CRISSY MILLER MOVES BACK TO LOCK HAVEN
During the month of March, Crissy Miller moved back to Lock Haven after a year-long absence in Stroudsburg. Crissy, a member of the LS Kids since 2003, began her term as group president before resigning and moving to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to start a new job with her boyfriend.
Remaining in touch occasionally, Crissy made periodic visits back to the city. Now, with her baby and her boyfriend, Crissy plans on moving back to Lock Haven.
She stopped by Lou's home in mid-February, to pick up some of the items she'd stored in the garage. She plans on moving into the Gardens, a section in eastern Lock Haven.
Crissy Miller joined the group in October 2003. She distinguished herself with various projects, including an anti-drug campaign against the school district, and became president in 2005. After serving four months, she resigned to move away, and Vice-President Krystle Miller took over.
THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
In February of 2004, LS Kid Crissy Miller decided to take a stand against the drug problem in Lock Haven. She began her program to get signatures on pledges stating that people won't use drugs. “I’ve noticed that we had a drug problem in our schools and on our streets,” stated Crissy. “My idea was to get people to sign pledges, stating they won’t use drugs, and display them in a public place.”
When she asked the local school district for space to post the pledges, though, she was refused. School authorities stated that there wasn’t a problem with drugs in their school, but Crissy knew better. She wrote letters to the Lock Haven Express about the issue, and even received supportive e-mails from Lock Haven’s mayor and the State Representative, who commended her for striving toward a drug-free environment. In the end though, the school district still refused, and Crissy was unable to post the pledges.
With that in mind, Crissy and Lou contacted the Ross Library and Project Coffeehouse, a local center for teens to attend. Both places granted Crissy permission to use their walls to post the pledges, so Crissy spent the month gathering them and putting them up.
Now, exactly two years after refusing to let Crissy post pledges in school, Keystone Central School District has implemented a plan to control the use of drugs in school and on school grounds, in spite of the fact that just a short time ago, they insisted that drugs were not a problem within the school system. So now Crissy, with Lou’s help, is at it again, writing letters to the editors of local papers, refusing to let the issue be ignored.
Her message this time? “I told you so.”
On February fifth, LS Kids Crissy Miller had a baby girl in her new home of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The girl, named Jessica after Crissy's older sister, was delivered healthy at four in the morning.
The call notifying the Kids came to Lou's house from Crissy's sister, who left a message. Ironically, at the time the message came through, Lou, Tiffany Allen, and Meghan Rockey were at a meeting at Tif's home, wondering aloud whether Crissy had had her baby yet.
Crissy joined the LS Kids in late 2003. After a term as secretary, she served four months as President, replacing her cousin, Debbie Benfield. When she moved to Stroudsburg, her Vice-President Krystle Miller took over the job.
MAX ON STAGE
New York member of the DCS Bureau MacKenzie Brundage is in a play at school. Max will be performing in "The King And I," having tired out in mid-February.
"It's a musical, so I have to sing," Max announced to the group. "I don't think I'm good, but ask [Cousin Goth] Lizz for her opinion. I think I sang to her once."
-MacKenzie Brundage, DCS Bureau
-Robin Prescott, Staff
RHYME AND REASON
There Is A Difference
There is a difference,
in love and like,
in mad and hate.
There's a difference
in I'm there...and being there.
in wishes, and hopes.
Theres a difference in
I'll die for you,
and dying for you.
There's a difference of I'll carry it to my grave,
and then actually carrying it to your grave.
There's so much difference what you people tell me.
when will you actually do what you say.
You told me you loved me,
no, you just like me.
You're mad at me to my face,
but to everyone else..you hate me.
You told me you'd always be there for me...
where are you now?
I wished for salvation,
I hoped you'd come back...
There was a difference when he said he'd die for me....
then when he actually died for me.
HELL ON WHEELS
I got a new family member this month. The furry, four-legged kind. This one happens to be a sable ferret by the name of Astrid, and she has proven to be great company: with Astrid, there’s never a dull moment. That’s because there’s never a moment to sit down.
According to the owner of the pet store where I bought her, ferrets sleep an average of fourteen hours per day. At night. The rest of the time they’re up and at it, always ready to go, ready to play, ready to get into mischief somehow, somewhere, and usually with something breakable. In the few weeks that I’ve had her, she has broken a lamp, eaten a tea candle, and chewed a hole in the lining of my couch. She also loves to unplug all of my appliances, including the refrigerator. She’s dynamite. That’s what makes her so interesting.
Astrid has a very distinct personality. She’s sweet, ornery, and full of energy. I never know what she’s going to do next. One moment she’s hiding under the dresser, and the next she’s untying my shoelaces or tunneling up the leg of my jeans to share my Cheerios. She’s like a kid, or some kind of cross between a monkey and a criminal mastermind. She’s great to have around. She really helps my depression: with a ferret in the house, there isn’t much time to have the blues. Every moment she’s out of her cage is a moment I spend chasing her off the coffee table or playing tug-of-war, or else training her to do any of the number of things a ferret can do, like sit on my shoulder as I walk around my apartment or come when she’s called. She really keeps me busy, and we’re great pals. Until I clip her toenails. Then she hates me intensely until the next time I open the refrigerator. She has learned to associate me, it seems, with strawberries. I better never run out.
The JJJ Is:
Assistant Leader: Tiffany Allen
Leadership Team: Debbie Benfield, Krystle Welch
President: Meghan Rockey
Vice-President: Biz Albright
Staff: Shelby Sander, Carleah Stabley, Jess Cummings, Cris Miller, Robin Prescott, Ida Yost
Distant Correspondents: MacKenzie Brundage, Kazlynn Otto, Regina Spence, Amber Snow, Chelsey Crouchley, Goth Lizz
Foreign Bureau: Janice Marco
This month's column is a re-run, due to an especially busy month. Lou and the staff chose to repeat the column from March 2004, when Cris Miller first made her stand against drugs.
Once again, I have every reason to be proud of my Kids.
I know I've written maybe seventy columns on this topics before. But how can I not?
It's been a busy month. Crissy running her anti-drug program, which got a lot of community attention and snowballed into something much bigger than we had originally planned. Gina searching for her brother, which is a fairly exciting hunt no matter what. A letter from Janice. And Debbie helping me plan more trips and projects to come.
You know, since I started this group in 1997, the Kids have continually kept surprising me. Individually and as a group, they continue to grow, to do bigger and better things, to come up with fascinating concepts that I never would have thought of myself. I used to tell people it was sort of like Saturday Night Live with teenagers, but the past few years have been pretty interesting, really.
If I think about the Kids, I can come up with at least one time each of them, individually, has done something that simultaneously made me pleased and surprised the hell out of me. They don't do it deliberately, but they do it consistently. They have always managed to surprise me.
I hope they continue to. That has led to some great moments.
They keep surprising me, keep making me proud, keep coming up with new things. And I'd like to see that keep happening.
The day Crissy was invited to speak at the Nar-Anon meeting is the same as the motto I'd like to see the Kids adopt.
-I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV