Monday, November 5, 2018

Lyman Elementary's Annual Halloween Stroll

article by Caitlynn McAllister

Basic Information (Date & Activities)

Every year Lyman Elementary hosts a spooky and fun filled Halloween stroll. This year it was on Friday the 19th, and they requested that families be there for 6:45 pm. The stroll is mainly run by the PTC who takes the donations of candy, plan the stroll, and put it together. This fun night consists of watching a play put on by the drama club, walking through the “haunted” hallway, going into the cafe where you can enjoy snacks (donuts and cider), and sitting down to make some halloween crafts!

What Was It like?

When I first arrived at the stroll the principle of the school directed me and my family to the gym where the drama club soon put on a play called, “The Big Pumpkin.” Overall the play was very well put on they had costumes, props, and you could hear everything they said clearly. Once the play was over the principle directed families (starting with kindergarten-fifth) to the actual stroll. At the start of the stroll a volunteer would mark your hand so that they know you already went through. Then you walk to the stroll where more volunteers are there handing out candy to the kids. The hallway that you walk through was somewhat dark with halloween decorations like pumpkins, webs, lights, spiders (fake), and a little fog (also fake). Once you made your way through the hallway more staff and volunteers were there to direct you to the cafe. When you made it to the cafe there were tables set up with lots of craft materials for you to use, to create spooky decorations for your home or to just have. Lastly there was apple cider and four different donut options, and other little snacks to munch on… for free!

What Goes Into The Planning?

This wonderful night is planned by the PTC of Lyman Elementary. This group is made up of some teachers and parents who volunteer their time to create fun events like this one. When I asked a member of the PTC when they start planning it she said, “We usually start discussing it at the beginning of the school year at the first PTC meeting.” Then I asked what they discussed at this meeting and she explained, “We talk about different ideas we may have to change it up a bit from the previous year, we talk about what went well and what didn’t go so well and then make the appropriate changes.” This shows that each year the PTC works hard to improve the stroll to make it better for everyone. She also told me that once they are done discussing that they work on making the notices that go home to parents, in which they ask for donations and volunteers to help run the event. I then asked how long it takes to plan everything out and she told me, “About a month and a half start to finish.” So planning this is not easy work, neither is the setup. She also told me that, “The day before the stroll the PTC members go to the school decorate the doors, separate the candy and prepare the crafts for the kids to do… that’s about 2 hours of work.” She further explained other stuff that they do on the night of the stroll which takes up too much time; 3 hours in fact. So in total they spend 5 hours setting up and a month and a half planning. That is a lot of their time spent on this! No wonder why it’s so well put together.

Halloween in the Community

article by Brianna Stephenson

What makes RSU 57 unique is its sense of community. As people stock up on candy and decorate their houses and yards for Halloween, children pick out silly and scary costumes to wear trick-or-treating. On October 31st, the community of RSU 57 came together to make the best experience possible for young kids.

While many can argue that getting candy is the highlight of Halloween, others can say that they love being around friends and their community in the spirit of the holiday. Chris, a resident of Lake Arrowhead, said he looks forward to Halloween more than any other day of the year. He spends hundreds of hours building and designing a haunted house in his front yard for the neighborhood kids to walk through.

There are also many great places to go trick or treating in our district. “My friends and family go trick or treating near Friendship Park in Waterboro. We have been going there ever since I was a little kid, and I still enjoy going. It is a very popular place and the streets are always filled up with trick or treaters… my bucket is always full with candy by the time I get home,” said Paige, a fifth-grader at Waterboro Elementary.

Kids, teenagers, and even adults relish the spirit of Halloween in the RSU 57 district. This, however, is not possible without the wonderful volunteers of the people in the community that make it enjoyable.

Hurricane Michael and the destruction of the Southeast U.S.

article by Lyndsey Kamszik and Alexis Marsh
edited by Ryleigh Baker

Devastation and destruction in the US southeast area from category 4 hurricane. Category 4 hurricane, hurricane Michael, brings 100-140 mph winds and at least 35 inches of rain to Florida. Causing mass destruction over many parts of the Florida panhandle. Though this immense storm didn’t just leave Florida alone devastated, other places from Georgia to Virginia also felt the wrath of this storm. This Hurricane arrived in Florida on October 10, 2018 as a category 4 storm and left Virginia’s coast as a tropical storm. It left many homes, agricultural areas, and even businesses completely destroyed. Nothing was left unaffected by this horrible storm.

