fun in the vast world of snow; others had very difficult conditions. One thing I think we’ve all learned from the storm: It’s time for summer. 

Election and InauguratioN: Historic events unfold leading up to inauguration

By: Tyler Young/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: President Joe Biden is sworn in on Inauguration Day. Photo from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-21/joe-biden-sworn-in-president-of-the-us-inauguration-ceremony/13076538

The change in U.S. presidents over the past few months was rather eventful. Claims of voter fraud cast shadows on the election and caused numerous investigations. While there was no substantiated proof of this voter fraud, President Trump said repeatedly that this was the case. Now some may say his beliefs are true because there was confusion over mail-in ballots during the 2020 presidential election. However, evidence has not proven it as of yet. “The president and his allies filed 62 lawsuits in state and federal courts seeking to overturn election results in states the president lost, according to Marc Elias, a Democratic election lawyer who is tracking the outcomes.” (USA Today) Out of all 62 cases, only 61 have won. But that one win was because some citizens failed to provide a proper ID in Pennsylvania, and the number of disqualified votes would not make a difference in the outcome of the vote. (https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/12/trump-campaign-election-2020-presidential-pennsylvania-lawsuit-ballots-late-identification/stories/202011120132)

Skip ahead to November 3, Election Day. It was a close call from the beginning. But in the end, Democrat candidate Joe Biden and his chosen Vice-President Kamala Harris pulled ahead, winning major states such as Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia. Joe Biden had won the electoral college vote, and was soon to be sworn in as president. This is when voter fraud became a really popular phrase used by former President Trump, and became a concern to be investigated.

The next important event came on January 6, 2021, the beginning of a new year with many hopes after the challenging year of 2020. But again, it was quite eventful. Before a full week of 2021 passed, a very important historical event occurred on that day. President Trump attended a rally in Washington, D.C. amid claims that there was voter fraud in the Presidential vote. Some attendees of the rally proceeded to storm the Capitol building, wishing to prevent Congress from counting the votes. A riot broke out outside the Capitol, which led policemen and women to protect the Capitol. But it wasn’t enough; the mob forced their way into the Capitol, taking it over. One rioter was shot by Capitol police. Two Capitol policemen died as a result of the riot. Three other civilians died due to medical emergencies. Senators and members of Congress had to flee to be escorted to safety. Many items in the building were also broken and ruined. President Trump tried to stop the mob by telling them to go home. “”It was a landslide election, everyone knows it … but you have to go home now,” Trump said. “We have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone hurt.’” (quoted in NBC News article online: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/blog/electoral-college-certification-updates-n1252864/ncrd1253120#blogHeader) Just days before Inauguration Day, President Trump was set for trial, yet again, to be impeached by the US House of Representatives on January 13 for what members said was “inciting an insurrection at the Capitol” (https://www.npr.org/sections/trump-impeachment-effort-live-updates/2021/01/13/956412385/the-house-has-impeached-trump-again-heres-how-house-members-voted) The Senate impeachment trial will start on February 9. “House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office.” (ApNews)

On January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day, at 2:00 pm President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris swore their promise to follow the Constitution and were sworn into office. But President Trump wasn’t there. “Meanwhile, Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He was the first president in 150 years to boycott his successor’s inauguration.” (CNN at https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/biden-harris-inauguration-day-2021/h_8f29890075535554698ebf2eb48ed606) The ups and downs of the election and inauguration continue, as the Senate impeachment trial has begun. 

Holidays celebrated around the world

by Emily Oleksy/Staff Writer

Many people have diverse holiday celebrations, including the kinds of foods they eat at these times. It would be interesting to see what is customary for people to eat on that day and to explore the different foods that other people may not eat or experience. People around the world eat all kinds of different foods for the holidays.

The first place to discuss is Israel and they eat latkes. Latkes are fried potato pancakes that are cooked in oil. This is a very important part of the Hanukkah tradition for people, not only in Israel but also in the US and world-wide. This recognizes that the Second Temple kept the Menorah burning with oil for eight days. People might eat this meal for Hanukkah to celebrate.

