By Scott Carlson

Light at the end of the tunnel

By the time this issue of the Bugle hits your mailbox or shows up around town at various bulk distribution sites, I will have received my second coronavirus vaccine.

Frankly, I sometimes doubted whether this day was ever going to come. Not just for myself but for our nation, as a whole, as we longingly look forward to returning to a more “normal life.”

At various times during the past year, the situation was overwhelmingly dire. Millions of people infected, millions more people dead from this scourge. Hospitals at or beyond the breaking point from caring for sick and dying patients. First responders under siege. Families and friends often at odds on how to respond to the pandemic.

I hope that all of you have or will be able to soon get the vaccine be it Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. What our doctors, medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies accomplished in coming up with vaccines in such a brief period of time is nothing short of miraculous.

And if you have gotten vaccinated, you are among those blessed to have made it to this point, who have escaped serious illness and, in the worst case scenario, the Covid Grim Reaper.

In this issue of the Bugle, freelance writer Cigale Ahlquist reports on the toll that Covid-19 has taken on senior citizens at two of our local nursing homes, Lyngblomsten and Saint Anthony Park Home. Her story has special meaning to me: My mother Joan, a resident at Lyngblomsten Care Center, succumbed to COVID-19 last May.

Now, I look forward to our country opening up again, with opportunities for people to gather at restaurants, offices, ballparks and so many other venues that made up our old way of life.

That said, however, there will be plenty of scars that will never fully heal.

Bugle extras

We had an abundance of copy for our April edition and not enough space to showcase it all.

Our Bugle extras included a photo of the Como High School girls basketball team, a news item from the District 10 Community Council and the monthly Ask the Librarian column.

For these and other items, please check our website at https://parkbugle.org.

Upcoming Bugle deadlines

Here are our Bugle deadlines for the next three issues. As always, we appreciate when writers and readers submit their articles early. Aside from breaking news, most articles can be submitted ahead of the scheduled deadlines.

Please note our publication dates represent when the newspapers go out for delivery. Mail distribution of the paper may take up to several business days. Meanwhile, bulk drop-offs of the paper around town are completed in two to three days after publication.

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June 2021                         May 12               May 25

July 2021                          June 16               June 29

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