Firehouse Tap & Grille rekindles former Mickey’s Central Fire Station

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

20180520_183348For twenty one years, Mickey’s Central Fire Station was a mainstay in the Meadville community as owners Dave and Cynthia Stone transformed a former firehouse into a fantastic restaurant and bar to reunite with friends or watch your favorite sports teams play against their rivals. However, supervising the restaurant became a very difficult task to handle for both Cynthia and Dave, coming to the conclusion that their business needed a helping hand.


Therefore in 2015, Miller Brothers Staffing Solution, a family company that aids businesses, bought Mickey’s from the Stones in a six individual split-purchase. The Miller Brothers transformed the building into a whole new atmosphere with incredible renovations, (downstairs to upstairs), new food items, employees, cooking items and changing the name of the restaurant from Mickey’s Central Fire Station to the Firehouse Tap & Grille.

Ever since I was a little kid, I went to Mickey’s frequently with my parents as my aunt and uncle, Dave and Cynthia Stone, owned the well-known restaurant. Thus, I evolved with the establishment much like my aunt and uncle had and experience the amazing food, renovations, and comradery over my past sixteen years.

Recently I visited the restaurant with my family to hopefully have another delicious meal and the Firehouse chefs, once again, didn’t disappoint. The restaurant waitresses were very accommodating, refilling your drinks in an instant, checking your table to make sure your party was assisted, and offered very kind attitudes to all of their customers that walked through the doors.

To test the Firehouse’s wide range of food items, I tried an item on their menu that I had never eaten at the restaurant, but is undoubtedly one of my favorite entrees, BBQ Ribs. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how good their BBQ ribs were and how good their sauce was on it, my first few bites were unlike any flavor I’ve had before when I’ve had ribs. Additionally, the side of fries and rice pilaf to add to my meal are always great options to add to a meal as the Firehouse’s fries are some of the best I’ve ever had before.

If you are or aren’t a fan of eating meat, you are not limited to just choosing those types of options at the Firehouse as you can check out their menu at www.firehousetapandgrille.net. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is another great place to spend an evening with family, meet up with friends, or watch your favorite sports teams play on the field. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is a restaurant to definitely “hook and ladder” on your personal favorites list.

Field day cancelled; Junior vs. Senior sports tournament takes its place

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

For the first time in several years, Field Day at Saegertown High School has been canceled due to inclement weather expected tomorrow.  However, the Powder Puff game has been revamped and revised to become the Junior vs. Senior Sports Tournament which will take place in the gym.  Be sure to come see these Lady Panthers in action as they play rounds of flag football, dodgeball, and nitroball to fill the void of Field Day activities. Check out the line-ups for the juniors and seniors below.

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Spanish students celebrate Hispanic culture

by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor and Hillary Twiford, news editor

Throughout the school year, Spanish students worked on projects commemorating the 21 Spanish speaking countries. Each nine weeks, a set of projects was assigned. The finished products will be compiled into booths for the Hispanic fair, which takes place the morning of June 1 in the gymnasium.

“It is important for students to be culturally aware,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Nova Dinsmore. Dinsmore assigned this project as a culminating activity to wrap up and tie together the all of the projects the students completed all year.

While the projects required a lot of time, students feel positively about the project. “It is important for other kids so they can learn about Spanish speaking countries,” senior Madison Stevens said. “And I liked the craft we had to do. I restored a pan flute and painted it.”

Each booth features a different hispanic country alongside multiple projects, including a facts poster, map, country flag, travel brochure, article of clothing, craft, recipe book, and a sample of an authentic food. The students were given lots of freedom with the projects, which created a wide range of results. Maps are made from many different materials and the clothing, crafts, and food vary from group to group. The final projects display the diversity of Spanish speaking countries and shine a light on cultures that may be unfamiliar to Saegertown students.

Students from the elementary school will check out the booths and complete a scavenger hunt. Teachers in the high school are also welcome to bring their classes to the fair. Everyone who completes the search has a chance to win a prize, so make sure to check it out.

