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    Taking It to the Streets – Harvard Medical School - September 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    For more than 28 years, the Family Van has been a familiar sight in some of Bostons most under-resourcedneighborhoods. The Harvard Medical School-affiliated mobile community health program works to reduce health disparities in Boston by bringing medical services directly to neighborhoods with the largest prevalence of preventable disease.

    Four days a week, the mobile health clinic visits neighborhoods in Roxbury, Dorchester and East Boston. Van workers screen clients for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, glaucoma and depression, also offering family planning services, pregnancy testing and HIV counseling.

    One-on-one counseling is provided to help clients make healthier choices for better health outcomes. Clients may also ask for help understanding a diagnosis or treatment plan. Referrals are provided for health insurance, housing, employment and other needs.

    The services are furnished in clients preferred languages and with an understanding of their cultural backgrounds.

    The Family Van is the knowledgeable neighbor, said Rainelle Walker-White, the Family Vans assistant director.

    In her 26 years working with the Family Van, Walker-White has become close with many clients, some of whom call her Aunty Rai.

    We are there each and every day, she said, meeting the needs of each and every person, touching the lives of people that other people would look over.

    When the coronavirus pandemic hit and public health guidelines encouraged physical distancing to slow the spread of the virus, Family Van workers and volunteers had to rethink a service model that relied on face-to-face interactions.

    Pre-Covid people would get on board [the mobile clinic], said Walker-White. We would give hugs. We would give touches. Its a part of healing and people had an opportunity to just speak what they needed to speak, feel what they needed to feel and say what they needed to say, and be heard.

    During the pandemic, we had to really think creatively, she added.

    The Family Van began began calling their clients at home to check in.

    A lot of them were isolated, said Walker-White. A lot of them did not have family members that could look after them. They loved that somebody called them each and every day just to say how are you. They loved us for just reaching out and touching them via phone call.

    New clients can call the Family Van seven days a week and be connected with volunteers who can answer their questions about COVID-19 and provide counseling and health care referrals.

    The Family Van has also gone into communities to distribute COVID-19 information in multiple languages, along with face masks, diapers, baby formula and grocery store gift cards with funding from the Boston Resiliency Fund.

    Much of the creativity and flexibility to respond to the coronavirus came from volunteers, according to the Family Vans volunteer program manager, Beatrice Antoine.

    Our volunteerseven at a time that is so difficult to graspthey still want to help and encourage our clients as much as they can and empower them in any way they can, said Antoine.

    Masks were needed at the time and a lot of the Family Vans clients did not have them, Antoine said. So, one volunteer, a local college student who had returned home after her Boston-area campus shut down, organized a mask-making drive at her university.

    All of a sudden I would open the door and see all of these boxes of masks arrive at my door, Antoine said. I could have 500 masks delivered. This was all organized by one person. This was an effort to show that anything counts. Anything you can do to help is something worth acknowledging.

    Joanne Suarez joined the Family Van almost a year ago as a community health assistant. Living in East Boston she had seen the Family Van in her neighborhood and heard from neighbors about the work the program did.

    I said, I have to be a part of that, said Suarez. When I came on board, I just felt alive. I still feel alive today.

    Suarez completed a masters degree in in bioethics at Harvard Medical School this spring. She values the work she does with the Family Van and the way it allows her to support her community.

    Every daywhether Im on my computer coordinating services or Im out in the communityI know that Im doing what I need to do to take care of my community.

    While the impact of the coronavirus is unprecedented in recent memory, in many ways the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the pandemic have laid bare the circumstances that necessitated the Family Van program in the first place.

    This pandemic has really highlighted some of the issues that we already know are existing in our communities, said Suarez. It has widened the chasm of how health disparities are impacting Black and brown communities.

    Justice is a long haul, and Im very fortunate to be a part of the Van, that were doing this work, Suarez said.

    Nancy Oriol, the Family Vans leadership council president and faculty associate dean for community engagement in medical education at HMS, co-founded the Family Van in 1992. At the time she was the director of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. One of her patients had been hospitalized after having a seizure, she said. The patient had been experiencing headaches for weeks but hadnt wanted to "bother her doctor," Oriol said.

    The experience made clear for Oriol the importance of meeting patients where they are and of treating all patients with respect and care.

    Our students learn firsthand that trust, cultural humility and respect are essential components of health care, said Oriol of the medical students who have volunteered with the Family Van.

    Looking back over the service the Family Van has provided for almost 30 years, Oriol is awed to see how the program has grown.

    Working with the Family Van team has been amazing, Oriol said. Seeing how a simple idea has had ripples that went across the cityin fact, across the countryand into generations of medical students. Its justits awesome, thats all I can say.

    Reflecting on her own tenure with the Family Van, Walker-White echoed Oriols gratitude.

