By Carly Guise
Ears that stand ready at attention and brown eyes that beg for love (but more importantly, food). A tongue that lolls to the side to reveal a toothy smile. Four feet that are waiting to be taken on a walk. A stocky pitbull body that wants to snuggle in for the night.
Her name is Gracey. She just celebrated her eighth birthday. She’s been waiting for a forever home for a little over two years.
By Brittany Butler
A white Ford Explorer SUV is parked in front of a beach house. Inside the car, the windows are wiped down, the interior is dusted, leather seats are free of any spills, and the carpet is vacuumed with no stains. It’s a spotless car from the inside to the outside.
There is something unique about the person that drives it. In the back seat there is a sign that reads Amenities. There’s water, candy, snacks, gum, mints, tissues, wet wipes, a lint roller, hand sanitizer, Febreze, car sick bags, and acetaminophen. There’s even a tip jar for people that want to tip for great service.
By Caroline Frey and Riley Miller
In Red Lion Area School District, there are 65 students enrolled who are homeless, and at least 6 teenage mothers.
Programs such as The Children’s Home of York and the Haven Home for Girls support these students.
“They support me physically, they give me a roof. The home is too sweet not to be safe,” Red Lion Area Senior High School junior Brianna* said.
Brianna, 17, greatly appreciates all that the Haven Home has done for her. In order to create a better life for Brianna, the staff helped her get a job, provides computer access, and emotionally supports her.
The Children’s Home of York is an organization that helps children and families in Pennsylvania who are in need. For more than 150 years, the home has provided many programs and services that help find children a home.
By Rachel Lau
Despite recent incidents at local football games, Red Lion security and staff make sure their students and guests feel safe on Friday nights.
Events that occurred at a Friday night football game brought into question whether or not schools have enough security for the games. Two people were injured during a shooting Sept. 9 at William Penn, causing the school to have their home football games every Saturday afternoon.
By Taylor Bosley
The seniors viewed the 9th annual “Mock Crash” led by the Red Cross Club April 24. Student actors Mike Ondek, Kenny Holloway, Lucas Crumling, Tyler Robbins, Courtney Hake, Brianna Dean, Meghan Rutzebeck and Evelyn Kunce of the mock crash demonstrated the dangers of drinking and driving
“Every person, every part, is huge,” Vice Principal Mr. Grant Gouker said. He believes that every part of the Mock Crash, from the students to the emergency services to the famous helicopter appearance, is crucial to the whole picture the Mock Crash is trying to paint.
The list of everyone involved includes Mrs. Jennifer McCandless, advisor of the Red Cross Club, Red Lion fire company and ambulance services, Dallastown fire company, Yoe fire company, York Regional EMS, York Area Police Department, STAT Medevac, York Trauma and Arundel Fire Co.
Along with the emergency services, Baker Son and Towing donates the cars to be used in the Mock Crash.
Mr. Gouker noted that this is of no cost to the district and it includes all donations and volunteers.
The number of pieces that goes into the making of the Mock Crash all do it out of kindness.
“The goal is to make it as real as possible,” Mr. Gouker said.
Senior Meghan Rutzebeck, one of the actors involved in the display, views the mock crash as beneficial to the senior class.
“I think it’s really necessary that we show we them this scenario,” Rutzebeck said.
To begin the show, seniors could hear the 911 dispatch call over the loudspeaker. Soon after, sirens were heard in the distance and the fire truck and ambulance entered the parking lot.
The students watched as the EMT workers rushed to get the students out the cars. Many watched in awe as their friends were pulled from the cars, bloodied by make up. Mr. Gouker’s goal was to make the entire scene as real as possible. The makeup, helicopter and EMT workers were all used to reach the goal.
By Taylor Bosley
On Dec 4, Coroner Pam Gay and a spokesperson from the drug task force held a meeting regarding what they are calling a “heroin epidemic.” This year has seen 45 deaths caused by heroin use, an increase from the 17 total last year.
Aside from the deaths themselves, there are various other negatives that come from widespread heroin use, according to the presentation. It can cause families to fall apart, it has an economic effect on businesses due to the need to drug test their employees and also the sick days many addicts use. It also costs the taxpayers.
Along with human and economic negative tolls, there are numerous health risks that come along with using heroin. Abusers have high risk of HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C, heart infections and other disorders. Using can also lead to organ failure.
Gay mentioned that sudden withdrawal can actually make a user sick, which can cause them to use again, making heroin addiction a “vicious cycle.”
Gay also went on to mention how it is common that prior to being a user of heroin, many times they have abused prescription pain pills. The high price of the pills led to users moving to heroin due to the cheap price of heroin. This is why Gay recommends discarding old and unused prescriptions in drug boxes at local police stations.
Gay noted it is rarely easy to figure out the best path for treatment for an addict.
“Do we use tough love, or try and control the situation?” said Gay.
Preventive steps were mentioned including what the community can do and also where to find help for an addict.
Members of the community can learn about legislation being proposed and can also contact with legislators regarding the heroin epidemic. If it’s known that someone has an addiction help should be seeked through family physicians or trusted adults.
Supporting community events and also promoting them regarding drug abuse can also help, according to Gay. She noted that this wasn’t a one solution problem.
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