Nov, 20, 2020
The fall season is winding down with nearly all of the trees bare of leaves. The weather is looking and feeling more like winter every day. The time is ripe for stowing deck furniture, getting birdfeeders ready, and mulching leaves.
Like many other places throughout the U.S., Lewisboro is seeing a sharp uptick in the COVID-19 case counts. With the pandemic back for the predicted winter wave, there are things we can do as a community and individually to protect ourselves and loved ones from unnecessary exposure. Attending large gatherings is a very bad idea, especially ones that are indoors and include people who choose not to wear a mask when in public. It is important to note that it is not only irresponsible people who can become infected. Even people who are doing everything right can still catch the virus via a chance exposure at a grocery store, doctors office or gas station.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is good to revisit the commonsense COVID-19 guidelines that medical professionals have strongly suggested. One idea that should be considered is making your celebration virtual in nature rather than in-person. If you can’t do that, it helps to limit the number of people gathering face to face and asking anyone who plans to visit to take extra care in the weeks leading up to the gathering. This includes wearing a mask, limiting exposure to outsiders and eliminating travel. This helps to protect our most vulnerable family and friends. Of course, people should stay at home if they have a fever, cough or other symptoms.
The annual holiday migration of college students will look different this year. Typically, undergraduates head home for the Thanksgiving long weekend and then return to campus for the final weeks of classes and finals. This year, most students who attended in-person classes are heading away from campus for good on Thanksgiving and not returning until well after the new year. Finals will either take place before Thanksgiving or they will be given virtually after the holiday. This change, like many others in 2020, is due to the potential effects of the pandemic. It doesn’t make sense to have all of the students return home and then go back to campus for a short time, which would almost certainly spread new infections. Many campuses are testing their student populations for the coronavirus before sending them home. The students are ready for the end of the semester since they have, for the most part, been on campus without a break since August.
The Vista Fire Department will hold its annual Toys for Tots drive soon, but it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Volunteers will be collecting toys Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Vista Firehouse located at 377 Smith Ridge Road. The regular festivities the community is accustomed to during our event are unfortunately shelved for this year. But the VFD is looking forward to brightening a child's holiday season through gathering your donations. If you can, please donate a new and unwrapped toy. For those who wish to donate but cannot attend the event, VFD volunteers will publicize the location of the drop box where you can make a toy donation. For updates and more information, visit vistafd.org.
With news of a coronavirus vaccine in the news recently, it is good to remember to get your flu shot. Flu shots are a good practice in normal years and even more so now. Anyone who has been knocked on their heels by the seasonal flu knows they wouldn’t want to face a follow-up case of COVID-19. Flu shots are free at local pharmacies with your insurance card. CareMount and other local medical groups also offer flu shots. Visit your pharmacy’s web page or call to see about scheduling an appointment sooner rather than later.
Join the Lewisboro Land Trust’s annual Fall Forage for Wreath Making Hike tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Onatru Farm Park and Reservation. Make one-of-a-kind creations to decorate your home and table just in time for Thanksgiving. This program, led by artist Sarah Saunders, invites participants to engage with nature in new, imaginative ways. Materials used will be gathered during a hike on the Onatru trails. Bring your own pruning shears, scissors, basket, plus vase or wreath frame. The LLT will supply precut floral wire and have a limited number of tools available. Organizers will have premade vine wreaths and recycled vases available for participants for a suggested $5 donation. The program is limited to 45 people. For registration and more information, visit lewisborolandtrust.org, and sign up early since this event fills up to capacity each year.
Last word: The Town of Lewisboro depends on the work of volunteers to maintain the town in many ways. Town officials constantly look to residents to replenish the boards, committees and councils that help things run smoothly and provide ideas and energy for the town’s future. These include Conservation, Planning and Zoning boards; Veterans, Disabilities, Housing, Open Space and Preserves, Parks and Recreation, Pedestrian and Bicycle, and Sustainability committees; and Communications and Cable Advisory boards. If you are interested in volunteering, please send a letter enclosing a résumé to Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons, PO Box 500, 11 Main St., South Salem, NY 10590, fax it to 763-6496, or email it to email@example.com. For more information or if you have questions, call Peter Parsons at 763-3151.
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