Astronauts blast off from U.S. soil once again

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Hopefully by the time you read this, two NASA astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — will have flown in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to...
John Bartus

Doing the Right Thing? Fingers crossed as we begin our long-awaited reopening

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As time moves on while COVID-19 still affects just about everything, we have come to the point many of us have been awaiting for weeks:...
John Bartus

What In The Wide World of Sports…

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There comes a time in every newspaper columnist’s life when he is staring at a blank computer screen, especially when said columnist is tired of...
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Reopening Jitters & Human Concerns

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“In the days to come it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed. Finally, let us remember...

Dealing with too much time and not enough to do?

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“Boredom: The desire for desires.” – Leo Tolstoy Six weeks into our new socially distant reality, without the comfortable trappings of work and income, many of us are...

Helping each other through difficult times

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By Saturday evening, I was dead tired. I had never seen (or carried) so many potatoes in one place at one time in my entire life. But that...
Marathon Council candidates gather for informal meet-and-greet with voters - A man holding a microphone - Matthieu Chedid

Social Distancing and Good Samaritans

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We are living in what the old Chinese blessing/curse described as “interesting times.” Not many of us (outside of epidemiologists and virologists) could have predicted what we’re...
Marathon Council candidates gather for informal meet-and-greet with voters - A man holding a microphone - Matthieu Chedid

Surviving the Coronavirus Pandemic

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“The only thing we have to fear is... fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. There are a lot of things unknown about the coronavirus pandemic we face,...
John Bartus

Helping Locals at the Seafood Festival

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Marathon’s biggest event of the year is upon us: The Original Marathon Seafood Festival! This celebration of our commercial fishing heritage is incredibly popular because of the...
John Bartus

Things may have changed, but it’s still home

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This month marks the 36th anniversary of my first performance in the Keys. The year was 1984, the venue was the old Compass Lounge at the (old)...