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Dear Neighbor,

Now more than ever, we as a community are reminded that we fight this fight against COVID-19 together. Sometimes though, the fight can be overwhelming and it can be easy to miss the more uplifting and positive news that is out there. As your State Senator, I simply can NOT let that happen. There are countless acts of kindness that are constantly happening all around us.

In this email, we plan to discuss some of those positive stories we’ve seen during this pandemic, the ones that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. While these past few months of uncertainty have been anxious and scary for many, I think it’s important to talk about the positive. That’s why I’ve been sending out these emails we’re calling ‘Feel Good Friday’.

In the midst of this global crisis, the world has witnessed true acts of heroism and selflessness. We’ve even seen many examples right here in our little portion of the Commonwealth! My staff and I have put together a few stories below, ranging from our local community to across the world, in an effort to show that good things are still happening.

As always, if there is anything my office or I can do to be helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 610.768.4200 or senatorleach@pasenate.com.

Stay safe,

Daylin

P.S. Do you know someone in the community that you think we should recognize? Please let us know by emailing senatorleach@pasenate.com.

We are all in this together.
Chicago Tribune.

Some Good News

Need some good news about COVID-19? Here are six reasons for optimism.
The Washington Post
These days of rising cases, hospitalizations, and now surging deaths can be overwhelming. To help get through this storm, we must keep track of positive developments, too.

New Drive-In Movie Theater Coming To Oaks Expo Center
The Patch
Montgomery County has a new drive-in movie theater opening up this week.

Congrats: Philadelphians Are Among America’s Top Mask-Wearers, Per Study
Philly Mag
Not that the caliber of competition is very high. Plus: how to cool down during the first high heat emergency of the summer, and a behind-the-scenes peek into Sixer Matisse Thybulle's life in the NBA bubble.

First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing
The Associated Press
The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing.

Coronavirus vaccine from Oxford and AstraZeneca shows positive response in early trial
CNBC
A potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University in the U.K. with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has produced a promising immune response in a large, early-stage human trial.

Brides Across America Begin Donating Wedding Gowns to Support the Marriages of Frontline Healthcare Workers
The Good News Network
Brides Across America usually donates gowns to military couples or first responders, but since the country’s medical professionals are now risking their lives every day in the fight against the coronavirus, they’ve shown they more than qualify as heroes in their own right.

Chris Evans sending 'Captain America' shield to little boy who saved sister from dog attack
CNN
The Captain America star sent a video message to Bridger Walker, 6, who saved his four-year-old sister from a dog attack. Walker was badly injured requiring a two-hour surgery and 90 stitches to his face.

13 Good News Stories: Piano Man Plays; The Great Kangaroo Chase
Patch
Couple's dream wedding becomes a hashtag; Americans are still helping each other out; a hilarious "refloat"; last call for Comet Neowise.

Watch Genius Dog Talk to His Owner in English Using a Sound Board With Dozens of Spoken Phrases
The Good News Network
Forget about commands like “roll over” and “play dead”—this genius dog has learned to communicate with his owners using a soundboard with 45 different English phrases.
The clever sheepadoodle named Bunny was recently filmed using the soundboard to say things like “play,” “scritches,” and even “I love you, Mom.”

Nursing Home Residents Recreate Classic Album Covers While in Lockdown

After so many months in lock-down with no family visiting their senior care home in north London, their activities coordinator came up with a gem of an idea. Robert Speker, charged with keeping them entertained during the COVID crisis, decided to use his photography skills to recreate album covers. You can help nursing home residents by donating to Speker’s GoFundMe here.

Toba David with her walker is simply Bad in this Michael Jackson remake.
Toba David with her walker is simply Bad in this Michael Jackson remake.
 
98-year-old RC is lovely in lilac, in her tribute to Taylor Swift’s 1989.
98-year-old RC is lovely in lilac, in her tribute to Taylor Swift’s 1989.
 
Martin Steinberg starred in a British recreation of Springsteen’s Born in the USA.

Martin Steinberg starred in a British recreation of Springsteen’s Born in the USA.

See more of Speker’s recreations here.

Masks4MontcoPA

Volunteers in Montgomery County have formed a team dedicated to offering their time and supplies to make homemade face masks for residents in need.

Masks4MontcoPA

The work of Masks 4 MontcoPA is coordinated by Tammy Tarloski, Community Information Content Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.

Tarloski said the idea for the group was born early in the coronavirus pandemic from discussions within county government of how people can obtain masks. The group can be found on Facebook here.

A person in need of a mask simply makes a post in the group asking for help. From there, a volunteer responds, learns the specifics of the request, coordinates delivery, and produces the masks.

Tarloski said a team of about 90 volunteers give their time day to day and have, together, produced an estimated 27,000 masks for a variety of residents in need.

You can read more about Masks4MontcoPA here.

Montco - Norristown Public Library’s Online Yoga Sessions

Online Yoga Sessions

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Computer Lab is excited to announce that long time volunteer and certified yoga instructor, Ash Aragam, is now offering his Hatha Yoga sessions online. Decompress and join Ash for a relaxing session of yoga.

There is no login required and it is free to view. The class will be live-streamed through Ash’s Youtube page found here.

The sessions will be held –
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Saturdays at 9 AM.
Sundays at 10 AM.

If you miss the Live-Stream event, don’t worry, the video can be viewed at any time on Ash’s YouTube page. You can find more information on the Montgomery County – Norristown Public Library website.

CMTHS Grad Continues to Inspire Young Culinary Arts Students Despite COVID-19

Jarrett Young spends much of his time instructing teens enrolled in the culinary program at Plymouth Meeting’s Central Montco Technical High School. But when the regular academic year ends, the CMTHS teacher turns his attention to the novice chefs who attend the Create-a-Cook summer camps he and business partner Maria Crann began for middle-schoolers three years ago.

Last summer’s sessions were hugely popular with attendees at CMTHS’s Grab-a-Day Summer Activity Camp. Thanks to COVID-19, the CMTHS-based classes planned for this June-August have gone by the wayside.

Regardless, Young and Crann are more than happy to suggest ways parents and other adults can introduce kids of nearly all ages to elementary cooking and baking at home, noting: “When kids get involved in food preparation, they gain a sense of independence. It allows them to develop their creativity…bond with family and friends while giving them a sense of accomplishment.”

The Times Herald

The Times Herald

To get started, the two advise “allowing kids to choose a menu and develop what they would like to prepare.” Easy kid-pleasers? Quesadillas, mac and cheese, baked egg rolls, cupcakes, granola, and cookies.

Then, “let the kids choose which task they would also like to complete.”

“That also helps keep their attention span throughout the meal preparation,” Young says. “Getting them involved in the process from start to finish is key…using colorful foods and letting them go to the store with you to help pick out the ingredients.” Read more about this story here.

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

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