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From the editor: positive approach to COVID-19

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It’s been a long week. Each day, there’s a new development or update on the infamous COVID-19 and my email inbox is being bombarded with all kinds on information on the current pandemic.

While we aim to keep you informed as much as possible during these challenging times, we also want to provide you with some uplifting, community-focused news.

University of Newcastle’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Arts, Professor John Fischetti, offers some valuable tips on how students can embrace and benefit from studying at home; and Newcastle-based skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen discusses the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games until next year.

We’ve also covered a Genetic Heart Group, which is pumping new life into the region by providing support for those who have a heart condition, as well as vital State Government funding for various community projects and the record-breaking result from this year’s Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta in Lake Macquarie.

Our cover star this week, Karen Aubrey, is a member of the Lake Macquarie Winds – a community band filled with like-minded individuals who share a common love of music.

While I’m not a talented musician like those in the band, I’ve taken comfort in listening to music throughout the day.

It’s important to heed warnings and stay home during this current health crisis, but it is also crucial to remain as positive as possible and look after your wellbeing.

Take care and stay safe.

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