    It has humbled me, Walker-White said. If we look at people with eyes of love then were going to be able to prepare them, and were going to be able to take care of them the best way that we can.

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    Today’s Headlines: A ‘defund the police’ story – Los Angeles Times - September 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The experience of activists in Santa Ana who pushed to change funding priorities for police shows the fragile nature of such movements.

    A Defund the Police Story

    Years ago, the jail in Santa Ana became a rallying cry for a political reform movement that eventually led the City Council to phase out immigrant detention at the facility, improve police accountability and spend more money on badly needed community services. In many ways, the effort foreshadowed what is happening in Los Angeles and other cities around the U.S. today as protesters call for an end to police brutality and sweeping social reforms.

    But Santa Ana offers a cautionary tale for the defund the police movement.

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    Among the police ranks, resentment grew. Santa Ana officers installed a new union president who accused the council of ignoring the citys silent majority. In the November 2016 election, the unions political action committee spent more than $400,000, public filings show. At the same time, the city was experiencing a surge in shootings; it saw 23 homicides that year, nearly double the previous year. Voters elected two new council members supported by the union.

    After another election cycle in 2018, the new City Council granted officers a generous package of raises and the police department, after years of reductions, went on a hiring spree, adding 50 officers.

    Vaccine Scenarios

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top infectious disease expert, said a COVID-19 vaccine could become available earlier than expected if at least one of the three trials underway in the U.S. returns an overwhelming signal that it is safe and effective.

    The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board would make that call, as it does in all clinical trials. But critics say that stopping trials early could eliminate the chance to detect dangerous side effects, recruit more Black and Latino volunteers and understand the full results. Some public health experts are concerned President Trump will push for the trials to end before election day. But Fauci said he trusts the independent monitoring board, composed of nongovernment scientists, to be transparent with its recommendations. Trial results may be available as soon as mid-October.

    Is the U.S. ready for a vaccine? An early rollout may make life more difficult for the state and local agencies that will be tasked with getting a vaccine out to their communities. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told them to be ready to go by Nov. 1, the earliest possible release of one. But decades of funding shortfalls have left them struggling.

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    The Trump administration is canceling some of its remaining orders for ventilators after having rushed to sign nearly $3 billion in emergency contracts in the spring. The Department of Health and Human Services says the national stockpile has now reached its maximum capacity.

    Schools in L.A. County can reopen small classes beginning Sept. 14 for students with disabilities and English-language learners.

    L.A. County officials are keeping shopping malls shuttered while allowing barbershops and hair salons to operate indoors again under certain restrictions.

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    Stuck Behind the Fire Lines

    Scores of residents throughout the California towns of Boulder Creek and Bonny Doon defied evacuation orders as the CZU Lightning Complex fire moved through the Santa Cruz Mountains during the last two weeks of August. But now theyve found themselves stuck in the mountains, reluctant to leave, fearing that public safety officers wont let them return home if they travel out to secure food, water and other necessities.

    Under normal circumstances, evacuated residents would be allowed back in a few days. In the CZU fire, the flames are so spread out and in such rugged territory, the process is different. Evacuation orders are slowly being lifted for some areas, but authorities have suggested that the hardest hit parts of the fire zone could be shut down for weeks as power lines and roads are repaired.

    A Long Sanctuary Stay

    Shortly after President Trump took office and lowered the bar for who would be targeted for deportation from the U.S., about 45 people across the country sought refuge in churches. Most of those remain there to this day.

    Rosa Sabido is one of them. She took sanctuary on June 2, 2017, inside the Mancos United Methodist Church in a deeply conservative corner of Colorado. In the more than three years Sabido has spent in the church, her mother has died, along with five elderly dogs she left with a stepfather. Two food trucks she once operated sit idle behind her empty mobile home in a nearby town.

    I think we are all surprised that shes been here over three years, said the church pastor. Hopefully, it wont all be for naught.

    In 1984 and 1985, Richard Ramirez, who would come to be known as the Night Stalker serial killer, evaded police as he committed murders, sexual assaults and burglaries across the Los Angeles area. But on Aug. 31, 1985, an East Los Angeles neighborhood worked together to stop a car theft, successfully capturing Ramirez in the process.

    He attempted to steal a womans car on Hubbard Street and several neighbors came to her aid. One told The Times he yanked Ramirez from the car. Another beat him with a steel rod. They held him until police arrived and only later discovered the man had been the Night Stalker suspect. Ramirez was ultimately convicted of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries in 1989. He died in 2013.

    Police cordon off the area on Hubbard Street in East L.A. where Richard Ramirez was captured after trying to steal a car on Aug. 31, 1985. Ramirez pulled a woman out of the car at left, but the womans husband came out of the house with a pipe and started to beat him. Ramirez ran and was tackled by a 21-year-old neighbor.

