Zooming loggers, high-fiving naturalists, and forest landowner workshops : Augusta Free Press

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In addition to offering many programs online during the pandemic, Virginia Master Naturalists have continued to work on stewardship projects while following health and safety protocols. Photo by Todd Minners, Arlington Regional Chapter of

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City of Vancouver gains nearly 1,500 trees in 2020

Vancouver added 1,490 new arboreal additions to its tree canopy in 2020, surpassing its original goal of planting one thousand trees last year despite challenges posed by COVID-19.

Across both public and private land, volunteers and city staff planted nearly 1,500 large-caliper trees, or trees with a stem diameter of more than 2 inches.

The first major public planting project kicked off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with 20

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Second Case of British COVID-19 Variant Reported in LA County

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The coronavirus is pictured in this electron microscope image. Courtesy NIH

Los Angeles County has reported 6,918 new cases of COVID-19 and 316 additional deaths, while health officials also confirmed the second local case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 first discovered in the United Kingdom, and four additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

The B.1.1.7 specimen, submitted by a clinical facility, was sequenced as

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Zooming loggers, high-fiving naturalists, and forest landowner workshops: Extension agents reach out in new ways : Augusta Free Press

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In addition to offering many programs online during the pandemic, Virginia Master Naturalists have continued to work on stewardship projects while following health and safety protocols. Photo by Todd Minners, Arlington Regional Chapter of

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For some Skagit manufacturers, business has boomed during the pandemic | Local News

People have been buying more kayaks, luxury cruising boats, whimsical stickers, and salsa during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to four Skagit County manufacturers who make these products.

For Eddyline Kayaks, a kayak maker north of Burlington, the surge in demand started late last spring as many flocked outdoors, said Scott Holley, Eddyline Kayaks president.

The company is producing a record number of kayaks each week, but is still unable to

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Sanneh offers distance learning, food at Conway Rec Center

The Sanneh Foundation no longer runs drills across the Conway Recreation Center’s gymnasium floor, though it may not be long before the soccer balls return to the East Side community hub.

Instead, with most public schools closed for distance learning, the foundation embraced a two-fold mission, converting the St. Paul rec center into both a food-distribution hub and remote learning center that relies on WiFi donated by Comcast.

‘WE ALL

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Second Case of COVID-19 Variant Reported in L.A. County

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Los Angeles County reported 6,918 new cases of COVID-19 and 316 additional deaths Saturday, as health officials also confirmed the second local case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 first discovered in the United Kingdom, and four additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

The B.1.1.7 specimen, submitted by a clinical facility, was sequenced as part of routine surveillance by the county’s Public Health Laboratory. The

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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available Next Week in L.A. County

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Health officials said Saturday that COVID-19 vaccination appointments for next week are available in Los Angeles County for those who qualify.

For county residents seeking their first dose, “appointments from February 1 -7 are now available at VaccinateLACounty.com,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health tweeted. “Residents will be able to book their first and second dose appointments at the same time.

Officials said email confirmations

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La Jolla recreation group eager for temporary bocce court

The La Jolla Recreation Center is one step closer to having a temporary bocce court installed, and its advisory board hopes work on the project will begin imminently.

San Diego Parks & Recreation Department area manager Rosalia Castruita told the La Jolla Community Recreation Group during its Jan. 27 meeting that she is “working on getting a few documents that have to be attached to the right-of-entry” permit application.

The

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St. Louis-area nursing homes strive for sense of normalcy

Every year, the Sarah Community, a nursing home in Bridgeton, hosts its own Oktoberfest. The event usually lasts for five or six hours, with live music, carnival games, a Kona ice truck and loads of barbecue.

Despite COVID, recreation director Kelly Potter wanted to make it happen again this fall for the residents. As in normal years, they brought in performers. They laid out food. They even set

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12 best TV and movie recipes from ‘Binging with Babish’

12 best TV and movie recipes from 'Binging with Babish'
12 best TV and movie recipes from ‘Binging with Babish’

Steamed hams from The Simpsons. Imaginary pies from Hook. Meat tornadoes straight outta Pawnee, Indiana. What’s actually in these fictional onscreen wonders and can we have them in our real lives?

Yes we can. Brooklyn-based chef, cookbook author, and longtime YouTuber Andrew Rea has spent years finding ways to recreate iconic dishes from pop culture on Binging with

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Fruita raising funds for roundabout art | Western Colorado

Artwork is under construction for the two roundabouts near the entrance of Fruita off Interstate 70, highlighting the past and present culture of the area. In addition, fundraising is underway to complete four additional sculptures.

The artwork, which is being created by Jeff Bates, is part of an effort by the city of Fruita and its Arts and Culture Board to spruce up those roundabouts with new landscaping and sculptures.

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Navy given OK to train in some Washington state parks

SEATTLE – A state commission has approved the Navy’s use of up to 17 Washington state parks for after-dark stealth training of SEAL teams.

The 4-3 vote approves the training over the next five years.

The Navy had sought to use up to 28 state parks for up to 48 hours at a stretch to enable special operation SEAL teams to make shoreline landings, then conduct surveillance of other military

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Dunedin and Pinellas will make offer next week on coveted 44-acres

The City of Dunedin and Pinellas County will present an agreement next week to the estate of the late Gladys Douglas to buy her 44 acres on Keene Road and save it from development.

City and county officials announced their plan at a virtual press conference on Friday, the day after receiving an anonymous $2 million donation that brought local government to the brink of their fundraising goal days before

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This LEGO ‘Jeopardy!’ Set Is Literally A Moving Tribute To Alex Trebek

LEGO recreations of basically anything are always a fan favorite, even for infamous events, but one Jeopardy! fan really went the extra mile for what doubles as a loving tribute to late show host Alex Trebek.

It’s a LEGO recreation of the Jeopardy! set, but as Jess Hughes and its creator make clear, it’s more of a kinetic sculpture. That’s because everyone on the set can move. LEGO Alex Trebek

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La Jolla Parks & Beaches forms working group to address impacts of reservoir project

Members of La Jolla Parks & Beaches and other local community groups are teaming up to make suggestions to the city of San Diego to help reduce environmental impacts at La Jolla Heights Natural Park associated with the La Jolla View Reservoir replacement project.

“We want to form a working group with LJP&B members to focus on the impacts to the trail and biological resources of the La Jolla View

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3 things you need to know, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Movie theaters and gyms can open, with 6 customers at a time; surviving the pandemic as a single, working mother; mail carrier saves woman in distress

‘A slap in the face’: Movie theaters and gyms in extreme risk Oregon counties can open, if they can manage with only 6 customers at a time

New guidelines released earlier this week allow for up to six people to be inside of

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School playground in Olathe explodes with color

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This colorful new playground became a fun place to play at Tomahawk Elementary School in Olathe.

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Sometimes, good things descend from the top of an organization. But other times, it takes people with a passion among the rank-and-file to make a change.

So it was with the asphalt playground at Tomahawk Elementary School in Olathe, where an idea to touch up faded paint last summer turned into something

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10 fun things to do at Butler County parks and beyond this winter

Where: Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield

When: Saturday, 6:30-7:30- p.m. and 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

More Info: 513-867-5835 or reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs

Story Walk at California Woods

This self-guided tour blends fact and fiction. Read “Over and Under the Snow,” an adventure story about a father and daughter cross-country skiing in the woods, as you yourself walk the Ridge Loop Trail, a .6 mile, lightly traveled loop full of wildlife.

Where:

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