Spanning over 200 miles Hurricane Michael ripped through several states in the southeast. It destroyed many places one of them being Mexico Beach, Florida. As quoted from CBS News, “ The head of FEMA said Mexico Beach was ‘probably ground zero’ for the category 4 storm.” Mexico Beach took a big lashing from this storm. It is even said that the Beach will take at least 12 to 18 months before it is up and running again. In their article about the hurricane CNN even said that, “One death was reported in Mexico Beach -- that of an elderly man found alone, Mayor Al Cathey said.” This is just one of the 36 deaths reported so far. Though there are probably more deceased that will be found as search and rescue teams scour the area.

Hurricane Michael caused so much damage to all the places it hit. The damage cost is $6.1 billion in total. At least 1.15 million homes were left without power, and over a million homes were destroyed. The storm left 5 states without power, Alabama has 22,463 people without power. As well as Florida with 271,998 citizens in the dark, along with 32,338 from Georgia, 7,364 in South Carolina, 312,558 in Virginia, and lastly 323,735 in North Carolina. The storm caused 1,200 roads to close and at least 75 areas were left flooded. Even though all the broken homes, hearts, and powerlines, Hurricane Michael survivors still fought to live. People continued to search for food and water where they could possibly look. The community grew stronger by working together and sharing what little they had left with their neighbors in need.

Though homes businesses and other things were completely destroyed people are not just sitting around doing nothing. On October 11 the day after the storm hit repair and rescue teams were sent out to assess the damage that had been done. Plus people are already being sent out to help. About 1,000 plus volunteers are helping to provide food, shelters, and even health services. In his article volunteers rush to aid survivors after Hurricane Michael, Brian Snyder wrote, “The groups served some 4,500 meals to survivors during the past weekend alone, he said.” The Red Cross even has their volunteers in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida helping the tens of thousands of people who have been affected. Volunteers, search teams, and just helpers in general from all over are aiding those who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

Culture Club

article by Mary Duffy
edited by Peyton Smith

Are you looking to spice up your life? If you want to be part of a club that travels and helps out the community, then Culture Club is the place to go.

Culture Club is a club opened to all grades and anyone can join. This club is about learning about new cultures and comparing them to Massabesic culture. They also volunteer and help out the community in any way they can. One of the exciting perks of being apart of Culture Club is that you get to travel. This year the club is going to Boston, New York, and their big trip to Costa Rica in April. Maddy Pomerleau, a senior at Massabesic High School, has been in Culture Club all four years of high school. She became one of the officers during her sophomore year. When asked about what inspired her to join and why other students should join, Maddy said, “My advisory teacher was the leader of the Culture Club my freshman year, so that pushed me a lot to join, but also seeing all the different aspects you are shown while you’re in this group was so exciting to me. I would totally recommend this to any kid from any grade, boy or girl. Everyone is so welcoming and every time we meet we talk about a new topic or visit a new place. Going on these trips outside of the state are memories you remember forever.”

All in all Culture Club is a fun way to make memories for a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to observe different cultures and travel places with your friends? Culture Club is something everyone should try. Have fun traveling!

This a picture of Maddy Pomerleau and Paige Hulk in New York having a great time and making amazing memories

Massabesic Theatre Program

article by Charlee Tucker
edited by Peyton Smith 

At Massabesic High School, classes have just begun and with that comes the start of fall sports and activities. This includes the start of the school’s theatre program. The theatre program splits the group of students that are involved into two groups: the cast and the crew. The crew is the people who help to get everything prepared for the cast. The cast is the people who perform the plays and musicals for their community. For about a month, the theatre program has been getting together three days a week and have been tirelessly practicing their roles for their first performance of the play, “Hide and Seek”, planned to be performed on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of December. Now some of you may be wondering, what exactly happens in the theatre program? I asked crew member Avery Haskell and cast member Grace Fleming to answer this question.

When asked this question Haskell stated, “In the crew, we all get together and plan out what we are gonna do for the play so we are ready for the performance. For example, I do hair and makeup so right now we are deciding how we should do the characters’ makeup, making sure the makeup matches the costume. While I am doing this, others are making props and costumes for the show.” On the other hand, when Fleming was asked the very same question, her response was simply “We get together and practice our roles until we have everything down to exactly how it should be.” After hearing this I became curious about whether there had been any major setbacks so far, so I went to senior Maddison Phillips with this question. After much thought, Phillips responded, "This year we have so many more freshman and it has been really hard getting them accustomed to high school theater. This has resulted in it being a really bumpy start, but now things have begun running much smoother.”

