St. Louis School Installs “Buddy Bench”

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — St. Louis school recently added a Buddy Bench.The Buddy Bench is designed for students during recess.If a student is sitting on the Buddy Bench it means they want to join and play with another group, or it can be a signal that the child is feeling sad or alone and wants someone to sit next to him or her and strike up a conversation.Other students will notice and then go ask them to play.last_img


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 As you all know, I am certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer or the brightest bulb in the socket…ok, you get my drift, and you don’t have to agree so quickly…anyway, here’s my point, eight…count ‘em, eight NFL head coaching jobs opened up at the end of the regular season, not to mention several prominent administrative positions and several coordinator spots and “They”—Did—Not—Hire—One—minority (aka Black man!). “They” threw out the Rooney rule, the majority rule, the rule of thumb, the No. 1 rule, Robert’s rule of order, all the rules, and then “they” would have you believe that “they” were looking for offensive minded coaches.  The only thing offensive about that way of thinking…is that way of thinking!! And you know who I am starting to blame?  Not just the owners, not just the general managers, and not just the commissioner.  It’s time to start blaming the players. Eighty-three percent of the NFL are Black players.  They…NOT Them, need to step up and make some demands. C’mon man!:09 Just a question for ya, and I’m just askin’. You know how you always see the people along the road holding signs for close-outs and stores going out of business?  Why…why…why are the sign holders always Black guys. No matter how hot or cold it is outside, rain or shine, they’re there. Why can’t “They” hold a sign sometime?  I’m just sayin!!:08 You know you kill me with that short memory thing of yours. Don’t act like you didn’t “Dance to the Music,” don’t act like you didn’t “Want to get Higher,” and please don’t pretend like you didn’t have “Hot Fun in the Summer Time!” Yep, you remember Sly and the Family Stone and the great Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. Now you get me. Pull out that good old school music and remember, “It’s a Family Affair.”:07 I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why “They” keep talking about Ray Lewis and the crime he was not found guilty of.  But “they” never bring up the crime that Big Ben Roethlisberger was not found guilty of. Hello!:06 Here’s the movie review you know and love…yes you do…yes you do! Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie, Last Stand…should be Arnold’s last movie. Do—Not—Go—See—It! This is a first time ever…no basketballs, no stars, nothing!:05 Ok, tell me again why the NFL plays the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl? Yet the league can’t seem to figure out why no one takes the game seriously. The best players are obviously not playing. They’re – in—the—Super—Bowl—mmmaaannn!!!:04 Sometimes I try to find a way to be diplomatic and professional when I want to get a message to some of you Sho nuff country brothers.  But on this one, there’s no easy way around it. So here goes. If you put a blanket over your car’s engine when it gets really cold…guess what? The blanket gets as cold as the engine in two minutes. I mean what are you thinking? The blanket ain’t plugged into anything.last_img read more