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The next place is Italy and they eat panettone which has candied fruit, chocolate, raisins and nuts that it has in it. The panettone plays an important role during the holiday season in Northern Italy. It’s one of the most famous holiday sweets. The panettone might be served with several types of fish, prepared all different types of ways when they serve the panettone.

Next, England is where people have holiday pudding and the dishes goes by many different names. Whether you call it figgy pudding or plum pudding, there are so many different names for it. The pudding is the key desert to have for the holiday season which is made of suet, egg, molasses, spices and dried fruits. Brandy is poured over the pudding immediately before it is served, and then it is lit on fire.

The next stop is France where they have Bûche de Noël as their holiday désert. The La Bûche de Noël symbolically represents the Yule Log which is a log that was traditionally carried into the home sprinkled with wine and then burned on the day before they celebrated the holiday. The Bûche de Noël is often made from sponge cake and chocolate buttercream with a swirl and shaped into a log.

The last one is in Bulgaria and it the Koliva which is boiled wheat with sugar and walnuts and is often the first item to appear on the table for the holidays. It is sometimes served with honey, poppyseed, other grains, rice, beans, and dried fruit. The dish can be prepared in so many different ways and is often connected with the Orthodox traditions.

This article was written to explain some of the interesting things that people around the world eat for the holidays. Each food is different, according to where you are, all the different types of ingredients that people use, and why they have it for the holidays. Maybe this article can help people learn a little more about certain foods and places around the world.

The Story of Pearl Harbor

By Tyler Young/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: This was a live Photo of the attack on Pearl Harbor from a reporter in Hawaii on Dec. 7. 1941.

On Sunday December 7, 1941 7:50 a.m., the course of American history was about to change. It was a normal day in the territory of Hawaii, specifically Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Let’s get some background information to learn about the attack. Hawaii was not yet a state but just a large group of islands occupied by the US naval fleet. World War II was happening at the time in Europe and Asia. With Germany, Japan, and Italy seeking world domination, Hitler did not want America to get involved, but Japan had other plans. Back to the main story.

    Japan knew that if the U.S. entered the war now, the US would have complete control of the seas and Japan had control of mainly islands so they knew we could easily take control. So they launched the surprise attack to destroy our naval fleet in order to prevent us from fighting back in the oceans. They succeeded in destroying a big majority of our fleet.

The First Wave: At 8:00, the kamikaze pilots showed up, all 183 of them, and struck at the airfields. “This first attack wave began bombing the hangars and parked aircraft of the island’s airfields while at the same time launching torpedoes against the US warships moored in the harbour.” (ivm.org.uk) After 5 minutes, they destroyed four US battleships with torpedoes and dropped a bomb on the USS Arizona and killed 1,177 crew.

The Second Wave: Half an hour later, a larger wave of kamikaze pilots returned to Pearl Harbor and inflicted even more damage than the last. “Within two hours, 18 US warships had been sunk or damaged, 188 aircraft destroyed and 2,403 total American servicemen and women killed.” (ivm.org.uk)

    “They destroyed 8 of our battleships: the USS Arizona, Oklahoma, California, West Virginia, Utah, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Nevada. After the bullets of the Kamikaze pilots shot at the vessels.” (History.com editors) The Japanese pilots targeted our battleships and flew straight into them. We were eventually available to save all except the USS Arizona and Utah. Casualties: A total of 2,403 American service men and women were killed; and over 1,000 were wounded. America soon declared war on Japan and Germany declared war on us. But, through four years of gruesome war in Europe and Asia and two nuclear bombs dropped on Nagasaki, Japan and Hiroshima, Japan, the Axis powers surrendered and the war was over on September 2, 1945. This is the story of Pearl Harbor.

