The latest live video from the Grateful Dead‘s recently-launched “All The Years Live” series is now available through the band’s official YouTube page. The new archive release highlights Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter classic “Stagger Lee” from Buckeye Lake in Thornville, Ohio on July 1st, 1992.As Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux explains in the video’s description:Debuting in 1978, Stagger Lee was a reworked traditional story, with Hunter creating a visual masterpiece with his words. In the repertoire 1978-1979, and 1985-1995 (with a few versions in 1982), this song was a thrilling addition to the first sets of many Dead shows. This version is from the final show of the Summer Tour of 1992, after which the Dead took one of their longest breaks since the 1974-1976 hiatus, going five months without a show.Watch the Grateful Dead’s 1992 performance of “Stagger Lee” below.Grateful Dead – “Stagger Lee” – 7/1/1992[Video: Grateful Dead]Previous editions of the band’s ongoing weekly “All The Years Live” video series have included:“Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower” from June 14th, 1991 at JFK Stadium“Weather Report Suite from October 18th, 1984 at Winterland Arena“Bird Song” From at New Year’s Eve 1987 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum“Way To Go Home” From June 13th, 1993 at Rich Stadium“Black-Throated Wind” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK Stadium“Heaven Help The Fool” from October 30th, 1980 at Radio City Music Hall“China Cat Sunflower” / “I Know You Rider” from October 17th, 1974 at the Winterland Ballroom“Let It Grow” from July 16th, 1990 at Rich Stadium“Loose Lucy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Big Boss Man” from June 16th, 1990 at Shoreline Amphitheatre“New Speedway Boogie” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Terrapin Station” from July 26th, 1987 at Anaheim Stadium“Not Fade Away” from New Year’s Eve 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom“Cassidy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Stagger Lee” from July 4th, 1991 at Rich Stadium“Lazy River Road” from June 26th, 1993 at RFK Stadium“Bird Song” from July 1st, 1992 at Buckeye Lake“Shakedown Street” from June 22nd, 1991 at Soldier Field“My Brother Esau” from July 24th, 1987 at Oakland, CA’s Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumBlow Away” from 7/16/90 at Rich Stadium“Touch of Grey” from 7/4/1989 at Rich Stadium“China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” from 7/6/1990 at Cardinal Stadium“Estimated Prophet” from 7/8/1990 at Three Rivers Stadium“Reuben & Cherise” from 6/6/90 at Buckeye Lake“Morning Dew” from 10/18/74 at the Winterland Ballroom“Sugar Magnolia”/”Scarlet Begonias”/”Fire On The Mountain” from 12/31/78 at the Winterland Ballroom,“Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK StadiumView Previous Releases
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJane Fonda thinks perhaps the most important revolution today is the “longevity revolution”. But society is still living with the old paradigm of aging — seeing it as a “decline into decrepitude”.Dubbed by Fonda as our “Third Act”, the 34 years we live beyond the lifespan of our great grandparents can be seen as a developmental stage of life marked by wisdom and happiness. How can these three decades be lived successfully? She tries to answer this question in her book, Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit — making the most of all of your life.WATCH her Tedx Talk to hear an overview… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The Shirt Project, founded by alumnus Brennan Harvath in the spring of 1990, is celebrating its 25th year with a new design, unique festivities and a Notre Dame Marching Band tribute.The Shirt Project is a student-run organization that creates the t-shirt worn by the Notre Dame student section at home football games, as well as by a myriad of fans and alumni. President of The Shirt Project, senior John Wetzel, said almost every student wears The Shirt to all Notre Dame football games, uniting the entire student body in a single color. According to The Shirt’s webpage, “The Shirt can be seen as a common thread uniting not only the students, but all fans in one solid color. A sea of same-colored Shirts gives the opposing team a ‘twelfth man’ to fear.”Wei Lin | The Observer Wetzel said the project, which started as a way to raise money for Notre Dame’s annual spring festival, AnTostal, now funds the Student Union Endowment, the Rector Fund and The Shirt Charity Fund.Past Shirts have used different shades of green and blue a combined 23 times, while there have been only two gold shirts, Wetzel said.To commemorate the 25th anniversary, The Shirt committee made several changes to this year’s design. This year’s Shirt featuring a new blend of fabric, 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester, giving it a heathered look of a “blue-grey October Sky,” according to The Shirt’s webpage. A picture of the band also made its Shirt debut, replacing traditional Shirt images of Notre Dame football legends.For the last five years, over 150 thousand The Shirts have sold annually, including 156 thousand Shirts last year. The highest total came in 2011 when 165 thousand were sold. Since The Shirt’s debut in 1990, more than 2.1 million total have been sold. Wetzel said it is the largest single selling piece of collegiate apparel in the nation.This past year, The Shirt Project raised over $750,000 for its charities. Over the last 25 years, the shirt has raised $8.5 million for students at the University, Wetzel said.“Our sales are doing great this year, but we always need all the support we can get from the community,” Wetzel said.“The significance of the 25-year history of The Shirt is the story of a charity program that has grown and thrived because of the community here at the University of Notre Dame,” he said. “Other universities have tried to emulate our program, but none have had nearly close to the amount of success as we have had, and I believe it can be attributed to the community here at the University of Notre Dame. Over the past 25 years, many students and advisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that success and growth year after year.”Wetzel said the 25th-anniversary celebration will include several unique events this weekend, including a tribute from the Notre Dame band.“[The Shirt committee has] invited back all previous presidents and advisers of The Shirt [back to] campus for special reception,” he said. “We will also be speaking at the Football Friday luncheon, where we will debut our new history celebratory video, and we will be honored at the pep rally, where all attending previous presidents will be wearing The Shirt from their year on stage. In addition, all 32oz. cups in the stadium will feature the design of The Shirt, and the Notre Dame Marching Band will be doing a special tribute before going into its scheduled halftime show.”Beyond the success of The Shirt, Wetzel said working on the committee has been a highlight of his Notre Dame experience.“Serving as a member of The Shirt [planning] committee is an extreme privilege,” Wetzel said. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by great group of hard-working students who spend tons of time creating a product that will fund all the wonderful things the rest of the University’s students are able to do. It’s extremely gratifying not only to see the product of your work worn by students all over campus but to see what those students are able to achieve in their clubs and organizations with the money that product raised.”Tags: The Shirt Project
