Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, says while at home waiting out the coronavirus, it's important to maintain a normal routine, of waking at a certain hour and doing the usual things necessary to prepare the the day. Dr. Patras says many students are finding it difficult to be back at home with parents and siblings after becoming accustomed to a certain amount of independence while away at college.
Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says perennials are economical and relatively easy to manage in the garden. She says one of her favorites is the purple coneflower. She says other colors of the plant don't work as well for her. She also recommends Jacob Cline bee balm (which attracts bees) and John Fanick phlox (which attracts butterflies).
Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based organizaton Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says they are helping about four times as many people than usual during the coronavirus crisis. Those in need of help with food, housing or other issues may call (903) 634-5673. The "incubator kitchen" that Community Seeds has been building for some time to allow people to prepare "homemade" food for sale is complete, but unable to open because of the virus situation.
Lori Cope, director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says CASA is conducting its visit of children in foster care by video conference calls while stay-at-home orders are in effect. Also, CASA is continuing to provide training of new volunteers via online programs. April is "Chila Abuse Prevention Month."