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How I Spent My Quarantine-cation

Photo Credit: Brigid O’Malley


1. Watching CNN to find out how many ways I am likely to die in the coming days.

2. Sort my socks according to age dating back to 1974.

3. Look up the word “allocute” I heard on “Law & Order.”

4. Check the mailbox for my months overdue freelance check.

5. Feed the goldfish (singular).

6. Called Mom.  Apologized for not calling in so long. She didn’t recognize my name right away.

7. Go on FaceBook and see if my cat video is trending.

8. Check mailbox again. Nothing.

9. Look in fridge for leftover Chinese. Gone.

10. Watch another “Law & Order.” Viewer discretion is advised. Jerry Orbach? Really?

11. CNN reports on new ways for me to die. Starvation might be one if I don’t ever leave here.

12. Mail arrives. All cat food coupons from Marc’s.

13. Peek in fridge again. Still nothing.

14. Go on cat videos.com. No likes.

15. Resort socks. One missing.

16. Guy on FaceBook is cutting rolls of paper towels in half to make toilet paper. What is wrong with people?

17. Finally found an episode of “Law & Order” I haven’t seen twice.

18. Was just notified that H&M is a having sale.  What is H&M? Headboards and Mattresses?

19. Goldfish missing. Cat looks guilty.

20. Found new internet talk show where celebrities eat hot wings.  That’s not entertainment. That’s Tuesday at the bar after work.

21. New York Times Sunday Magazine is the music issue. The only artist I recognize is Taylor Swift and I’ve never heard a single one of her songs.

22. Talking head on CNN said try not breath when in public places.

23. Found ten year old bottle of hand sanitizer in bathroom closet. No expiration date. Didn’t taste that bad.

24. News report says Genesis Breyer P-Orridge had died.  Who? That’s what I said.

25. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report that in Hubei China, where the virus was first discovered, 67,760 people have been infected.  Out of a population of 59 million that is an incidence rate of 0.11percent.  That means 99.89 percent were not infected.  I’m going to the bar. Bar of soap. Again.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 1:14 PM, 04.01.2020

A Message from the Chief

The men and women of the Euclid Police Department work hard every day to ensure the safety and security of the city. That isn’t going to change as we are faced with the challenges of Covid-19. As we deal with this unprecedented challenge, we must make some temporary changes to our daily operations. Effective immediately, we are implementing the following steps for the safety and security of our community and department to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Mayor and Team visit Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions

On February 11th, Euclid Officials including Mayor Gail, members of City Council and the adminstration toured Lincoln Electric's newest venture Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions.  This new division is located in Bluestone Business Park and demonstrates Lincoln Electric's continued commitment and investment in leading edge, advanced manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.  Congratulations to Lincoln Electric on the opening of this great facility!   

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Operation Overcoat

The City of Euclid’s painting program, Operation Overcoat, is now available for eligible home owners in 2020. Applicants must reside in their homes as well as meet additional income guidelines. This program provides exterior home painting services to homeowners free of charge. For further information, please contact the Special Projects Division of the Planning and Development Department at 216-289-8562. Please note there is a waiting list.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Get On The Bandwagon to Make a Better Euclid

Here's another review you won't publish and since you think I have so much time on my hands, I will use some of it to write back so read this:

 Euclid needs a paper similar to the old Euclid Sun Journal or the one published by Mary Jo Minarik.    Residents are kept in the dark concerning what is happening in Euclid....crime, drugs, thefts, trash, city administration, 'nuisance deer', city services, lazy residents who need to be told to get outside and clean up your friggin' yards (walk down 250th north from Marginal Rd.; it's disgusting).    The administration does its best with what it has to work with.   Our police force cannot be beat.   

What we don't need is a paper to be read thru rose-colored glasses; we need real-time reporting both good and BAD.   I have lived in Euclid since '57 and it is sad to witness the destruction of the city; we lost so many residents and businesses including our fabulous mall; there are way too many absentee landlords renting to Sec. 8s.   Searching for a house here in '61 was a real battle cause everyone wanted to live in Euclid.   

