To hear Lorenzo Lopez speak about his art is like witnessing a torrential downpour forced through a single spigot. It's not the speed at which he talks; it's that each carefully chosen word spoken about his passion projects seems to carry the weight of three. Despite never studying art as a child, Lopez combined a … Continue reading Visiting Artist Brings Life And Love Through His Art
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I learned very quickly in my career that every job involves risks, and those risks are always relative. Coming out of high school I enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard as a Security Forces enlisted airman. This job held some serious risks: going to war, facing threats to the base, having to lie on … Continue reading The Hazards of the Job
Leave it to a team of educators to fill every possible space with learning opportunities. When construction completed on Mount Pleasant Elementary, the district touted the larger classrooms, integrated technology, increased security, and improved learning opportunities that the new building presented. One aspect that the school also provided was a large courtyard in between learning … Continue reading I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the students at Lancaster High School didn't have Jack Greathouse there to greet them when they start school. Greathouse, who has served as a phys ed teacher, head basketball coach, assistant principal and finally principal instead is greeting a different group of kids to a different building. … Continue reading “Goin’ to Carolina in my mind…”
"Who am I deep down? When times get tough do I smile or do I frown? Do I lift my head up high, lift my hands up to the sky And say I'm a winner?" - Lyrics from "Tap Roots" by Karla Perretta Crammed into an extended closet space, a group of bright-eyed students are starting their … Continue reading Growing Roots With Music
Gary Mauller wasn't born in Lancaster, but there are few people who epitomized the hard work and humility that Glass City exudes than he did. During a 47-year career with Lancaster City Schools, Mauller served as a teacher, coach, principal, athletic director and school board member, but the title he held unofficially is what seems … Continue reading Remembering Gary Mauller
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The irony didn't seem to jump out to too many other people, but I kept shaking my head as I took in the surroundings: two-dozen of the brightest Lancaster High School students touring an incredibly high-tech, highly planned construction project... that just happens to be a jail. Hearing that high school students were going to … Continue reading When is a jail tour not a jail tour?
"I'm going to be crying because I get like that when I talk about her," Ami Williams warned me from the other end of the phone, "but we'll just keep going, okay?" Interviews can be difficult. Yes, for me, but mostly for the people with whom I'm talking. I consider myself a storyteller and any … Continue reading A Legacy of Giving Back