The Paw Cast – September 7th, 2018

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Welcome to the first ever Paw Cast, a digital news companion to the Paw Print. We are thrilled to finally be able to bring this idea to reality and to you, the students and family of PHS! Today we will cover the Big E, the state of Paw Print affairs, and more.

The Paw Cast airs Fridays over the course of the school year, covering school and local news, as well as topics suggested by you the viewer. To suggest topics, you can visit us during C block in lab 303 or email us at [email protected]


Hosts: Renee Chapels and Nicholas Silva

Sports Correspondent: Abigail McCoy

Field Reporter: Mahakayla Perrin

Additional Research: Abby Rathbone, Tear Stallone

Technical Support and Filming: Mr. Leander



RC: Hello and Welcome to the very first Paw Cast, I’m Renee.

NS: And I’m Nicholas

RC: Today, is September seventh, 2018. We are currently in our second week of school and with the new school year comes many changes, both to the school and to Paw Print. First and foremost, you’ll notice a missing member. Aislinn Connon, the original Editor-in-Chief, will be returning to us in the spring semester, during her absence I will be taking over. With me is my co-host  Nicholas Cage.

NS: Also, we are now online, having transitioned from print during the winter of 2018. The Paw Cast is an idea that was originally proposed during that period by Mr. Fuller and Vice Principal Diorio, and we are thrilled to finally be able to bring it to you today.

RC: The Paw Cast will air every Friday on several platforms, including YouTube, and on our very own site. We will be covering school and local news, as well as some major events, that are not regularly highlighted on the site. To Start us off, Abigail McCoy who will be our Sports Correspondent. Abby, take it away.

AM: Today will be the start of the Football and Field Hockey seasons with their first official games. Boys Varsity soccer already had their start back on the fifth of September and Girls Varsity started on the 27th of August. Boys and Girls Cross Country will have their first home meet on the 21st of September. The Cheerleaders, Cross Country Team and Field Hockey team have all started off this school year new coaches.

NS: Thank you Abby, following up on all the new faculty, is Field Reporter, Mahakayla Perrin.

MP: I recently sat down in an interview with Mrs. McDiarmond, the new coach of the cross country team and the 7th grade history teacher. Although McDiarmond has only been teaching at Palmer High for two years, she has five years of prior teaching experience at South Bridge High School. She originally attended Westfield state and majored in History, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree online at UMass Lowell. Her love of history is what prompted her to the teacher career so she could pass on her knowledge to children. According to McDiarmond, her two year experience at Palmer High has been wonderful. She says the kids are great and full of school spirit and the staff is overall very friendly.

RC: The Paw Print welcomes all the new faculty and we hope to get the chance to personally meet each one of you. Now, let’s discuss something everyone from New England would be very familiar with, The Big E! The Big E is coming back to town September 14th through the 30th!! The Big E is a fair for the entire family, and features all sorts of entertainment. There are restaurants everywhere, and a large variety of shops and stalls where you can buy everything from cowboy boots to sheds, and even hot tubs. Over the course of the fair, there will also be an array of entertainment, from concerts in the Xfinity Arena to horse shows. Of course, there are also the fair’s many rides, including the big yellow slide, Vertigo Swing Tower, and Matterhorn.

NS: Thank you Renee. Now, some of you may have heard about the proposed water park coming to Palmer, however until now details have been sparse. But this week, some new information came to light. The idea, now an official proposal, promises to provide 2,000 jobs. The location will be situated right off of the Palmer exit and, should the plan be approved, will feature a 450 room resort, and water rides including indoor white water rafting, heated water, and more. The facility will also include a large sporting area including soccer fields, ice rink, and basketball courts. This water park could revitalize Palmer and surrounding towns, similar to the effect that MGM is having on Springfield. The facility would pour taxes into the town which could be used for a multitude of projects, and the new growth could attract a wider variety of stores and restaurants to the area. Current predictions suggest that the water park would attract visitors from areas within a 300 mile radius. However, one major concern is that the positioning will dramatically increase traffic, causing back ups and delays. Part of the proposal suggests reconfiguring the entrance to the pike, as well as surrounding roads.

RC: Thank you everyone for watching The Palmer Paw Print’s very first Paw Cast. If you have any ideas or would like to be featured on upcoming episodes feel free to stop by Computer lab 303 during C block for further discussion and we will see you next week.