Vermont Business Magazine The Skinny Pancake is launching a new initiative called the ShiftMeals GrowTeam in response to Vermont’s increasing food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An extension of their ShiftMeals community meals program, ShiftMeals GrowTeam invites unemployed restaurant workers and others to cultivate a series of “Victory Farms” this growing season in collaboration with several farm-partners.Beginning this week, the restaurant group will be hiring 15 people to work on three farms across Vermont. This new initiative will directly contribute to increased food production within the state and inspire other farmers and individuals to do the same.The Skinny Pancake Founder/Owner, Benjy Adler, explains: “As a restaurant group with locations throughout Vermont, we have an upfront view of this economic crisis and feel a strong sense of responsibility to participate in creating civic solutions alongside the good work of our State government and non-profit community.”The Skinny Pancake launched ShiftMeals, dubbed “a local food response to COVID-19,” back in March as a partnership with Vermont Community Foundation, High Meadows Fund and the Intervale Center. To date, the program has produced over 21,000 meals for distribution through participating restaurants, community centers and Vermont Foodbank partners.The development of the ShiftMeals GrowTeam began on April 3rd in response to increased understanding of the lengthy economic impact that would result from the COVID-19 pandemic. Describing his inspiration, Adler says, “Every level of government is projecting budgetary shortfalls. There is likely to be vastly more economic need than government alone can sustain for the coming year. We need self-sufficient civic responses alongside government support. Now is the time to team up, grow food, and support one another. ”Just in time for planting season, The Skinny Pancake will be employing 15 new hires this week to launch the program on three farms: Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond, Vermont Community Garden Network in Burlington and Center for Grassroots Organizing in Marshfield. The program’s early pool of applicants has included many out of work restaurant workers as well as high school and college students whose plans for summer work at camps or restaurants have been derailed.This initial four week effort will help establish gardens and farms that will be shared with additional volunteers throughout the summer. In exchange for a commitment of approximately 8 hours a week, volunteers will secure a share of produce for themselves in what the ShiftMeals team calls ‘a reciprocal food economy.’ Additional food surplus beyond the needs of the participants will be donated to the charitable food system.Jean Hamilton, ShiftMeals Project Director, explains “The response from the farming community has been great. We’d been consulting with farmers and food system experts across the state before finding the model we’re launching today. This inaugural group of non-profit farm partners demonstrated the shared mission and capacity to workshop the program development with us. Every day we have conversations with new partners and we encourage more farms to contact us and join the effort in the weeks to come.”Susie Walsh Daloz from VYCC says, “The ShiftMeals GrowTeam is helping us further our mission of putting young people to work on Vermont working lands, even as COVID-19 has disrupted our core programming. It’s great to see The Skinny Pancake adapt to this crisis with creative community-based local food solutions.”“As a restaurant, our social contract with the community is not only about employing and feeding people, but also providing part of the social safety net,” Benjy Adler says. “By launching ShiftMeals and now GrowTeam, we achieve that goal. We’re eager to see this program grow and help support other communities across the state and beyond.”If you or someone you know has viable farm land to share, or if you’re interested in participating as a volunteer, please contact [email protected](link sends e-mail).About ShiftMeals: ShiftMeals is a community meals program spearheaded by The Skinny Pancake in partnership with High Meadows Fund, Vermont Community Foundation and the Intervale Center. To date, the program has produced and distributed over 20,000 meals. The program is funded through individual, corporate and philanthropic donations. To learn more, visit www.shiftmeals.org(link is external).About The Skinny Pancake: Originating as a Church Street Marketplace vendor cart in 2003, the Skinny Pancake currently has 10 brick and mortar locations across Vermont and New Hampshire. Their fast casual creperie restaurant concept with a deep commitment to local sourcing. In addition to providing food and beverage, the Skinny Pancake celebrates their communities and practices philanthropic capitalism through their proud membership of 1% For the Planet.Source: www.skinnypancake.com(link is external)
Quarantine-free counties in the region are represented in blue and green. DFR map.Vermont Business Magazine As Governor Scott continues to methodically reopen the state’s economy, Commerce Secretary Lindsay Kurrle announced at the governor’s press briefing today that gathering sizes are being increased. Beginning June 26, restaurants and meeting venues can increase their capacities to 50 percent occupancy (based on fire code). The maximum for inside venues will be 75 people and for outside will be 150. For instance, an outside event with a tent rated for 400 people will be able to accommodate 150 guests. The usual health guidance on wearing masks and social distancing would still remain in place.Kurrle admitted that, “This will not make the hospitality industry whole.”But along those lines of helping the tourism segment of that industry, Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak said that given Vermont’s ongoing good health data, even with the recent Winooski outbreak, 12 more counties with a population of 1.8 million in the Northeast have been added to the state’s no-quarantine list.This brings the number of counties in New England and New York to 75 with a total population of 6.8 million.Pieciak noted that while Boston and New York City are still not included in this, their metropolitan areas are looking better and he anticipates being able to increase the number of quarantine-free counties going forward.People from those 75 counties do not have to quarantine before coming to Vermont and Vermonters do not have to quarantine if going to or coming from them. Vermonters must still respect the local rules when out-of-state.However, the usual quarantining requirements apply to other counties and all other states and countries, including a 14-day quarantine or a seven-day if tested. The quarantining in those circumstances can happen either at their home or in Vermont.This next step follows recent steps to ease quarantine restrictions(link is external) for travelers and for Vermonters who may be returning from another state.Kurrle added that there have been many inquiries about the Fourth of July. While parades are not allowed, drive-in fireworks displays will be allowed as long as people stay in their vehicles.“We know the virus is still among us, which is why we must keep some restrictions in place to avoid significant spread of COVID-19, but I also know how devastating these restrictions have been on all businesses and especially for the hospitality sector,” said Governor Scott. “We continue to work with our public health experts as well as representatives of the hospitality sector to find ways to further open dining, events and travel without reversing the positive gains we’ve made to slow spread of this virus.”