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Swinter fun!

Being trapped inside all of winter can be dreadful and dreary, especially after the holidays. Having winter outdoor hobbies can be a lot of fun and it will also be the exercise we all want that we can’t have because it’s not spring quite yet. There is the original outdoor activities during winter like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and building snowmen. One problem that may come about is what if it doesn’t snow? The weather lately hasn’t been exactly winter-like, and it has felt a lot like spring. After being cooped up in the house all winter everyone is waiting to just get outside to have some fun.
If you’re looking for fun outdoor activites but just don’t know where to go or look there is a website called www.Discovertheforest.org. They can locate parks or forest near you by what activities you would like to do and what type of site you are interested in visiting. They have almost every activity you can imagine. It’s the perfect way to reconnect with friends and family in the heart of nature with no distractions and beautiful scenery.
Not only does doing outdoor activities give you the exercise you need, it’s also beneficial to your mental health. Sometimes being away from the hustle and bustle of the city and everyday life with no cell phone service can clear your mind. A lot of people are able to rejuvenate and come back from their trip like a brand new person. It allows you to think and become more calm and collected with your thoughts.
Think about making your next little vacation a visit with nature. I’m sure you will be surprised about how beautiful and relaxing walking through trails and being active outdoors can be.

“@ Me Next Time!”: Subtweeting

Social media has been integrated into the lives of several individuals across the globe, making an enjoyable pastime for many as we like, post, and share our favorite things. Twitter specifically has gained a plethora of momentum as social media evolves, essentially allowing the room for quirks within the public expressed atmosphere. Subtweeting is an unintentional practice committed by many and typically serves as an outlet for sour feelings towards others.
The definition of “subtweet” is listed as “A tweet (message posted on the website Twitter) that mentions a Twitter member without using their actual username. Usually employed for negative or insulting tweets; the person you’re mentioning won’t see the subtweet in their Twitter timeline as it doesn’t contain the @ symbol that every Twitter username has” (urbandictionary.com). Though the tweet doesn’t contain the victim’s username, in most cases, it’s not rocket science to figure out who the tweet is directed at. One may ask, “What could one say in 140 characters to insult or attempting to lash out on?” The answer is simple, many twitter users formulate short, snarky, and sometimes cynical statements to try and provoke the person whom motivated the tweet. Though the social media platform didn’t originally intend this practice to happen, it has culminated into the trend it is today.
So what’s the problem with this passive aggressive practice? The problem lies within the question, the inability of an individual to confront, address, and solve a problem head on deems the practice as unhealthy. To develop effective social skills, one must demonstrate the quality of resilience with the willpower to tackle problems no matter how large rather than turning to their phone and posting a few sly tweets to make themselves feel better. Ben Hiltz, twitter user said it best, “A subtweet is like calling someone out, hoping for no confrontation. Bad move.”
The best use of the social media platform is to spread the kind rather than the negative. Rather than lashing out, announcing things you’ll regret later, consider tweeting something positive, or retweet a post offering guidance towards the situation you’re apart of. A saying that I tend to remember before posting is, “Encourage self evaluation: analyze what you express and how that influences someone. If the result is poor, you know what to do from there.”

Mill Creek Santa’s Winter Barn

We have all visited the historic Mill Creek Park at least once, if it was just to walk the paths or to visit the duck pond, or even to even tour Lanterns mill. If someone’s never been here before then Sunday, November 27th was a wonderful day to go out and get the perfect holiday experience.
Yesterday was also a great chance to explore the park and get to see the inside of the mill that never is usually open. Santa Claus also made an appearance inside the mill and so many people waited in line to get a picture with him, not just children but adults and teens as well.
Santa wasn’t the only attraction, there was a couple of magicians performing right outside. They had so many amazing tricks that made people crowd around in the brisk air to watch them. This was definitely kid friendly and perfect for all ages.
Lanterns Mill in Mill Creek Parks is one of the most historic landmarks in Mahoning county. It was built in 1845-46 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly. They restored it in 1982-85 by the Ward and Florence Beecher Foundations. Inside the mill the work and crafts are truly amazing. You can feel the grinding of the wheat and corn while in there if the mill is operating. There are four levels of the mill, the top floor had people displaying and selling homemade crafts.
The first floor had tons of food and even more crafts plus a gift store. The basement is where Santa was along with many more different unique crafts. The last floor which is even further down than the basement is where you can see the heart of the mill. The original stone that the mill was built on along with where the corn and wheat are ground up is on display here. It was a great experience to see everything and just take a tour on your own to enjoy family and the holiday season.