 We need truthful reporting about Euclid and a publisher who can go out on a limb.   The News-Herald does report some of Euclid's bad happenings.

Publisher's Note: To be clear. The Euclid Observer prints all submissions that are factual, not slanderous, and not obscene. If we get the type of stories Jean wants, we will print them. We have no staff. I do not have a newsroom full of reporters that I can assign to the tough stories. What we are blessed with is YOU, gentle reader. And some wonderful citizens that write great stories about a city we love. There are a lot of outlets doing "some real -time reporting". We will stick to the rosey stories until we get something else submitted.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Deer Nuisance

close up of buck in corner of back yard

Here is my story for The Euclid Observer but I know it won't be published.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Hair Color Done Right

Lots of great new looks coming out in the hair coloring world! Have you seen Sharon Osborne's new do? Do yourself a favor and if you are thinking about embracing your inner Elsa, come talk to the professionals to get the real answers behind it all! Blonding is no easy feat and can end up a disaster when in the wrong hands. Good thing Liz at Bombshell Salon has over 10 years experience. Consultations are FREE! 216-215-1896

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Let Those Bugs Sleep

Everyone is waiting for good weather to get out and work in the yard. We look longingly out the window only to see rotting leaves, debris, and dead plant stems. It may look unsightly to us but there are hundreds of insects in those leaves and stems. Our yards are their cozy winter beds and nurseries. Unlike us, they cannot come out yet. They have not matured. Most can only start coming out when the weather warms to a consistent 50 degrees. That will not happen until about mid-April. But, why should we care? After all not many people really like bugs. They are annoying, they get into our houses, they eat our plants, and they may even bite us. In reality, insects are critical to the environment, and the environment is critical to us.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Happy Hippy Mama Family Recipes to Share

Both of these yummy recipes are in my beloved family cookbook.  About 16 years ago my cousin decided to compile a Lance Family cookbook and we couldn't be more thankful.  It is filled with bits of love from so many family members and pulling it out and seeing it's worn pages warms my soul. 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Public Life Has Been Temporarily Cancelled!

Covid-19 is affecting all of us, and its impact is felt wherever you are most vulnerable.  For many, there is economic loss which affects every area of life.  For others, isolation is the major issue.  But for all of us, there is loss of daily routine.  The pandemic has affected the way we work, shop, socialize, and celebrate.  It’s even changed how we can get a meal.  In a way, the virus is forcing us to be a limited version of ourselves.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Euclidian Trees: Time to Identify

A fine Red Oak on Grand Blvd.

Euclid’s urban forest is special. Our trees absorb stormwater, sequester carbon and release oxygen. Underlying surfaces are kept cool during the summer. The city is beautified. What can we do for our forest in return?

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Continue the Dream gala postponed

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, is closely monitoring updates on COVID-19.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

VASJ Academic Decathlon team finishes second in small school division

The VASJ Academic Decathlon Team competed in the state finals the weekend of March 6 and finished second in the Small School Division. The team accumulated 34 medals: 12 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze. The medal count included two in speech, two in interview, two in literature, two in science, three in essay, three in art, four in music, four in social science, five in economics and seven in mathematics. 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

24 VASJ students inducted into National Honor Society

Twenty-four VASJ students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Wednesday, March 4. These students were recognized for their commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Euclid Alumni Take 5 with Hannah Zavorek '10

After graduating from Euclid High School, Hannah Zavorek went on to pursue her education at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management - Public Relations in 2014. She has since then made her way back home to Euclid where she works as a Program Administrator for the City of Euclid's Recreation Department, and serves at the C.E. Orr Ice Arena Manager. Hannah has made it a priority to help build Euclid's youth community back up to the one she once knew, as she participated in the programs that she is currently involved with today.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

