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ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE: MPD’s new DARE class gives students skills to address tough choices

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Police Department working with Manchester City Schools has reinstated DARE classes at Westwood Elementary and Middle Schools. DARE instructor, officer Landon Pence describes the class as doing more than hammering just-say-no-type slogans into youth’s heads. It’s a multi-faceted education program that aims to give students the skills to resist negative influences. “It covers different things they’re going to run into. It’s important to learn

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  • ‘It’s not for everyone. Just those who want to become leaders’

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm


    Westwood Middle upholds longstanding Jr. Beta Club legacy Staff Writer John Coffelt  Westwood Middle School has a long history of Jr. Beta Club participation. At this year’s state convention, parents, sponsors and most of all club members rallied together to support each other and a bid for state president. The weeks of hard work paid off when Westwood eighth-grader Auggie Burch was elected State Jr. Beta Club President. Burch modestly

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  • December is national toy safety month

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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    We all want our presents to shine on Christmas morning, but as important as getting that special gift is making sure that it is suitable for his or her age group. Fischer Price toys offers the following safety advice to help: Always pay close attention to the age recommendations on toys and choose one according to a child’s age, interest and skill level. Also, be aware of other safety labels

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  • A look at non-powder youth-marketed rifles: three types – three very different uses

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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    All “A Christmas Story’s” 9 year-old Ralphie wants is an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action, Two-Hundred-Shot, Range Model, Air Rifle. But in the years since Ralphie’s quest for the ultimate Christmas presents, youth-marketed air guns have advanced greatly. One of the newest, and perhaps flashiest, is the Airsoft replica guns that shoot spherical, non-metallic projectiles that are bigger and slower than the traditional BB gun. The traditional BB or pellet gun

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  • THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS: No pudding it down

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

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    Beloved by all, banana pudding is an easy Thanksgiving dessert idea. Staff Writer John Coffelt  What dessert is a more Southern than banana pudding? That’s not to say that pecan, chess and icebox pies aren’t good, Southern dishes, but when it comes to first-rate, home-cooked desserts, banana pudding is in a class of its own. Just who made the first banana pudding? A recipe for banana pudding in the 1901

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  • FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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      By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm


    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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