Top 5 Haunted Places in America

By: Chloe Milbrand

Moundsville Penitentiary

Found in West Virginia, this is one of the most violent correctional facilities in America. During its run of 100 years, it was a final stop for 1000 criminals. Many say the tortured spirits are still locked up in this abandoned jail.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

What used to be called the Weston State Hospital is now a ghost-filled abandoned building. Dating back to 1864, many people say that the spirits are from the Civil War era because the asylum’s grounds served as a military post in those days.

Villisca Axe Murder House

On June 10, 1912 the little town of Villisca was shaken by the death of Josiah B. Moore, his wife, their four children and two young girls who were spending the night as guests. The killer was never found but residents of the home would complain about seeing a man with an axe in the house, along with children crying and unexplained paranormal activity. The house was restored to its original condition and you can now tour the house.

Sammie Dean

Jerome, Arizona is well known for its paranormal activity. In its heyday it was a copper-mining town with 15,000 people. Now a mere 400 people live in the spooky area. A well known spirit is Sammie Dean, a former prostitute who was strangled by a customer in the Wild West era. Her spirit roams the alleys looking for her killer who was never found.


Popular to many of us Western New Yorkers, Lilydale is a town that looks straight out of the 1950s, except for the fact that its residents are all either Psychics or Ghosts. More than 22,000 people from around the world visit this ‘safe space’ for spirits, eager to connect with lost loved ones.

Hot Chocolate: Fall Edition

By: Natalie Gang

It’s fall ya’ll! Get into the pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice spirit before it’s too late!

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  • Ready in: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4 people
  • Level: Easy


  • 2 cups of milk (preferably whole)
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. of pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup of white chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling
  • Cinnamon sticks, optional


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and vanilla
  • Heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a low simmer.
  • Stir in white chocolate chips and cook until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat.
  • Ladle into mugs then top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.


For those who love to get their pumpkin spice on, this hot chocolate is for you. So easy to make, rich in flavor, and very tasty. On top of that, being able to make this with family and friends was so much fun. It was so nice to have their help and it made the whole process that much better. Definitely a great activity for everyone to partake in on those cold fall days.

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Academics VS. Extracurriculars

By: Katelynn Steinmetz

Extra curricular activities are rumored to be a distraction from academics, and have taken the blame for students’ grade downfall. But studies show that this is not the case, and these activities have actually been proven to be beneficial to adolescents in the school environment. Everyone knows the true purpose of school is to prepare students for life afterwards, so what effect do after-school activities have on a student’s future?

Certain extra involvements such as music, art club, etc., can contribute to the development of student competency in broad areas of learning that offer lifelong skills and interests. Taking on one or more activities outside of school can promote concentration, and have been linked to higher career aspirations, better class attendance, and better social standing among other students. Also, a lower level of delinquency is found in schools that offer numerous after-school participation opportunities. Not to mention they have a lower dropout rate, and fewer students involved with drug abuse. As for lifelong value, extra-curriculars are known as the most predictive variable in later success in students who were recognized for participation in those areas. When a student spends time taking part in these activities, they have more diverse abilities, as they work in groups, which can lower stresses. It has been found that student-athletes have higher grade point averages, because sport involvement promises focus and a healthy mentality. Six out of ten children participate in at least one extra activity, and it has something to do with household structure. Those who have married parents are more likely to be part of a club or sport, and those who have cohabiting or single parents are less likely. The skills that come along with taking up more activities teach important qualities, such as time management. And although extracurriculars can be compelling and enjoyable, they can also pertain to the child’s career interest, though there doesn’t need to be direct correlation. For example, language clubs teach a variety of new languages, which is valued by many employers. Interesting hobbies as well as charitable work are also considered when applying for college, as well as for a job of any sort. Certain projects can produce cognitive skills and grant practical experience to students, helping them feel more comfortable in and out of the classroom. The chance to get involved doesn’t stop at after-school activities though. If there is nothing that interests you, create or find something in the community that does.

There is no limit on innovation, and developing new skills is something that will make certain students excel over others. Academics can provide obtainable knowledge, and so can extracurriculars. Focusing on activities and classes that require effort and time from the students, will equip them with the necessary passion and drive that sends them into life prepared to succeed.

Hamilton vs. Dear Evan Hansen…Which is better?

By: Zackary Martin

In the world of music, there have been many types of musical theatre. Some of the most famous musicals have been on Broadway such as, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Les Miserable, and many other great shows. Some of the newer musicals that are on Broadway are, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Waitress, and School of Rock as well. In today’s times there are two musicals that have reached the top. The musical Hamilton and the musical Dear Evan Hansen.