The true story behind ‘The Conjuring’ movie

by Kalei Griffin/Staff Writer

Have you ever seen the movie The Conjuring? If so, you’d be surprised to find out that the movie depicts what actually once happened. Demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were the helping hands behind this terrifying and true story. The victims of this terrifying case were those of the Perron family. 

In January of 1971, the Perron family moved into a 14-room farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Right away, each member of the family: Carolyn (mother), Roger (father), and their five daughters, started to experience small but strange things occurring: brooms going missing, hearing weird sounds in the kitchen when no one was present, finding small piles of dirt in the middle of the kitchen floor right after she would get done sweeping, etc. Though Carolyn experienced weird occurrences, her daughters would actually see spirits with their own eyes. Once every member of the family started to notice the phenomena going on, Carolyn decided to research the history of the home. Carolyn discovered that the home had been in the same family for eight generations, in which half of them experienced multiple mysterious and horrible deaths within the home and/or in close proximity with the home. She also found that many of the children had drowned in a nearby creek, one was murdered, and a few of them hanged themselves in the attic. The most commonly seen spirit was a woman who would roam the house mainly at night according to Andrea Perron, the oldest daughter. According to the “True Story of the Perron Family and Enfield Haunting,” ‘whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be the mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position,’ said Andrea Perron

(https://allthatsinteresting.com/true-story-of-the-conjuring-perron-family-enfield-haunting). The woman being seen by the family was a woman named Bathsheba Sherman.

Bathsheba lived on the property in the mid 1800s. She was rumored to have been a Satanist and practiced witchcraft. She was also accused of being involved in the death of a neighbor’s child, but she was never charged. She soon passed away and was buried nearby. The occurrences eventually got to the point where they felt the need to reach out for help, which is where Ed and Lorainne Warren come in. Both Ed and Lorraine conducted many investigations and participated in many seances in the farmhouse. During one of the seances, Carolyn Perron, the mother, became possessed in which she began “speaking in tongues and levitating in her chair”, said Lorraine Warren (https://allthatsinteresting.com/true-story-of-the-conjuring-perron-family-enfield-haunting).  After this particular seance, the Perron family, particularly Roger, kicked both Ed and Lorraine out of their home and banned them from ever coming back. Roger was concerned for his wife’s safety at this point. After the seance, all of the occurrences and spiritual sightings began to die down but they didn’t completely end until the Perron family eventually moved in 1980.

Though the supernatural occurrences with the Perron family came to an end, the traumatic situation never seemed to die down. It will always be remembered by those who truly believe.

Sources:

https://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/conjuring.php

The Return of a Hero: WW2 Veteran’s remains return home to richmond after 77 years

by Ben Brunsting/Staff Writer

On September 17 Pfc. Louis Wiesehan, Jr was finally brought home to his surviving family after 77 years of being buried in an unidentified grave on Betio island Northeast of Papua New Guinea. Louis Wiesehan, Jr reportedly died on Nov. 21, 1943 on the second day of fighting against Japanese resistance on Betio Island during the Vietnam war. 

It’s hard for many Americans to think what it’s like to be away from home for more than a week, but Wiseham was 6,797 mi from home for over 77 years. His life was unfortunately lost during the taking of Betio island, an island 3,577 km Northeast of Papua New Guinea, against Japanese resistance. It was called the Battle of Tarawa. The attack on the island lasted for three days, of which Wiseham and 1,000 other Marines and sailors paid the ultimate sacrifice, according to https://www.wishtv.com/news/local-news/wwii-veterans-remains-to-return-to-indiana-76-years-after-his-death-in-battle/. Now known as one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific during WWII, in addition to the high number of casualties, the Battle of Tarawa left more than 2,000 wounded.

“ ‘There’s a quote from the commander in charge of defending Tarawa that goes, ‘A million men cannot take Tarawa in 100 years. The Marines did it in 76 hours,’ ” said Col. Kirk Mullins, program manager for Advanced Amphibious Assault at Program Executive Officer Land Systems.   

