Small Town Times October 2017 | Page 2

Senior spotlight Full Name: Meghan Elena Kratzer Birthday: September 2 nd Nicknames: Shorty, Kratzer Hometown: Litchfield Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Movie: White Chicks Favorite Actress: Melissa McCarthy Favorite Pastime: Hunting Favorite Music Artist: Dixie Chicks Favorite Teacher: Mr. Blauvelt Favorite TV Show: Parks & Recreation Favorite Animal: Greyhound Favorite Place to Shop: I hate shopping. Favorite Subject: Agriculture Favorite Hangout: My friend’s house Most Prized Possession: My Dogs Favorite Thing to do with Friends: Drive around & sing Pets: I have 14 dogs named Buck, Ruger, Captain, Jack, Blue, Rowdy, Lady Bird, Hank, Joe, Lucy, Whiley, Dottie, Leroy, and Gunner Favorite Book: A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks If You Could Be Anyone Else Who Would You Be?: My Grandma Elaine Advice for Underclassmen: Don’t take high school for granted. Lifetime Goals: To have a family and have a job I love doing. Plans After High School: Go to UNK to study either nursing or early education Problem That Concerns You: Not being able to decide what I want to study in college. Unique About You: I have a congenital heart defect. Extracurricular Activities: Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, FFA, FBLA, NHS, TADA Favorite Sport: To watch- football; to play- softball Favorite School Memory: Trying to get the chairs out of the old gym before prom Quote to Live By: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers National Black Cat Day By: Rachel Linden October 27th is National Black Cat Day; it is the celebration of the beauty of these creatures. Black cats have lots of superstitions. Long ago, in the Middle Ages, black cats were believed to be connected to witchcraft, and the reputation stuck. It is often said to be bad luck if a black cat walks in front of you, and that the encounter is a sign of bad things to come. Black cats were seen as evil creatures that had sinister witch like powers with teeth that held venom and a breath that could infect human lungs with tuberculosis. Witches turned into black cats at night. The color of the cat's coat associated with night, darkness and all things that are evil. Some other myths about black cats are that if they cross your path it is bad luck, never turn your back on a black cat or you'll be cursed, and that a cat on the bed of a sick person will bring death. However, evil is not the only thing associated with black cats. In some places and some cultures, black cats are considered good luck. In England, Asia, and Ireland black cats are good luck. Additionally, in ancient Egypt black cats were revered and thought as of lucky. In ancient Egypt, the goddess Bastet was though to protect the home. She was originally depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, but in for a time, she was depicted as having the head of a cat. Keeping a black cat in the home was believed to be a good way to win her favor. This October, check out #NationalBlackCatDay to find out some more fun facts about black cats! 2