I’m having a conflict of interest at the moment. The Stanley Cup Finals end in June, so what happens if there is a game on the night of prom?
Surely the NHL will not take into consideration the date of Niagara Falls High School’s prom celebration when making its schedule. So on the off chance a game is scheduled for May 26, well; some people would get upset at me for my plans for that night.
There is something you must understand about me; this whole prom thing doesn’t get me all that excited. You are talking to the kid that skipped out on homecoming last year for Game One of the World Series; and I see that decision as one of the prouder moments of my high school career.
The problem I have isn’t all that much of a dance thing; it’s more about everything else attached to prom. To be honest, I’m not a bad dancer for a Caucasian teenager, but it bothers me that prom isn’t about that three or four hours of dancing anymore.
People make a big deal out of prom. They will spend hundreds of dollars on dresses, limos, hotel rooms and God knows what else. People make entire weekends out of this. It’s amazing to me that prom went from a Friday night dance to a weekend of partying, craziness and sometimes camping in Canada. What?
So why can’t I watch a hockey game, right?
OK, so maybe it’s not about the hockey game, but I just don’t see what the big deal is. On the following Monday everyone will hate each other for some sort of limo problem or dinner seating conflict, and someone will get shafted and left out of plans. Not exactly the best setting to solidify those “Best Friends Forever” pledges, huh?
High school students debate the importance of prom
Lexi's Place: A safe haven for teens battling suicide, sexual abuse and depression
In a perfect world, a 14-year-old wouldn’t know exactly how it feels to try suicide.
An 11-year-old who reaches out to the unwanted kids at school would not be thrown against a locker and bullied by other teens trying to make her feel small.
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- Sip the Niagara Wine Trail's best in one location The Niagara Wine Trail reveals it's sweetness slowly, and only to those dedicated enough to spend the time. There are 27 wineries and to sample a taste of each requires much driving through the backroads of the Niagara region, and far too much sipping to make driving a logical possibility. That's what makes the trail's 6th annual Wine and Culinary event such a good idea. Wine lovers who've always wanted to explore the new and unusual offerings of the 14-year-old wine trail, can do so next weekend, all in one place.
Niagara gardeners take part in fest's Open Gardens program
As they looked out over the near-half-acre that is the Blyth garden in the Town of Tonawanda, a visitor asked Linda Blyth if they ever get weeds.
FIT FOR LIFE: The components, signs of an effective diet
According to the latest research, “keto diets” or very low-carb diets are not more effective long-term than other diet methods. A wide range of diets work and I won’t debate the value of each and every diet or method out there, but the keys to a successful diet need to take the following into consideration:
Terrariums — for the love of nature
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Local fire departments display their antique fire trucks at Canal Fest
Canal Fest premiered a new event on Thursday afternoon with the first Vintage Fire Truck Muster, featuring antique firefighting vehicles from as early as 1872.
Falls debutante program aims to teach girls the art of success
Many of the young girls in the newest debutante class in Niagara Falls have bigger challenges in their lives than practicing curtsies and writing thank-you notes.
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NATURAL HEALTH: Do you really know what you are eating?
Many individuals fall for words like “all natural,” “heart healthy” and pretty pictures of fruits and vegetables when shopping for groceries. These very misleading marketing ploys are partially responsible for the rising numbers of those diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes and people suffering from obesity even though they are eating foods that claim to benefit their health.
Local venues follow trend, offer free public exercise programs
Following a trend of public, outdoor exercise programs, a number of local venues are offering their own free events aiming to get residents outside and active during the summer.
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