He continued, “It’s hard for us today to put what transpired over those three days into context—the difficulty of trying to win the battle in an area where hundreds of your fellow Marines lay dead. ’”(Qtd in https://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/News-Stories/Article/2377928/an-overdue-homecoming-77-years-later-marine-finds-his-way-home/. )

The men that were left standing gathered their fallen comrades to be buried in rushed and unmarked graves on the island. After the closing of the Vietnam war the 604th division of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Company were tasked with recovery of Americans in the Pacific. But the sheer amount of men lost on that day proved overwhelming, and the rushed graves made it so not every grave was obvious. So Wiseham was pronounced nonrecoverable along with the overwhelming majority of his comrades.

That changed, however, in late 2019 when the Defense Prisoner of War/MIA Accounting Agency released a social media post listing identified dead Marines, according to https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pal-item/obituary.aspx?n=pfc-louis-wiesehan-junior&pid=196773704&fhid=13556. It was on such a post where a fellow Marine from Richmond identified his name. Mullins, the presenting officer at Wiesehan’s funeral, grew up in Richmond and felt as though it was his duty to go home to pay respect to his fellow Marine. Mullins reached out to a contact by the name of Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew to get information on Wiesehan’s funeral service. But Mullins didn’t expect Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew to ask him to be the presenting officer of the funeral service.

Pfc. Louis Wiesehan Jr came home on Thursday, September 17, 2020, and was escorted from the Indiana National Airport to Richmond where he was buried at Goshen Cemetery two days later. According to https://hmgccity.com/louis-wiesehan-jr, he received a Purple Heart, American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. 

Pfc. Louis Wiesehan Jr before going to war

Sources : 

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pal-item/obituary.aspx?n=pfc-louis-wiesehan-junior&pid=196773704&fhid=13556

https://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/News-Stories/Article/2377928/an-overdue-homecoming-77-years-later-marine-finds-his-way-home/

Photo also included in all three sources

The Disappearances of St. August’s Woods

by Jeremiah Edwards/Staff Writer

Drawing by Mario Steverson

Hi, my name is David, I’m 16 years old and I attend Palmer High School. I’m here to inform you about the disappearances in St August’s woods. It all started on the night before Halloween with best friends Jack Early and Miles Cooper. Let me tell you a little bit about them. Jack was tall and slender. He had short wavy blonde hair, hazel eyes, and had a small scar near his lip from when he fell and had to get stitches, and at the time had a brace on his arm from breaking his arm while playing Football. Miles, on the other hand, was slightly shorter than Jack and slender, had black curly hair, blue eyes, pierced ears, and a birthmark on his hand. Now that we have the introductions out of the way, let’s get to the story. 

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    Today was October 30th. I was excited because my favorite holiday was near. There’s so much to love about Halloween: the scares, the festivities, the costumes, but most importantly something everyone looks forward to, the candy. Though today is going to be fun, too; after school I have plans to meet with Miles so we could just venture around town and mess around. It’s kind of a tradition now, four years and counting. A phone ringing had flung me out of my trance. It was coming from downstairs, probably the kitchen. I decided to ignore it. The ringing stopped; my mom had picked it up, I could hear her murmuring. I went back to getting ready. I put on my socks and laced up my shoes. I was almost late so I grabbed a hoodie out of my closet and ran downstairs. A second later I became anxious; as I peered into the kitchen the phone was sitting on the counter, right where it was when I had previously come downstairs. I decided to check the driveway to see if maybe it was just a coincidence. No cars? Weird. She wouldn’t just leave without her phone right? I mean it was literally in her hands. I soon forgot about the incident after remembering I needed to get to school. 

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      “This was Jack’s morning, pretty interesting right? Don’t worry; it doesn’t end there. Let’s see the other side of the story from Miles.”

