Weekly Roundup: Poetry contest, Gymnast of the Year, council meeting

Catch up on what happened this week in Medford.

Keeping the art of poetry alive

Pictured is Julianne Basile reading her poem that placed second at the Medford Arts Center poetry contest on Dec. 3.

“I love words, I love conversation, I love poetry — poetry is art, words are art.”

Those are the words of Naomi Dispenza, coordinator of the 11th Annual Poetry Contest, that was held at the Medford Arts Center on Dec. 3.

Ten local poets read their winning pieces at the event, with topics ranging across the spectrum, but each poet shared a similar desire to spread the message of keeping poetry alive.

The full story can be found here.

Gymnast of the Year: Shawnee sophomore Felicia Poblete

Felicia Poblete waves after winning the Olympic Conference all-around title for the second consecutive year in October.

Shawnee High School sophomore Felicia Poblete has put up strong scores in all four events throughout her gymnastics career.

Poblete said she is looking forward to two more years of high school gymnastics and is hoping to win the Olympic Conference all-around title four consecutive years.

The full story can be found here.

More food truck events could be added in the upcoming months

There will not be food truck events held during January and February, however, the council agreed to have them start back up on the third Thursday of March as a way to kick off the spring season.

Councilman Frank Czekay suggested they bring food trucks to Main Street twice a month starting in April, lasting throughout the warmer months.

The full story can be found here.