Indiana tourism remains hopeful amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although the state’s tourism industry has taken a hit during the pandemic, experts found that many Hoosiers are exploring their home state and getting outdoors.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Throughout the pandemic, tourism has been hit especially hard.
A policy brief from the United Nations this summer, estimated a trillion dollars in losses for the tourism industry, and more than 100 million jobs at risk.

Ahead of National Indiana Day,

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Pandemic accelerates move to e-commerce for some local shops | Business

HUNTINGTON — COVID-19 totally changed the way The Haute Wick Social does business, according to owner Ashley Casto.

“The pandemic blew up my whole business model,” Casto said. “We went from an in-person experience to an online and social media experience.”

The Haute Wick Social, located in Heritage Station in downtown Huntington, opened as a place where people would gather to make their own candles together.

“There was lots of

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Pacific Northwest fitness, outdoor companies thrive in the pandemic, but will their sudden success endure?

After suffering its worst year ever in 2019, Nautilus is enjoying its best in 2020.

The Vancouver maker of home fitness products enjoyed record operating profits and a huge, 152% increase in sales in its third quarter, the company announced Monday. Its stock had leapt twentyfold in a matter of months.

What happened? Strangely enough, the global pandemic.

The virus that has crippled portions of the economy has created unprecedented

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Crust & Crumb Cafe launches ‘Starving Artist Series’ to showcase local artists, engage with community during pandemic | State College News | Daily Collegian

Having opened its doors at the start of Penn State’s fall semester, the Crust & Crumb Cafe on Beaver Avenue is looking to establish itself within the downtown State College community amid the coronavirus pandemic by playing into its “artisan-inspired” atmosphere.

To accomplish this goal, cafe owner Amber Winkler and local artist Chloe Jean, who also works at the cafe as a barista, partnered to create the Starving Artist Series

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The holidays aren’t canceled. We have to reimagine them for the pandemic era

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: A table setting option, during the Holidays under COVID-19, photographed in a , Los Angeles, CA, backyard, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Holiday gatherings need to be reimagined during a pandemic. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Despite the fact that holiday gatherings have been putting the fun in dysfunction for decades, telling folks not to gather due to COVID-19 precautions is bound to ruffle a few turkey feathers.

After eight months and counting, our inability to participate in rituals both happy and sad is likely to make many of us

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Pine proposes belt-tightening instead of tax hike to make up for income lost to pandemic

Pine officials plan to implement a series of belt-tightening saving measures next year instead of raising taxes to make up for an expected drop in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

To counter an anticipated 6% less in overall revenue for the General Fund next year, spending will be reduced by

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Move United Offers Over 1,000 Virtual Programs During Coronavirus Pandemic

Effort Impacts Over 250,000 Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Encouraging Health and Fitness

ROCKVILLE, Md. (PRWEB) October 29, 2020

As an adaptive sports organization, Move United knows all about adapting, so the organization was quickly able to pivot its programs and activities online when the Coronavirus pandemic hit the nation back in March 2020. In the last six months, the national nonprofit organization has offered over 1,000 virtual programs to individuals

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Santa visits get a pandemic makeover in person and online – for a safer, more inclusive Christmas

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Bay Area children hoping to sit on Santa’s lap this year are in for some big changes, but it is still possible to get quality time with Saint Nick.

A lot of Santa’s helpers who usually staff malls and department stores are older and at high risk for COVID-19. So to keep both them and visiting children safe, the old traditions are undergoing a major revamp.

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Encampments, conditions at Seattle parks draw scrutiny as coronavirus pandemic drags on

Calling the situation in many of Seattle’s large parks “a spiraling public-health and public-safety crisis,” more than a dozen business and neighborhood groups sent a letter Monday to the mayor and City Council lobbying them to act.

Scores of tents have cropped up at parks across Seattle, the letter said, also arguing there has been an uptick in trash, drug use, violence and maintenance problems in outdoor spaces. The letter

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COVID-19 pandemic poses another threat to elderly: Loneliness | Local News

When Betty Rutt remembers life before the pandemic, what she misses most is her family.

“That’s the hardest thing for all adults this age, if you don’t see your family,” Rutt said. “Because that’s almost what you live for.”

Rutt, who is 92 and a resident at Brethren Villages’ Village Manor home, is limited in her ability to see her family, which consists of five children, 13 grandchildren, and 28

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Coronavirus Today: ‘COVID, COVID, pandemic, COVID’

Good evening. I’m Amina Khan, a science reporter here at the L.A. Times, and I’ll be filling you in on all the essential coronavirus news as we continue to make our way through the pandemic. It’s Thursday, Oct. 22. Here’s what’s happening within California and beyond.

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Students Sue University of New Haven for Switching to Online Classes During Pandemic

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    Pandemic multiplies demand, complicates operations for outdoor businesses

    “The communities that do have recreation are much better off than those that don’t have recreation,” said Noah Wilson, program director for the Growing Outdoors Partnership of outdoors businesses in Western North Carolina. “If we didn’t have these mountains and we didn’t have the recreation opportunities we have here, we would all be hurting so much more. It’s one of those things where it’s all about how you view it.

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    Pandemic transforms holiday shopping season that once embraced crowds, chaos

    Rest easy, holiday shopper.

    You can take it slow this year.

    There will be no need to bolt from Thanksgiving table to the big box stores for a doorbuster deal, no standing in long lines for a midnight opening or for your kid to sit on Santa’s lap. The pandemic has changed all that.

    There are plenty of Christmas holiday items on the shelves at Reny’s. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


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    Hiking During The Pandemic? Here Are 6 Safety Tips You Need To Know

    Hiking is a great way of boosting your physical, mental and emotional health, especially if you plan to escape cabin fever caused by months of coronavirus-induced lockdowns. But the pandemic poses one question: Is it safe to do? As a form of recreation, it is one of the safer choices — one that involves fewer people gathering around.

    However, since hiking is usually done on nature parks and trails that

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    How Northwest ski resorts are dealing with pandemic

    Winter in the Northwest means skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes across the region, with no shortage of mountains to choose from.

    But in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, many resorts are making changes to their rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of the region’s most popular ski areas and how they’re dealing with the pandemic.

    Crystal Mountain Resort

    Crystal Mountain guests are required to

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    New Columbia Basin basketball coach challenged by pandemic

    When Anthony Owens accepted the the men’s head basketball coaching job at Columbia Basin College earlier this year, he was unaware that it came with a bonus: a new gymnasium in a few years.

    “I found out about it after the fact,” said Owens. “(CBC athletic director) Scott (Rogers) called me on a Saturday morning and said ‘Yeah, they started working on the new facility.’”

    The new CBC

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    Come Out St. Pete is city’s first major festival since pandemic began

    Coming out has two different meanings for organizers getting ready for a week-long celebration that begins Sunday evening, on National Coming Out Day in the gay community. 
    “We’ve all lived in our home for seven months now and I think people are wanting to get out,” Chris Jones, co-chair of Come Out St. Pete. 
    This is the first

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    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources came out with its pandemic procedures, so Illinois waterfowlers will continue the long tradition of hunting from public site blinds; and it will make for a season to remember in more than a few ways.

    The pandemic procedures are out for hunting from blinds at Illinois’ public sites.

    And it is a something. The 2020-2021 waterfowl seasons at Illinois’s public sites should be a season to remember forever.

    I had to laugh because one of the truest paragraphs to ever come in an Illinois Department of Natural Resources announcement came in this one:

    That my friends is God’s truth.

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    City of Fontana continues to provide many activities despite pandemic | Entertainment

    The coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges for the City of Fontana Community Services Department, including the closure of several facilities.

    However, leaders of the department said they are remaining committed to ensuring that resilient community members have services and resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences.

    The Community Services Department looks forward to returning to regular programming and activities as soon as

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