Panda Express: A New Way to do the Chinese Thing

Panda Express in Boardman Ohio was a great experience. Their food was very fresh and reasonably priced. You can get either a bowl or a plate, and they have a wide variety of food. Panda Express has the option of either drive through or walk in. The inside environment is very clean and nicely organized. The seats are very comfortable and the restaurant is nicely lit. The food is constantly being replaced so it is always fresh.
Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain which serves American Chinese cuisine. It is the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States. Panda Express has over 1,900 restaurants, located in 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada, Mexico, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. The company does not offer franchises. All units are company-owned and operated. Panda Express also has a program called Panda Cares. Panda Cares is supposed to bring hope to children in need. Panda Cares has raised $60 Million to support underserved children, and disaster relief efforts. (restaurantfinder.com)
Panda Express entrees include Orange Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, String Bean Chicken Breast, Sweet-Fire Chicken Breast, Kung Pao Chicken, Mushroom Chicken, Black Pepper Chicken, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Broccoli Beef, Shanghai Angus Steak, Beijing Beef, Honey Walnut Shrimp, and Eggplant Tofu. Sides are Chow Mein, Fried Rice, Mixed Vegetables, White, and Brown Rice. Appetizers are Chicken Potstickers, Cream Cheese Rangoon, Chicken Egg Roll, Veggie Shrimp Roll, Crispy Shrimp, and fortune cookies as a dessert.
Personally, the Orange Chicken with Chow Mein was very good. It was very filling and reasonably priced. The overall experience at the Panda Express Grand Opening in Boardman was just great. The staff is very kind and very patient. They are constantly cleaning up the restaurant so it was very sanitary which is nice since it is basically a regular fast food restaurant. Overall, Panda Express in Boardman is a great choice for a quick and delicious meal.

Tigers Set Tone for Homecoming Weekend 2016

Homecoming is an exciting event for everyone! But it can be nerve wracking with nail appointments, hair appointments, buying flowers, looking for the right size heels, buying tuxes, but most importantly, during the game and winning against the South Range.
Some of the football team members were very confident about winning against the Raiders. Others, not so much. The pressure was understood considering that it has been quite some time since we had a varsity victory against the Raiders.
During the school week, students had the opportunity to wear pajamas, NFL jerseys, neon colors, and camo to get in the spirit for Homecoming. On Wednesday of that week our annual Homecoming parade took place. The band, floats and many students participated this year. Congratulations to the following students that were nominated for the 2016 Homecoming Court:
Mr. & Miss Springfield:Jane Casto and Russell Seymour. Freshman Attendants: Savannah Sheely and Levi Baker. Sophomore Attendants: Nicole D’Angelo and Vito Argenziano, Juniors: Lex Slike and Adam VanTassel, Seniors: Alexis Morozov and Zack Barber, King and Queen: Frankie Centofanti and Sara Chaszeyka. The seniors were thrilled that they got to ride in shopping carts and have a shaving cream war afterwards. Unfortunately, the after party was cut short due to the rain but everybody claimed to still have fun.
The game was a bit of a nailbiter for the players, coaches, and crowd on Homecoming Friday. The highlight of the night was junior, Austin Trebella’s double-reverse for an 85 yard touchdown giving Springfield a lead 27-20 later in the game. And senior, Ethan Nezbeth had a 68 yard touchdown reception. The Tigers and Raiders tied in the fourth quarter at 27-27. In overtime, the Tigers won the game with the ending score 34-27.
Everybody after the game immediately went to the rock to celebrate. As for the following day, everybody was even more excited for Homecoming Dance because of the win. The boys even danced more than the girls! The court danced to “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. Shoutout to Tristan Hostetter for being an awesome DJ! Homecoming this year was hit!

Canfield Scaregrounds: Local Halloween Fun

Have you heard of the Scaregrounds? If you haven’t you’re in for a treat. The Scaregrounds is located at the Canfield Fairgrounds. This year they have 11 Dimensions of Horror. The attractions they have there are Beginning of the End, Harvest Hayride, Haunted Farmhouse, Slaughterhouse, The Witches of Five Points, The Gateway, Prime-evil, Tingling Brothers, Barbie’s Scream House, Phobia, Barn of Evil.
Your bones and body will tremble as you go through these terrifying attractions. It doesn’t cost much to go have a frightful night. Adults are $25 and kids under 10 are $10. But there is a plus about being over the age or as an “adult” or as they see it, on Sundays it is only $20. They have houses and a hayride and if you go there and don’t want to go through all the houses then you can just pay for the hayride. The hayride is $10 for adults and $6 for kids under 10, so if you have little ones who don’t really like scary things you don’t have to pay a lot you can just pay for the hayride.
The scaregrounds are open September 30th through October 31st. They are open Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and close at midnight, and on Sundays they open at 7 and close at 11.
The best thing about the Scaregrounds is that they are open rain or shine. You can follow everything that happens at the scaregrounds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Go if you dare but there are no promises of making it out.