In the musical Dear Evan Hanson there is a very emotional plot. In the words of Broadway.com, Dear Evan Hanson is a musical about “(a) letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it.” (Broadway. Com). This shows that the plot for Dear Evan Hansen is very emotional. There have also been many excellent reviews about it. The New York Times say that it is a “gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart.”

As Dear Evan Hansen has been in the spotlight, there has also been another fantastic musical. This musical is called Hamilton. “Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.” (Broadway.com). This plot shows that the musical Hamilton has a very interesting plot as well. Also, like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton has become an overnight sensation. In the end, as both of these musicals are astounding in their own way, it would only to be fair to say that neither is better than the other. Instead, a great appreciation of both musicals seems in order, and a suggestion to view both and decide for yourself.


“It Comes at Night” …or Does it?

By: Austen Sarikey

The movie “It Comes at Night” officially released on June 22nd of this year. Many of the viewers who watched it were left disappointed to say the least, and the name is what caused it. Along with the many holes, unexplained or unfinished scenes. The movie is about a surviving family of 5 including a dog, but soon changes to 3 due to the grandfather or Bud being plagued and put down along with the dog later on. The family of four was played by Joel Edgerton as Paul, Carmen Ejogo as Sarah, Kevin Harrison Jr. as Travis, and David Pendleton as Bud. The main premise is that a family survived a violent plague that seemed to change people into some kind of monster. They had their house blockaded and boarded up and they always had guns around and were always in groups when they left the house, if they even did. Then at one point of the movie another survivor comes along, played by Christopher Abbott as Will, and scares the family. He is almost killed in the process of trying to find help for him and his family. His family of two, Riley Keough as Kim and Griffin Robert Faulkner as Andrew, eventually move in because they have supplies that each family wants. Eventually Andrew gets sick with this plague and tries to escape from the family, but the original family shoots and kills all three members of the guest family.

The movie had great acting, it really gave the viewer a sense of heavy tension, grieving, sadness, and anticipation. The acting was phenomenal to say the least, but the title ruins the movie literally. The title is “It Comes at Night”. Well, nothing truly comes at night and it gives off a completely wrong idea. Throughout the whole movie they constantly wake up at night and inspect the doors with heavy suspense like something's going to jump in and try and harm the family, but nothing does. This was especially deceiving when in the beginning they show images and paintings of monstrous beings. If it wasn’t for the misleading title and images in the beginning it would have been a great movie, but the viewer spends over an hour and a half expecting some monster to pop out, but nothing ever does.

Lions VS. Tsavo Lions

By: Andrew Tessmer

Lions are the world’s most sociable felines. The lions happily roam the plains and savannas of Africa. A male lion’s roar can be heard over 5 miles away. Only male lions have manes. The lionesses are the ones who go out and risk their lives in order to get food for the families, while the males stay back and protect their territory from invading male lions. When the lionesses return, the males are first to eat, then the females, and then the cubs eat whatever is left. The lionesses also are in charge of taking care of all cubs by making sure they are fed and constantly given milk. The cub who does not receive the most milk will most likely not survive into adulthood or if they do, they will not be as strong as the others who received milk when young. When the cubs are old enough to start training, the mom will let them bite her until they are ready to go out on their own and to complete their role in life. If the mother has had enough, she will simply get up and walk away.

One of the most awful incidents that involved two Tsavo lions was found in the film The Ghost and The Darkness. The movie consists of two Tsavo lions that attacked and killed workers at Tsavo, Kenya, during the building of the Uganda-Mombasa Railway in East Africa in 1898. The lions managed to kill a total of 135 people in only 2 months. Tsavo lions are very different than your average African lions. First their skin is a little darker, their manes are a lot different and they are the only lions that consider humans to be on their daily menus.

Community Remembers a Hero

By: Ty Sibiga

The brave men and women who protect and serve are the reason we can have a safe home and neighborhood. As of late, a brave Buffalo policeman lost his life after a training exercise had gone horribly wrong.

The Buffalo police were doing a routine training dive in the upper Niagara River, meant to mimic when a person goes overboard in a boat or someone goes missing near the water. The officer was on the dive with other members of the department's Underwater Recovery Team. The training dive was going as expected until one diver, Officer Lehner, had his safety rope that was connected to the boat come untied. Since they were in the Niagara River, the water was flowing too fast to go back. After hours and hours of searching that day, it turned into a recovery search. Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said "The reality is the reality, and unfortunately, the chances of somebody surviving these conditions is all but non-existent at this point,” The recovery searches to try and find him continued all the way till that following Monday almost 4 days after he was lost. The search came to an end as they found the body close to where he went missing. Officer Lehner was pronounced dead at the scene. Funeral services were held at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in the town of Hamburg, and the KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo. Several thousand law enforcement officers came to honor their fallen brother.


