It’s been many years, but at one time my daughter Curly Girl had a box full of tiny kittens she’d found in front of the grocery store hidden in her room, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize this.,When the kids were younger, I blamed this on swim parties, assuming that they took a towel over to swim at a friend’s house and never brought it home.,In the fall, I even ordered a hotel industry pack of eight white bath towels and gave four each to the kids, telling them, “These are your towels now.,I’m not entirely sure why my son needs three towels per shower, considering he likes to walk around virtually naked the rest of the time, but I can promise you he will never reuse any of them.,That’s why it was so exciting to discover this unexpected cache of bath towels inside the detritus of Cheetah Boy’s closet.

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Alex Morgan of Tottenham Hotspur holds her daughter Charlie while watching an FA Women’s Continental League Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and the London City Lionesses on Oct. 7, 2020, in Barnet, England.,(Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images) read more

This week in 1886, the Hillsborough Gazette reported that J.M. Jones had a small tobacco shop at 28 S. High St. in Hillsboro, and advertised he had “the best two-for-a-nickel cigars in town.”,A new boot and shoe shop opened on High Street in Hillsboro in the Mattill building.,This week in 1965, the front page of the Press-Gazette showed two views of the new wing of Hillsboro High School, which would come to be known in later years as “the new building,” taken from the roof of the existing school.,The cake of the week at Pence’s Bakery at 132 S. High St. in Hillsboro was chocolate ripple, and for the second week of the new year, a jelly roll was just 29 cents.,For a limited time, Arby’s in Hillsboro encouraged customers to “break the hamburger habit” as they rang in the new year with half-price melts, cheddar or Swiss cheese, for only 99 cents.

As perhaps the most anticipated season in NCAA history approaches, we’re featuring every team ranked in the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20.,While the COVID-19 pandemic cut short the 2020 NCAA men’s lacrosse season and left a lot of teams hungry, there may not be a team more ready to capture that unfinished business than the 2021 Lehigh men’s lacrosse team.,“For the past couple of years, our main goal has been to capture that Patriot League championship, and we’ve come up short twice,” fifth-year faceoff “The motivation comes mostly from that, especially since the prospect of this season could be the Patriot League only.,For the four fifth-years who decided to come back after the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all spring athletes after the 2020 season was canceled, they have a lot riding on this upcoming year — with only more chance to capture that title.,Due to the amount of positive COVID-19 cases on Lehigh’s campus in the fall, the team only had one official practice together and three weeks of skill sessions.

The American Red Cross says winter is always a hard time for donations, but with the coronavirus pandemic added to the mix, things get complicated.,LOUISVILLE, Ky. — January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month and the need for donations as 2021 begins is big.,The American Red Cross says winter is always a hard time to get people to give blood, but with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic added to the mix, things get even more complicated.,Everyone who donates blood during the month of January through the Red Cross will be entered to win two tickets and a travel package to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles in 2022.,To find a blood donation clinic near you and to learn more about the process, visit the American Red Cross or Kentucky Blood Center websites.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors layed out the groundwork for its upcoming tournaments at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting held Thursday morning.,The state bowling tournaments will remain at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl February 26-27 (Division II) and March 5-6 (Division I).,The state swimming tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 24-27, but the format will be adjusted to remove preliminary sessions in swimming and complete each division in one day (timed finals) and allow a minimal number of people on the pool deck.,The state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6, but the format and some traditional aspects of the state tournament will be adjusted, along with reduced number of spectators.,Also of note, the two district tournaments in Northeast Ohio will both be held at the Brooklyn Recreation Center instead of having one tournament at Kent State University, which is not able to host the event.

Performance classes like band, choir and drama face unique challenges and harsher restrictions than others given the difficulties of singing and playing instruments with a mask, as well as the aerosols created by both activities.,After trying and failing to figure out a way to put on a performance via Zoom, the students now attend drama classes and clubs without the end goal of a show in mind.,In “hybrid” drama school, Kellogg has consistently had only one to three students attending class in person.,On Kellogg’s Zoom screen, LaCroix was one of four students in 7:30 a.m. “Advanced Drama” class.,Rodriguez said that the rising cases and the limits on music classes have caused more and more students to go online, or to quit marching band altogether.

COLUMBUS – How to conduct winter sports state tournament amid the pandemic took center stage during the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting Thursday morning.,- The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding the upcoming winter sports tournaments, with adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.,o SWIMMING AND DIVING The state tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 24 to 27, but the format will be adjusted to remove preliminary sessions in swimming and complete each division in one day (timed finals) and allow a minimal number of people on the pool deck.,o GYMNASTICS The state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6, but the format and some traditional aspects of the state tournament will be adjusted, along with reduced number of spectators.,o FOOTBALL - The board approved the 2021 football regulations, which include adjustments due to the 2021 regular-season beginning a week earlier so that the playoffs can be expanded (as announced in May 2020: Of note, schools may fulfill two of the required five acclimatization days in July in advance of official practice beginning on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Roughly 277,000 Connecticut residents who are 75 years and older were allowed Thursday to begin making appointments online or via telephone for their COVID-19 vaccinations, with plans in the works to eventually phase in people 65 and older and anyone 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them of greater risk of contracting the disease.,With reports of high call volume and busy website traffic on the first day of appointments on the state's platform, officials repeatedly urged people to remain patient, especially in the coming weeks and months as the newly expanded Phase 1B — the second phase of Connecticut's vaccination program — rolls out in different stages.,So far, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1A, which began Dec. 14 and includes mostly healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.,In other coronavirus-related news:

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