The theater program will accept anyone and are still looking for new members to help the crew. If you have any questions please contact the director of this program Catherine Leavitt on her email:

Girl's Fall Sports

article by Shea Lane
edited by Peyton Smith

Fall sports are very important to the kids at Massabesic. The girl athletes have worked really hard this season, and always put in the effort, practicing almost every day to get better. Although these girls weren’t always successful, they made sure to have fun while playing.

This year the field hockey team made it into the playoffs once again. As well, the girls cross country team made it to regionals. Cheering and soccer had fantastic seasons, too! The girl's varsity soccer team who were coached by Jaime Alonso, Meagan Collupy, and Rusty Blackington went 0-14. Even though the team didn’t win any games, they had some real close ones. The girls always chose to keep their heads held high. Cheering this year did amazing in all their routines. Coach Tanguay taught the cheerleaders some pretty intricate choreography. They never failed to blow away the fans during halftime at the football games. Overall, the girls fall sports went pretty well this year.

This season, girls cross country was very triumphant. The coach this year was Mrs. Blair who is a teacher at Massabesic High School. One of the juniors on the team, Carrie Phinney, states that overall the season was pretty great. They even got to hold one of the meets. The results from that meet were pretty good and they ended up taking 2nd. This year, the team’s downside was they didn’t have many girls. Carrie Phinney claimed, “[W]ith such a small team this year we didn’t have enough depth.” With the team being small they didn’t have many different paced people. That affected the team because most of them would end up placing at around the same place and a few placing in the top. On the bright side, they had some great success. Carrie also mentioned, “Our biggest achievement this year was definitely taking home the trophy at the Stinky Shoe race for the 12th year in a row!” Throughout the years, the girl's team has brought home a trophy from the race. They certainly earned it. Another great achievement for the girls this season was they went to regionals. They worked really hard for the race, but sadly did not come out on top. Carrie said they girls this year got 14th place. They were hoping to go to states, but it seems as though it won’t be this year. These girls are keeping their heads high, though, and can’t wait to be reunited as a team next year. 
A few of the girls on cross country

Another sport that had a rewarding season is the field hockey team. Coach Martin-Moore who was assisted by coach Fournier really trained these girls and shaped them up for their season. The roster was filled with many talented and experienced players this year. The girls welcomed many new people to the team. Maddy Pomerleau who was the goalie stated, “The team’s biggest achievement this season was honestly coming together as a family, we had so many new girls enter this team. We had a lot of getting to know each other and we did an amazing job.” She explains that they all got along and acted as though they were more than just a team. With everyone being close it makes for more of a well-composed team. The season was a little bumpy for field hockey. Their record caused some ups and downs. Maddy told me, “[W]e worked so so hard day and night and every game we were right there with that other team, just we couldn’t finish all the way sometimes which was hard for us.” The team had a record of 5 wins and 9 losses. It’s clear to see that there were some successes and some failures, but it kept them motivated. A very exciting up was that they made it into the playoffs! They played Cheverus whom they had won against in the regular season. According to Maddy “For the playoff game with them, we had a tough fight. We lost 5-4 but we went into overtime. Both teams played well.” This game was neck and neck but, unfortunately, Massabesic couldn’t come out with a win. After that, the season came to end, and the girls feel as though it was an awesome time. There will always be a bond there as a family and they feel as though future seasons will be great.

The girls at the playoff game during national anthem Lacey Bean, a senior during playoff game

Boy's Fall Sports

article by John Lessard
edited by Peyton Smith


Boys fall sports include cross country, soccer, and football. The boys fall sports program has had a decent year as the cross country team made it to states.

The cross country boys team has had a very successful season as they continue on to states after they placed 4th in regionals. They also competed in the Festival of Champions which is the biggest cross country meet in Maine. “Cross country has had a great season. I’m excited for next year,” says Jesse Cadigan, a freshman who was a part of the cross country team.

The boy’s varsity football team had a losing record this year as they won one game and lost six during the season. The game they won was against Bangor and the final score was 34-6. They plan to improve and win more games next year.

Photo taken by: Jason Gendron

Boys varsity soccer also had a rough year as they won two games, lost eleven and tied one. They worked hard this season and hope for the best next year as they continue to work hard.

Photo taken by: Jason Gendron