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Taal Volcano Eruption Aftermath Shakes the Philippines

On January 2nd, Gil family members and friends made the trek to the Filipino holiday city of Tagaytay from all corners of the earth to witness the marriage of my aunt and her new husband. Though only 35 miles away from my grandparent’s house in the capital city, Manila, the drive was painfully slow. As soon as we reached the city limits, the two lanes merged into one, and the usual midday traffic slowed to…

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Donald Trump Has Been Impeached

On Wednesday, December 18, the United States House of Representatives voted twice in favor of impeaching President Donald J. Trump on two Articles of Impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Trump is the third president in american history to be impeached, along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. His impeachment comes after he colluded with Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of his political rival, Vice President Joe Biden. President Trump also…

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The U.S. Government Lied to the Public About Vietnam. They Did It Again With Afghanistan.

Eighteen years ago, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center buildings on September 11th. In response, then-President George W. Bush, with the permission of Congress, authorized the use of military force. Ever since the war began on October 7th, 2001, the U.S. Government has lied to the American people regarding the mission, the casualties, and overall effectiveness. The Washington Post has just recently concluded a three-year legal battle pushing for the release of the “Lessons Learned”…

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What Choir Means to You

The Forest Hills Eastern Chorale has had a busy past couple of weeks with performances around the community. They started the holiday season off with a show at Egypt Valley Country Club for their annual holiday party. Next, they sang a couple of pieces with the orchestra last Wednesday. Thursday was the holiday concert with performances from Concert Choir, Chorale, and Eastern Singers. Many alumni and community members came  to this concert not only to…

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Model United Nations Club Returns with Awards

Model United Nations Club, run by Ms. Brasic, attended the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations (GLIMUN) conference last Wednesday through Saturday. The students simulated the actual United Nations, representing countries in committees that worked to solve global issues. Some of the issues that the committees addressed included Ebola, Eradication of Poverty, and Preventing the Illicit Arms Trade. Eastern’s United Nations team returned with several awards. Mia Tepic was awarded Best Delegate in the World…

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Gas Station Update

On Wednesday, November 27th, J&H Family Stores released an emailed statement to those in attendance at the Roselle Park meeting on November 18th: “We thank [the community] for voicing your concerns and can assure you that your safety and community partnerships are J&H Family Stores top priorities. After much discussion following Monday’s meeting, we have decided not to move forward with the property on Knapp and Pettis at this time.” Craig Hoppen, the CEO of…

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Potential Gas Station Angers Ada Residents

On Monday evening, emotions ran high at a town hall meeting held in the visitor center at Roselle Park. The meeting saw a union of the Ada Community in a fiery, adamant front against the possible construction of a gas station by the J&H Family Stores and Oil Company on the corner of the already turbulent Knapp and Pettis intersection. The McCraes’, who have owned the iconic corner property since before Forest Hills Eastern’s construction,…

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Cast Announced for The Addams Family

Forest Hill’s Eastern’s The Addams Family will be hitting the stage this winter. A musical based on the characters of cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family focuses on a quirky, gloomy family that takes joy in gloominess and excitement in death. The family has lived by their morbid traditions for centuries, and Morticia and Gomez Addams – the heads of the household – wish to continue this way. These traditions are threatened, however, when their…

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A Trip to Brody’s Be Cafe

Located in downtown Ada in a petite blue building is the new Brody’s Be Cafe. After opening a few months ago, there was a lot of buzz about the cafe in schools and on social media.  What made Brody’s so different was not what they served, but the cause they served. The cafe is a nonprofit small business run by Jenny Cole and was inspired by Rachel’s son, Brody, who was born with down syndrome.…

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Rosalynn Bliss Re-Elected Mayor of Grand Rapids

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was re-elected for a second-term as the Democrat mayor of the city of Grand Rapids. She ran a campaign against Daniel Schutte, a pastor and candidate for the 75th District of the Michigan House of Representatives in 2018. Bliss ran a campaign focused on the city’s infrastructure, economic development, and restoration of parks. Schutte ran a campaign on “proclaim[ing] the glory and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Chrst.” Schutte’s campaign also…

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