HANDS: If you’re like us, you are washing your hands way more often these days.

PBS CONTINUES: We shared half of a list of ways for children to expend energy indoors previously. The information, courtesy of PBS Kids, continues with the following options:

APPRECIATION: The Era’s Smethport correspondent Fran De Lancey is back home in Smethport, and wanted to pass along his thanks to all the folks who have wished him well during his recent health issues.

EXERCISE: We all know that schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

QUARANTINE: Carole Longo, a former Bradford resident, shared a memory she has from her youth. At the time, she lived at 45 Main Street in Bradford.

PBS SHARES: Staying home and inside can be a challenge with children. For those who are seeking ways to help the youth in your home use up some energy, PBS has shared the following tips:

BIRDS: A reader from Wilcox called us to tell us about some feathered visitors to her home this week.

IDEA: We had a neat idea called in to our newsroom Thursday.

Children’s activities: Here is a continuation of a list of activities for your children to engage in while being stuck home due to the coronavirus.

Children’s activities: With social distancing becoming the norm during the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a challenge to continuously find new, interesting activities for your children. Here is a list of activities to keep them entertained for days to come.

Saving money: The 52-week money challenge is a trend that has gained popularity on social media. The idea of the challenge is a simple one, begin by saving $1 the first week then add an additional $1 each week, leading up to $52 the final week of the year and a total balance of $1,378 in you…

SPRING: Spring began at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. This is the first full day of spring for 2020!

New Book: A book exploring ways of thinking about, planning and designing intergenerationally enriched environments is available for purchase. The work is a collaboration that includes Matt Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Maps meet history: Pennsylvania Magazine’s March/April issue has information on maps created with the past in mind. According to an article titled “Magical Maps: Whimsical atlases of Pennsylvania’s north woods keep local history alive,” Sam King created maps that were half historical comic b…

Self-Driving Cars: A new AAA survey on automated vehicles reveals that only about one in ten drivers (12%) would trust riding in a self-driving car. Even more Americans (28%) don’t know how they feel about the technology, signaling consumers are stuck in neutral on the road to accepting self…

Gambling Awareness Month: Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith was joined in Strawberry Square by the Pennsylvania Lottery, legislative members, providers, and community members to kick off March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

WHOOPS: Thursday’s ‘round the square was a bit early for its time. The topic was the vernal equinox, and it stated that the event occurred at 11:49 p.m., which IS true, on Thursday. HOWEVER, the Thursday in question is March 19, NOT March 12.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning.


Lexington, South Carolina (AP) — No one stands in line to embrace the widow and share memories of her husband of 50 years. No rows of family and friends file toward the flag-draped coffin to pay their last respects. No symphony of sniffles is heard across the room as the minister gives a fin…


The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Russia on Saturday over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices, showing the tensions ahead of an emergency meeting of OPEC and other oil producers.

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Small business owners, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will extend as much as $349 billion in forgivable loans to enable some businesses to pay employees during the coronavirus crisis.

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Gyms and fitness centers across the U.S. are closed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, but there are many exercises that can be done at home to help people who are sheltering and maintain their fitness goals. Some gyms are even offering free live-streaming classes.

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak can help you avoid contracting the potentially deadly pathogen. Arming your immune system and creating a natural shield by eating foods rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you fight off an infection, whether it is COVID-19 or other viruses and bacterium.

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The societal response to the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States has led to most people practicing social distancing, and large segments of some states’ populations essentially in social isolation. Spending more time than usual indoors and away from social situations, and the lack of facetime with friends is something many people are struggling with. Time alone without that social outlet is for some people new, uncomfortable and even scary.

With the current coronavirus outbreak going on around the world, many employees are being forced to work from home to support “social distancing.” While this may come easy for some companies or employees, others might not be used to this new work environment.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.