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Fassett musical takes us back to the Jazz Age
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Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:45

Forty energetic students at Fassett Middle School are prepared to transport theatergoers back to the Roaring Twenties with this year’s musical, “Bugsy Malone Jr.,” which will be staged March 26, 27 and 28.

This isn’t your ordinary gangster story – the “sopranos” in this story are really sopranos.

The musical, based on the 1976 movie starring Scott Baio and Jody Foster, is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Jazz Age, with ice cream served at the speakeasy, and gangsters “spraying” each other with guns that shoot silly string.

It seems Fat Sam (Jacob Harrison), who runs one of the most popular clubs in town, is in danger of being closed down by Dandy Danielle (Alison Susor) and her menacing all-female gang (Danielle Lorenzen, Jessy Bohland, Paige Arman, Shannon Barney, and Cooper Isbell).

Enter baby-faced Bugsy Malone (Maxx Gordon), a killer with the ladies and a definite asset to Fat Sam. Unfortunately, Bugsy has also caught the eye of Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah (Mariah McDougle) - though he’s set his designs on showgirl Blousy Brown (Taylor Daniel).

Girl Scouts learn ‘Car Sense’ basics at workshop
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Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:41

Several young women from the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio recently traded

Owens Assistant Professor of Transportation Technologies
Randy Rubley assists (L to R) Liza Mulder of Toledo, Sarah
Rumple of Perrysburg and Samantha Laramie of Holland in
changing an oil filter within a vehicle.

their vests and badges in for wrenches and tire gauges as the group rolled up their sleeves to learn about basic car maintenance at Owens Community College’s annual “Car Sense” day.

Founded in 1998 by the College’s Department of Transportation Technologies, Owens’ “Car Sense” program is designed to provide young women with an opportunity to learn about and recognize potential car problems and become familiar with the preventive maintenance associated with their vehicles in a fun hands-on learning environment.

Cause for concern:
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Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:40

Study: more teens using alcohol, ecstasy and marijuana
After a decade of consistent declines in teen drug abuse, a new national study released recently by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America® and MetLife Foundation points to marked upswings in use of drugs that teens are likely to encounter at parties and in other social situations.

According to the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) sponsored by MetLife Foundation, the number of teens in grades nine through 12 who used alcohol in the past month has grown by 11 percent, (from 35 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2009); past year Ecstasy use shows a 67 percent increase (from 6 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2009); and past year marijuana use shows a 19 percent increase (from 32 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2009).

The PATS data mark a reversal in the remarkable, sustained declines in several drugs of abuse among teens: methamphetamine (meth) was down by over 60 percent and past month alcohol and marijuana use had decreased a full 30 percent over the past decade from 1998-2008.

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