Meet The US Woman Who Adopted 5 Girls From India

Good News Notes: “At the age of 39, Kristen Grae Williams decided to adopt a baby. “I always dreamt of being a mom and just because I didn’t have a partner, I didn’t want to miss out,” the Cincinnati resident told Humans of Bombay in an interview published yesterday on the occasion of International Day…

New Jersey Parents of 6 Children Adopt 7 Orphaned Siblings from Ukraine

Good News Notes: “A New Jersey family nearly doubled in size recently after the parents of six children decided to adopt seven orphaned siblings from Ukraine. Wade and Michelle Torppey already had their hands full when they learned about the siblings, who were living in an orphanage in Mokrats after both of their parents died,…

Fayetteville to give away litter cleanup supplies and t-shirts

Good News Notes: “Fayetteville officials are inviting residents to help clean up the city’s parks, trails and waterways as part of the second annual Pick Up Where You Play series of events that will take place over the region this fall. Several area cities have partnered with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the Boston…

France offers state-funded therapy, tackles mental health

Good News Notes: “Treatment for psychological problems will be funded by France‘s government starting next year, the president announced Tuesday, amid growing awareness and concern about mental health. State health care systems in Britain, Germany and some other countries already fund therapy sessions. French health professionals say a national effort to improve access is long overdue, especially as the coronavirus pandemic…

Air New Zealand goes greener with new eco-serviceware

Good News Notes: “Air New Zealand is going greener with new eco-serviceware for its international economy cabin in a new trial to reduce plastic and carbon emissions. Air New Zealand recently tested two different casserole dish materials, bagasse, and rotatable plastic, along with a birchwood cutlery alternative on four of its Rarotonga flights. The move…

Derbyshire couple hold wedding celebration under water

Good News Notes: “Lisa and Christopher Jackson tied the knot on Wednesday in the 864,000-litre tropical oceanarium at the Bear Grylls Adventure centre in Birmingham. The pair, from South Normanton in Derbyshire, took inspiration from an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride that featured a wedding in an aquarium. Mrs Jackson, 38, said the day…

People are turning to horse therapy to improve mental health during the pandemic

Good News Notes: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on people’s mental health and wellbeing, an equestrian center in California is offering programs for healing.  Sabine Niederberghaus started La Esperanza Ranch in Topanga Canyon, California, 27 years ago, but it wasn’t until COVID-19 hit when she decided to start the Equine Leadership Program.  “I had time during the…

Rogue Valley nonprofit to get $2.2 million grant to train addiction counselors

Good News Notes: “A Southern Oregon nonprofit organization that provides services to those struggling with addiction will receive a $2.2 million grant over the next four years to create a program that will train future counselors in behavioral health and addiction treatment. The executive director of OnTrack Rogue Valley, Sommer Wolcott said the organization will use the federal funding to…

How Northern Broome Cares program is giving back

Good News Notes: “A program that’s part of the Rural Health Network spent the summer repairing houses. Northern Broome Cares is a 5 year grant program that focuses on the 60 plus community in the towns of Lisle, Triangle, Barker, Nanticoke and the Village of Whitney Point. These areas are considered a NORC, a Naturally…