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SKIP Park to be rebuilt

Alexa Thomas / Staff Writer

…continued from the print edition of the Stohion

     Freshman Aya Abbas used to visit SKIP’s Playground when she was younger. She discussed her memories of the experience. 

     “Every time I left my house when I was younger, I would ride my bike to SKIP Park and play there 24/7,” Abbas stated. “I could ride my bike or walk there, and it was always so fun to go. I was really sad when they took it down, but I’m so glad they’re reopening.”

     Abbas claimed that the only thing she did not enjoy about the old SKIP Park was it was only made out of wood, so she was more prone to splinters, and she would hurt her foot occasionally. She didn’t find it safe enough, and she hopes the new upcoming SKIP’s Playground will be much safer than the one previous. 

     Mayor Pribonic introduced the final footprint and equipment selection that was decided upon.

     “The new SKIP Playground components and amenities were ordered. Expected delivery of equipment is June 2022, and then, installation of the playground will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks.” 

     Prior to COVID-19, the administration had managed to acquire an estimated amount of $275,000 in pledged private donations for the project. As a result, Mayor Pribonic and the administration, along with the assistance of others, managed to raise a total of $656,000. 

     Abbas stated her feelings and input of the new SKIP Playground project.

     “I feel very happy and excited for SKIP Park to open back up again because it’s very close to my house, and I can take all my siblings. SKIP Playground was a very fun place to go, and I hope this new one will continue to be a nice and new environment for my family to enjoy, and I think parks are always fun to go to in general,” Abbas said.

     Abbas claimed she was in high spirits for the next park to reopen, and she is glad that the younger kids get to experience what she had when she was a child and begin to gather like she and her friends used to.

     “I hope all the little kids and my neighbors come back again and have a great time. I hope the park will be built more professionally than it was before, and I can’t wait to see it,” Abbas stated.

     SKIP Playground lives in the hearts of many and will continue to live in the hearts of more as the new and improved SKIP Park will be officially constructed in summer 2022. 


Local egg hunts make for Eastertime fun

Makenzie Gash / Staff Writer

With Spring starting and Easter right around the corner, that leads into the fun activities that come with it.  One such activity is the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the city of Stow. This will be taking place on April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm at Silver Springs Park.

      Residents can bring friends and family, meet the Easter Bunny and find Easter eggs with treats on the inside. Each family will have their own start time for the Scavenger Hunt and walk from station to station in a small section of the park to find 10 eggs. They will be given a map at the start. Each egg station is hosted by a local organization or a church who will fill their Easter baskets or bags full of treats. At the end of the hunt, they can meet and take pictures with the Easter bunny.

     This is a great time to get outside and see friends or family in the warm weather right as it starts to get nicer out. During the hunt and scavenging for eggs, kids run around trying to collect as many of the decorated or colored eggs that pop open and have a surprise in them. In the eggs there is always a treat, which could either be money in dollar bills or tiny candy pieces. There are eggs full of chocolate, mini chapsticks, keychains or dollars.

     Hunts have started many years ago and have been a big part of my Easter tradition with my family every year. The morning of Easter, my family and I wake up and go to church, and then come home; then, my sisters and I dye hard-boiled eggs while my parents go outside and hide eggs all over the yard in difficult places. Half an hour later, we go out and race to find them. No matter what you get, the hunt is still fun and makes parents happy. Any time is always is quality spending time with family and friends.

     Easter egg hunts have been going on for many years. The custom of the Easter egg hunt, however, comes from Germany. The origins date back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organised egg hunts for his congregation. The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. Then, over the years, the storyline has adjusted to be a more fun and modern day activity.

Community members can carry on this tradition by attending Stow’s egg hunt on April 9 or by organizing hunts of their own.

School Extends Closure for the Year

Tyler Kavalecz

    “I mean, I know with our children, our grandchildren, the end of the school year particularly for seniors is particularly important, the prom, sporting events, so many, many different things, recognitions. And we’re not telling the schools how to do this, but again, the gathering of a significant number of people is a dangerous situation. And it’s a real shame. I just can’t express how sorry I am about that,” DeWine said in his press conference on April 20.

     DeWine also expressed his uncertainty about whether the next school year would start in schools or online, but mentioned that schools have already begun preparing for fall.

     “We’ve made no decision about the fall yet. We’re going to have to see where we’re going. I know that parents, teachers, administrators are anxious for a decision about the fall, but we are simply not in a position yet to make that decision. I am happy to say though that schools are in fact already preparing for the fall,” DeWine said in his April 20 press conference.

     Lexi Shabazz is a senior at the high school that has been affected by schools being closed. The worst part about schools being closed for her is that her senior year is over.

     “The worst part of schools being closed is that my senior year is over and I didn’t get to have all the fun at the end of my senior year. Also, I didn’t get to say a goodbye and thank you to the teachers who really made an impact on my time,” Shabazz said.

     With schools being closed for the rest of the year, it has had a significant impact on clubs and classes like yearbook, as Shabazz is an editor for the yearbook.

