Local News Archives for 2015-11

Holiday Lights Are Going Up

11/19/2015 1:35:32 PM
By Bob McKee
 
The Holiday Season is basically upon us and with the first blast of wintry weather expected this weekend, the plan to put up the City Holiday Street Lights is indeed very timely.
 
Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he and his crew will be out early on Sunday morning to put up the Holiday Decorations.
 
Mikenas adds that he has had good luck with the various crews that brave the elements each year to put up those decorations.
 
Mark also says that the newer decorations with the LED lights have served the process well over the last few years.

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KHS Students Honor Anna Sheahan

11/19/2015 1:02:18 PM
By Bob McKee
 
On Thursday November 19th, Kewanee High School Students & Staff took time at the end of the school day to pay tribute to Spanish Teacher, Anna Sheahan who passed away Nov 8th.
 
For the past 32 years she has been a Spanish teacher at Kewanee High School where she poured her heart and soul into her teaching and her students.  She also took student groups to Europe on educational tours.   She loved volunteering with the show choir and the high school musicals.  She was the pianist for many shows and as well as helping to direct.  She was an incredible musical talent and enjoyed working on all of the productions.
 
Students and Staff met in the Petersen Auditorium for a Celebration of Life Program. At the end of the program students and staff joined together on the football field and released 500 balloons in remembrance of Mrs. Sheahan.

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Regional Media Movie Review The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

11/19/2015 12:24:31 PM
By Sean Patrick
 
After the disappointment of Catching Fire and the dreariness of Mockingjay Part 1, I wasn't feeling excited about the final film in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2. That lowered bar of expectations is likely a part of why I like Mockingjay Part 2 as much as I do. I expected this fizzling film series to go out with the same whiny whimper that emanated from the limp Mockingjay 1. What I saw, however, was a furiously alive and thoughtful action epic that deals in weighty metaphors alongside straight laced drama and some pretty spectacular action and suspense. After nearly dying at the hands of her beloved, now brainwashed, Peeta, Katniss Everdeen makes the fierce and fiery determination that President Snow must die and she must be the one to kill him. First however, she must escape the clutches of her friends and allies in the resistance who, though seemingly on her side, do not share her unyielding defense of all human lives, friend or foe. Katniss refuses to kill merely because she is a soldier, for her all killing is personal and not about strategy or victory. It's a powerful and timely message, especially since the tactics of President Snow in Mockingjay Part 2 mirror those of ISIS Militants who surround themselves with innocent civilians in an attempt to keep from being bombed into oblivion. Snow and the denizens of the Capitol began the series as ragingly obvious stand ins for the 1%, those wealthy fat cats who run the world on the suffering of those who have less. In Mockingjay Part 2 the world is decidely more gray in its take on morality. Both rich and poor are humanized by war with death as the the great equalizer of all. It's heady stuff for a popcorn, YA blockbuster but Mockingjay Part 2 pulls it off while managing to also be thrilling and suspenseful.

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