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I felt more sluggish than usual this morning. The sound of something scratching my walls had disrupted my sleep. I declared it was rats and I needed to tell my parents about what happened. I needed to finish getting ready for school. I was only looking forward to what I had planned for after school. Meeting up with Jack at the orchard and venturing around town is one of my favorite things to do during fall. I slipped on my shoes and cleaned off my glasses. I walked downstairs and entered the living room, where my parents were sitting and drinking their morning coffee. On the tv was the news; the news anchor was talking about some myth. I heard something about woods but I didn’t pay much attention. I shifted towards my parents. “Mom, Dad, I think we have rats, I heard something scratching on the walls” I blurted out. They looked at me like I was crazy.

 “Honey, we don’t have rats,” my Mom said. “The exterminators came by the other day; they didn’t find anything.” I wasted no time to get out of the house, as there was goosebumps appearing on my arms. No other animal could be scratching from inside the walls. 

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School was finally over; it was exhausting but I was ready for the night on the town. The thought of what happened this morning still lingered in my head. Something about it wasn’t right. I wasn’t going to let it ruin my day, though. I got onto my bike and started pedaling. I was going to Cooper’s orchard, owned by Miles’ family.Tomorrow we would go over to a Halloween party at our friends house; he hosts it every year. In between those two events we go into stores and buy something for ourselves or something to mess around with. We love to prank each other. I finally got to the Orchard, Miles was sitting there waiting for me. 

“Took you long enough,” he chuckled. I set my bike to the side.

“Had to take a detour,” I bounced back.

“You say that every year,” Miles rolled his eyes. We saw our friends in the distance we knew it was time to go.

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We had fun at the orchard, though something was off about it. People kept saying that the people we had in the corn maze to scare them was a good idea. My family never hired anyone to scare people. Maybe it was just a few kids that wanted to mess with people. My paranoia grew stronger, all of these weird events happening out of nowhere at the same time? My heart was already out of my chest from what my parents told me that morning. 

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We walked out of our last store; we didn’t get much. I got a hoodie that has a picture of a ghost. Miles got something like it but his had an outline of woods in the back. Must’ve been the last one, no other shirt or hoodie had that design. Our friends had already gone home, it was just Miles and I. We decided to ride around for a few more minutes to end the night. 

“There’s only one place we’ve never been; we should check it out,” Miles said, turning to me. 

“Are you sure? That’s pretty long ride on these bikes,” I said, stopping my bike and walking with it. We were talking about the Carson trails: The one place in town we had never once thought of going, there isn’t much there but why not see if we can find anything to tell others about. 

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 The entrance of the trails going into Carson trails was covered with darkness. The only light was from our flashlights and a small crack of the moon’s light creating shadows. We had to watch our step because of bear traps. This place may not have much but hunters love this place. We were halfway through the trail when we got stopped by a line of trees. 

“Huh, this isn’t supposed to be here,” Jack looked at me concerned. “Did we take the wrong trail?” He asked. We were using a map and the trail was supposed to be clear for another few miles. 

“Must be an old map,” I told Jack. We continued walking forward, we were 20 steps in and suddenly an uneasy feeling overcame me. My stomach sank further and further. Jack looked at me.

“Miles, are you okay?” He asked. I could tell he wasn’t feeling the best. My paranoia was off the charts now. I started to feel dizzy.

“We need to go!” I yelled out. He shook his head, agreeing with me. We walked as fast as we could out of the trail. We were unable to ride our bikes home because we were weak. The feeling of uneasiness never went away but after we got a few blocks away we regained strength. I asked Jack if he wanted to go back tomorrow but with more people; he questioned me at first but after some convincing he agreed.

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“After the boys made it home, they still felt uneasy. Neither were able to fall asleep quickly. The next day wouldn’t be any easier. Waking up the next day, the boys were distraught. Having nightmares about the past day had them weary of the woods, yet they knew someone needed to go back. Strength in numbers, right?” I said.