    (Los Angeles Times)

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    Prosecutors have begun dismissing felony cases that relied on the work of Los Angeles police officers charged this summer with falsifying records and obstructing justice by claiming without evidence that people they stopped were gang members.

    The L.A. City Council voted to seek furloughs for more than 15,000 city workers, despite warnings that the move would harm critical city services and push police officers out of patrol cars and into desk duties.

    A year after a fire aboard the Conception dive boat killed 34 people off Santa Cruz Island, the victims families are mourning and looking for answers.

    For the first time in its 50-year history, Christopher Street West, the nonprofit organization that produces LA Pride, has named a Black transgender woman as president of its board.

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    After Trumps visit Tuesday to Kenosha, Wis., Joe Biden said he would visit the city in his first campaign stop in the state since securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

    The former vice president raised $364 million for his election effort in August, a record-shattering sum that will give Biden ample resources to compete in the final two months of the campaign.

    Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included the Confederate battle emblem.

    Migrants are increasingly crossing a treacherous part of the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Canary Islands. Its a newer route to European territory that has become one of the most dangerous.

    Netflix and ... Sussex? Prince Harry and Meghan have signed a deal with the streaming service to produce movies and series, including documentaries, features and childrens programming.

    Running a dance studio in L.A. was notoriously challenging. Months into the pandemic, GoFundMes and goodbye announcements paint a picture of a dance landscape in crisis.

    Hollywood has a new mogul in town: Steven A. Cohen, a Wall Street titan whose former hedge fund pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading.

    Californias AB 5 was supposed to help gig workers but wound up hurting artists. Lawmakers have embraced a new plan that would loosen the rules for musicians and magicians.

    Facebook says it is taking more steps to encourage voting and minimize misinformation, including restrictions on new political ads in the week before the election.

    Its not clear what two pilots saw when they recently reported a man with a jetpack above Los Angeles International Airport. But what is clear is that jetpacks are real technology.

    Teslas first true competitor is here: The Polestar 2. The Times Russ Mitchell says theres a lot to like about the electric car.

    Tom Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher who helped transform the expansion New York Mets from lovable losers to World Series champions in 1969, has died from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, the Hall of Fame announced. He was 75.

    Online workouts, virtual training sessions, new platforms for recruiting: Sports social media was changed by the pandemic and the new norms are here to stay.

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    Schools in California are off to a better start than they had when they first switched to distance learning. But problems persist.

    Legal affairs columnist Harry Litman calls Trump our first pro-vigilante president. Now stop and think about what that means.

    Trump encouraged North Carolina residents to attempt to vote both via the mail and in person, seemingly urging them to commit voter fraud as a test of mail-in voting systems. (Politico)

    How can concerts safely restart? A 1,500-person study in Germany, complete with soft rock, aims to find out. (The Hollywood Reporter)

    It was the blowout that turned into a blowout. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to a San Francisco salon to get her hair done on Monday, and by the next day, Fox News was showing security camera footage of her inside the salon, passing by with wet hair and a mask wrapped around her neck while being trailed by a hairstylist who was wearing a mask. On Wednesday, Pelosi said she was set up by the salon owner, who in turn denied that allegation. But hours later, the stylist who blew out Pelosis hair released a statement through an attorney contradicting the owner and supporting Pelosis side of the story.

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    Perdue Farms Delivers $10,000 and 45,000 Pounds Of Protein To Support Bertie County, NC Tornado Relief Efforts – PRNewswire - August 18, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    "I am extremely overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of Perdue Farms in response to the tornado that severely impacted our county," said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners. "The joint support of Perdue and the Albemarle Area United Way for our neighbors who have lost so much is a wonderful example of how committed partners can truly make a difference."

    "We sincerely appreciate Perdue Farms' rapid response and support for the Food Bank and our partner agencies in Bertie County," said Liz Reasoner, executive director of Food Bank of the Albemarle. "Perdue's donation of 45,000 pounds of protein will provide meals to those in need today, and in the weeks and months to come."

    The Franklin P. and Arthur W Perdue Foundation, the company's charitable giving arm, donated $10,000 to the Albemarle Area United Way in support of the relief efforts.

    "On behalf of a grateful community, we can't thank Perdue enough for responding in a significant way to the devastation we experienced as a result of tornadoes spun out of Tropical Storm Isaias," said Bill Blake, executive director of the Albemarle United Way. "We're inspired by Perdue's charitable philosophy and hope this generous gift motivates others to join the cause."

    On Tuesday, August 4, the twister ripped through a mobile home community near Windsor, N.C., killing two, injuring dozens and leaving many families homeless in Bertie County, home to Perdue Farms' operations that employee more than 3,700 associates.

