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Mete r ChronicleProduced by the students of the Montrose Area Junior/Senior High SchoolVolume 23, Issue 3January 2008Montrose Area School DistrictMAHS Students Discover Good WillBy Courtney Haggerty and Emily GowCo-editor in Chief and Elementary EditorAn image of an orb in a photo indicates the presence of a ghost, according to the New York/Pennsylvania Paranornal Society. To learnmore, turn to.Page 2To read more about Lathrop Streetand Choconut Valley’s band director, Robert Bottger, and other MASDmusic teachers, turn to.Page 4To read more about the boys’varsity basketball team, turn to.Page 7.DATESTO REMEMBERJan. 26Scholarship ChallengeScholastic Team againstTowanda High SchoolLive Broadcaston 102.1 FMNoonFeb. 8Guitar Hero/DDRCompetitionCafe., Aud., Gyms4-10 p.m.Feb. 9Junior HighValentine’s Day DanceGymnasium6-9 p.m.W h e nlacrosse playerJohn Mack, 17, ofBinghamton diedin November 2006during a match,many at MAHSwere sad aboutthe tragedy butnever truly feltthe pain of it—none except one.When seniorElly Rounds losther athlete cousinJohn to commotiocordis, a suddendisturbance ofthe heart rhythm,she knew she hadto give back toothers the waysomeone haddone for her.Photo by Renee Coy taken from the Untied Fire Company Web siteAccording toElly, John made it Senior Brandon Edwards, center, and other firefighters from the United Fire Company ofto a hospital Montrose extinguish a barn fire in under an hour on Melhuish Road in Bridgewaterbefore he died Township last fall. The fire that threatened electrical lines resulted in a complete loss.because someone had performed cardiac she plans to achieve.Although she does not see apulmonary resuscitation (CPR)“I made a goal when I started, career in this job, Carly does notand briefly prolonged his save one person’s life, so I have regret becoming a first responder.“I want to give someone else to keep going until I reach it,” Elly“I’ve met a lot of new people,the chance to say goodbye to says.and I’ve become more aware ofsomeone they care about,” EllyFirst responders travel in what to do during medicalsays, “the way someone did for squads to scenes. Elly is not the situations,” she”But there are also downsidesonly teenager in her squad; seniorElly started classes to become Carly Hull began taking her to the job, Elly and Carly say.a certified first responder in classes with Elly in January. Carly“Everybody I’ve ever gone onJanuary at the Silver Lake fire hall. says her mother got her started.a call to I’ve known,” Elly says.She completed 72 hours of“My mom is an EMT “It’s such a small community thatlectures, hands-on activities and (emergency medical technician), you know everyone.”labs and in July earned her first and she had to take the firstFor Carly the worst part isresponder certification.“seeing people die.”responder class,” Carly says.A first responder is the first toThrough all of this, however,Carly thought the class mightarrive on the scene of an accident be a good idea, given her college the girls have not been dissuadedor other emergency. He/she plans.from their goals.analyzes what is going on,“[Doing this is important to me]“I am planning on being aaccording to Elly, and establishes nurse, and knowing that would because I think anytime that youresponsiveness, begins CPR if give me a heads-up on everyone can help the community and helpnecessary and calls for additional else,” Carly says.other people is a good thing to do,”help if it is not already there.The classes also helped Carly Carly says.On July 7 Elly went on her first decide what she does not want to“ the more involved I got, thecall. It is a memory she will not pursue in college.more attached I got,” Elly says.soon forget.Other students agree.“[I do not see a career in first“My first call was a man dying responding] because I’ve realizedSenior Adam West became aof cancer, and he cried the whole through my experience [that] it’s junior firefighter because he “likestime,” Elly says. “It was the most not something I want to do with to help people,” he says.heart-wrenching thing to see an my life,” Carly says.Continuing a family tradition,old man bawling. I finally had toBeing a first responder has Adam got started as a firefighterstep back and say, ‘I can’t do also helped Elly make career for the Silver Lake Volunteer Firethis.’”Company and Rescue Squad whenchoices.But this experience has not“It’s helped me make my he was 14. In January 2006 hestopped Elly from continuing what decision of what career I’m going pursued a first responder certifishe started. She has set goals that into, which is nursing,” she says.(See Good Will, Page 2)o be BuiltNew County LibrarNewbraryy ttoBy FFrancescarancesca Edgington-GiordanoEdgington-GiordanoOpinion EditorFeb. 