     “Well, I am an editor in the yearbook so this has a huge effect on our book! We had to rethink some pages and just try to make it as good for our seniors as possible with all the cancellations,” Shabazz said.

     Although she would rather be able to go to school and senior events for the rest of the academic year, Shabazz feels like it was the right decision to close schools. However, even though she feels it was the right decision, Shabazz is still going to miss multiple aspects of school.

     “I am most going to miss being in yearbook and student council. These were my favorite classes of the day because I got to be myself with the people who truly cared about what they were dong. I am going to miss being in Mrs. Payne’s room in a test and hearing her tell us the test does not define us. I know it sounds silly, but after hearing it for two years, it becomes a huge part of what makes school so special,” Shabazz said.

     Another senior at the high school that has been affected in multiple ways by schools closing is Matthew Duffy.

     The worst part about schools being closed for the rest of the academic year for Duffy is that track has been cancelled. 

     “The worst of school being cancelled for me is the fact that track is cancelled and I am unable to see my friends. It’s really hard to go from seeing your friends and teammates every day to not seeing any of them in over a month,” Duffy said.

     However, track is only one of the cancelled school events that Duffy was looking forward too. He was especially looking forward to competing in the senior survivor event, as he has been looking forward to competing in the annual events for a long time.

     Although Duffy is disappointed that school has been closed for the rest of the academic year and many fun senior events have been cancelled, he believes it was the right decision to close schools.

     “I am very very sad by the decision, but I do believe it is the right decision. It really sucks that I have to miss the most fun and memorable part of my academic career, but if what we are doing is saving lives, I am very understanding that this was the right decision,” Duffy said.

     With school being online for the rest of the year, Duffy misses seeing his teachers and classmates, and wishes he could have one more day of school to say goodbye to everyone.

     “I just miss seeing my classmates and teachers. I’ve been texting and face timing, but it’s not the same as the person to person daily interactions. As crazy as this sounds, I miss the stress and complaining about school much more than I thought I would. I just wish I had one more day to say goodbye to my teachers and classmates,” Duffy said.

     Mrs. Surrena, who teaches art at the high school, is one of the teachers that has had to adjust to school being online for the rest of the year.

     School being online for the rest of the year has forced Surrena to simplify her projects and class overall, because she cannot provide examples and supplies as she could at school.

     “Closing of the school has affected classes because I’m limited to what kids can do at home. In my classroom, I can rely on all the supplies I have and all the different visual examples I can show. But now, with students not being able to have those or not knowing what everyone has, I really have to simplify and provide many more options than previously,” Surrena said.

     Surrena has had to change her class more than a teacher that teaches a core class because she cannot provide the supplies students need for art projects.

      “I do more projects that utilize different types of materials that students might not have at home. Whereas now I can’t do that because the supplies aren’t available to everyone. I’m really trying to have kids learn the same concepts that we’d be learning in class, but just through different processes and different materials,” Surrena said.

     Although Surrena has had challenges with simplifying her class and grading, her most significant challenge for the rest of the year will be not seeing students.

     “I think my biggest challenge is not seeing students. Not having the time to talk to students and build relationships with them, because I really try to get to know my students and some of that is sparked through their artwork and some of that is just sparked through conversation in the classroom. Now we don’t have that. Because we don’t have that, I think teaching can become impersonal,” Surrena said.

     Although it has been announced that school will be online for the rest of the academic year and all spring sports have been cancelled, it has not yet been announced when graduation will take place.


Restaurants Move to Takeout/ Delivery

     Ashley Hutchinson

     At the end of March, Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton placed a state-wide ban on restaurants. Customers could not dine inside any restaurant, and they could only purchase food through carry-out or delivery. 

     This ban was enacted to stop large groups of people from coming together in one place and to enforce the idea of “social distancing.” Eventually, lawmakers are hoping that bans will stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area and ultimately around the country. 

     To combat this change, many local businesses have started to be more accessible to the public by still allowing carry-out and even offering new delivery. 

     While some local businesses may be hurting during this time, some are actually thriving due to services that can deliver food right to one’s door. 

     Furthermore, services such as DoorDash or UberEats have even stopped some of their delivery fees to help the people around the community, and many of those employees are seeing their service continuing to grow. These companies have even created a no-contact policy, so they can leave the package on the doorstep to prevent the spread of germs.

     More locally, restaurants, such as Chipotle or Panera, are even offering free delivery, which keeps customers satisfied while keeping the chains in business. Locally owned businesses such as The Tavern of Stow have also started to deliver to customers. 

     While many small businesses have not opened up to delivery, almost everywhere is still open for carry-out orders. Examples of these businesses include El Campesino, Thai Gourmet, and Swensons. 

     If a business does not offer delivery, services previously mentioned such as DoorDash offers many local options for delivery, so food can be delivered right to home while still supporting local businesses. 

     However, there is still a lack of customers at a majority of local businesses, which affects families and the community as a whole. 

     When finding food to eat, try to find local family-owned restaurants to give business to. It helps the family, the community and the economy. Making small changes such as this can save so many businesses during these struggling times.