    "The losses endured by so many, including some of our associates and their families, are heartbreaking," said Frank Koekoek, director of Perdue operations in Lewiston. "Our thoughts remain with all those affected by the storm. We hope our company's support will bring some level of relief and comfort to our neighbors."

    About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue FoundationThe Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.

    About Perdue FarmsWe're a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.

    The PERDUE brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and the company is the leader in organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. Now in our centennial year, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at corporate.perduefarms.com.

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    Last week in The Sentinel | Local News | sentinelsource.com – The Keene Sentinel - August 18, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Keene State College plans to cut 15 faculty positions over the next year, while adding seven new ones, President Melinda Treadwell announced Friday.

    The moves are part of the college's multi-year effort to balance its budget and adjust to a smaller student body as enrollment has declined.

    The ConVal Regional High School Class of 2020 had a graduation ceremony Saturday evening, which was live-streamed online for those who could not make it.

    The graduates spoke bluntly about the challenges the world presents them, and their duty to work toward solving problems like human rights abuses and climate change.

    Most students in the Monadnock Region will return to classrooms in the fall, at least for a few days a week.

    When they are in school, students and staff will be required to wear masks in almost all situations.

    Keene State's commencement will be held virtually after all, though the college had planned to have an in-person ceremony this fall.

    The Class of 2020 will be honored during an online graduation Oct. 3.

    The largest number of COVID-19 infections in the state has been among 20-somethings.

    "This is certainly not just a New Hampshire thing. It's happening here in Tennessee and all over the country," said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

    Members of the Tanglewood Estates mobile home community in Keene will pay an additional $15 in monthly rental fees to the resident-owned cooperative association that manages the park, starting in November.

    The increase, which a quorum of the co-op's members approved Saturday, will finance an overhaul of the park's sewer system.

    Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene announced Tuesday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The employee, who has not been at the Maple Avenue facility since Aug. 2, had not been feeling well and was tested for the viral disease this past weekend, according to spokeswoman Patty Farmer.

    Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday that he has instituted a mask mandate for "scheduled gatherings" of 100 or more people.

    The new requirement, which went into effect immediately via emergency order, is geared toward large, public events, such as the upcoming Laconia Bike Week, and an upcoming religious gathering in New Ipswich.

    Hannah Grimes Marketplace in Keene is temporarily closed for in-store shopping while one of its employees is tested for COVID-19, the Main Street boutique announced Tuesday on its Facebook page.

    The store will continue to sell its artisanal items, which include locally produced home decor, food and jewelry, through socially distanced means.

    Keene officials have concerns about the future of the city's commercial tax base and what it might mean for residential taxpayers.

    During a teleconference Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., leaders from several Granite State municipalities addressed some of the issues their communities are facing in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The town of Swanzey is continuing to look at alternative polling places after concerns were raised about the current voting location.

    The selectboard on Wednesday instructed Town Moderator Bruce Tatro, along with other town officials, to visit potential alternative voting sites to determine whether they could accommodate Swanzey's Election Day needs.

    Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Regional Healthcare will not reopen its Charlestown clinic.

    Valley Regional opened the Main Street clinic after Labor Day last year.

    Gov. Chris Sununu laid out the process by which communities will be notified if a COVID-19 case is discovered in a school and how districts should proceed.

    The governor said Thursday that students or faculty members who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home and isolate until at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until after they've been feeling better for at least 24 hours.

    Keene Housing received nearly $200,000 in federal funding this week that the organization plans to channel into efforts to protect the health and welfare of its residents and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The money comes from a $1.25 billion program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that was created as part of the CARES Act.

    With less than an hour of debate, fall sports and other extracurricular activities got the green light from the Monadnock Regional School Board Thursday night.

    Monadnock administrators will be determining a feasible preseason start date.

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    SETH EFFRON: From the start Dennis Rogers connected news, communities and people – WRAL.com - August 18, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is by Seth Effron, opinion editor for Capitol Broadcasting Company. Dennis Rogers, a columnist for the News & Observer of Raleigh more more than 30 years, died Saturday. He was 77 years old.

    I knew Dennis Rogers before Dennis Rogers was a clich. He spent better than 30 years at Raleighs News & Observer writing columns that documented the life and times of people and places mostly in eastern North Carolina.

    But his first full-time reporting job was in Fayetteville. Dennis was among the original staffers that launched The Fayetteville Times 47 years ago this July (In 1990 The Times was merged with its sister newspaper The Fayetteville Observer). I joined The Times right out of school, 11 months later.

    Dennis was fresh out of college though he had life experience that far exceeded most of the reporting staff. Hed spent eight years in the Army including service in Vietnam after which he got a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

    The new paper had a small and mostly young staff. There was a lot of undeveloped talent and Dennis was the writer much of the staff looked to. It wasnt just how he wrote but it was his approach to reporting that influenced those around him. His approach to news to tell stories, describe events, profile people was aimed at connecting with readers. Dennis didnt write as if his words were being handed down from on high. He wasnt looking to impress community leaders or big-shot office holders.

    Dennis wanted EVERY person who picked up The Fayetteville Times and read his reporting, to feel as if he were talking directly to them, in ways that connected with their lives and experiences.

    Among his beats, was covering the military service most specifically Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. They were, and remain, the towns biggest business. Particularly in the years during the Vietnam War, the military installations and the people who were stationed on them influenced nearly every aspect of life.

    The afternoon newspaper, the long-established Fayetteville Observer, covered Fort Bragg and the soldiers, as a corporate entity. What was the latest official pronouncement, what was being pushed by the public information operation that was the news on the military that dominated in the Observer.

    In a hotly competitive news environment, Dennis had a different approach and it influenced the way other Fayetteville Times reporters covered other beats.

    Dennis, correctly, saw Fort Bragg as a community, not a business. It wasnt just the generals and colonels that mattered.

    It was the enlisted soldiers and lower-ranking officers and their families. What was going on in their lives? How did military service and life in the Fayetteville area affect them and their children? What ways beyond the GIs cruising the bars and clubs on Hay Street; the used-car and mobile home lots along Bragg Boulevard; the court docket did these people contribute to the community and what impact did Fayetteville have on their lives.

    Dennis had that touch from the beginning. His influence spread to others and became a hallmark of the distinct way The Fayetteville Times covered the news from the city hall and the courthouse to the schools and business community.

    So, before Dennis Rogers, became the Dennis Rogers who earned such strong affection from readers of The News & Observer, he was a colleague who helped an entire newspaper frame the way it covered and talked about its community.

    It is a legacy for those fortunate enough to have worked with him in the early days of a career that lives on in our work each day.

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    What does art created in a pandemic look like: Valley Views – cleveland.com - August 18, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- With so many artists working from home and putting their creative energies to good use, upcoming art exhibitions and audiences are bound to be enlivened with fresh perspectives and a greater emphasis on the shared pathos of living through a pandemic.

    On the cusp of its 50th anniversary, Valley Art Center (VAC) is preparing for its 49th annual juried art exhibition, opening Nov. 6 and showcasing the art and artists of the region. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 16 in the Margaret Bowen Gallery at 155 Bell St.

    Artists living in a 250-mile radius of VAC are invited to submit up to three pieces for consideration. A panel of three independent jurors will select works to display from those submitted.

    The jurors for this years show include artist and art educator David King, artist and owner of Deep Dive Art Projects & Editions Bellamy Printz; and Michael Weil, photographer and owner of Foothill Galleries.

    Categories include textiles, glass and enamel, photography and prints, wood, metal and sculpture, jewelry, painting and drawings, ceramics, and mixed media and other modalities.

    Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded for first, second and third place and best of show. Several community-sponsored awards will be presented, including the Hardy Watercolor Award and the Phyllis Lloyd Memorial Award.

    Jurors typically choose about 75 pieces for the exhibit from about 300 to 400 pieces submitted. The venerable exhibit attracts a broad spectrum of artists and styles and is considered to be one of the regions oldest and most prestigious juried shows.

    The cost to enter is $15 per piece, and artists may submit up to three pieces. All entries must be for sale. Work shown previously at VAC is not eligible.

    From now until Oct. 19, artists may apply digitally using a link on the valleyartcenter.org website and following the instructions there. At least one digital image of each piece is required. Additional images of sculpture and three-dimensional work is advised.

    View art now: The Fairmount Center for the Arts invites you to view its 44th annual visual arts exposition through Aug. 27 at the centers facility, located at 8700 Fairmount Blvd. in Russell Township. Or you can see it virtually. Contact fairmountcenter.org.

    Safe travels this season: Russell Township police join other area departments in a national campaign to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Aug. 21 through Sept. 7.

    Partnering with the Geauga County Sheriffs Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Russell police will step up efforts to get drunk and impaired drivers off the road, as well as educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

    Watch for increased patrols and roadblock safety checks in some communities. If you imbibe too much, you can use an app to catch a ride home through NHTDAs SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play and Apples iTunes, according to a press release issued by Russell police.

    The app allows you to call a taxi or a predetermined friend to pick you up. If you see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911. If you have a drunken friend about to drive, take the keys away and make arrangements to drive that friend home, advises Sgt. Randy Bialosky.

    Contact trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

    Alzheimers caregiver programs: The Cleveland chapter of the Alzheimers Association is offering several one-hour free education programs online to help caregivers and family members with patients who have the fatal brain disease.

