Jacob Stillwell was on a plane to Oakland just hours after playing his euphonium (a baritone horn) in the Wind Ensemble at the Desert Vista High School graduation in May. And just hours after landing, he joined the other 149 members of the Blue Devils B drum and bugle corps in rehearsing their 2014 show, titled “Noir Nuveau.” The drum corps, known as “BDB” for short, competes all summer against other groups from around the nation in the Open Class of Drum Corps International (DCI). During the second week of August, all of the competing corps converge on Indiana for Championships Week, with the Open Class Finals in Michigan City. The World Class Finals are at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu recently as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students.
Millions of Americans choose to “give back” to their communities by making donations to their favorite charities each year. In fact, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $316 billion in 2012. Qualifying organizations are those that have been granted tax-exempt charity status by the IRS, and include churches, religious organizations, and various organizations that promote education, health and other social services to benefit the general public.
I had my suspicions about this and now I know that I was correct. By living here in the desert where we have had a particularly nice winter, we miss some of seasonal symbolism of Easter. I visited my old homeland in Indiana last week where rebirth was evident. Although I had the coldest day of my winter there, family and friends I visited were speaking in cheerful, optimistic tones about the end of winter finally coming and the joy of warm spring days.
Everest College Phoenix has appointed Dr. Martha Romero to serve on its board of trustees. The appointment expands the board to nine members, most of whom are independent members with experience in higher education. Romero will serve a two-year term on the board.
I had a paper route when I was a boy. I rose early on weekends, stuffed a bag full of newspapers, threw it over my head, and set out to deliver the news to my customers. I enjoyed delivering papers, but I didn’t care for the collection process. It was daunting to collect fees from some customers. I remember how difficult it was to be a youngster in the role of a collection agent.
Arizona made national news again, but it was not necessarily in a good way. My sister back in Indiana called me last week. She was watching the news and wanted to know what on Earth was happening in Arizona. When SB 1062 passed both chambers of the legislature, a friend from high school who connects with me via Facebook wrote, “Chalk up another one for religion.”
LOS ANGELES — With less than a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood is on lockdown. Guards stand at every door, and handlers with walkie-talkies keep a close eye on any visitors.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald