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Filling a need for food

Over the past two months, massive unemployment brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the region’s charitable food system to its limits. Requests for food aid have increased dramtically, even as some community food pantries have had to curtail or restructure their operations to keep volunteers and customers safe.
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A work force of worms turns waste into gardeners’ gold

Bill Richmond hasn’t quit his day job, but for his new sideline in vermiculture he’s hired an army of worms. The business collects organic wastes at curbside from area homes, then puts the worms to work making compost for gardeners.
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WAM Theatre project explores voting rights

As the 19tth Amendment nears its centennial, and with a new presidential election fueling a national conversation about the right to vote and the process of voting, WAM Theatre is creating new work around the idea of suffrage. In May, WAM began the process of creating the Suffrage Project, a new work of community theater, online. The company is working with two ensembles of local people, and each group is meeting virtually to create their own stories.

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A Month in the Hills

Two months after the coronavirus thrust the region’s economy into a deep freeze, public health officials began to give the OK in May for the first steps toward reopening. But even has hair salons opened and restaurants set up outdoor tables, it was becoming clear how many aspects of life would not be returning to normal this summer. read more




Maury Thompson


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