    Effective communication strategies will be discussed from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday (Aug. 20). Participants can learn 10 warning signs of Alzheimers disease from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 25. Understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors is the topic from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

    These programs are available by telephone or video conference. Pre-registration is required. Register by calling 800-272-3900. The Cleveland chapter provides support to 50,000 people with the disease regionally in five counties.

    To post your news and events contact Rusek at jcooperrusek@gmail.com.

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    Letter to the editor: New mobile home laws will only increase the cost of housing – Summit Daily News - July 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    I am an owner of mobile home parks, including the one shown in the photo accompanying your article on new legislation regulating such properties. The recent laws passed by the Colorado Legislature targeting mobile home parks seem based on the assumption that owners of mobile home parks are generally bad-acting, irrational persons, who often harass good tenants.Common sense should tell anyone that is not the case.Landlords tend to be rational actors who seek to avoid unnecessary problems with their customers.

    The legislation creates more obstacles for landlords, in dealing with bad-acting tenants, who make life difficult for the other residents. Landlordsenforce rules as a way of maintaining nice, safe communities for all the residents, not for any nefarious reason.I dont know of any business, in which there is any long-term benefit in treating good customers unfairly, and this includes mobile home parks. It is no fun dealing with bad-acting tenants, and the process to evict them has always been an expensive, lengthy and burdensome undertaking. There is no public benefit in laws which make it more difficultfor landlords to properly operate properties by enforcing rules.

    Other provisions of the law involve improper government interference in the ability of private citizens to buy and sell property; it is wrong for the government to interject itself in transactions involving private-property owners.

    The ultimate results of legislation such as this will be to increase housing costs, while driving investors out of the business of providing this type of housing and to make existing properties less safe and appealing for the residents.

    The free market, left alone, provides landlords plenty of incentive to properly manage propertiesfor the benefit of all interested parties.

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    Table of Hope and Morris Habitat for Humanity to Host Free Mobile Food Distribution on July 8 – TAPinto.net - July 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    RANDOLPH, NJ- Table of Hope and Morris Habitat for Humanity will host a free mobile food distribution at the Morris Habitat Restore on Wednesday, July 8 to assist families in need during this time of crisis. All residents are welcome and there are no eligibility requirements.

    The contactless, drive-through food pick up will take place at the Morris Habitat ReStore parking lot located at 274 South Salem Street in Randolph from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The food distribution consists of a variety of free groceries, including fresh produce, dairy and canned goods. Face masks are required for everyone attending the event.

    People who have never needed help before are finding themselves in a different position during this pandemic, said Blair Schleicher Wilson, CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity. Many need a helping hand, and were mobilizing our volunteers and local officials to help Table of Hope further its goal of feeding those in need.

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    Table of Hope was founded by Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams, pastor of Bethel Church in Morristown and Board member of Morris Habitat. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Williams converted a bus used to pick up food into a mobile food pantry to deliver groceries directly to local neighborhoods. Since that time, Table of Hope has served more than 9,000 families and delivered more than 220 tons of food. Table of Hope receives food from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, local farms and food service companies.

    For more information, visit:https://springstreetcdc.org/table-of-hope/

    ABOUT MORRIS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

    Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization committed to building homes, communities and hope. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds new homes and provides home repair services to income eligible families. Morris Habitat collaborates with other Habitat affiliates and related housing organizations to improve the affordable housing stock in the region, and over the last four years has more than doubled the number of homes built. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served more than 400 households through home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Proceeds from the ReStore, opened in 2007, have helped to fund construction while diverting almost 5,800 tons of useable material from local landfills. The ReStore store is located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. For more information, visit http://www.morrishabitat.org or call 973-891-1934.

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    Community news from around the area | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily Times - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    QUARTET TO PERFORM Members of a Joyful Noise, from left, Brenda Cottrell, Lesa Costlow, Earl Tuttle and Chelsa Clegg will be among those performing at a singspiration set for Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Toronto High School parking lot.-- Contributed

    Joyful Noise Singspiration

    Sunday afternoon in Toronto

    TORONTO The Toronto High School parking lot will be the site of a A Joyful Noise Quartet Singspiration.

    It will be held Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. and feature A Joyful Noise, comprised of Brenda Cottrell, Lesa Costlow, Chelsea Clegg and Earl Tuttle; the Blest Trio with Laurie Brookes as accompanist; Tom Graham, Jefferson County commissioner; Doc Roe; and Ron Retzer.

    Attendees can tune in their radio to 99.3 FM and are asked to remain in their vehicles. Those who exit must wear a mask, according to information provided. There will be no public restroom facilities available.

    Community blood drive still

    accepting donors for Sunday

    WEIRTON Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton is hosting a community blood drive as an outreach program to help support area hospitals and patients.

    It will be held in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the church, which is located at 3404 Main St.