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Last night was strange; I could still feel my heart jumping out of my chest. Maybe it was just us getting into our heads or so that’s what I hoped. I had a nightmare about the trail and the woods. Something was chasing me but I couldn’t get a good look because if I turned around it’d get even closer to me. My friends behind me were getting grabbed. I had lost Miles in the chase, he wasn’t grabbed; he just ran his own direction. The dream ended there. Much didn’t happen earlier in the day. All I did was research on the trails. The place was nowhere to be found on any map. It wouldn’t make sense for it to be undiscovered since it’s popular for hunting nor could anything grow that fast. Miles had texted a few friends: Shawn, Jayden, Emma, David, and Kam and asked if they wanted to come with us because we wanted to show them what we had found. Most of them said yes, besides one, David. David was always skeptical of everything and had to give every decision tons of thought. This time was different; he had a reason. He warned us not to go and that something bad would happen to us if we went. 

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“Is this true? What was your plan with telling them this?’ An unknown voice asked. 

“Truly, I was trying to help them, after all look what happened to them, sir,” I replied. “This is where my knowledge of this story stops. The rest you’ll learn from Jack’s journal.” I looked up. “Jack thought it’d be a good idea to take notes of things that happened that night; he was right,” I added before the voice could say anything else.

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Entry #1 from Jack’s journal: “Miles and company knocked on my door around 4. They said it’d be good to make it there before sunfall. I wasn’t sure what to expect this time, my paranoia had yet to go away as I felt ill from the previous night. The others have no idea of the events that caused this paranoia, nor did they know I was paranoid.”

Entry #2 from Jack’s journal: “We all packed supplies for at least a night, food, water, flashlights, and clothing. Though Jayden and Shawn weren’t taking anything seriously at the time and we kept telling them that everything was real. Emma was petrified before she even made it to my front door. She’s always like this around Halloween;she can’t stand the smallest frights.” 

Entry #3 from Jack’s journal: “We finally made it to the entrance of the trails, but now it’s around 5 and we only have an hour or so of sunlight left. Jokes have been tossed around on the walk here. The laughing is helping me cover up the fear that is instilled inside of me. Let’s say I’ve been walking a little slower after the entrance was visible. Though the place we reached last night wasn’t near it. I was still uncertain of what may happen. Only 2 more miles to go.” 

Entry #4 from Jack’s journal: “The walk has me exhausted but thankfully the woods is just up ahead. The group decided that a break was needed to refuel ourselves before heading into the woods. It’s a quarter to 7 and the sun has started to set. Walking through the trails would’ve been scarier at night and would be the cause of the increasing paranoia of the group. The fact is,  we haven’t even made it there and everyone is on their guard.”

Entry #5 from Jack’s journal: “Miles swore he had heard walking in the distance. We were only 100 paces into the woods. Shortly after the census was made that it was just wildlife. We took another break to rest; our feet were in agony. We didn’t really prepare for that part. I thought bikes would be compromising because this place is unknown and we could be trespassing. I’ve already gone through 3 bottles of water. It was pretty hot out today.”

Entry #6 from Jack’s journal: “Something seems to be following us. I keep trying to make out what the figure is, it’s definitely no animal. The group’s pace has increased even more and more. Emma is starting to freak out. I’m sure everyone else is too but would prefer not to show.”

Entry #7 from Jack’s journal: “Another figure has appeared behind us. At this point we’re jogging, trying to evade whatever is chasing us. The figure seems to be picking up speed attempting to match ours; it’s getting closer. My heart is beating faster than it ever has before. We need to hide.”

Entry #8 from Jack’s journal: “While finding a place to hide.  Jayden had separated from the group. We have no idea where he went. The figures seemed to have gone somewhere else so we slowed our pace. We’re deep in the woods and I’m pretty sure we’re lost. The maps we have are inefficient.”

