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Saturday: Weekend

A place to gather together: New park honors owner of integrated ‘Tea Room’

WINCHESTER, Va. — Like most Southern towns in the 1960s, Winchester was racially segregated. But there was one place in the city where skin color didn’t matter, where people from all races could hang out together without feeling society’s pressure to keep Blacks and whites apart. That ...

Taking note: Shifting seasons

A golden ray of the late afternoon sun was striking a tree with bright orange leaves at just the right angle. The leaves seemed to practically be ablaze. The illumination of the tree almost seemed to come from within. It was a dazzling, warmly lit sight, providing a glorious contrast to the ...

Opening his home: Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta

LEONA VICARIO, Mexico — As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about 300 dogs. There were plenty of other critters too: Dozens of cats were harbored in his son’s room; his daughter’s room served as a refuge ...

Taking note: Simple signs

Countless roadside signs seemed to float by in the darkness as I drove along the highway. Some were lit up by their own power, while others relied on the headlights illuminating their reflective surface. Signs telling you the price of gas. Signs directing you to another county road, highway ...

Fish rescue: Annual effort saves hundreds from Wyoming intake

JACKSON, Wyo. — Cutthroat trout tails and heads boiled with the surface of Spread Creek’s diverted water, involuntary spasms resulting from electricity shooting out of Jack Bryan’s handheld anode. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries technician was standing in Spread Creek’s ...

Taking note: The long wait

The late-afternoon mix of natural and artificial light was setting in, casting a glow upon the airport concourse and its endless stretch of gleaming tiles. I was just about to follow the long line of shining tiles to my gate when my phone lit up with a notification. My flight was delayed. ...

Taking note: Falling snow

The tiny, wet snowflakes were melting almost as soon as they hit the grass, which still green, but dotted with fallen leaves. But the flakes seemed to gain some traction as the ground chilled, forming a nearly transparent layer of lacy, slushy snow upon the grass. The sidewalks and streets ...

Ramps & rails: New skate park built in Navajo community

SHIPROCK, N.M. — The wheels on Neshaun John’s skateboard were among the first to roll on the ramps, rails and grind boxes at the new skate park at Nizhoni Park. For John, the layout and equipment provide space where he can practice his skills closer to his home in Sanostee. Many ...

Giving back: Retired Iowa teacher builds beds for children in need

FORT DODGE, Iowa — A retired Fort Dodge educator has been spending the final days of summer constructing bed frames from his wood shop. It will be those frames, combined with mattresses, pillows and blankets provided through Athletics for Education and Success, that will give Fort Dodge ...

Taking note: Paddling ahead

I didn’t even know it had been raining until I saw the damp pavement upon stepping outside. The air was humid and sweet, unusual for this time of year. It was much warmer than I would have imagined for a night in late September. But you never know these days. Astronomical fall has ...

From a skill to an art: Metal fabricator begins sculpting after move to Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. — A few years after Michael Sisson retired from a career as a metal fabricator that spanned more than two decades, he started getting bored. So in the spring of 2019, he bought a welder. About eight months and 540 logged hours later, he finished a roughly 125-pound carbon ...

Taking note: A forest found

The verdant canopy of the forest spanned as far as the eye could see. Sunlight glowed through the leaves, casting a calming light upon the scene. Shades of chartreuse and evergreen surrounded me. A few leaves in hues of red and orange were scattered on the forest floor, even though there ...

All abilities welcome: Unique new accessible park to open today

SPANISH FORK, Utah — The long-anticipated Spanish Fork all-abilities park that will feature a wheelchair swing, sensory garden, ground-level merry-go-round and other accessible amenities is set to open today. The Spanish Fork City Council announced during its Aug. 25 meeting that ...

Taking note: Finding the words

It was a crisp, sunny morning. Dew still lingered upon the grass. A light covering of fog could be seen on a few windows, evidence of the coming autumn. Birds called out in the distance. A chipmunk darted around the lawn, seemingly searching for something. It was tempting to linger outside, ...

Taking note: Downpour detour

It started with just a few tiny drops. It was the type of rain that falls so sparsely and gently that it makes you wonder if you might just be imagining it. But then, the drops began to fall faster, just enough to confirm that it was actually raining. I figured it would just be a sprinkle. ...

Scuba diver cleans trash from hot spring at risk of closing

MISSOULA, Mont. — A treasured local hot spring and swimming hole near Missoula has been increasingly trashed and abused lately, leading the longtime local owner to finally contemplate the unthinkable. However, a scuba diver volunteered his time to clean the place up and help keep it open to ...

Taking note: Change in the air

A leaf gently floated down from the old oak tree in my backyard, just as I was thinking of the fast-approaching autumn. As I looked around the yard, I noticed this fallen leaf was hardly alone. A collection of crisp leaves dotted the grass throughout the yard. They seem to be a testament ...

Opinion

By LAUREN SCHWAHN NerdWallet via AP I haven’t set foot in a grocery store in nearly four months. With a 10-month-old baby to think about, my husband and I have kept trips to the store to a minimum out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic. We’re fortunate to have just about ...