16Prom Fashion ShowAuditorium7 p.m.Feb. 23Dodgeball TourneyBoth gyms8 a.m.Feb. 29Student/FacultyBasketball GameGymnasium6 p.m.AAmanda Rebello/Meteor Chroniclerchitect Thomas Horlacher’s rendering of the new Susquehanna County Free Library appears on asign marking the location on High School Road in Montrose where the library will be built on 3.3 acres of landdonated by the Montrose Area School District. The projected cost of the library is 4 million to be raised over thenext five years. The library launched its fundraising campaign Nov. 15, in celebration of the 100th anniversary ofthe dedication of the current Monument Square site. More than 544,000 has been pledged to date, according tothe Susquehanna County Library’s Web site. The Historical Society, currently housed above the library, willexpand into the entire Monument Square building after the library has moved to its new location.TeachereacherContractNegotiationsResultin FFour-your-yearour-yearA greementBy Courtney HaggertyCo-editor in ChiefBeginning in January 2007several teachers and fourschool board members as wellas the board’s solicitor met forover ten months to negotiate anew teachers’ contract,Superintendent Mike Ognoskysaid.“It was a long process, butboth sides worked together toachieve a contract that is fairfor all concerned,” historyteacher Joe Festa, chair of theteachers’ negotiating team,said.Contractnegotiationsusually start a year or so beforethe end of the currentagreement, according to Mr.Ognosky.The board of education andthe teachers’ association choosemembers to form committeesto represent them at thenegotiating table. Both sidesmeet first to determine theparticulars of the negotiationprocess, such as where theywill meet and how often.“Typically both sidesexchange initial proposals,” Mr.Ognosky said, “and [the negotiation begins] from there.”The board may also berepresented by its solicitor, andthe teachers may be represented by their state associationif they wish.“[These parties] normallyonly get involved whenrequested,” Mr. Ognosky said.“If both sides are at an impasse,they will formally request thata mediator provided by the stateassist the negotiations.”If no agreement is reachedeven with a mediator’s help,each side may ask forarbitration, a process wherebyan arbiter reviews both finalcontract offers and decideswhich is fairer. Either side maydisagree with the arbiter ’sdecision and ask for thenegotiation to continue.Finally, if both sides havestressed all measures and areat a complete stalemate, then“the teachers’ association hasthe right in Pennsylvania to havea work stoppage,” Mr.Ognosky said.The recent negotiationprocess between the schoolboard and the teachers’association was very typical, accordingto Mr. Ognosky.“[They negotiated] primaryissues,” Mr. Ognosky said,“such as salaries, health benefitsand working conditions.”According to Mr. Ognosky,the results of the negotiationsconsisted of an increase inhealth insurance co-paymentsto one percent of eachteacher’s salary, various salaryincreases according toteachers’ years of service andlevels of education, and minorchanges in medical benefits.The new four-year contractwill expire in June 2011.

JANUARY 2008PAGE 2METEOR CHRONICLENewsNYPAPS Examines the Almost UnexplainableNYPAPSExaminesUnexplainableBy Chelsea HallArts & Entertainment EditorShe peers around theheadstone, trying to findsomething worthy of a picture. Asjunior Ashley Moore wandersamong the gravesites, shesuddenly feels as if someone’splaying with her hair. The gentletickle sends chills down her spineas she turns to find no one behindher.New York/Pennsylvania Paranormal Society (NYPAPS) cofounder Noel Short of Montrosesays this experience is notuncommon.“Being touched by a ghosthappensalotonaninvestigation,” Noel, as she refersto herself on the NYPAPS Web site,says.Noel and Dana Lasher, Herkimer, N.Y., co-founded NYPAPS in2002. The ladies met on a familycamping trip in New York andrealized that both were intriguedby the paranormal.“When I was little, I would seethings that I couldn’t explain,”Noel says. “My mother would saythat I was sick or hallucinating. Shewould also try to blame myexperiences on the Saint Bernardsthat we raised. Dana had similarevents happen to her growing up.”NYPAPS is an organizationthat’s devoted to finding anyparanormal activity. Societymembers go out on investigationseither after they get a call fromsomeone or after they’ve askedpermission to peruse or inspect anarea that is haunted or has beensuspected to have paranormalactivity. All investigations are freeof charge, according to Noel.On one of Noel’s firstinvestigations, she and Dana tookalong a tape recorder, accordingto Noel. Thinking the night hadbeen unsuccessful because theyhad not noticed any paranormalactivity, they got in their car todrive home. While Noel wasdriving, Dana played the tape, andboth clearly heard a man’s voicesay, “How could you?”Noel was shocked.