13 Good News Stories: Americans Find The Upside To Life Upended

The school year just wrapping up has been marked by experiences that students across America never saw coming. The coronavirus has been cruel to their rites of passage. But amid life disrupted have been some experiences that might not have happened if not for the pandemic.

Such was the case for high school music students at a Long Island high school. Phil Collen, a guitarist for the popular English rock band Def Leppard crashed their class with a live, virtual performance of the 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

Later, the students got to play their own renditions of the song, and the 64-year-old Collen critiqued their techniques and offered tips for improvement.

“It really comes down to putting the effort in, practicing and getting the technique down,” he said. “It’s all a learning curve. You gotta be you.” By Daniel Hampton on Syosset Patch.

Here are 12 more stories that will lift you up, help you appreciate the efforts and struggles of others and, perhaps, give you pause to think.

Never Saw This Coming, Either

Here’s another one for the record books (top photo): It’s customary for college presidents to hand graduates their sheepskins, and a community college president in New York was determined not to let the coronavirus disrupt the practice. He drove hundreds of miles to hand-deliver diplomas, and called his 2½-day odyssey “the best experience I’ve had in 35 years.” By Lanning Taliaferro on Mid-Hudson Valley Patch.

She’s Survived 2 Pandemics

Pauline Romano is the daughter of Polish immigrants who settled in Connecticut in the last century. At 101, she was born just as the “Spanish Flu” pandemic was abating in the spring of 1919, and as an infant, she survived it. She and her family also survived the poverty of the Great Depression. Now she has survived the coronavirus. By Ellyn Santiago on East Haven Patch.

(Photo courtesy of Whispering Pines)
Never Forget, But In Case You Do …

It didn’t take long for Illinois photographer Donnell Collins to shake off the worries brought on by the coronavirus outbreak and welcome the challenges the state’s lockdown created for his medium. By mid-April, about a month after the first known cases of coronavirus were recorded in the city, Collins kicked into gear with his “Driveby Photo Shoot Project.” Photos and short stories about the people living and working in lockdown, reminiscent of the hugely popular Humans of New York blog, are featured on his Facebook page. By Jason Addy on Aurora Patch.

(Photo courtesy of Al Benson)

Writing Her Own Pandemic Wedding Story

It wasn’t the wedding that author Heather Quinlan, who was just finishing a book on pandemics when the coronavirus crisis hit, had in mind. But she and Adam McGovern managed to say their vows through technology after having scrubbed plans for an October wedding. “You plan, you go to bridal shows, but never once while you’re trying on dresses and figuring out your colors — even while writing about pandemics — do you think that a pandemic is going to hit,” Quinlan said. By Russ Crespolini on Parsippany Patch.

A Working Farm Once Again

Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, Illinois, gives visitors a peek at farming practices when it was founded by German immigrants in the 1850s. The museum hosts a seasonal farmers market and is a top summer tourist destination, but it recently shifted its focus to help fill an urgent community need identified in the Feeding Glenview initiative. By Eric DeGrechie on Glenview Patch.

(Photo courtesy of Glenview Park District)

Hunger Persists, But So Do These Kids

As the number of Americans who have lost their jobs to the coronavirus climbs, so does the number of people who don’t know how they’re going to feed their families. Every Wednesday, members of the Ridge High School Red Cross Club in New Jersey distribute pantry staples at a drive-thru site at a local church. By Alexis Tarazzi on Basking Ridge Patch.

(Photo courtesy of Ridge High School Red Cross Club)

New York City’s ‘Miracle’ Patient Released

In March, Jessenia Serrano was one of the first COVID-19 patients admitted to New York University’s Langone Hospital. The 43-year-old Brooklyn woman was hospitalized for two months and on a ventilator for one. She didn’t see her husband or other relatives during that time, so the medical team became her family and helped ease the loneliness. “It was such a great feeling to know I had so much support and so much help,” Serrano said. “They were great, great, great with me from ICU down to rehab.” By Brendan Krisel on Midtown-Hell’s Kitchen Patch.

Click Here: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 2019 Closed Movie Theater Finds A Revenue Stream

The pandemic has heightened Americans’ resourcefulness. In Michigan, the losses were mounting for a local movie theater closed since March 13 and likely to remain closed for a few more months. To keep money coming in, they’re selling movie snacks for at-home movie nights. By Joey Oliver on Plymouth-Canton Patch.

No Popcorn, But Pay The Fine

Speaking of theaters and resourcefulness — some people who gave their vehicles too much gas and got speeding tickets may not fully appreciate the imaginative solution to get an Illinois traffic court up and running, but the chief judge in Will County made arrangements to hold court in the Rialto Square Theater, where social distancing is easier to accommodate. By John Ferak on Joliet Patch.

Hear This Young Woman’s Warning

Everyone is eager for life to return to normal, and 20-year-old Sharon Getsis of New Jersey understands that. She was in The Prague when her college study abroad program was abruptly halted. She returned to her parents’ home and self-quarantined as required, then went out only for essentials, always wearing a mask and gloves. She caught the illness anyway, was hospitalized for a week and turned a corner after getting the experimental drug remdesivir. “I just want people to take it slow,” she said. “Everyone my age was like, I’m worried about giving it to parents and grandparents. But I want young people to know it can just as easily hit one of us. I definitely won’t be going to a bar or restaurant anytime soon this summer.” By Carly Baldwin on Manalapan Patch.

(Photo courtesy of Sharon Getsis)

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