Famous Donuts at White House: Nothing Presidential About it!

When someone hears “White House” they automatically assume the conversation is about the president’s home. If someone were to ask students at Springfield Local about “White House” they would be talking about White House Fruit Farms. White House Fruit Farms is a family farm and market that has been running since 1815 (over 200 years of farming). Back in 1924 Jerome Hull and his new wife, Doris Humes-Hull, bought the 100-acre farm where they grew apples, peaches,and raised turkeys. The couple had nine children. Of the nine only one, their son David, wanted to continue on with the farm. In 1968 he turned the farm into a fruit and vegetable operation. In 1978 David, his wife Phyllis, along with their four children cleaned the bank barn on the farm that has been their since 1881. They turned the bank barn into a year round farm market.
White House is mostly known for their delicious blueberry donuts. Their most commonly known crop is apples, but they also grow strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, sweet corn, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, cucumbers, eggplant, and pumpkins.
At White House they have a lot of different fall activities for couples, families or even just groups of friends. Horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoos and pony rides are just some of the fun activities at White House. In October they have a whole section of pumpkins and fall decorations. There are stands selling caramel apples and big bags of kettle corn. Inside the market there are endless choices from chocolate covered pretzels to cooking utensils and even crickets to eat! The most popular choice of sweets are White House’s famous donuts. Their most famous donut is the blueberry donut but there are other choices such as Vanilla Sprinkles, Maple Iced, Chocolate Iced, Butterfinger, Cookies & Cream, Caramel Apple, Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Cinnamon, Pumpkin Iced and Cherry Iced.
White House is also very child friendly. They have a play set and sell fish food to throw into the little pond. Children and adults alike love White House.
There are four events in October: Pumpkin Pavilion & Gift Barn, Fall Celebration every weekend, Scarecrow Contest and Display and Master Pumpkin Carver. The Pumpkin Pavilion is a place where you can buy pumpkins and house decorations. During the Fall Celebration Weekends children can play in the expanded kid’s area, ride a pony and visit the petting zoo. They have roasted sweet corn, specialty coffee and perfect photo opportunities. The Scarecrow Contest and Display is a competition to help decorate White House’s lawn with smiling faces and win a prize. For the Master Pumpkin Carver the audience is able to watch Ron Roberts transform pumpkins into wonderful designs. Ron Roberts has even been on TV because of his skills. For more information on the best farm around go to whitehousefruitfarms.com. Come to White House and you’ll be sure to have a great time.

M&M’s: A Fun Candy Favorite with a Twist

Ever since the 1930’s, M&M’s have always been a big deal. The delicious chocolate covered in a hard candy shell, coming in various colors, have an interesting history, and they’re still around today as one of everybody’s favorite small snack.
“M&M” stands for ‘Mars’ and ‘Murrie’ who were the two who started the whole M&M business. Forrest Mars Sr. started making this candy to eat for the soldiers during the Spanish Civil War. He then traveled to the United States, where he met the son of Hershey, Bruce Murrie. The two teamed up together and made a great profit. These chocolate candies were sold in a red, brown, orange, yellow, green, and violet coating, and came in a cardboard tube. They were sold mainly to the military because of the heat-resistance and they were easy to transport. Overtime, M&M’s became the most popular candy in the United States.
Although things have changed about the candy, sizes, colors, packaging, they are still the same chocolate that have always been around. M&M’s now come in different colors. On their website, customers can even make customized M&M’s with different colors and sayings. They come in all different packages, no longer the cardboard tube. They have gone through a plastic tube, the cardboard, brown paper bags, and even gift bags. They also come in different flavors. They have flavors and themes that are only around for the holidays, candy corn for Halloween and Christmas. But everybody loves the four main flavors; original, peanut, pretzel, and peanut butter. The M&M company put out these flavors and they all became as popular as ever, selling millions and millions.
M&M’s are about to make more millions because they’re coming out with a new flavor: caramel! It had taken them years to get this flavor just right. One of the workers there says that it was a big technological challenge for them. M&M had never had a true soft inside like this one because it was difficult to make the chocolate not too sticky or too soft that it wouldn’t hold together.
Although these new delicious M&M’s aren’t supposed to hit the market until May 2017, they’re sure to be a hit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Exploding in the Air?

