Morgan really enjoys theatre and photography. She hopes to one day be a Teacher. Most people don’t know is more petrified of heights!

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A Profile on Kyle Harrison “K18” : Ohio Machine Midfeilder

Kyle Harrison also know as “K18” started  playing lacrosse when he was 4 years old. His dad,photo Dr. Miles Harrison, played lacrosse on the first all-African American college team during the 1970’s and inspired K18 to play.

“My dad played from the time I could walk,”  Harrison said. ” He taught me how to play. I’m from Baltimore so it’s a little different from Ohio where its newer. Baltimore its like football and soccer and basketball are everywhere else. ”

Harrison lives in New Port Beach, California with his wife. Where he spends his off-season traveling and doing requirements for his sponsors like STX  .  He also plays pick up basketball, and goes to a lot of movies.

Harrison also played soccer and basketball in high school, but he has always been a mid-fielder.

“Midfield in lacrosse combines my favorite parts in ever sport. you get to play offence you get to play defense, [and] you get to have transition,” Harrison said. “Where as if you where an attack man you would only play offence, if you where a defense man you would only play defense.  I like being able to do everything.”

K18 is an equipment line of Harrison’s that came out when he graduated High School. K for Kyle and 18 for his number which is also the same number that his dad wore when he played. The nickname “K18” stuck and has been around ever since.

After High School Harrison when to Johns Hopkins University where he won the Tewaaraton Award. An award given to the most outstanding college Lacrosse player in America.

When Harrison was asked on what advise he would give to young lacrosse players he said, “Stop going to so many tournaments and start going to skill camps, you know so many kids go to these tournaments where there is 30 kids on a team they might get two to three runs per quarter its great to compete but kids now in days are lacking skills. so I say fewer tournaments and more skill camps.”

K18 played for New Jersey Los Angeles, and Denver before he played for the Ohio Machine. So far this year he has scored a total of 21 goals.

Harrison has not only played for the MLL he also was a player for the US National Lacrosse team in 2006 and is played again for them in Denver on Thursday July 10th through the 19th.

” I think wearing a jersey with USA on the front is a dream come true  for most young athletes no matter what the sport is.” Harrison said.

You can catch K18 and the rest of the Ohio Machine on July 26th at Selby Stadium at 4:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.

Stuff the Bus Comes to Delaware

Even though summer break has just began for most of us, it’s not to early to start planning for next year. That’s just what The United Way of Delaware County is doing, by holding  it’s first ” Stuff the Bus” and ” Supplies for Scholars” events. These events will benefit  children in pre-k through 12th grade in Delaware County.

The Stuff the Bus event runs the week of June 16th through the 21st. On these dates school supplies, backpacks, personal hygiene items, and socks and underwear will be collected at Walmart located in Lewis Center. The goal is to provide supplies for 2,000 students.

“The concept of “Stuff the Bus” has been around for years, this is the first time that I am aware of that we are hosting one in Delaware County,” said Barb Lyon the Vice President of The United Way of Delaware County. “The United Way of Delaware County in partnership with our Women’s Leadership Network initiated the idea in fall 2013.”

For this event to be possible The United Way of Delaware County needs volunteers  at both event to help collect, organize and hand out the supplies.

“We have a wonderful volunteer who graciously has pulled the event together,” Lyon said. “We are excited to partner with several organizations to make this a success. Delaware City School, Walmart and Meijer have provided donations and/or financial support to ensure both events are successful. Several others have provided donations and volunteers to assist as well.”

Then on July 18th the ” Supplies for Scholars” event is being held at Woodward Elementary. This is where students can pick up the supplies that where donated.

“What makes this event uStuff the busunique is that the supplies that are collected during June 16-21 will be sorted and distributed at our first “Supplies for Scholars” back to school event on July 18th,” Lyon said “The intent is to create a fun-filled day where families can come to one  location and pick up school supplies, receive a free haircut (limited to the first 50 children) and a gift certificate for shoes (limited quantities). We will also have the 2nd and 7 Foundation there to pass out books and local vendors like Kona Ice, Wendy’s, Costco and others are providing refreshments. Games, face painting and a bounce house are also planned.”

The Supplies for Scholars event is free and open to any school-aged child pre-k through 12th grade in Delaware County. To receive a shoe gift certificate, proof of Delaware County residency must be provided.

The United Way needs volunteers the week of June 16-21 to help staff the bus at Walmart Super Center in Lewis Center from 9 am-9 pm each day.  Kids can also volunteer as long as they are supervised by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Barb Lyon at blyon@uwaydelaware.org to learn more.

 

A Profile of Chad Wiedmaier: Ohio Machine Defenseman

Chad Wiedmaier is a graduate from Princeton University who lives in New York, but for Delaware citizens he is known as a defensive player for The Ohio Machine.

Wiedmaeir started lacrosse when he moved to New Jersey in second grade but did not play on an actual team till he was in 5th grade.  “Everyone in my town plays lacrosse,” Wiedmaier said. “So my cousin threw me a stick and I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m like the first generation in my family to play lacrosse, so it kinda literally fell into my hands and I’ve went from there.”

Wiedmaier practicing his defensive skills during a Friday night practice at Selby Stadium.

What some people don’t realize is most of the Ohio Machine players don’t live in town, they live all over. So on a game weekend Wiedmaier and his teammate fly in on a Friday morning, have practice Friday evening, do a walk trough the next morning followed by the game Saturday evening.

Wiedmaier started playing defense because he was the “bigger” kid when he was younger. “But the weird thing is I’ve played defense in every sport I’ve ever played so I guess something just clicked in me”.

