Less than 48 hours removed from punching its first ticket to a section title game in program history the Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team will take the court to try and secure its first North Coast Section Division-IV championship in program history when it squares off against one of the top teams in the state, and nation, the Branson Bulls.No. 2 Fortuna (29-1) will play a game outside of Humboldt County for the first time since Jan. 3 on Friday as it must travel to College of Marin …
The Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Brenda Ehrmantraut, author of several children’s books, including Night Catch, a story for military children facing the deployment of a parent. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Night Catch (Published by Bubble Gum Press)What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?I’m a civilian! However, the book was inspired when my brother served in The Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2004.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?When a community sends a National Guard Unit off, there is an indescribable feeling of bonding. Everyone wants to step up to help. When my brother deployed, I felt overwhelmed with feelings of fear and helplessness. I wanted to do something, and writing a book was my answer. I was worried about him being away from his family for a year.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?My greatest desire in writing it was to offer comfort and hope to families in times of separation and stress. The book was deliberately designed to have a calming effect. The rhyme is a soothing technique, like a bedtime rock-a-bye. The pictures, and story, play with fantasy a bit, but also are relatable to a child. Here’s a bedroom. Here’s a house with a mother. And even though the star cannot actually be moved, the game of blowing it back and forth each night is a tangible connection for a young child.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?I hear from a lot of families who read the story while they are apart. It doesn’t seem to have an age limit. I’ve heard of dads in tears, a 5th grader who carried it around in his school backpack the year his dad was gone, and even parents who have children in the military and they are keeping a copy of the book handy. Connection seems to speak to everyone.Are there any other books for military children that you would suggest for young children? The Military Child Education Coalition has a program called, “Tell Me a Story” which promotes reading in military families. Night Catch is one of the books included in their reading list.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.
Bosnia’s Miralem Pjanic celebrates with teammates after scoring. (AP Photo)Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages at the World Cup with a 3-1 victory in Group F. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a low shot from 20 yards (meters), deflecting in off the post. Miralem Pjanic made it 2-0 in the 53rd with an angled shot from inside the box. Reza Ghoochannejhad gave some hope to the Iranians with a tap-in goal in the 81st, but Avdija Vrsaljevic replied immediately with his low shot from the edge of the area to restore the two-goal buffer. Iran needed a win to have any chance of advancing. The Bosnians were already out of contention at their first World Cup following consecutive losses to Argentina and Nigeria.
Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.