Hover Surf

By: Robert Schmitter

A Hover Surf drone bike was unveiled at Gitex 2017, Dubai’s annual consumer computer and electronics trade show. Hover Surf, a Russian drone company, teamed up with Dubai police to feature their battery-powered Scorpion 3 flying motorcycle. The prototype introduced at Gitex can fly for 20 minutes. It can be recharged within three hours and swapping out the battery takes less than a minute. The Hoversurf drone bike was programmed to fly up to a height of 16.4 feet for safety reasons. The drone bike can travel 62 mph without a passenger and fly as fast as 43.5 mph with a pilot. It has the capability to fly as far as 3.7 miles away.

The First Cat in Space

By: Tyler Czerniak

Of course most of us recognize the names of our most famous astronauts, like Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin. You may even know the first dog, Laika. But have you ever heard of the first cat? It’s actually pretty well forgotten by history.

“Félicette” was this astro-cat’s name, and she was launched up into space 54 years ago this week from a base in the Sahara Desert, called the Centre National D'etudes spatiales, or (CNES) the French version of NASA. She was selected out of a group of twelve cats due to her reactions to multiple tests like a spin in a centrifuge. Her ninety-seven-mile journey above earth took about twelve minutes, and included about 5 minutes of weightlessness. But a few short months afterwards, scientists euthanized Félicette to exam the effects that space travel had on the body. Now a British advertising executive is trying to restore her in the pantheon of great space explorers by honoring her with a statue, seeing as she is one of the very few who have actually gone to space and lived to tell the tail. Matthew Serge Guy, a creative director for Anomaly London, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $52,439 for the statue.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cat-in-space-memorial-statue-felicette_us_59ea1b41e4b05b4f1c3af7c2

Ecological Aircraft: New Technologies

By: Ricardo A. Herrera

Ecological planes are in the last stages of testing to cross the skies.

The aerospace companies are working on hybrid electric airplanes and early versions are likely to arrive before the end of this decade. From my point of view, this project is very interesting as these ecological aircrafts help the environment and help the people who inhabit it. The hybrid airplane is similar to the Chevrolet Volt in that it relies on an electric motor and uses a gasoline engine as a backup. The plane performs similarly to some of the private jets that are already on the market, but it has two advantages that differentiate it: it is very quiet and uses about 25% less fuel.

The achievement foreshadows what is likely to be a major shift toward hybrid propulsion in airplanes. Several major companies are envisioning a future in which airplanes operate, at least in part, with electric propulsion. Although the technology will be applied first to small aircraft, over time it could help reduce noise and emissions from airplanes. The hybrid aircraft four-seater will probably within that time added, but even 19 seats could be ready before the end of the decade. Anton predicts that over time we will see hybrid 100 passenger aircraft that will use half as much fuel as today's aircraft. Boeing is going a step further with a concept of 737-size hybrid airplanes, with capacity for more than 150 passengers, although they are unlikely to enter service before 2030. Airbus's parent, EADS, has also developed a conceptual design for passenger planes flying exclusively with electricity, although the scope of these aircraft would be limited.

Extraterrestrial Life

By: Jordan Kolek

Our universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old. So any light that we see has been traveling for 13.8 billion years or less. Which means it would take light 13.8 billion years to reach the edge of the observable universe.

One light year is equivalent to about 10 million kilometer, or 6 trillion miles. Within our universe, there is an estimated 100 billion galaxies. In the galaxies there are 200 billion solar systems. The nine planets Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the planets that make up one solar system. Over the last 20 years astronomers have detected roughly 2000 planets that could be able to sustain life. This suggests that there are other potentially habitable worlds throughout the milky way galaxy and most likely throughout our entire solar system. However, if there is life throughout our entire universe, did they come to be as the humans did? This is where religious controversy comes into play. The idea of a God or higher power is the most common view society has. Each religion has their own claims and ideas, however some scientific evidence begins to make people question their beliefs. Copernicus brought the idea of heliocentrism to society. The Catholic church believed that the solar system was geocentric, meaning that the Earth was the center. At the time Copernicus didn’t have the tools to prove his theories, but by the 1600s his claim was proven correct. If aliens were one day discovered and proven to be living, the idea of Adam and Eve within Christianity would be invalid. The bible claims that all life and sin were established by Adam and Eve. So if life exists on other planets, where did that life come from. It couldn’t have came from Adam and Eve because they were on Earth. It will most likely be hundreds, if not thousands of years before we come into contact with intelligent alien life such as ourselves. If we do it would cause our history, and our future, to be cast into a different direction.



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