Concerns raised as consumer’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones began to catch fire while connected to chargers. Samsung recalled the phone after there were more than 30 cases of the phone catching fire. People reported the phone catching fire while charging and some even after unplugged from the charger. In one case, the phone exploded and caught a car on fire while plugged into a portable charger. In a different case, a six year old boy was using the device when it suddenly exploded in his hands. He was watching videos on the phone when the battery exploded. He was rushed to the hospital and suffered from burns on his body.
Airline passengers are warned not to charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when flying in a plane. The battery fires caused by the phones are hard to put out while aboard a plane. Passengers who are boarding a flight are asked to not turn on their 7’s and not to put them in their checked bags, and lastly do not charge or use it during a flight. Customers of the Samsung phone are urged to immediately return their phones and get a replacement. Consumers can also go to the Samsung service centers to receive a temporary phone.
About 2.5 million phones were recalled within the first two weeks that the new phone was released to the public. The phones rechargeable lithium batteries were defective and caused the phone to catch fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggested owners of the phone to turn them off and keep them off. The recall allows the phone to be banned from flights and no passengers may carry or use the phone. Samsung has officially recalled the Galaxy Note 7 and will allow customers to return or replace it with either a S7 or a S7 edge.

The Two New W’s for the IPhone 7

Apple has now created a 7th iPhone. This one is even better than the last and has many new features. The new phone is waterproof and now comes with wireless headphones. The new wireless headphones have been getting a lot of attention. People aren’t sure how they exactly feel about them and if having no headphone jack is a true convenience or not.
With the new wireless headphones and no headphone jack that leads the consumer to wonder if you will be able to use the “old” headphones. The answer is yes. The phone will come with an adapter that will plug into the charging port to use the other headphones, so it’s great to have two options.
One question about the new iPhone is, how will charging the phone work while listening to music while using the headphones? This is just one of the new challenges with this phone that iPhone users will face.
The iPhone 7 is not waterproof, though it is water resistant, and those two things are very different. If taking the new iPhone 7 swimming, think again or at least put a waterproof case on it. The water resistant simply means that it can last in the rain while you text or can be dropped in a toilet or a sink and if quickly pulled out there should be limited or no damage. Apple said they won’t cover cost of water damage, so if you want to be safe just stay clear of the water.
Overall the new iPhone has some nice features, yet some will take getting used to. The best advice is to make sure you learn about the function of the new features such as the wireless headphones and water resistance before you test it out to get the best use of this product.

Suicide Squad:Villains are Now Heros?

Everyone has their favorite superhero, but what about favorite villain? In the new movie Suicide Squad a secret government has recruited a group of villains to form a defensive task force. This film has gotten quite a few bad reviews. One critic from Vulture cites “ As storytelling, Suicide Squad is the worst of the worst, but it’s no different in kind from the best of the best. This is all just high-priced junk.” Going further than that on Rotten Tomatoes only 67% of people liked the movie. With very little showing of The Joker, a messy plot, and thin backstories it’s a wonder there are fans of such a low rated movie.
Something that a lot of fans brought up was the lack of The Joker. In an interview with Inverse Jared Leto, the actor who played The Joker, says “Were there any that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut?…There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film.”
With The Joker being one of the favorite characters many fans were frustrated seeing him so little. Another thing that fans were not happy with was the messy plot and the thin backstories. To be able to fall in love with the characters, a backstory is a must. Even with the bad reviews, Suicide Squad sounds like a movie you’d have to see and form your own opinion.

Finally won an Oscar!

As many gathered in front of their televisions on the evening of Sunday, February 28, they didn’t realize what would happen. Leonardo Dicaprio finally won an Oscar at the 2016 event.
Leo is a 41 year actor who has played many outstanding roles throughout his career.. Dicaprio was nominated for best actor in a leading role, and he finally won this year! Leo has been nominated for numerous awards before but did not secure the win.
This was Leo’s lucky year. He was nominated for his role in the movie The Revenant. The acceptance speech that Leo gave will go down in record books for one of the best ones yet.