The Landing at Hawks Prairie Joins Together to Fight Hunger

first_imgSubmitted by The Landing at Hawks PrairieThe month of November brings chillier temperatures, fall leaves, and an acknowledgment of the holidays right around the corner.  It’s during this time of year that those struggling with hunger need our help more than ever.  With heating bills climbing and expenses high this time of year, donating to the Thurston County Food Bank is more important than ever.The Landing at Hawks Prairie is a plaza of retail shops and restaurants that have joined together to help combat hunger.  Participating stores throughout the plaza are collecting food for the Thurston County Food Bank all month long.  And, those shops are giving you an extra incentive to donate when you visit the shopping complex.  Participating stores are offering free items or significant discounts when you support the food drive.Participating Businesses include Hand and Stone Massage, Cricket, Jack and Jill’s Children’s Salon, Menchies, LA Fitness, Total Nutrition, Americas Best Eye, Popeyes, Sushi go Round, and Mattress Depot and more.While it’s easy to grab a bag of pasta or few bags of Top Ramen, the food bank has some specific, more nutrient dense items that they would like to encourage you to donate.Canned Chicken, Tuna, Spam, or SalmonBeef StewPeanut ButterCanned Fruit in their own Juice (not syrup)Canned Soup – Meat and VegetarianBoxed CerealMacaroni and CheeseCanned ChiliCanned VegetablesPlease consider adding one or more of these items to your shopping list this November.  Then, bring it by The Landing at Hawks Prairie and show your support of the Thurston County Food Bank.   The Food Bank serves over 1400 children each week. There are many hungry families right here in our community.  We hope to help ease that hunger this holiday season. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Maple Leafs Rout Rangers, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers spent the first part of the night celebrating the success of last season, and the rest of it trying to figure out what has gone wrong so far in this one.Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs broke out of their scoring slumber with five goals in the second period against Henrik Lundqvist and wrecked the Rangers’ home opener with a 6-3 victory on Oct. 12.“Obviously, there are things we need to work on,” said Lundqvist, who watched the third period from the bench with a baseball cap on. “They’re a good team … we just made it a little too easy for them to score.”The Rangers were outscored a combined 11-5 in a pair of weekend losses on consecutive days. Their only highlight was the recognition of the banner commemorating New York’s Eastern Conference championship of last season.“We’ve got to look at each other here and look at our team and figure out what we need to do to be successful,” new captain Ryan McDonagh said. “When things aren’t going as well as we want them to, we have to learn to pull back and just simplify instead of trying to force too much.”McDonagh and fellow veteran defenseman Dan Girardi were on the ice for four of Toronto’s goals.“No one in our group wanted to perform the way we did,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. “Every opportunity seemed to find the back of the net. “We don’t have a reason or an explanation right now,” he added.Toronto (1-2) mustered only five goals in its first two games of the season, but busted out, fueled by Kessel and van Riemsdyk, who both notched their first goal and first point of the season. Kessel chipped in two assists, and van Riemsdyk had one.“This was a step in the right direction,” van Riemsdyk said. “We’re a team that needs contributions from all four lines, and we had that.”Defenseman Cody Franson staked the Maple Leafs to a 1-0 lead in the first during a power play, and Kessel, Nazem Kadri, van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson connected in the second — driving Lundqvist from the net after he stopped only 18 of 24 shots.“You need to get that first one, and I was glad to get that first goal,” Franson said. “It was a big boost for us.”Kessel’s goal was also on a power play, and van Riemsdyk stuffed a puck under Lundqvist on a short-handed breakaway. Toronto has scored five power-play goals this season. New York (1-2) didn’t allow any in its first two games and hasn’t scored any, either.Franson and Bozak both had a goal and assist, and Leo Komarov had two assists. James Reimer made 24 saves before being leaving with 13:17 remaining after being struck in the head during a collision with Rangers forward Dominic Moore.New York’s Rick Nash, a question mark to even play due to the impending birth of his first child, tied the game with a first-period goal and then left after the second period. Lee Stempniak brought New York to 4-2 in the second period.Derick Brassard scored with 5:41 left against Toronto backup goalie Jonathan Bernier to close the scoring. Cam Talbot, who took the loss in the Rangers’ 5-2 defeat at Columbus on Oct. 11, mopped up and stopped all 12 shots he faced.The last time the Rangers allowed at least five goals in a period was Feb. 6, 2009, in a 10-2 loss at Dallas that Lundqvist missed because of illness. He hadn’t yielded five in a period since Dec. 16, 2006, at Toronto when he was touched for eight — including five in the first period — of a 9-2 loss.“We had a good night against a goaltender that doesn’t have many bad nights,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said.Toronto opened the scoring on Franson’s power-play goal at 7:45, his first tally of the season. Kessel worked the puck down in the Rangers end to Bozak in the left circle. Bozak then fed Franson in the right circle for a drive that eluded Lundqvist.Nash scored his fourth of the season and extended his streak of netting at least one in each game. He took a quick pass across the zone from Martin St. Louis and deftly deflected the puck underneath the crossbar to tie it 1-all with 2:38 left in the first.Then Toronto took over.The Maple Leafs regained the lead 5:19 into the second on Kessel’s goal and made it 3-1 just 2:31 later when Kadri scored. Van Riemsdyk pushed the advantage to three goals at 9:43 before Stempniak was awarded a goal when video replay confirmed he scored before the net was knocked off its moorings.But 59 seconds later, Bozak killed the Rangers’ momentum with his third of the season. Clarkson ended Lundqvist’s night with his first at 15:13.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more