“I almost got into a crashbecause of the voice!” Noel says.Photo providedA spirit comes forward in a photograph taken at a local cemetery. At this investigation, theNYPAPS members were getting cold when sophomore Angela Short said aloud while hermother Noel was taking pictures, “We’re getting hot chocolate. Do you like hot chocolate?”The picture suggests the spirit’s reaching out, maybe for a hot cup of chocolate.On another investigation Noelfelt something smack the back ofher head. Dana was some distanceaway, and Noel was certain ofwhat had happened.“It felt as if my mother had justsmacked the back of my head,”Noel says.Ashley became interested inthe paranormal through hermother’s friendship with Noel.“My mom is really good friendswith Noel, and she had alreadygone [on an investigation withNoel] once before,” Ashley says.“The next time they went on aninvestigation, I just tagged along.”Ashley’s first investigationmade her “anxious,” she says.“I didn’t know what wouldhappen,” Ashley says. “It was anerve wracking experience.”Ashley joined NYPAPS fouryears ago and has gone on “toomany investigations to count,” shesays. She is a true believer.“I believe in ghosts 100percent!” Ashley says. “I’m not askeptic whatsoever. I don’t thinkpeople should be afraid of ghosts.(Good Will continued from Page 1)cate “because [he] wants to go tocollege for nursing,” Adam says. Healso plans to continue as a volunteerfirefighter.“I definitely want to get certifiedto be an EMT before I graduate collegeand with firefighting be a captain or alieutenant,” Adam says.Junior Ben Hinds, who is also ajunior firefighter, has been aroundfirefighting all his life. Ben is a part ofthe United Fire Company inMontrose. His father and grandfatherhave served as assistant chief, andBen aspires “to be like my grandpaand my dad and become chief.”Like first responding, there arepros and cons to being a firefighter,Adam and Ben say.“There is a little less free personaltime, and it sometimes adds to thestress levels,” Ben says. “And yousometimes see things you don’t wantto see.”“The fire company is kind of likehigh school with its groups andclans,” Adam says, and sometimes acall is for someone he knows.But for Ben, the good stilloutweighs the bad.“[Memories I have are] just kindof seeing everyone looking out foreach other,” Ben says. “[Also,] I’veseen a lot of major injuries, so theystick out so I can mentally preparemyself.”“[Being involved with firefightinghas] taught me responsibility, and Ihave more friends,” Ben says.Firefighting has also taughtimportant lessons to seniors Danielle(Dani) Finch and Brandon Edwards.Dani has been a volunteer firefighterThey’re not out to hurt you;they’re just as scared of us aspeople are of them.”Ashley says her unwaveringbelief in ghosts comes from herchildhood.“I’ve always felt there wereghosts, ever since I was little,”Ashley says. “I began to trulybelieve after I started seeingpictures and hearing voices andrealizing they were coming fromnowhere.”“Once, we went to a house, andNoel [trying to speak to the ghosts]said out loud, ‘Did you live here?’All of us in the room heard a mansay, ‘No’ plain as day.“Anotherunexplainedexperience was when we went to acemetery, and [sophomore]Angela [Short, Noel’s daughter]lay down on the ground. She gotback up, and on her back was awhite cross as if it had beenimprinted on her skin.”Senior Jon Short, Noel’s son,has also witnessed inexplicableevents.“We saw a candle light itself,”at the Silver Lake Volunteer FireCompany and Rescue Squad for twoyears, and Brandon also volunteersfor United Fire Company.Dani says she has learnedpatience, self-control, people skillsand to not take life for granted.“You have to be able to handlepeople,” Dani says. “The worst iswhen you have to tear parents awayfrom their children in a difficultsituation.”Brandon agrees. He also says onelearns how to cope with his/herpersonal feelings.“You see things no one else sees,”he says, “and besides your squad, youcannot talk to anyone about it.”Dani decided she wanted to helppeople because her family is involved.“I love the adrenaline rush,” Danisays. “Someone needs to be there tohelp the people in their time of need.”Brandon says he was the little boywho always wanted to be a firefighterand just never grew out of it, but bothDani and Brandon say it is not easy tobe a volunteer.“It shows you that it is a smallworld,” Dani says. “I will never forgetresponding to a car accident, and itturned out to be [my sister Nikky].”Brandon will always remember thenight he realized “being a firefighteris not a one-man job.”“I responded to a barn fire,” hesays. “I saw a bunch of departmentsworking together. We were a family.”