 

May 31 is Arts and Academics Night: Join us!

by Kaitlyn Kozalla, staff writer

As the year is winding down, the abundance of yearly accomplishments for musically and artistically inclined students will be showcased at the annual ‘Arts and Academics’ night. This event will be held on Thursday, May 31 and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Every year, this event showcases the work of students in 7-12 grade, and top works in each category will be placed first, second or third. Senior high categories are graphite, charcoal, ink, painting, batik and thrown pottery. Junior high categories are grid drawings, illuminated letters, shaded still life and ceramic mugs.

The annual music concert will begin at 7 p.m. From 6 – 8 p.m., there will be a coffee and dessert bar in the cafeteria. Cost is donation, and the proceeds will benefit the marching band. There will also be displays of student work in the cafeteria, including a slide show of the seniors sharing what they are grateful for as they prepare to graduate. The concert will be live streamed to the cafeteria for any overflow from the auditorium.  

The junior high chorus will perform “This Is It” from The Bugs Bunny Show, “Step In time” from Mary Poppins, and “When I Get My Name In Lights” from The Boy From Oz. Senior high chorus songs are, “Seize The Day” from Newsies, “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia (soloist Jane Hetrick), “Singing in the Rain” from Singing in the Rain, “New York, New York” from New York, New York, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel combined with “Climb Every Mountain” from Sound of Music (Soloist: Olivia Hoffman). Chamber singers will perform “Light in the Hallway,” “Gloria Fanfare,” and “Earth Song.” All songs are from Broadway musicals, excluding the chamber singers numbers.

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A coffee and dessert bar is being held before and during the annual arts and academics night.

The junior high band will perform “Mama Mia” from Mama Mia, “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, and “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. The senior high band will perform “Give my Regards to Broadway” from Give my Regards to Broadway, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “West Side Story” from West Side Story, and “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables (Soloist: Madison Morgan). Combined bands will play “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music.

In addition to taking in all the art displays and music, ladies in attendance are encouraged to check out the newly renovated ladies restroom in the Panther Hallway. A recent beautification project is being unveiled and the artists honored.

The music program is under the direction of Mrs. Susan James, and Mrs. Heather Papinchak teaches art. The Panther Press will announce winners in the art categories via Twitter on Friday, June 1.

 

 

Local business briefs: Pharmacy open, bakery relocating

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

The new Saegertown Pharmacy is open for business.  Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “I think having a pharmacy in Saegertown is a great idea,” said senior Emily Fry. “It’s very convenient.”

In addition to prescription refills, the store carries many other items including bandages, vitamins, and ice packs. Owner Robert Sweeney shared that as the store builds a client base, more items will be available.  

A grand opening will be held on July 6 with games and face painting for the kids as well as hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be  many giveaways and a few larger items including four bikes, two child and two adult, and a TV. Froggy radio will be broadcasting from 4-6 p.m. and all are welcome.  

29778While the pharmacy is open, another Saegertown business is closing. Kristen’s Kookies has moved to Meadville to merge with Confections of a Cake Lover on Market Street.

“The move to Meadville has gone fairly smooth, a few bumps along the way but good for the most part,” said Kristen Boyles, the owner. According to Boyles, the location in Saegertown wasn’t working out for Kristin’s Kookies as most of her customers came in from other towns.

“I am still in business, just in a different location,” Boyles said. They are set for their ribbon cutting today, May 24.

Stone sisters’ Planet Hope provides shoes for Saegertown students

by Scout Van Cise and Hunter Trzeciak, editor-in-chief and features editor

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Kelly Stone of Planet Hope assists eighth grader Jazlen Miller with her new shoes.

For the past 26 years, Planet Hope, a philanthropic organization co-founded by Saegertown graduates Sharon and Kelly Stone, has been giving back to children all over the United States. The organization helps students in many ways such as providing prom dresses and sleeping bags, and funding medical and dental clinics for women and children. In addition, the group has distributed 400,000 toys to underprivileged children through Hope for the Holidays.

On May 23, Kelly Stone visited Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School with a special purpose. Through Planet Hope, Stone and her brother Patrick and his wife Tasha, and their children Hunter and Kaylee, her best friend Robin Davis, and Planet Hope employee Merrik Dragon donated and sized a pair of tennis shoes for every student who was interested. “It’s a huge thing in your life to be able to come back and do something in your hometown, and to come with people you love and your family,” K. Stone said.

