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UP: To the YMCA of Parkersburg and students in its after-care program who brought a ray of sunshine to residents at Stonerise Healthcare nursing center in Parkersburg by performing a virtual talent show for them. “We serve all ages at the Y,” said YMCA Marketing Director Meloney Victory, “but deeply felt the need to help our neighboring nursing home residents from Stonerise combat social isolation. We were inspired to create a virtual talent show exclusively for Stonerise after receiving word that they have the technological resources for virtual visits with its guests and patrons.” Good for them. And thank you to the young people who brought their talents to the event.

UP: To the addition of a walk-up pay window at the Belpre Municipal Building, which has been closed to the public since November because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is covered by grant funds, and will let local residents once again take care of their bill payments in person.

UP: To news that falling numbers of hospitalizations for COVID-19 mean a shortening of the curfew in Ohio. Beginning Thursday, the state’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was shortened to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. If numbers keep moving in the right direction, the curfew could be eliminated. Gov. Mike DeWine is aiming for a reduction of hospitalization numbers to below 2,500 over seven days. Let’s keep up the work of stemming the spread of the virus, and make that happen.

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