CHEERS


To getting outside with a very accommodating Mother Nature.


As parks and golf courses reopened over the weekend, so did the sunshine, making for a delightful and much-needed break from home quarantine and rain.


Locally, there were no reports of mass gatherings, though some park parking lots filled quickly to their allowed half-capacities.


We have a ways to go before approaching social conditions near normal, but the weekend did provide some relief, if not for a downright optimistic outlook.


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To continued efforts to provide whatever assistance possible during the battle against the coronavirus.


Help has been delivered in the form of food, snacks, hats, face masks, entertainment, virtual high school musicals, children’s book reading, cooking tips and parades ... to name just a few.


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To Mr. Roofus, winner of the Pet Showoff Photo Contest.


Also to the other precious pets in the top dozen: Rudy, Leo, Eva, Carli, Muffin, Lucky Boy, Chloe, Rufus, Noah, Lexi and King Kenny.


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To a surplus of chicken wings.


Though recent reports point to diminished meat supplies, cancellation of major events such as the NCAA Tournament and closing of restaurants has led to more chicken wings available.


According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and published in Sunday’s New Jersey Herald (along with some wing recipes), “chicken producers had every reason to believe the finger food would be equally in high demand during the iconic college basketball tournament” as earlier wingdings such as the Super Bowl.


According to Agriculture Department data, poultry producers sold 1.235 million pounds of wings the week the tournament was scheduled to start. The week ending April 3, they sold barely a third of that.


But the bad news is those chicken wings come in large bulk quantities not designed for retail — like 40 pounds at a time. Then again, if we’re really going to be cooped up for a long time ...


JEERS


To the cancellation of high school spring sports, one more disappointment for students, particularly seniors, added to proms, high school musicals and traditional graduation ceremonies.


Many schools had been holding out hope that sessions may be able to resume and perhaps a spring season might yet be possible, but that ended Monday when Gov. Murphy announced schools would remain closed the rest of this academic year.


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To any unnecessary spending by taxpayer-supported entities under the rationale that “it’s in the budget,” or “the funds have already been allocated.”


Case in point, stipends paid by schools for extracurricular duties, such as coaching sports that aren’t happening.


School boards are advised to take a close look at expenditures as revenue will be tight and taxpayers without jobs are facing their own deficits.


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To recent vandalism at Princess Doe’s gravesite in Blairstown and historical buildings in Walpack Center.


Persons with any knowledge of the culprits are encouraged to contact authorities.


AT-HOME OBSERVATIONS


Ode to the travel coffee mug:


(With apologies to Beauty and the Beast’s Lumiere)


Life is so unraveling, to a travel mug that’s not traveling...


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It was a race between the lawn and the hair — which would get cut first.


As the rain stopped for a couple of days, the lawn won.


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Does emptying the dishwasher count as work from home?