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America never did lockdown.

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In America right now, we’re sort-of attempting to cancel Thanksgiving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director of preparedness announced at a press conference last week that the organization is “recommending against travel.” The guidelines online provide more nuance than that, outlining various considerations for risk reduction, like shortening the “duration of the gathering,” and considering the “behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering.” Health experts of many sorts, as detailed in trend pieces, are eating with their households alone, but others are gathering in small groups with precautions. Some are planning to drink with relatives, but not eat; some are planning on eating, but only outside. Some of us are attempting to shame others into complying with the “rules,” which is difficult, because the “rules” are only really suggestions.

The “rules” also vary a lot by geographical location. Coronavirus is surging nationally,

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  • November 25, 2020
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Boulder City will close city hall, other changes due to Nevada ‘pause’

BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — Starting Dec. 2 Boulder City offices will close to the public, in a similar manner as in March 2020.

RELATED: 3-week ‘pause’ restrictions in Nevada take effect Tuesday

The following changes will take place:

  • City Council, Committee, and Commission meetings will be live-streamed only (residents still have opportunities to provide input via email, online form, or call-in; see www.bcnv.org/Council for details)
  • The public will still be able to use windows to conduct business and submit payments, permits, etc.
  • Residents can drop items off at the front door security desk of City Hall
  • Events with more than 50 participants must be canceled
  • For Parks and Recreation activities that are allowed, participants and observers would need to follow State directives regarding occupancy and wear a mask

“We continue to take action to protect our businesses and residents and follow the guidance of the State and Governor, who are

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  • November 25, 2020
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Tatted Toy Guys turn hobby of collecting toys into Elizabethtown business | Local News

After Tony and Clint Gibble got into toy collecting a few years back, they began buying and selling toys online.

It was a fun thing to do, especially during the winter when things got slow for their photography business, which focuses heavily on weddings. Their photography expertise came in handy when listing toys for sale after they cleaned and fixed them up. Earning a little extra money was nice too.

“Originally, we did it for tattoo money,” says Tony Gibble. Both he and Clint, a married couple who have been together since 2007, sport elaborate tattoos, especially prominent on their left arms.

The couple, who moved from Lancaster city to Elizabethtown two years ago, found that their house was being overtaken by toys, which they also picked up at flea markets and antique stores.



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He-Man is a popular toy at The Tatted Toy Guys in Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Nov. 11,

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  • November 25, 2020
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8 guaranteed ways to get the boundaries you need at work right now

It’s hard to separate work from home when your office is in your bedroom — or your kitchen, your living room, or even your child’s playroom. Yet setting boundaries at work is much more than making a personal office space in your shared home. Boundaries aren’t just physical; they’re personal, too. Setting work boundaries means communicating your unique boundaries with your coworkers and managers. If you don’t, the consequences can not only damage your mental health but also negatively impact your work performance. Here are 8 ways to start setting healthy boundaries that work for you — even when you’re in an unhealthy work environment.

1. Know your own boundaries

You won’t be able to set boundaries without knowing what your “healthy boundaries” look like. One person’s healthy boundaries might not be anything like someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to reflect and understand what kind of boundaries you’re looking

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  • November 25, 2020
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Santa coming to the Shell Factory | News, Sports, Jobs

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Fountain teens take on leadership roles in new youth council program | Colorado Springs News

A new program is helping Fountain youth take an active role in their community and local government.

Councilwoman Detra Duncan worked with City Manager Scott Trainor to develop the Fountain Youth Council, a program Duncan says will allow local teens to learn about and get involved in municipal government, gain leadership experience, represent and advocate for youth, build their resumés and make friends — all while improving their community. The Fountain City Council approved the program in April.

“During my campaign I had a lot of youth asking me, ‘What do you do?’ and ‘How do you run for office?’ So I decided we were going to start this program to teach them,” said Duncan, who was elected to the city council last year. “It’s really geared to train youths to be leaders who are educated and informed about their local government.”

To join, teens must be Fountain residents, attend

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  • November 25, 2020
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Rec center to host two holiday events | News, Sports, Jobs

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The Blackguards of Charlatan” is a faced-paced crime story pitting one man against the corruption of a decaying city

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D. Joseph Ziders, a resident of Buffalo, New York who graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2007 with a degree in Geographical Information Systems, has published his new book “Jeremiah Revel: The Blackguards of Charlatan”: an action-packed and compelling literary debut.

Jeremiah Revel wanted to be just like his father—a proud member of the City Police Force. However, the corruption and deceit that infected the decaying city is too much for an honest man to take. He is forced to return his badge and make a living as a private investigator. However, he and his misfit group of friends take on a case that will uncloak the dangerous mysteries surrounding the criminal underworld known as the Harvest Union.

Being a man full of so much love and so much anger, Jeremiah Revel struggles to understand whether he is the hero, or slowly

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  • November 25, 2020
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Screen-free holiday gift ideas that inspire kids | Articles

Shopping for holiday gifts for kids? Looking for activities that don’t involve a screen? Consider toys and activities that will inspire them this holiday season and beyond. Here are four great gift ideas that will encourage kids to be creative and use their imaginations:

• Arts and crafts: Craft kits give kids all the tools they need to take a project start to finish. Whether it’s beaded jewelry, scented soaps, or sand art, when projects are completed, kids will feel accomplished and inspired to take their crafting to the next level.

• Horse play: Create magnificent braids and let kids bring their own vision of horse beauty to life with a gift like Breyer Mane Beauty Styling Heads. Bringing a love of hair play and horses together, Mane Beauty Styling Heads are realistically sculpted and decorated with long, silky, no-tangle manes. Available in three styles — Blaze (black mane),

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  • November 25, 2020
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Four Seasons, Part II? Maddow Finds Something Weird In Next Big Giuliani Event

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday announced a state Senate hearing on election issues in Pennsylvania featuring former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is an attorney for the president. 

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow found the event ― like so much else involving the Trump legal effort ― isn’t quite what it appears to be.

“Oooh! A legislative hearing in Pennsylvania!” she said with mock excitement, before turning to the fine print: 

“Do you remember when the Trump folks had their big press conference in Philadelphia and the president said it was at the Four Seasons, but it turned out it was actually in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Landscaping company out by the crematorium and the porn store? Well, same kinda thing here.”  

The hearing, she noted, is not in the state Senate or even in Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg but rather a GOP-only event

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  • November 25, 2020