Principal Tom Baker was pleased with the outcome. “We are very grateful that [the Stone sisters] are giving back to the community and school that they graduated from,” Mr. Baker said.

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Planet Hope donated a total of 229 pairs of shoes to the students at Saegertown with the help of secretary Debbie Chaney. “I really truly think it was a success. The kids were happy. I just thought it was great,” Mrs. Chaney said.

Eighth grader Kyarra Reist was ecstatic about her new sneakers. “That was very nice of them,” Reist said. “There are some kids that don’t have enough money to get new shoes.”

While S. Stone was unable to attend the event, she tweeted a photo of K. Stone with the shoes prior to her visit to Saegertown High School along with a caption about Planet Hope. For more information about this organization, visit planethope.org or follow on twitter @planethope4kids.  

Teachers’ hidden talents: Motocross has opened doors for Mr. Nahay

by Erik Murphy, website editor

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Saegertown technology teacher George Nahay

Mr. George Nahay has been racing motocross for years. The Saegertown technology education teacher has been riding dirt bikes since age 10 and racing since age 15 at local venues including the TV Land MX track in Pierpont, Ohio and the Maple Shade MX track in Sugar Grove, Pa.

“As a kid, I used to imagine myself riding alongside the school bus on a dirt bike,” Nahay said as he explained his inspiration for picking up the sport. His father responded to his vision by purchasing Nahay his first dirt bike.

He has a significant background in motocross and technology education as a whole. When he lived in North Carolina, he helped operate the Wide Open Motocross Park which was open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. Nahay was responsible for building the jumps on the track, grooming the track, and driving a 2,000-gallon water truck. This experience opened several doors.

One of his friends started a tactical driving company called American Offroad, which specializes in teaching offensive and defensive driving skills for combat situations, mainly to military groups. Nahay worked with them for a fair bit of time before moving to Pennsylvania, and he still visits annually.

 

He even thought about taking a permanent job in the field. “I considered teaching at a motocross training facility in South Carolina (Club MX) for riders aspiring to be professional racers. These riders are from all over the country and range in age from 12-18. During the day they train as professional athletes. In the evenings they take online classes on their own often without parents or teachers to guide them.  I worked with some of the kids individually as a tutor, but decided not to quit my job to teach there full time,” Nahay said.

Nahay continues to race during summer breaks, and he still enjoys the benefits of all his motocross experiences. He shared that he found his passion for working in technology education by fixing parts on dirt bikes.

Science teacher installs solar panels

by Laura Monico, social media editor

Mr. Phil Young, ninth grade Environmental Science teacher, recently installed 15 solar panels in his yard to generate some of his electric. Mr. Young invested in his panels to not only save money, but also preserve the environment. His career as a science teacher has encouraged him to make environmentally friendly changes in his day to day life. “It was probably my work with my STEM class that inspired this path that I’ve taken over the past couple of years to get to where I am at,” Mr. Young said.  

After a three day installation period, the panels (which were purchased from Solar Revolution in Erie) were up and running on May 1. Since the first day, the panels have created 450 kilowatt hours of electricity. The proficiency of the panels on any given day depends on the amount of sunlight they receive. Each day the solar panels convert energy from the sun to an average of 25 kilowatt hours of electricity. Mr. Young’s family uses about 40 kilowatt hours of electricity each day. Currently, his solar array will generate around 40 percent of his total electricity.

Although the panels were a large investment, in a few years, Mr. Young will be solely gathering free energy, and he will not have any electrical bills. “I will save money monthly from here on out; however, it will take nine to ten years before I have actually saved money on the overall cost. In five years, I won’t have a payment on the system or an electric bill,” Mr. Young said.  

Not only will Mr. Young be saving money, but he will also be saving the environment. He previously received his electricity through Penelec, which generates 60 percent of its electricity using coal. “Once my system is completely installed, right now I’ve only partially installed, I will no longer require coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, or hydroelectric power, which all have considerable negative impacts on the environment,” Mr. Young said.