“We are committed to working collaboratively with these critical sectors and will continue to provide support to Vermont’s tourism and hospitality economy in its recovery,” Kurrle said. “The summer season is essential to their viability long term. We are encouraged by these reopening steps and hope to continue to find creative solutions that can increase capacity limits while keeping public health at the forefront of Vermont’s reopening.”As with every reopen step, this move includes health and safety precautions, developed by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Department of Health and Department of Public Safety.These precautions include, but are not limited to, distance requirements between tables, cleaning and hygiene procedures, and training and education to limit spread of COVID-19. Health and safety procedures for all sectors can be found at accd.vermont.gov(link is external).For details on the increased capacity size for event venues and restaurants, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-stay-home-stay-safe-order(link is external).ACCD has also updated its Drive-in Operation guidance (Section 5.2)(link is external) to make clear firework displays can move forward with drive-in viewing options.The Administration has credited towns for their creativity in adapting some Fourth of July festivities to move forward in modified ways that follow guidance for gatherings and dining.See full reopening guidance below. New information is in red.Commerce Secretary Kurrle explains the new rules for restaurants and gatherings during Friday’s press briefing.MANDATORY HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT & GOVERNMENT OPERATIONSAll businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines: Employees shall not report to, or be allowed to remain at, work or job site if sick or symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell).Employees must observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on the job. Businesses and non-profit or government entities shall ensure customers observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on location, to the extent possible.Limit the occupancy of designated common areas, such as break rooms and cafeterias, so that occupants maintain strict social distancing of no less than 6 feet per individual. The employer shall enforce the occupancy limit and require employees to wipe down their area after use or shall ensure cleaning of the common areas at regular intervals throughout the day.Employees must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask. Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks.Employees must have easy and frequent access to soap and water or hand sanitizer during duration of work, and handwashing or hand sanitization is required frequently including before entering, and leaving, job sites.All common spaces (when open) and equipment, including bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and doors, tools and equipment, and vehicles must be cleaned regularly and, when possible, prior to transfer from one person to another, in accordance with CDC guidance(link is external).Prior to the commencement of each work shift, all employees shall complete a health survey either in-person at the worksite or prior to arriving at the worksite. This screening survey shall require an employee to verify that he or she has no symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) before they enter the workplace. It is strongly recommended that a temperature check be conducted by the employee at home or a non-contact temperature check be conducted by the employer or the employee at the worksite. Employers may create systems that work best for their unique operations – but must be able to demonstrate, if asked by employees or state health officials, how the system ensures employees have been pre-screened for symptoms before they enter the workplace.Signs must be posted at all entrances clearly indicating that no one may enter if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.When working inside, open doors and windows to promote air flow to the greatest extent possible and limit the number of people occupying a single indoor space.No more than 3 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work. Mass transit, taxis, ridesharing, and public safety are exempt from this rule.No symptomatic or COVID-19 positive workers are allowed on site and any worker(s) who have contact with a worker or any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days.All operations shall designate a health officer on-site at every shift responsible for ensuring compliance with the Executive Order and the Addenda thereto and applicable ACCD Guidance. This person shall have the authority to stop or modify activities to ensure work conforms with the mandatory health and safety requirements.All businesses and non-profit and government entities shall encourage and facilitate telework among those employees with the capacity to work remotely when practical without impeding productivity. Employers shall accommodate the needs of high risk individuals, those workers who may have child care needs which cannot be met due to the closure of schools or child care facilities for reasons relating to COVID-19 and those individuals with concerns about personal health circumstances.All employees, including those already working (except healthcare workers, first responders, and others already trained in infection control, personal protection/universal precautions), must complete, and employers must document, a training on mandatory health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard. Employers who need translations of the training have one week from the release of the translated training to complete this requirement.All businesses that have been closed for 7 or more days during the state of emergency must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan (businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to create such a plan, however, they must follow all other guidelines and employees must take the VOSHA training). VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at http://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart.(link is external) The plan must, at a minimum:Adopt a phased approach to reopening which provides sufficient opportunity to operate first in a low density and low contact environment before making the incremental changes needed to accommodate more moderate density activity while continuing to maintain health and safety. Update physical and administrative safety systems to accommodate COVID-19 VDH/CDC/VOSHA guidelines, health monitoring, including temperature checks, cleaning and sanitizing methods and physical distancing measures. Take appropriate measures to protect employees at greater risk of contact by virtue of their occupational role or setting. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to create such a plan, however, they must follow all other health and safety guidelines above including taking VOSHA training(link is external). For all mass transit CUSTOMERS/ RIDERS (in addition to the mandatory requirement for operators and staff) face coverings are mandatory on public transit conveyances and in stations and terminals. ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR ALL BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONSUse of shared workspaces, desks, offices, etc. is discouraged to the maximum extent practicable. Face-to-face staff meetings should be limited, and physical distancing must be observed. Consider staggered work shifts, break times, etc. and expanding hours to reduce number of individuals working together and reduce contact with members of the public. To the extent possible, provide access to hand washing and/or hand sanitizer for vendors, and customers. Limit staff travel between multiple sites. Ensure a safe process to receive supplies and deliveries. Consider accommodations for employees at higher risk from COVID-19 infection (as currently defined by the CDC) to work remotely or have a job tasks that minimize public interaction. BUSINESS CUSTOMER & GENERAL PUBLIC MASK USECustomers, and the public in general, are encouraged to wear face coverings any time they are interacting with others from outside their household. Businesses may require customers to wear facial coverings over nose and mouth.CROSS STATE TRAVELVermonters may travel outside of Vermont to counties across New England and New York that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont and return without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle. Similarly, residents of other states who live in counties across New England and New York that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining.The State of Vermont has determined that any county with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents meets this criteria. The Agency will publish an updated map and list each Monday by 5 p.m. weekly at accd.vermont.gov identifying quarantine and non-quarantine counties throughout New England and New York. Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.Residents from a non-quarantine county may travel to Vermont without quarantine restrictions if they travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle. This includes overnight travel, commuting for work, leisure visits and recreation. Travelers must are encouraged register with Sara Alert(link is external) upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. Travelers must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in their home upon return.After July 1st, the State of Vermont plans to re-evaluate this criteria to determine if it should be expanded or restricted based on current data. The State hopes more counties will be added over time as their active case counts improve and that the criteria may be expanded beyond 400 cases per million after July 1st and as circumstances allow.Travelers, including Vermonters, that visit or are from a quarantine county must still quarantine for 14-days upon entrance into Vermont or quarantine for at least seven days upon entrance into Vermont and receive a negative COVID-19 test. Authorized Work Exemption: The State of Vermont currently allows those traveling to or from Vermont for authorized work, whether they are a Vermonter or a non-resident traveler, to enter Vermont without quarantining when:Traveling to conduct authorized work; andIf the individual has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, has not experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours including a fever a fever above 100.4 F, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache or new loss of taste or smell; andTravelers may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they drive directly from their home via their personal vehicle.Travelers may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of destination origin or manner of travel (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).For more information about how to quarantine, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s quarantine chart(link is external). PHASED RESTARTOperations deemed “essential” may continue to operate under pre-existing guidance with the addition of the mandatory health and safety requirements above. To safely reopen certain operations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and not defined as essential, Governor Scott has directed the Agency of Commerce – in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety – to authorize, subject to mandatory health and safety requirements listed above and additional sector specific guidance below, the following: 1.1 Outdoor Businesses(link is external)1.2 Low or No Contact Professional Services(link is external)2.2 Farmers Markets(link is external)3.1 Manufacturing, Construction, and Distribution Operations(link is external) 4.1 Outdoor Recreation and Fitness(link is external) 4.2 Outdoor Recreation Businesses, Facilities and Organizations(link is external)5.1 Retail Operations(link is external)5.2 Drive-In Operations (link is external)6.1 Lodging, Campgrounds and Other Accommodations(link is external)7.1 Restaurants, Catering, Food Service, and Bars(link is external)7.2 Close Contact Business Stage 1 (Only Hair Salons and Barber Shops)(link is external)7.4 Religious facilities and Places of Worship(link is external)8.1 Close Contact Business Stage 2(link is external) (Effective 6/1)8.2 Social Gatherings of Up to 25 People(link is external) (Effective 6/1)8.3 Overnight Summer Camps and Limited Residential Summer College Programming(link is external) (Effective 6/7)8.4 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment(link is external) (Effective 6/1)9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments(link is external) (Effective 6/15)10.1 Occupancy Limits for Event Venues (Weddings, Funerals, Parties)(link is external)1.1 Outdoor BusinessesThose who exclusively or largely work outdoors (such as landscaping, painting, parks maintenance, recreation maintenance, delivery work, etc.) may resume operations.Supporting services that were not previously deemed essential may resume operations with the minimum number of employees necessary to support curbside pick-up and delivery services; adherence to the mandatory health and safety requirements or when appropriate; and compliance with retail guidance in 5.1. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)1.2 Low or No Contact Professional ServicesServices operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 25 persons (service provider and client) present at one time.Remote work is required whenever possible. Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)2.2 Farmers MarketsFarmers markets may open using limited in-person operations to ensure consumer access to quality, healthy food if: They adhere to all municipal ordinances and rules and their local municipality agrees to allow opening. Markets must significantly alter their business practices to eliminate crowds and reduce contact between vendors and customers including a temporary transition away from shopping and social events to primarily a food distribution system.Markets are directed to use a “pre-order, local food pick-up” model and to follow any additional guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets(link is external). Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)3.1 Manufacturing, Construction, and Distribution OperationsManufacturing, construction, and distribution operations that ceased operations for more than seven days during the state of emergency may restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements above, and: Interior residential and commercial construction may occur in occupied structures as of May 22. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)4.1 Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Vermonters are encouraged to participate in outdoor recreation and fitness activities, while limiting themselves to those activities that can be enjoyed while adhering to social distancing and hygiene requirements, and which require low or no physical contact with anyone outside their immediate household. This includes, but is not limited to biking, hiking, walking, running and other outdoor fitness activities; golf, tennis, skate parks and other outdoor no-contact sports; horseback riding, boating and paddle sports, fishing, hunting, photography and nature walks. These opportunities are for Vermont residents, those from non-quarantine counties in New England and New York, and those who have met the quarantine requirements. Visitors from other states, and countries, must follow the state’s quarantine requirements before engaging in these activities in Vermont.Vermonters participating in outdoor recreation activities that are not physically strenuous are encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. Masks may be removed for strenuous activities and exercise. Nothing in these guidelines should be interpreted to override the need to continue to observe requirements for use of trails or property. For instance: mud season limitations on the use of trail networks; that users obtain appropriate permission from private landowners where required; and the expectation that, where needed, users will check with state or local land managers regarding conditions that remain in effect. Additional information on good etiquette and safe practices for outdoor recreation is available at: http://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19(link is external) and http://vtfishandwildlife.com/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19(link is external). Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)4.2 Outdoor Recreation Businesses, Facilities and Organizations Businesses, facilities and organizations which support or offer outdoor recreation and fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact may return to operation under all applicable health and safety requirements established in Governor’s Emergency Order. These include, but are not limited to state and municipal parks, recreation associations, trail networks, golf courses, big game check stations, and guided expeditions. In addition, organizations, businesses and facilities catering to outdoor activity must adhere to the conditions set forth below: Require an “arrive, play and leave” mentality. Groups may not gather before or after activities (no tailgating, etc.).These opportunities are for Vermont residents, and those who meet the cross state travel guidance(link is external) about traveling to and from Vermont.Implement measures, including signage and registration processes, that reinforce parks, facilities, trails, etc. are only open to Vermonters and those who have met the cross state travel guidance(link is external).Implement measures, including signage, discouraging contact sports and games. For example, outdoor basketball courts may be open to “shoot hoops,” but full contact games should be discouraged.Eliminate services or transactions that result in touch points and/or staff-customer interactions that are not absolutely necessary. This includes prioritizing credit card, telephone and electronic payment; cash transactions may only be accepted as a last resort.Reduce high contact surfaces and common areas, including closing waiting areas, removing or appropriately sign picnic tables, closing play structures, and offering only rental equipment that can and will be thoroughly disinfected between users.Limit gatherings of people to 25 or less. Large outdoor facilities such as trail networks and municipal parks may have more than 25 people in them as long as there are no large gatherings in any one distinct portion of the facility exceeding 25 people.Restroom facilities may only be opened if they can be regularly cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines.Organized sports must comply with the Work Safe Guidance included in the Work Safe Guidance Memo: “9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games and Tournaments(link is external)”. While many organized sports events may resume, venues and leagues should not have more than 25 spectators in any single discrete area.EFFECTIVE JUNE 26th: Outdoor sporting events may occur with up to 150 people including participants and spectators as long as spectator areas can accommodate adequate social distancing of at least 100 square feet per person. Pools and beaches may open if they comply with this guidance.Golf courses shall follow the reopening plans available at http://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart(link is external).Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)5.1 Retail OperationsNon-essential retail operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must POST their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at accd.vermont.gov. Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, retailers should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.Yard sales and garage sales may occur at private residences with 25 or fewer people present at any one time. Organized outdoor markets, such as flea markets, shall adhere to the farmers market guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets(link is external).Pick-your-own agricultural producers, including berry farms and orchards, shall adhere to retail guidance, and follow the best practices identified in the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Market’s Pick-Your-Own Restart Plan(link is external).Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)5.2 Drive-In Operations Drive-in operations including, but not limited to, movie theaters, fireworks displays, parades, restaurants, religious services, graduation ceremonies, and other gatherings may occur subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance above and: Vehicles must be spaced a minimum of 6 (six) feet apart. People should stay in or near their vehicles to prevent interaction with other parties at drive-in operations.No gatherings of more than 25 people are permitted outside of vehicles.Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. Restrooms on site must be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Any concessions on site must be done via takeout or delivery or pursuant to any future food service guidance. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)6.1 Lodging, Campgrounds and Other Accommodations (Effective 6/8/20 unless noted)Multi-room lodging operations may book 50 percent of rooms for non-residential lodging or have a total of 25 guests and staff on the property – whichever is greater. Residential guests, such as long-term stays for essential workers or AHS guests, may exceed the 50 percent occupancy threshold. Standalone cabins, cottages, campgrounds, marinas and short-term rentals are excluded from percentage occupancy limitations. Lodging operations and short-term rentals, campgrounds and marinas may accept overnight reservations from: Vermont residents.Travelers who travel from a county with a similar active COVID-19 caseload as Vermont as identified by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.Travelers from a high-risk area not identified as having a similar active COVID-19 caseload if they complete a quarantine in Vermont before arriving at a lodging property.EFFECTIVE 6/15: Travelers may complete either: (i) complete a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) complete a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they drive directly from their home via their personal vehicle.EFFECTIVE 6/15: Travelers may complete either: (i) a 14 day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of destination origin or manner of travel (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).Operators shall require a signed document