Purcellville Plans Virtual, In-Person Events For Holiday Season

PURCELLVILLE, VA — The town of Purcellville is preparing for the holiday season, with a parade, tree lighting and much more on the schedule. However, several changes have been made to the town’s traditional Christmas festivities to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Both virtual and in-person events will be held in December. Purcellville’s website has information about the events and any restrictions.

“We look forward to creating new

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White River banks in Hamilton County: Volunteer clear invasive plants

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Volunteers recently spent several hours taking out the invasive Asian Bush Honeysuckle along the West Fork of the White River in Noblesville.

Indianapolis Star

NOBLESVILLE — An army of Boy Scouts and other volunteers muscled out a bothersome intruder at the White River Saturday morning: invasive plants.

The workers yanked and sawed and snipped their way through a thicket of Asian Bush Honeysuckle and Garlic Mustard on 850 feet

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Students needed access to technology. Here’s how one county helped out

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This school year, the classroom has been the kitchen table for most children. In low-income schools in Birmingham, the pandemic has exposed longstanding issues and created new challenges with technology access and equity.

Sheila Tyson worked to get technology into the hands of students who needed them (WIAT Photo)
Sheila Tyson worked to get technology into the hands of students who needed them (WIAT Photo)

“The children did not have internet at home, nor cable. And I was like, ‘Are you joking?’”

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Yes, it’s covered by Medicare plans. Seniors take advantage of ‘SilverSneakers’ fitness

It’s a perfect Florida day. The birds soar high overhead in an electrical blue sky dotted with puffs of clouds as a breeze ruffles the palm trees around the pool.

But as the water aerobics instructor likes to say, the water in the pool is smoking.

Dame gasolina (Give me some gas),” she shouts as the class, mostly seniors who take part in the SilverSneakers program, works its way

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Virtual volunteers to prevent social isolation

Beth Reese Cravey
 
| Florida Times-Union

Ray Pringle knows what to say to people who are learning how to live with serious injuries or sickness.

In 2008 the retired Army veteran and former police officer lost much of the use of his legs after having spinal surgery. For years he has used his experience as a volunteer certified peer mentor for Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital patients, which because of the COVID-19

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Election overload? Fun ways to escape politics at home | Tech Talk & Innovation

(BPT) – The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.

Idea 1: Embrace the household monarchy

Forget democratic decisions at home! Do your kids and roommates really deserve an equal vote anyway?

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Homestays: Airbnb hosts offer tiny house and historic home lodging | News

In today’s travel markets there are more choices for lodging than ever before. In addition to hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns and rentals, an increasingly popular option is Airbnb. This online service serves as a broker to connect long- and short-term travelers with hosts.

Airbnb was launched in 2008 when two designers hosted travelers looking for a place to stay. Today, the technology platform is used by millions of

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Generous donation allows Lotusland to welcome 1,000 visitors at half-price

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Thanks to a generous donation, a new program will soon allow nearly 1,000 locals to visit the Lotusland Gardens at half the normal entrance fee.

Board of Trustees Member David Jones and his wife Judie stepped forward to donate $10,000 to Lotusland to offset the cost of full-priced tickets.

Lotusland is using this generous donation to charge only $25 per ticket during three separate discounted days.

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