Lifetime Holiday Movies Using Plexiglass Kiss Barriers

With 2020 forcing us toward creative solutions in our social and dating lives, have you considered a plexiglass kissing barrier? Not exactly subtle or compact, but a conversation starter, for sure.

And it's exactly the solution Lifetime devised to allow their actors to kiss while staying reasonably safe from Covid-19. Watching a kiss with a barrier might sound as exciting as sorting socks, but the thing is, we won't know it's there.

Actor Daniel di Tomasso's Instagram post below shows a still with the barrier in place between him and Ali Stroker, but through the magic of technology, it'll be digitally erased when "Christmas Ever After" airs on Lifetime December 6th.

New Candle Embodies “2020 Scent”

And now, the answer to a question nobody asked.

A novelty candle company called Flaming Crap--yes, really--has concocted a candle they call "The 2020 Scent." Technically, it's "scents," plural, because it's layered and burns through four of the smells synonymous with this year:

1. Banana bread (symbolizing all our home cooking/baking)

2. Hand sanitizer ('nuff said)

3. Wood (because of all our DIY projects)

4. Last AND least...Budget aftershave and earthy essence (designed to remind us yet again of "Tiger King." Gee, thanks)

For a candle designed to capture 2020's smells, I can't help but notice Dumpster Fire suspiciously absent from the assorted aromas.

Evers Issues New Public Health Emergency

Governor Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency Tuesday morning. In response to COVID-19 cases increasing among 18 to 24-year olds at UW campuses across Wisconsin, Executive Order 90 went into effect.

The order works in tandem with the existing emergency order through most of November. For updates and reaction, stay in touch with 715Newsroom.com.

Lose “Quarantine 15,” Gain $13K

We know all the logical reasons to lose our "Quarantine 15," the weight we gained this year. But if that's not enough, $13,000 could finally separate us from our couches.

British fitness website Total Shape is offering that to a few lucky UK and US participants for testing "four of the latest and most popular diet and fitness regimes."

It breaks down to a guaranteed $8,000 to start, then up to an additional $5,000 as you reach milestones and post your results on social media. See more below, and good luck!

Evers Mandates Masks Statewide

Governor Tony Evers Thursday issued a statewide mandate requiring face masks to be worn indoors. For more details and an explanation of the guidelines, follow this link to 715Newsroom.com:

https://715newsroom.com/2020/07/30/gov-evers-orders-face-masks-statewide/

New School Year Begins Taking Focus with DPI Guidelines

Summer break is still officially in its early days (even if your kids have been home for months), but you could already be curious how the fall semester will look at your kid's school.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued "Education Forward" guidelines Monday. They bring fall into focus and give initial insight as to what can be done to maintain open classrooms while keeping students and staff safe.

More information and a link to the DPI's full report can be found through this link to the 715 Newsroom: https://715newsroom.com/2020/06/22/department-of-public-instruction-releases-guidelines-for-schools/

WI Rental Assistance Program Accepting Applications

Here's some good news if you've struggled with rent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications open today for Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP), allowing eligible residents up to $3,000 to catch up on rent or make security deposits.

To qualify, you have to be an adult Wisconsin resident and your household income needs to be at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date. Funds are paid directly to landlords and the program is being administered through the state's regional Community Action Program (CAP) agencies. Expect long hold times when calling and even wait lists to speak with CAP representatives.

To find your respective CAP agency, click the link below or copy/paste this URL in your browser: https://doa.wi.gov/Secretary/WRAP-CAPContacts.pdf

Country Jam, Northern WI State Fair Canceled for 2020

Two more Chippewa Valley summer staples have been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organizers announced cancellation of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair on Monday, a first in the fair's nearly 123-year history, due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus and the implications of the large crowds anticipated to attend the Chippewa Falls tradition.

On a positive note, dates and some performers are already in place for July 7-11, 2021, and can be viewed through this link to 715Newsroom.com or copy/paste this in your browser for more: https://715newsroom.com/2020/06/01/a-first-for-the-fair

This announcement was followed by the rescheduling of Country Jam to July 15-17, 2021.

According to WEAU 13 News, if you already had tickets for this summer's event, you will be contacted by email. You are able to request a refund within 30 days if you cannot attend next summer. However, if you decide to hang onto your current tickets, you don't need to take any action and they will be honored next year.

Ellen Cuts Her Mom’s Hair

With Chippewa Valley hair salons reopening, there's excitement in just getting an appointment. Not everyone has that option just yet, so anybody who still has quarantine hair can empathize with Ellen DeGeneres and her mother.

For her 91st birthday, Mom got a home haircut (well, buzz, actually) from Ellen. As you'll see from the video, she did respectable work...even if the elder DeGeneres was less than impressed.

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90th birthday present for my Mama.

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