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Books and bookcases are everywhere on TV. Shelves full of hardbacks have become the go-to background for teleconferencing. The book background is neutral and protects one’s privacy. I’ve seen a few celebrities, reporters, and politicians in their kitchens, another neutral zone, but books and bookcases are the winners.
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Abraham Home residents remain safe in lockdown

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Residents of long-term care facilities are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection and the detrimental impact of the virus than the general population. In addition to the susceptibility of residents, a long-term care environment presents challenges to containing an outbreak with a potentially rapid spread among a highly vulnerable population.
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Hemphill History from The Canadian Record Archives

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May 10, 1934
Ball club opens season May 13; opening game will be played on the local diamond.

Canadian's Baseball Nine will open this year's season of the great American game on the local diamond next Sunday afternoon against the Higgins-Booster team.
During last season both Higgins and Booster Station supported teams but this year they have combined forces and should have a snappy nine after picking the best players from both to form one team.

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TRASHED! That describes what happened in this West Texas village last weekend. On Saturday, a crowd of more than 1,000 people descended on our small park along the South Concho River. The scene was similar to the photos of beach crowds in California and Florida. Young, bored, cooped-up, and probably unemployed West Texans did what others in the country did on a beautiful spring weekend when stayat-home orders were relaxed—they headed for the beach, the lake, and parks along rivers like ours. The result was a disaster.
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River Valley Pioneer Museum | Canadian, Texas

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WE’RE OPEN! We have reopened the museum part-time this week—Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. However, due to Gov. Abbott’s guidance on continued social distancing, we are only allowing five visitors in at a time. We have also blocked off our interactive exhibits/activities. Should the coronavirus situation becomes worse in our area, we may temporarily close again. Hopefully, it won’t come to that, and we will be able to fully open in the near future.
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Street Artist

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The Citadelle Art Foundation’s Chalk the Walk project occupied young artists’ time, sparked their imaginations, and resulted in the beautification of sidewalks around town for several days earlier this month. But the idea seems to have gained a foothold here on Main Street in front of Brown Bag Roasters, where barista and street artist Madi Baltes Rodgers has created a series of colorful pieces with encouraging and upbeat messages that unfailingly brighten our days. They are temporary art, as we all learned when last week’s plentiful rain storm instantly transformed the sidewalk into a sudden wash of watercolors. The next day, Madi was back at it, and this week, she took a bright new set colored chalk and donned an old leather glove that she uses to blend the colors and soften the edges, and designed this version of a Texas skyline, which she dedicated to The Canadian Record. It’s definitely worth a stroll down Main to catch a glimpse of Madi’s next composition before the next downpour.