He will be able to cut out all other sources of energy because in Pennsylvania there is legislation in place that allows you to hook personally owned solar panels to the electrical grid, and the state credits you a kilowatt hour for every kilowatt hour the panels generate. “You do not need backup,” Mr. Young said. “You have basically become an electrical generator.”

Mr. Young plans to purchase an additional 20 panels within the next year to create even more energy. He wishes more people would take advantage of solar panels. “It would be nice to see more people taking advantage of the free energy streaming down from the sun,” Mr. Young said.

As a science teacher Mr. Young felt an obligation to make this environmentally friendly change. “I already teach alternative energy in the ninth grade curriculum, but now instead of just talking, I can say I am living it. I’m walking the walk as well as talking the talk.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” smashes box-office records in a snap (Spoiler-Free)

by Dustin Steiger, broadcast director

AvengersInfinityWarEver since “Iron Man” landed in theaters in mid-2008, kicking off the box-office giant known as the MCU (also known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe), hardcore comic book fans have yearned for the Infinity War story-arc to reach theatres. Now, it’s here.

Hinted at for years, “Avengers: Infinity War” is the culmination of everything the MCU has built towards. The story follows the Mad Titan Thanos’ quest to obtain all six Infinity Stones, powerful gems that control Space, Reality, Power, Time, Mind, and Soul. Most of these stones have been seen before in the Marvel Universe (The Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers; The Aether in Thor: The Dark World; The Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy; The Time Stone in Doctor Strange; and the Mind Stone in Age of Ultron, as well as other various Marvel films), although one- The Soul Stone- has remained mysteriously absent… In order to stop Thanos from obtaining all the Infinity Stones and becoming an unbeatable god, the world’s mightiest heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy must team up to bring down the Mad Titan and his children, the Black Order.

With this movie comes an impressive cast of new characters and old favorites, and, due to the incredible risks and twists the story takes, it provides moviegoers with a fresh take on the superhero genre. There’s nothing quite like it. It shocks and dazzles its audience with an impressive story and spectacular graphics, proving once again why the MCU is the box-office it is today.

Speaking of which, Infinity War is made all the more impressive by its box office dominance. It’s currently the number one movie worldwide, holding this title for two-weeks and counting, with the film pulling in over $250 million on its opening weekend. In comparison, the original Avengers made slightly under $210 million for its opening weekend, and Avengers: Age of Ultron made around $191 million. Infinity War even managed to beat out the newer Star Wars films, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Overall, it’s already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and these impressive numbers continue to climb.

All in all, Avengers: Infinity War is a powerful must-see movie. However, due to its massive plot-threads that can tend to convolute those unfamiliar with the current state of the MCU, it might be best for those that aren’t caught up with franchise to wait before going to theaters (Here’s a list of movies it’d be best to watch beforehand, some of which can be streamed on Netflix). It’s a complex and emotional rollercoaster, with powerful moments and painful consequences, so be sure you’re ready for it.

Campbell headed to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals in June

by Kaity Gage, design editor

Throwing yourself upside down and into the air is no easy feat, but eighth grader Lennon Campbell makes it look effortless.

Campbell is currently a gymnast at the Meadville YMCA and is a member of the Meadville Twisters gymnastics team. The Twisters have been competing since their season began in October. During this time, Campbell and her teammates have attended fourteen competitions, earning trophies every time.

The team has won all of their awards based on their team scores, which are compiled using the data from each individual member’s performance in the four events: floor, bars, beam, and vault.

Although Campbell competes in all four events, her favorite is the floor routine. “My favorite move is a tumbling pass of a roundoff, back handspring, back tuck,” Campbell said.  From the beginning of her gymnastics career until now, Campbell has brought home thirty-eight medals from her competitions.

In June, Campbell and her teammates will travel to Toledo, Ohio to compete at the YMCA Gymnastics Nationals. Nationals will be conducted similar to all of the other competitions, but the stakes are definitely higher.

Whether she sticks her landings or takes a tumble, Campbell is thankful for the experience and memories she’s made with her teammates. “Competing this year has been really fun because my team supported me in every competition.”