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In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, Paul Schmitz, co-founder and executive director of ShowerUp, speaks with a client at the ShowerUp trailer near the Jefferson Street bridge in Nashville, Tenn. ShowerUp is a nonprofit organization providing the homeless with mobile showers. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Man received call to create mobile showers for homeless

Apr. 4, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — He couldn’t use his regular fire hydrant across from the homeless encampment — tornado winds ripped up a giant tree and smashed it against the hydrant, knocking it out of service. So Paul Schmitz parked his three-shower trailer a block away from the Jefferson Street...

Kentucky Derby Milliners use hat supplies for face masks

Apr. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fancy hats and protective face masks. Kentucky Derby milliners across the country have swiveled their talent to protect America’s health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. A month and a half before May 2, the biggest day at Churchill Downs —...

Flower deliveries bring smiles to West Virginia seniors

Apr. 4, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seniors at local assisted care facilities unable to visit with loved ones because of the COVID-19 outbreak received hundreds of flower donations on April 2 from Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse located in Red House, West Virginia. But residents received more than just Easter lilies...

In stressful times, we crave comfort food

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — Comfort for mind, body and soul is something we all seek during stressful times, perhaps now more than ever with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Cinnamon-bran muffins, baking in the oven, filled the kitchen with a tantalizing aroma, but also evoked nostalgic memories that comforted...

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, Henry and Candice Lukasavage, who have owned Parson's Indian Trading Post & Museum since 1994, stand in the museum space at their business in Lake Delton, Wis. It's one of the oldest tourist businesses in the state and has been at its current location since 1919. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Virus outbreak threatens old-school business in Dells

Apr. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) — There are places in this enclave of water parks, fudge shops and endless restaurants that offer nostalgia. Boat and Duck tours come to mind, along with horse-drawn wagon rides through Lost Canyon and afternoons on the southwestern shore of Lake Delton for the Tommy Bartlett Show,...

KC City Market empty since COVID-19 stay-at-home order

Apr. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Italian deli was open, two produce stands. A coffee shop reluctantly offered walk-up service through a half-shut door. Beneath an early gray sky and drizzle, the City Market was still and empty, The Kansas City Star reports. Saturday mornings are typically when hundreds of...

Intern Megan Murphy cuts fabric to make health masks at the Eau Claire Children's Theatre in Eau Claire, Wis., on March 24, 2020. Creating a mask involves several steps and takes ECCT employees around 20 minutes to finish. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

Children's Theatre part of effort to make face masks

Mar. 30, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Local theater members have shifted their focus from creating costumes to making face masks in an effort to combat COVID-19. The grassroots work to create homemade masks is occurring across the country, and the Chippewa Valley citizens recently began helping by creating masks that...

Gardening at home with a basic set-up during the pandemic

Mar. 30, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Soil, water, nutrients, sunlight and seeds are the basic items one person needs to grow food from scratch in the comfort of their own home. Gardening begins with good soil, NMU Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Sarah Mittlefehldt told The Mining...

West Virginia man takes a bite out of history -- literally

Mar. 29, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Not everybody would be up for eating a hundred-year-old piece of meat or a mouthful of corn chips from the golden age of disco, but Gary Mitchell, better known as “Old Smokey,” loves that kind of thing. The 37-year-old Mason County native is the co-host of the History...

Lauren and Christoph Herby make walnut syrup at their farm in McDowell. The couple prides themselves on sustainable living. Any wood used for the evaporator to boil the syrup comes from felled trees on their land. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

"Liquid gold' brings new attention to Virginia county

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MCDOWELL, Va, (AP) — Christoph Herby stands inside his 96-square-foot sugar shed and watches the sap hauled from his black walnut trees boil. Steam rises from the evaporator and the air smells of buttered popcorn. “That’s our liquid gold,” he says, noting the intense labor that goes...