Entry #9 from Jack’s journal: “A scream jumped out at us. It sounded like Jayden; I hope he’s okay. We need to find him, soon. The trees don’t stop, miles and miles we’ve walked all that has been discovered is trees. Miles has now broken out in a panic chanting that “this wasn’t a good idea.” He also keeps murmuring something about a nightmare. Did he have the same one as me?” 

Entry #10 from Jack’s journal: “Some time has passed since the last entry. Still no sign of Jayden and now Emma has disappeared. We heard her scream but by the time we turned around she was gone. I forced the other two to turn around. Help was needed.” 

Entry #11 from Jack’s journal: “I came face to face with the figure that had been chasing us. The figure had a dirty face with tons of scars, its skin was completely grey, and its red eyes could be seen from a mile. Shawn had been taken right in front of us. He tried to fight it off but his failure was inevitable. We attempted to save him but it was too late.”

Entry #12 from Jack’s journal: “I’m hiding from the figure behind a tree and a few scrubs. We had found Jayden and Emma a mile back. They were okay, no sign of Shawn. This time we got attacked by 2 figures. The group split admist the chaos. I’m by myself and I’ve lost feeling in my feet. I have no more water. Miles had the food. Something’s coming, I need to hide. 

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“This was the last of Jack’s entries. The fate of him and the others are unknown,” I said. The investigator looked at me in shock. I’m not sure if he still thinks it’s a joke. 

“How’d you get this?” he asked me. 

“The morning after a knock was heard at my door. No one was there but on the doorstep was Jack’s journal and other notes that both Miles and Jack took.” Truly my heart sank after reading the last entry. No one knows what happened. Those could be the last words Jack will ever say. Something was odd about the journal; after the 12th entry pages were ripped out like it was intentional. 

“Thank you for your time, we’re going to do everything we can to find them. I promise you.” You could see the determination in his eyes light up. He got up and opened the door and signaled that I could leave. On the way out he shook my hand, I looked him hard in the eyes.

“Be careful, sir,” I whispered.  

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A few weeks later, the name of St August was given to the woods. It was meant for remembrance of the five kids that went missing that night. This incident, though, would be a lesson to the town to not go into those woods, as something sinister and dark calls them home. 

Profile: From cadet to full-time firefighter, Oleksy is on his way up

Photo Caption: Volunteer firefighter Tyler Oleksy helps to put out a fire in Greenfield. Photo by Emily Oleksy

Why would someone want to be a firefighter? This is a question that could be asked of Tyler Oleksy. A 2018 GC grad, Oleksy has been working his way up since he started out at the Greenfield Fire Department. He became a cadet and has been learning all the ways to be a firefighter. Currently a volunteer firefighter, he has started to the process to become full-time. 

Oleksy had very important reasons for wanting to become a firefighter.  “I got into the job because of my dad being a firefighter. I wanted to follow in those footsteps,” he said. He grew up around the department his whole life and loved hearing about the things that his dad did on the job.That is what made him so interested in it to have that job one day.

Olesky did discuss the toughest part of the job. He said, “Calling the time of death of a person that has passed after getting done working on them to save them and deciding the right time to call it. People can either be young or an older person; either way it isn’t the easiest saying that a person has passed on,” he said.

Olesky said he chose the job for the people he is around and for the mission he serves. “I picked it because of the rush you have when you either put a fire out or save someone’s life,” he said. Each time he saves someone or puts out a house fire he said he feels accomplished knowing that the fire is out or that someone has been saved from dying. He also said, “This job is pretty special to me with all the people that I have became close to.” The type of people that he works with have helped him so much throughout his life from his father passing and teaching him all about being a firefighter, he said. 

Greenfield firefighter Anthony Evans talked about Oleksy’s performance and growth in the department.  “Tyler is a very hard worker and great with people as he has been here. Everyone has grown a friendship with him”. He went on, “Tyler is the type of worker that won’t give up until he makes it. Me and him have become really close. I see him as another son. He is such a great person. He works so hard for everything that he has and he never gives up.”