This is Euclid

I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent man that looks at the bigger picture.  Being a minister, I am used to looking hopefully into the future, knowing that today’s difficulties will pass, and the sun will rise again tomorrow.  Never in my wildest dreams could I picture our current situation. 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Perspective

So, a few days ago, Governor Mike DeWine issued a “Stay at Home” order to most people in the state of Ohio.  When announcing it, he and Dr. Acton talked about the sacrifice involved.  Although this situation is not ideal and it is a little bit inconvenient, I don’t know that I consider anything that I am doing a real sacrifice when I think about the situation that other people have gone through and are still going through.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Living During This Pandemic

TO GOD BE THE GLORY:  PRAY! There is a living GOD.  We are awesomely made, with a great immune system.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

A Heartfelt Gesture: Stations of the Cross Video at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

The arch of the Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

Our Lady of the Lake School has an engaged administrative team: Principal, Jenny Millett, and Assistant Principal, Lauren Zbiegien. These two are known for putting their heads together to think outside of the box and at this unusual time - they did just that.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Shore Culture Centre Receives $20,000 Ohio History Connection's History Fund Grant

Photo is "Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection", L to R: Barb Clint, Thomas Chema, the Ohio History Connection’s board president, Senator Kenny Yuko, you, and Burt Logan, the Ohio History Connection’s CEO and executive director.

The Shore Cultural Centre is pleased to announce that it has received a grant in the amount of $ 20,000 from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund to assist with the restoration of sixteen badly deteriorated windows on the front side of the historic Centre building. Shore Executive Director Laura Kidder and Board Member Barb Clint attended the Statehood Day luncheon ceremony held Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse and accepted an honorary “big check.” They were joined by State Senator Kenny Yuko, a longstanding friend to Shore, who also presented Ms. Kidder with a State Senate proclamation honoring Shore’s contribution to the Greater Euclid community.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Message from the Mayor

Greetings to all!  I hope you are doing well, staying healthy and finding ways to connect with friends and family during this difficult time.  There is no question, during times of crisis, our community comes together!

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Karen's Corner: What shall I do today?

During these trying times, we should attempt to conduct our lives as normal as possible. Parents and guardians with disabled family members are faced with additional challenges at this time. As a parent of disabled young adult, we've chosen to be active and creative. Some suggestions include:Making a daily schedule, Prepare as if you're going out or going to work, Include housework and homework, Partake in arts and crafts, Kitchen activities, Get organized, Try cool coloring, Get some fresh air as often as possible. Each day can be a new adventure. Upfront and Behind the Scenes Heroes This is a very crucial time in history and in our lives. It is a time to remember how fortunate we are. Here is a short list of places and people who are relative and mandatory during these times. There is no specific order, this is my list. You may want to create your own. Family, Hospitals, Paramedics, Police Officers, Government agencies and workers, Drug stores and workers, Postal service and workers, Grocery stores and workers, Gas Stations, Minimarts, City Workers, At&t, Home Depot, Dialysis Centers, Nursing Homes, Mental Health Facilities, Newpapers, Media, Banks. Just to name a few.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Manna Food from Heaven-Meals Served with Love

Pandemic restrictions are making life more challenging for everyone, especially for those whose lives weren’t easy in the first place.  Just recently, the Cleveland Public Library canceled its plan to provide children’s meals. Among those who’ve had to make serious adjustments to what they can offer during the pandemic is Manna Food From Heaven.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Celebrating Euclid’s 150 Year-Old … Ongoing But Nearly Forgotten… Miracle!

DID YOU EVER WONDER ... WHY THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS come yearly to our “Lady of Lourdes Shrine” here in Euclid? WHAT’s its special allure? WHY and WHO reclassified it as a “National” shrine when it started as a “Local” shrine? WHY is it in Euclid? Why on that particular hillside? In other words… WHAT IS THE BACKSTORY behind our “Lourdes Shrine”? And, IS THE LEGEND TRUE? Was it built there to preserve a spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to the owner of that hillside property 150 years ago?

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020