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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

There is help for those addicted to drugs

     Addiction is an issue that affects people everywhere in the Mountain State. Deaths occur every day because people overdose on drugs or are involved in alcohol-induced crashes. However, this serious problem of addiction doesn’t only apply to drugs. Sexually explicit material and technology are also among the growing list of things that people can become addicted to. People who are trying to break their addiction often wonder how they are supposed to be able to accomplish it, especially if they’ve reached a point where attempting to stop has severe ramifications both physically and mentally.

     The first step to stopping is to admit there is an addiction, something many cannot do, convincing themselves they remain in control even past the point where the drug has hijacked their bodies. Many doctors agree that admitting there is a problem is a huge step on the road to recovery. “Admitting that you have a problem is a huge step on the road to recovery,” one B-UHS teacher said, “but admitting there’s a problem is not all you need to do.”

     A strong will goes a long way in recovering from addiction. The strong-willed person is more likely to stick with trying to stop their addiction than give up on their efforts. A junior said, “My cousin is addicted to methamphetamine. If he would just get up and try to stick to his recovery efforts, he could break his addiction and be a functioning member of society.”

     Recovery programs are another measure an addict can take to get off their addictions. In the state of West Virginia, addiction centers are few and far in between. The centers that do exist do not have enough beds to cover all the addicts in West Virginia. “It’s a shame that there aren’t enough centers for the thousands of people in the state that have drug addiction problems,” said one sophomore. “I really think they could benefit from it.” 

     Each addict has a different story and a different level of addiction. Each struggle is a very real and personal one, one that affects not only the lives of the abuser, but the lives of those around them. With these tips, those lost to that terrible existence might be able to find themselves again; they might be able to return to who they once were. It is the wish of the students at Buckhannon-Upshur High School that any suffering from drug addiction will be reversed and those afflicted by it might prosper. Good luck to all addicts out there fighting the battle for recovery.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Buckhannon's marching band ends season with Christmas parade

     On December 1st, 2017, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Band kicked off the Christmas season with their last parade of the year. “The B-U band is a very high-spirited group, and during the holidays, the band room can become cringe [worthy] and very hectic,” said Larissa Bennett.

     While this final showing of the band’s talent was the one of the coldest parades of the year, it is among the most beloved by students. “I really like it because we get to decorate our instruments and wear Santa hats. The Santa hats are a really nice change from our regular helmets,” commented Emily Fox. Decorating the instruments was also one of Bennett’s favorite parts. She liked it because “they were lit (pun intended).”

     Since this was the last parade of the year, the marching season is officially over. While the marching band goes on hiatus, they transform into a beautiful concert band. Part of the band is somewhat sad to see marching band go, but it’s also welcomed as a nice break.
     “I am very excited because now I get the chance to play instruments I’ve never tried before and learn music I haven’t ever seen before,” said Titan Ballinger, a Junior who is new to band this year.

     “I’m excited for concert season because we work very hard and the final product at band festival is always fun to hear,” said Fox when speaking about concert season.

     If marching season is over, that mean the band will be spending less time with beloved band director Garrett Friend. When asked what he would like to say to Mr. Friend, Titan said, “I would tell him to let the drums have more parts.”

   The marching band will be back in action at the Strawberry Festival in May of 2018.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Augusta Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

     An American favorite, “The Nutcracker,” will be presented by the Augusta Youth Ballet Company located at The Dance Factory. This performance will be held at the Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. The opening night for the show is Friday, December 8th at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 9th at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10th at 2 p.m. “I plan to go and watch the show, especially since my cousin is one of the main parts in it,” says Logan Whitehair.

     The origin of the Nutcracker, a classic Christmas story, is a fairy tale ballet centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. It first premiered a week before Christmas in 1892. “The Nutcracker is definitely one of my favorite things about Christmas. The story it tells is so neat,” comments Caroline Fluke.

     The dancers that make up the youth ballet are from Upshur, Lewis, Randolph, and Barbour counties. Senior company dancers include: Eva Beth Atha, Leanna Bohman, Kristen Fisher, Caroline Frye, Hannah Hollen, Abby Loudin, Emma Loudin, Zoe Payne, Jaeneika Westfall, Alayna Whitehair, Kathryn Winkler and Kirstyn Winkler. Also performing with the senior company will be the junior company and an additional 30 students from The Dance Factory.

     The Augusta Youth Ballet Company is under the direction of Nina M. Scattaregia. The program is considered a pre-professional youth company in the state of West Virginia. “I have been a part of The Nutcracker before. I’ve danced for The Dance Factory for many years, and every year I had a different role and enjoyed them all. I think the community should definitely support The Dance Factory and go watch their show,” said Summer Aguiar.

     The cost of admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the performance or at The Dance Factory, located on 107 W. Main St.