    Participants must pre-register in order to donate. To do so, visit Vitalant.org and click on the make appointment button and search with group code G0010028 Another option is to download the Vitalant-Pittsburgh mobile app to a smartphone or call or call (412) 209-7000 or Rachel Bennett at (412) 736-5506.

    No walk-ins will be accepted.

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many blood drives have been canceled, resulting in decreased blood donations and supply, according to a news release. One unit of blood can save three lives. Blood is separated into red cells, plasma and platelets.

    Weirton Medical Center blood services are provided by Vitalant, formerly the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh.

    Donations will directly help our community of Weirton as well as other local communities, the news release adds. Social distancing will be practiced during this event.

    To save time, donors can complete their health history questionnaire online on the same day as their donation. Go to Vitalant.org, select donate and then health history questionnaire.

    Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to a fact sheet provided. One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.

    Church parking lot service

    Sunday at First Westminster

    STEUBENVILLE First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., will be holding a Memorial Day Tailgate Service in the church parking lot on Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m., the regular church worship time.

    Those planning to attend are asked to bring a lawn chair and join us. We will be following social distancing protocols and the masks are encouraged. Families/households may sit together but there will be 6 feet between the next family, according to a church spokesperson. Spaces will be marked in the parking lot. We will honor our veterans and our graduates.

    The service will be on Facebook Live on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and archived at firstwestminster.org.

    Food distribution, thrift store

    reopenings are announced

    The Brooke-Hancock County Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Mountaineer Food Bank, will host a food distribution and has reopened its thrift stores in Weirton and Wellsburg.

    A Just in Time food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Wellsburg service center at 401 Commerce St.

    A state identification card is needed to show proof of residency.

    The Weirton thrift store on Penco Road is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the thrift store at the Wellsburg service center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    In keeping with state restrictions spurred by the pandemic, customers will be limited to nine at a time. Because the stores have been closed since the stay-at-home order, no donations are being accepted at this time.

    Faith in the Future scheduled

    June 3 at Seventh Street Plaza

    STEUBENVILLE Faith in the Future Ohio Valley has announced its next opportunity to meet, network and pray for our economic development has been scheduled for June 3 from noon to 1 p.m.

    It will be held at Urban Missions Seventh Street Plaza, located at Seventh and Washington streets, Steubenville.

    The Rev. Ashley Steele, Urban Missions executive director, will host the luncheon and lead us as well as share with us the exciting developments happening with the Urban Mission and happenings in the Ohio Valley.

    Lunch will be catered, and there will be tents set up and outdoor seating necessary to comply with social distancing rules.

    Its Facebook information noted Faith in the Future Ohio Valley is the faith community of Jefferson County, concerned for the spiritual and the temporal needs of our community, strives to create a climate for the economic development of our area through prayer, leadership, encouragement and teamwork.

    For reservations, text to (919) 349-2038 or e-mail tmcmanamon@onesourcebenefits.com.

    Mystery bag auctions winding

    down for Salvation Army

    STEUBENVILLE During May, the Salvation Army of Steubenville is hosting a mystery bag auction on its Facebook page every Monday and Friday.

    The final two are approaching.

    The auctions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. The mystery bags are filled with goodies for adults, children and your entire household, notes the post on the Salvation Armys Facebook page. All proceeds go toward food for those who need help during the pandemic.

    Here is how to play: The first person to comment will put a $1 sign in their comment. Every person who comments after that will increase their donation by $1. The last person to comment before the auction closes at 7 p.m. will win and be contacted.

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    Here’s why Alberta’s economic angst could have a deep, echoing impact in N.L. – CBC.ca - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Andrew Ivany says the relationship between the province he calls home and the province he's travelled to for work remains strong.

    "Like they say, Fort Mac is the second biggest city in Newfoundland," he said, referring to Fort McMurray.

    "Alberta and Newfoundland go hand in hand."

    Ivany recently drove thousands of kilometres back home. Thetrip was bookended by quarantines at his job site in Sylvan Lake, near Red Deer, before he left, and at a relative's cabin on the Avalon Peninsula when he arrived in Newfoundland.

    "Alberta has provided a lot of opportunity for Newfoundlanders," Ivanytold CBC News.

    "I mean, it's a place for guys [who] don't grow up with much, and we go out and we work hard. Alberta is just like a second home.That's how I consider it,anyways."

    Ivany is one of thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who've made the trek out west to seek out that opportunity.

    And with the pandemic and oil crash sapping the economic lifeblood of Alberta, the ripple effects are being felt at home, too.

    The problems come on top of already severe problems in Newfoundland and Labrador's own oil industry. Drilling has been halted at the Hibernia platform, the Terra Nova field has already been dormant for months, and an ambitious deepsea project has been put on the backburner.

    A recent report predicted that Alberta's economy would shrink by an unprecedented 5.8 per cent in 2020, and unemployment could average more than 11 per cent.