from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement, have traveled from a county with similar active COVID-19 caseload per ACCD, are an essential/authorized worker, or are a Vermonter. All guests must also complete a health questionnaire. The Agency of Commerce has provided a Certificate of Compliance form(link is external) at accd.vermont.gov that meets both these criteria. However, operators may utilize an alternate method including those completed via electronic means such as email, upon check-in.Operators shall recommend that out-of-state guests register with Sara Alert(link is external) to get daily reminders via text, email or phone from the Vermont Department of Health Any guests that exhibit signs of illness or COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival may not be allowed to check in. If symptoms begin during their stay they must be asked to leave and return home if possible. If departure is not possible, guests must self-isolate for the remainder of their stay and the Vermont Department of Health must be contacted immediately. All lodging and camping operations with more than 10 (ten) employees must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan. VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at http://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart(link is external) Lodging operations and campgrounds must alter normal operations to maximize social distancing of guests. Check-in/out should be done via phone or electronic means to the greatest extent possible. A room or accommodation must be thoroughly cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines before another guest may use the accommodation. Operators must ensure there are no gatherings of more than 25 people on the property. (Effective June 26th: Operators may accommodate events with 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, not including staff.)Only one party should use an elevator at any given time. Amenities may only be open if they are done so in accordance with the Executive Order and the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Amenities must be cleaned and sanitized between guest usage and be managed to restrict access to 25 or fewer individuals, including employees, and maintain social distancing. Food service may only be offered in compliance with current restaurant guidance. Indoor dining is restricted to 25 percent of capacity (increases on June 26th). Direct contact services (such as check-in, bell, valet, housekeeping, etc.) must be limited to the greatest extent possible. Cashless / touchless transactions are strongly preferred. Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)7.1 Restaurants, Catering, Food Service, and Bars (Indoor dining effective 6/8)Signs must be prominently posted at all entrances stating that no-one with a fever, respiratory illness, or symptoms of COVID-19 (see VDH guidance for the current symptom list) is allowed on premise. Occupancy & Seating Indoor operations are limited to 25% of approved fire safety occupancy or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. EFFECTIVE JUNE 26th: Restaurants, catering, food service, and bars may allow 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.Seating must be available for all patrons and seating must allow for physical distancing of at least 6 feet between seated dining parties. Standing is not allowed at this time. Bar seating and drink or food production areas must remain closed to dining. Operators must limit the total number of customers served/seated in OUTSIDE seating at one time to 50 (150 effective June 26th) or their maximum licensed seating capacity, whichever is less.Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Reservations should be staggered to prevent congregating in waiting areas. Waiting areas must accommodate physical distancing. For “fast food” takeout or counter service (no wait staff), no reservations or logs of customers are required. Please note that an absence of logs may require a public announcement of possible exposure if a case is identified. Disposable or electronic menus are required. Consider using rolled silverware and eliminating table presets. Disposable/single use condiment packets are encouraged. Multi-use condiments and all other items for general use must be cleaned and sanitized between customers. Use of shared food service (buffet style, coffee stations, beverage stations) and self-serve utensils, plates or napkins, are prohibited. Customers should be encouraged to wear face coverings when not eating. Restrooms should be monitored and routinely cleaned and soap dispensers regularly filled. Disinfect all front-of-house surfaces including door handles, screens, phones, pens, keyboards; as well as tables, chairs and other areas of high hand contact frequently. Licensed caterers and licensed manufacturers may follow this guidance for either outdoor or indoor Catering Event Permits and Special Event Permits in compliance with all Department of Liquor and Lottery permitting and license requirements. These events must either adhere to the customer restrictions in this section or the maximum social gathering size (currently 25 or fewer people), whichever is greater. Bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and tasting rooms may offer outdoor beverage service in compliance with this outdoor dining guidance, and the temporary outdoor consumption notification and permit stipulations established by the Department of Liquor and Lottery(link is external).Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. This must include at least the name and phone number of one member of a party making a reservation with the date and time the person visited the establishment.Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)7.2 Close Contact Business Stage 1 (Only Hair Salons and Barber Shops)Hair salons & barber shops may reopen subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, and: Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Additionally, operators should separate customers in chairs, to achieve physical distancing of 6 feet for any activity that will occur for more than a few moments (e.g. a retail transaction). To the greatest extent possible, operations shall be by appointment only with specified time periods for each client. No walk-In appointments or at home visits (house calls) are allowed. Operations may serve only Vermont residents or others who have completed the prescribed quarantine. For retail sales, curbside pickup is preferred; no testing / demonstration of products is allowed; and cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. Only hair care services shall be offered during the first phase.Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external) 7.4 Religious Facilities and Places of WorshipReligious facilities and places of worship may resume operations subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance above, and: Outdoor, drive-in, and remote services remain the preferred method of operation. Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 person per 200 square feet, whichever ensures physical distancing. EFFECTIVE JUNE 26th: Organizations may allow 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.Physical distancing between household/family units should be observed. Facial coverings are recommended. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)8.1 Close Contact Business Stage 2 (Effective 6/1)Gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, massage therapists, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, indoor recreation facilities (such as skating rinks and field houses), businesses that require home visits, such as cleaning services and similar operations, and businesses that require limited close personal contact may resume in-person operations subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, and:Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet and, no classes of more than 25 people shall occur in any single, distinct indoor space. Operators should separate customers to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet for any activity that will occur for more than a few moments (e.g. a retail transaction). To the greatest extent possible, operations shall be by appointment only with specified time periods for each client. No walk-In appointments are allowed. Operations may serve only Vermont residents or others who have completed the prescribed quarantine. Lockers rooms, waiting areas, and other common areas shall be restricted to occupancy limits noted above. For retail sales, curbside pickup is preferred; no testing / demonstration of products is allowed; and cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. Personal instructional services/lessons (such as art, music, athletic, skills, academic) may occur within the maximum occupancy limits mentioned above at a commercial location or residence. (Masks and physical distancing are encouraged to the extent possible) No contact games or contact activity, except for those activities essential to the safety of participants, during practices are currently allowed. Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)8.2 Social Gatherings of Up to 25 People (Effective 6/1)Gatherings and congregate settings in any one indoor space of up to 25 people may occur subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance above (including physical distancing), and; Inside gatherings are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet. EFFECTIVE JUNE 26th: Events may accommodate 50 percent of fire occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)8.3 Overnight Summer Camps and Limited Residential Summer College Programming (Effective 6/7)Overnight summer camps and limited residential summer college programming shall operate in accordance with Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs(link is external) issued by the Vermont Department of Health on May 13, 2020. Recognizing the unique ability of residential programs to control and monitor the activity of their participants, the following supplemental guidance shall be in effect June 7th:Overnight summer camp programs may operate at 75 percent their bed capacity. Limited residential college programming refers to college programming where students are living on a campus for no more than 8 weeks with no more than 50 participants. Overnight summer camps and limited residential summer college programs may operate in groups of greater than 25 as long as physical distancing occurs between individuals. Programs are encouraged, but not required, to break larger camps into small groups of not more than 25 individuals in a single pod, including staff and counselors, to reduce the risk of camp-wide exposure. Wherever possible, the same staff should remain with the same group each day. All out-of-state staff and out-of-state campers must complete one of the following quarantine protocols for overnight summer camps and limited residential college programming (each camp is responsible for ensuring their campers and staff comply): 14 DAYS AT CAMP: Campers are “quarantined” at camp, with their pod, for 14 days. Campers may not interact with anyone outside of their pod for the 14 days. 14 DAYS AT HOME: Campers self-quarantine at home for 14 days before travelling to Vermont, provided they come directly to camp without making any stops along the way that could potentially expose them to the virus. (This option is not available to campers who fly to Vermont) 7 DAYS AT CAMP + NEGATIVE TEST RESULT: Campers are “quarantined” within their pods for 7 days and, if they remain symptom-free, they are then tested for COVID-19 using a PCR test. If test results are negative, campers are subsequently permitted to mix with other campers outside of their pod. 7 DAYS AT HOME + NEGATIVE TEST RESULT: Campers self-quarantine for 7 days at home. Prior to departing for camp, they take a PCR test for COVID-19 and remain quarantined while they await the result. Timing is arranged so that they depart for camp within 24 hours of receiving a negative test result, and they come directly to camp without making any stops along the way that could potentially expose them to the virus. (This option is not available to campers who fly to Vermont). Families must exercise extreme caution when bringing students to camp: No more than one family member may travel with the camper; No overnight accommodations will be available to families dropping campers off; Families should practice curbside drop off without entering the camp facility; and Camp programs should organize carpooling, van service or bus service from other states to reduce unnecessary cross state travel. Campers and staff should wear cloth face coverings whenever in the presence of others, except in those exceptions identified in the Governor’s Executive Order, and policies must be in place to promote physical distancing. Camps shall prohibit non-essential visits from family and friends. Staff and other visitors who are not staying at the camp for the duration of the camp shall not have close physical contact with campers or staff. Camps must maintain a log of all staff, campers and visitors, including their contact information, in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)8.4 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Effective 6/1)Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment organizations are limited to 25 percent of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must post their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at accd.vermont.gov. EFFECTIVE JUNE 26th: Organizations may allow 50 percent of fire occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, organizations should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.Organizations should close or remove high touch entertainment features, including arcades and playgrounds. Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15)Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages.High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills.Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on social gatherings – currently 25 or fewer individuals. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice.The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and in no case should the number of spectators exceed current limits on social gatherings.Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible.During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches.During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate).All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible.Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible.No spitting on the field or sideline.No sharing of water bottles.Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) is currently anticipated to be able to resume starting July 1. Games must be conducted as individual sporting events; “jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted.Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines.Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)10.1 Occupancy Limits for Event Venues (Weddings, Funerals, Parties)Effective July 1, event venues, arts, culture, and entertainment venues, and restaurants serving the public may accommodate:50 percent of approved fire safety occupancy to the set maximum below; OROne customer/person per 100 square feet of customer facing space to the set maximum below if no fire safety occupancy is established.Operations may not exceed 75 total people for inside operations or events regardless of their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation; ANDOperations may not exceed 150 people for outside operations or events regardless of their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation. Staff and vendors are not counted in the maximum number.Food service operations at events must comply with the Restaurant, Catering, Food Service and Bars guidance.**Outdoor service, events, and gatherings are strongly preferred.** Phased Restart: Full list of sectors(link is external)
