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May 17, 2021

Making preparations | About Town

Fireworks stands are now popping up around Watsonville in preparation for Fourth of July celebrations.

Summer officially started Saturday with the summer solstice. I still marvel that the folks as long as 5,000 years ago knew about the solstice when they started the massive Stonehenge project in the English countryside. My wife and visited the site once and it was high-powered. The giant multi-ton stones are aligned to the sunset of the winter solstice and the opposing sunrise of the summer solstice.

Nowadays, most folks I know don’t really care or know or care to know about the solstice. Maybe someone on the TV weather will mention it, or it has a small reference on the calendar. Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments and it was  built in several stages over hundreds of years.

I’m reading more and more disturbing news about the surge of coronavirus around the world, but the greatest amounts being in the U.S. Thirteen states are setting records for the number of cases over the past week, including a 29 percent jump in California. There are now 169,552 cases in our state.

The frightening part is this: There were 66,552 new cases reported on Tuesday alone in California. A lot of the new cases, officials said, are young people heading to bars, nightclubs, and other party spots. I saw some videos on TV where he was shown over the past few weeks dancing and partying in tight quarters with scores of people with no masks and no social distancing evident.

One of the biggest names in tennis stars, Novak Djokovic, has now contracted Covid-19.


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