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check out here width='250px' alt='Soup kitchen dominant.jpg' align='left' /> For the past year and a half, the program was shut down altogether because of the pandemic. Currently, Our Father’s Table is set to begin again at St. Anne Episcopal Church, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Saturdays monthly. The church is at 9870 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River,  one mile west of the Plantation on Crystal River. “We’re all prepared and our cooks and food servers are ready to go as soon as we get updated guidelines from the diocese,” said Linda Axelson, assistant to the rector at St. Anne’s and also the person in charge of the church’s food ministry. “We have a sizable parish hall, so we can space people out at the tables,” she said. Prior to the COVID-19 shut down, up to 50 people would come to eat each week. “About three-fourths of them were homeless, because of our location,” Axelson said. “But it’s not just for homeless people.” And it’s not just about food, she said. “We hope people will come and make a connection with someone else. ... Our dream for 2022 is to reach out and collaborate with other churches and have more people join with us. “Our hope is for people to gather again and reconnect and network with each other, bring the community together,” she said.” Because of COVID, people are hungry for connection, yet they’re also fearful of connecting.” For more information about Our Father’s Table, call 352-795-2176.

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Many governments met the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic with unprecedented funding. The environmental crisis demands a similar emergency response. Huge investment will be needed, beyond what is being considered or delivered anywhere in the world. But such investments will produce huge positive health and economic outcomes. These include high-quality jobs, reduced air pollution, increased physical activity, and improved housing and diet. Better air quality alone would realize health benefits that easily offset the global costs of emissions reductions. 22 These measures will also improve the social and economic determinants of health, the poor state of which may have made populations more vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic. 23 But the changes cannot be achieved through a return to damaging austerity policies or the continuation of the large inequalities of wealth and power within and between countries. Cooperation Hinges on Wealthy Nations Doing More In particular, countries that have disproportionately created the environmental crisis must do more to support low- and middle-income countries to build cleaner, healthier, and more resilient societies. High-income countries must meet and go beyond their outstanding commitment to provide $100 billion a year, making up for any shortfall in 2020 and increasing contributions to and beyond 2025. Funding must be equally split between mitigation and adaptation, including improving the resilience of health systems. Financing should be through grants rather than loans, building local capabilities and truly empowering communities, and should come alongside forgiving large debts, which constrain the agency of so many low-income countries. Additional funding must be marshalled to compensate for inevitable loss and damage caused by the consequences of the environmental crisis. As health professionals, we must do all we can to aid the transition to a sustainable, fairer, resilient, and healthier world. Alongside acting to reduce the harm from the environmental crisis, we should proactively contribute to global prevention of further damage and to action on the root causes of the crisis. We must hold global leaders to account and continue to educate others about the health risks of the crisis. We must join in the work to achieve environmentally sustainable health systems before 2040, recognizing that this will mean changing clinical practice. Health institutions have already divested more than $42 billion of assets from fossil fuels; others should join them. 4 The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5° C and to restore nature.

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We were all competitors. We worked together. You wouldn’t see that in New York or Massachusetts.” Casella, who is widely credited with leading the effort to rebuild the road after it was destroyed in the 2011 flooding, was recognized by the town of Mendon on Friday with a plaque in his honor that was unveiled outside Sugar and Spice, near where the massive washout began. The plaque was mounted on a marble slab surrounded by river rock Casella removed from the brook during the reconstruction effort. The unveiling was a surprise to Casella, who organizers said had been told he had just been asked to show up at a “town event.” Selectman Larry Courcelle said Casella’s family even conspired to keep him away from the installation site, which is located near his home, by sending him on a cross-state wild goose chase in search of nonexistent spare parts. Casella said the effort was almost foiled when he set out earlier than expected except that his family was tracking him through his cell phone. “I think they’re sorry about doing that to you yesterday,” Courcelle told Casella, drawing a retort, “No, they’re not.” Courcelle described looking at the giant hole where Route 4 had been before the storm and reflecting that this hadn’t been what he thought he was signing up for when he ran for Select Board. “Immediately after Tropical Storm Irene, word was out it would take until November for Route 4 in Mendon to be repaired,” he said. “Everyone settled in for a long haul.” Crews overseen by Casella had it built in 18 days. Multiple accounts have described Casella personally putting in 18-plus-hour days and sleeping on-site in his excavator.

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