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In the past five months, the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis has wreaked havoc across the country, and Congress has responded with numerous emergency relief measures. Stimulus checks for individuals and households, payroll protection for small businesses, and expanded unemployment ...

Fair Food

It may be the time of day - or it may be the time of year - when thoughts turn to food. Today, thoughts of "fair food" come to mind.The show-and-go Palo Alto County Fair has come and gone. There was no food at the fairgrounds this year and we missed the nightly barbecues and the homemade ...

Back to School During COVID-19

Palo Alto County schools will be reopening in the coming weeks, and each school district is offering options to return to learn safely in a time of COVID-19.School administration and staff spent countless hours since mid-March determining the most effective ways to bring students and teachers ...

The Onion Market

With the recent recall of onions across the country, I imagine a lot of people were wishing they had planted a few in their home gardens.In case you didn't know, onions have been recalled because there is the potential they are contaminated with salmonella. Recalled products include red, ...

Reduce•Reuse•Recycle

I am a big fan of recycling. Why??Because I can. And, because everyone and every thing deserves a second chance. And, I also like the fact that what I place at the curb twice each month gets whisked away for recycling.Last week we did a story that featured the recycling bin for cans and bottles ...

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are in full swing and anyone who has braved the summer heat this past week can no doubt agree. The weekend heat index hit around 105 degrees, and even though I tried my best to stay in the shade while out and about, I definitely felt the burn.It's an interesting term, the ...

Room For Books

How do you store your books??On book shelves??In stacks? In boxes? Or do you use the library exclusively and have relatively few books in your home?A story titled "How to Make More Room for Your Books" came across my screen and got my attention. In addition to my own books, there are still ...

Mask Hysteria

I wear a mask when I run errands around town. You know, COVID-19 and all that.A couple of months ago, as I was shopping in a local grocery store, I was passed by a middle-aged couple whose faces were mask-free, walking the opposite direction. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the woman turn ...

Staying On Track

It has been an odd year. We have graduated from staying at home in March and April, to a little more freedom in May and June, to running full tilt in July. Calendars went from an absolute void to juggling more than we have had to deal with for months.Schedules have been difficult to maintain. ...

Garden Surprises

There isn't much more fun than having a "surprise" spring up in your garden. Most of the "surprises" in my garden are weeds and they have to be dealt with. But there are also some pretty surprises as well.For instance, I was surprised my hibiscus came back this year. It wintered perfectly and ...