“I think she’s one that’s definitely taken that role seriously and from a leadership perspective, from just [a] training and racing perspective, the door opened, and I think she’s been one who has run through it,” Hopkins said.Urick said she focused on bumping up her mileage during the summer in anticipation of the season.Teammate Kate Bucknam said Urick had to wake up early during the summer to get her miles in because she had to work.The extra miles in the early mornings appear to have paid off.“She saw [the season] as … ‘I have an opportunity here to be in the top three,’ and I think she just took advantage of that,” Bucknam said.Her steady dose of improvement hasn’t been lost on her coach.“She’s a kid that has paid her dues and gotten better every year, and that’s kind of what this program is built on … kids that keep getting better and keep progressing, and that’s where she’s at right now,” Hopkins said.Urick is one of two runners who have been in the team’s top three in every race she’s competed in this season. And though the season is still young, Urick has confidence from the Griak to build on.“A lot of sport is all about confidence and where you see yourself, and I think she [has] started to see herself as more of an elite kid,” Hopkins said. Urick takes opportunity to step upRedshirt junior Kaila Urick is having a breakout year for Minnesota. Betsy HelfandOctober 2, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRedshirt junior Kaila Urick didn’t crack the ranks of the Gophers’ top seven runners last year. But after a breakout track season last spring, Urick has positioned herself as one of the top runners on the cross country team.“All last year, she just got better every season,” head coach Sarah Hopkins said, noting that Urick improved from the cross country to indoor track to outdoor track seasons. “I really think that gave her confidence and momentum going into the fall.”Through the first few meets, that momentum has helped Urick become one of the team’s top performers.Urick led the Gophers at last weekend’s Roy Griak Invitational, finishing 25th overall in a field of nearly 400 runners.She said she wanted to finish in the top 25, a goal she accomplished spot-on.“I think it was a good performance. I’d say it’s a good indicator [that] the training I put in this summer is paying off, but it’s still only September, and our season goes until the end of November,” she said.Aside from the Griak, she also finished second among her teammates and fifth overall at the BYU Autumn Classic and recorded a third-place finish at the team’s intrasquad meet.When the experienced fifth-year senior class graduated in May, a window of opportunity opened.Hopkins said the redshirt juniors knew it would then be time to assert themselves.
“A lot of medical approaches have ignored sleep,” said Ken Paller, a cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University. “People think about [poor sleep] as one of the complaints someone with depression or other disorders might have, rather than a critical part of the whole etiology of the disease, which is a new idea.” Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media > Brain research, which has pushed back hard against this nonchalant attitude, is now expanding rapidly, reaching beyond the laboratory and delving into exactly how sleep works in disease and in normal cognitive functions such as memory. The growing consensus is that casual disregard for sleep is wrongheaded — even downright dangerous. — Preschoolers who skip naps are worse at a memory game than those who snooze, even after the children “catch up” on sleep the next night. An alarming new line of research suggests poor sleep may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, as even a single night of sleep deprivation boosts brain levels of the proteins that form toxic clumps in Alzheimer’s patients. All-nighters push anxiety to clinical levels, and even modest sleep reductions are linked to increased feelings of social isolation and loneliness. In the screen-lit bustle of modern life, sleep is expendable. There are television shows to binge-watch, work emails to answer, homework to finish, social media posts to scroll through. We’ll catch up on shut-eye later, so the thinking goes — right after we click down one last digital rabbit hole.
COMMUNITY News:All Together Los Alamos, a citizen group organized to help Los Alamos residents who are housebound, is off to a great start, with more than 50 volunteers ready to help set up computers for video-chatting, doing deliveries of pre-paid groceries, or just a friendly phone call. Volunteers range from college students who are home early to 70-somethings.David Izraelevitz, one of the group organizers and Los Alamos County Councilor, said he is delighted with the response.“In a matter of a week, we’ve assembled several teams of volunteers, with a variety of skills and time availability within each team so we can handle any surge in need. Our requests for assistance have started off slowly, and in several cases, we have been able to point those in need to existing services, such as the wonderful resources available through our senior center, which provides many of the services that we can provide, as well as many others,” Izraelevitz said. “In other cases, we have worked with the faith community. Even in cases where our volunteer corps is not necessary, being able to call and let them know about other services in the community has been of value and gratefully acknowledged. The community is asked to encourage those in need to go to our website at alltogetherlosalamos.org to learn more about this service and to register for assistance.”Self Help Executive Director Maura Taylor is one of the partners of All Together Los Alamos.“This volunteer group has been a great source of additional capacity for us, such as those willing to make some simple shopping as well as delivery of groceries,” she said.Although volunteers in the All Together Los Alamos group will not handle monetary transactions and are prohibited from visiting homes or other physical proximity, in order to comply with social distancing requirements, Self Help is able to handle and monitor such assistance through existing expertise, and will provide continued assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the purchase of grocery items. Self Help also will be the monitor organization to assure that funds are distributed equitably within the community.Donations to the assistance effort can be made to Self Help, Inc., either via checks mailed to Self Help at 2390 North Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544, or online at selfhelpla.org/donate. Gifts to Self Help, which the donor has designated for All Together Los Alamos will prioritize pandemic relief in Los Alamos County; this designation can be noted via check memo line, attached note, or email.
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