    All that bad news out west could have a big impact in the east.

    While some people pull up stakes and move, many don't. For them, it's a commuter existence fly-in, fly-out earning Alberta dollars that help some Newfoundland outports stay afloat.

    "It's very clear that COVID-19 is posing major problems for these workers and their families, in the sense that it's very difficult now to be mobile, to live in this province and work in other provinces," said Barbara Neis, a distinguished research professor of sociology at Memorial University.

    Neis runs a project called On The Move, a national partnership that studies the mobile labour force.

    That labour force has had a big impact on the economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    "It's like an iceberg. We've had this particularly in some regions this large population, we're talking about thousands of workers, who have relied on being mobile in and out of the province and helped to sustain rural communities," Neis said.

    Like an iceberg, much of the current data that would reveal the scope of the issue remains below the surface.

    There is a years-long lag in Statistics Canada figures on how much workers who live in one province make elsewhere.

    But historic numbers show that the contribution is significant.

    In 2014, workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador made nearly $1.1 billion in earnings in other provinces. More than $700 million of that total was earned in Alberta.

    Resident employees people who lived and worked in Newfoundland and Labrador made just over $11 billion.

    So for every $10 made inside the province that year, about $1 was earned outside the province the vast majority of that, in Alberta.

    That year, more than 19,000 people living in Newfoundland and Labrador earned income outside the province. More than half of them almost 11,000 did so in Alberta.

    The number dropped in subsequent years, amid an economic downturn.

    In 2016 the most recent year for which statistics are available the number of workers travelling from the province to the rest of Canada dropped to just over 14,000. They pulled in less than $700 million roughly half of that in Alberta.

    At peak, in the economic boom time of 2008, 14,000 people living in Newfoundland and Labrador commuted to work in Alberta alone.

    The oilsands have been a key destination for that mobile labour force.

    In the boom times around 2008, the majority of rotational workers in the oilsands were from Atlantic Canada.

    Fast forward a decade, to late 2017, and one in nine of those travelling workers called Newfoundland and Labrador home, according to an industry survey.

    Today, the Alberta oilpatch is facing a double-edged sword dealing with the fallout of cratering crude prices on one side, and addressing health concerns caused by COVID-19 on the other.

    "It has been, I'd say, a pretty unprecedented time," said Shafak Sajid, a policy analyst with the Oil Sands Community Alliance, an umbrella group representing the major industry players.

    On the economic side, there have been billions slashed from planned capital investments, big voluntary production cuts, and project slowdowns.

    "A number of companies have postponed scheduled turnaround or maintenance, just to reduce and minimize the activity on site while the pandemic guidance is in place," Sajid said.

    On the health side, concerns have been expressed about the use of fly-in workers, and the possibility they could unwittingly spread the coronavirus.

    An outbreak at the Kearl site near Fort McMurray has been linked to more than 100 COVID-19 infections across five provinces including one in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Sajid said companies have been working to adjust their operations to conform with public-health guidance everything from altering shift rotations and work schedules, to changing how workers are fed (pre-packaged meals instead of buffets), to enhanced screening and physical distancing measures.

    "I would say that camps continue to be a vital component of sustaining the oilsands operation. I don't see those going anywhere," Sajid said.

    "And as far as fly-in, fly-out workers are concerned, that is a strategy that we need to effectively staff our operations. I don't see that shifting in a major way."

    University of Alberta professor Sara Dorow says the western province is currently facing the "double whammy" of a health crisis and an oil crisis.

    She saidthey are both separate and related issues, and have both separate and compounding effects on mobile workers.

    "The pandemic has exacerbated what was already an oil downturn, and we're now in crisis mode in the oil economy which has been sort of happening over years, but has really come to a head with the decreased demand for oil," Dorow told CBC News in an interview.

    Dorow is chair of sociology at the University of Alberta, and has been researching the political economy of the oilsands for over a decade.

    She saidthe workforce has been reduced at some sites by up to 60 per cent, and there are questions about what happens next.

    "We don't know if industry will return to the usual shutdown approach, where thousands of workers fly in for these two-month periods," Dorow said.

    "So that means a lot of people who are relying on that are [on] pins and needles about future prospects for work."

    Dorow saidthe current added stress and difficulty for fly-in, fly-out workers has been compounded by the financial and economic uncertainty they are facing.

    "I think that we're in a very important turning point what I hope is a turning point which is that the confluence of the pandemic and the oil crisis should be a wake-up call," she said.

    "That relying on one economy that is a fickle boom-and-bust economy is a real problem, and that we need to diversify. Not just here, but in the places from which [fly-in, fly-out]workers come."

    This coverage is part of Changing Course, a series of stories from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador that's taking a closer look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting local industries and businesses, and how they're adapting during these uncertain times to stay afloat.

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