Wiedmaier also holds a job when he is not playing for the Ohio Machine at Trilogy Lacrosse located in New York City. He is the Marketing Associate for the company.

In his spare time Wiedmaier really likes to travel.”I really like to just go on random adventures. In New York City there is something different to do or explore or find everyday. I guess I’m really an adventurist enthusiast.”Wiedmaier said.

Wiedmaier’s favorite moment playing Lacrosse was when Princeton won the Ivy League title during his senior year. “And that was just a big deal cause my senior class was very strong when we were there. So I just remember that feeling and I’ll always remember that.”

When asked how a young player can improve at Lacrosse Wiedmaier said,  “Defiantly just have a stick in your hand. Everyone just says play wall ball that’s like everyone defacto response. But I’m just saying having a stick in your hands and doing something lacrosse related like shooting, hitting a wall, or catching a pass will improve anyone’s game.”

The Ohio Machine have a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. Wiedmaier himself has played in all 5 games this season with a total of 6 ground balls and counting.

Wiedmaier and his teammates can be seen in action this Friday during  The Ohio Machine verses the Boston Cannons game at Selby Stadium. Game time is 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.

Willis to Perform Sleeping Beauty May 15, 16 & 17, 2014

The Willis Intermediate School Drama Club is opening the grand curtain to Sleeping Beauty Jr. on May 15th and 16th at 6:30 along with two shows on the May 17th at 2:00 and 5:00.

Pam Beery is the director of the show and she has been the in charge of Willis’ Drama Department  for 31 years. “It’s the classic story of Sleeping Beauty like the one told through the Disney Movie,” Beery said.

Even though performing a musical takes a ton of work the students do get a bonding experiences. “I like how when we make mistakes everyone laughs it off,”  Sophia Hance said. Hance is a 5th grader at Willis who is performing as Princess Aurora in the Briar Rose cast.

Theater is not only about acting and singing though, one of the main reasons a show can be performed is the work done by the student director and crew.” You can still participate, but you don’t have to be on stage, like stage crew,” said the Student Director Nicole Klabus.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased on May 12th and 13th during their open dress rehearsals starting at 3 o’clock or bought before the show in front of the auditorium. The price for tickets are $3.00 for Adult and $2.00 for Students and Seniors.

The President of Delaware History- A Story on Brent Carson

Brent Carson known as Mr. Carson to most, has been in Delaware his whole life. He grew up in Delaware, he taught 6th grade social studies at Willis for 31 years and has now been the President of The Delaware County Historical Society for 7 years.

Carson has always had an interest in history, his father was a farmer and his mother was a Woodward elementary school teacher who both had a deep interests for history.  ” Often times when you think of history its a story, of things that happen.” Carson said. “And if you’ve ever been around old people they have lots of stories..so I grew up with a lot of [them].”

Carson is known for telling stories. He tells about how Delaware first began, on the flood of 1913, but his favorite story is about a farmer that lived in the northern part of the county.

The family was friends with Carson’s aunt, and the husband of the family was a farmer who had cows, but never wanted to call a veterinarian seeing they where expensive. Finally his favorite cow had gotten sick one day, and he wanted to call a veterinarian seeing the cow would not stand up. The veterinarian came out gave the cow some medicine, and told the farmer to try to get the cow to stand up. So the farmer came up with an idea to get the cow to stand up.

The barn’s roof came to a point, and at the time hay way not placed like it was today. It was stacked on either side of the barn in a mound. They would put a hook attached to a pulley in the hay and attach a horse to the other end. “The horse then would walk right out and pull that hay into the barn. [the hay] would slide on a rail into the hay mound, so they did not have to do it by hand.” Carson said.

The farmer though he could tie a rope to the hook and then slide the rope under the cow and re-tie it to the hook. So he set up the cow and tied the horse to the other end. The farmer would watch and guide the cow while his wife would guide the horse.

So the family decided to try the idea, but there was a problem”That horse was trained to know where to go way out in the barn lot to stand” Carson said. “Because when he did that the horse knew the weight that the horse was pulling would no longer be there.” 

So the horse went to the spot which is when the hook is at the very top of the barn. So now the cow is kicking and kicking as he slid down the rail towards the hay mound. ” But this hay mound did not have any hay on it at the time.” Carson said.

Then the rail gave way seeing it had more weight then it could handle on it, and killed the cow!

If you want to learn more about Delaware’s history you can check out the Delaware County Historical Society located at 157 E. William St. or check out their website at http://delawareohiohistory.org/ for hours and more!

Run Willis, Run!

On April 26, 5th and 6th graders with their families will be running, walking, and jogging the 5k route at the YMCA in Delaware to help raise money for their school.

The fundraiser is not only a great way to help Willis, but it’s also helps family and friends connect . “We were trying to come up with a fundraiser for the school that also created family involvement” said Heidi Kegley, the principal of Willis Intermediate School. “…something that was going to bring our community and families together for an event which was for a good cause.”

 The 5k will  help the students at Willis by allowing the purchase of iPads and laptops, along will helping Family Promise. “Family Promise is a group that works with families in Delaware that are homeless [by] providing shelter and housing to them as well as job training.” Kegley said.

Willis has held this event for 3 years with the help of Delaware City Schools, the YMCA, and the Delaware City Police Department. The race starts at 8 A.M. on the 26th of April at the YMCA, but if someone can’t attend they can still help by doing a sleep-in. “So you basically pay your money you get your T-shirt but you choose to sleep in and not come to the event.” said Kegley.

The price for the event is $20 per participant and there is as $50 maximum per family.

If anyone would like to sign up for the race information can be found on the Delaware City Schools website or by calling Willis Intermediate Middle School at (740)833-1700.