“[Being involved in firstresponding has impacted me in] thelearning aspects medically, like howyour body works and how your bodyreacts in certain situations and howto get over the important death [of mycousin],” Elly says.Jon says. “I wasextremely freakedout and wasscared. You don’tsee that toooften.”When NYPAPSmembers go on aninvestigation,Noel says, theytake along specialtools, such ascameras, tapeplayers, EMF(electromagneticfield) detectors,and temperaturegauges, to provethat there is paranormal activitywherever they are.The investigators can provewhether or notthey capture aghost on camera iforbs appear in thepicture. To detectwhether an orb isin the picture ormerely a dustparticle,theinvestigatorsif the orb has aaround it and acheck to seeglowing ringnucleus.Common incidents that occurduring investigations includebeing touched by ghosts, feelingas if your hair’s being played with,feeling the temperature drop incertain locations (cold spots),hearing a sound like someone’sbreathing when no one’s around,and feeling as if you’re beingwatched, according to Noel.Less common occurrences arehearing thumps, thuds, andknocks or seeing “shadowpeople.”NYPAPS members respond toany requests they receive to doan investigation, Noel says.Sometimes, when NYPAPS isalready involved in anotherinvestigation, the group contactsother “credible” paranormalsocieties for help, according toNoel.Other societies, like TheAtlantic Paranormal Society(TAPS), the ghost hunters from theSci-Fi channel, also ask NYPAPSto help them in a crisis.“We’ve never worked side byside with TAPS, but we havehelped them out,” Noel says.Many people confuse termsdealing with the paranormal, Noelsays. For example, there’s adifference between a ghost and aspirit as well as a ghost hunt and aghost investigation.According to the NYPAPSWeb site (, aghost is a spirit that makes itspresence known to mankind, anda spirit is a soul that has left itsbody after death and is foundaccidentally.Going to a place that is notknown to be haunted is a ghosthunt, and a ghost investigation isgoing to a place that has beenreported to be haunted to collectevidence to prove if unexplainedactivity is supernatural or the resultof natural causes.The ideal time to go ghosthunting is during a full or newmoon or during the three daysbefore and after the full and newmoons. The best ghost monthsare October through April wheneverything becomes staticallycharged, NYPAPS says.But NYPAPS isn’t all aboutwork and no play, according toAshley. Members sometimes playtricks on one another to break thetension.“They’re loads of laughter,”Ashley says. “We always have ablast, but when it comes to aninvestigation, we’re very serious.”During one investigation Noelsuddenly saw something jump ather, Ashley says. She immediatelybegan to run back to the NYPAPS“ghostmobile,” Noel’s suburban.She turned around to see the otherinvestigators laughing becausewhat they thought had been aghost was only a deer that hadjumped the fence and landed rightnext to Noel. She knew it was deer.“It’s the living that scares me,not the dead!” Noel said to theothers. This quote has becomeNYPAPS’ motto.For more information aboutNYPAPS or paranormal activity,contact Noel by e-mail orby phone at 1-607-343-4853.MAHS Hosts PMEA District BandGuest conductor Gordon EdmundMason, D.M.A andconductor of theBaptist Bible College (Clarks Summit) wind ensemble,directs over 150band members from35 schools in District 9, which includes Lackawanna,L u z e r n e ,Susquehanna,Wayne and Wyoming counties. Thestudents arrived atMAHS Jan. 9, fillingthe school with “talented and enthusiastic musicians,” MAHS band director Suzanne Bennici said. Upon arrival at the band festival,musicians auditioned for first-chair positions for the concert performed Jan. 11. Below thetrumpeters andtrombonists practice a musicalpiece played at theconcert.“Theseyoung musiciansparticipating are tobe commended forthe hard work anddedication theyhave shown in order to reach thislevel of accomplishment,” Principal Jim Tallaricosaid. “I extend mycongratulations tothe students, family and educatorswho have made thispossible.”Photos by Courtney Haggerty/Meteor Chronicle

PAGE 3METEOR CHRONICLEJANUARY 2008OpinionEditorial CartoonEditorialDisappearing TTraraysraysEqual Rising CostsSeen any lunch trays lyingaround? How about knives, forks orspoons? If so, the cafeteria would likethem back.The MAHS cafeteria usually losesa few trays and pieces of cutlery everyyear, according to food service directorElizabeth O’Malley. Some are droppedand break, and some go on “field trips”to other parts of the school and areforgotten. However, this year thesecond marking period hasn’t evenended, and 50 to 75 trays have beenlost. Miss O’Malley has ordered 75replacement trays; last school year shedidn’t order any.Lunch trays are on loan from thecafeteria. When they aren’t returned,the level of service the cafeteria canprovide declines. During crowdedlunch periods the cafeteria staff mustrely on cleaning and redistributingtrays that have already been used.On more than one occasion thisyear students have been left waitingin line for their lunch while cafeteriaworkers caught up on the tray washing.Throwing trays–cutlery and all–into the trash, as some students havedone recently, is deliberate disregardfor school property.The plastic trays cost about 9each, and one recent day eigh

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