Fresno man receives liver transplant in four-person, live donor swap

Good News Notes: “George Rogers considers himself one blessed man after receiving a life-saving gift from a stranger: a liver. “It’s kind of like a gift from heaven. It really is,” he says. Rogers was diagnosed with liver failure in November of 2018. “It’s devastating. Absolutely devastating,” he says. He struggled with mental clarity. “Liver…

Duck, duck, saved duck: Neighborhood troupe saves ducklings

Good News Notes: “On their nightly walk with the dogs, Laura Landgren Holt and her husband Rick spotted something new. Neighbors were huddled around a storm drain in Chaska’s Fairway Hills, curiously focused on something below. Unbeknownst to them, a small crew had been stationed at said drain for a while, trying to rescue duckling…

New Meriden barber shop will cater to those on autism spectrum

Good News Notes: “As a way to make his new barbershop more inclusive, Eddie Rivera and his barbers are all being certified to work with individuals with autism.  Rivera, owner of New Style Hair Studio, feels it can be difficult for someone on the autism spectrum to find a place to get a haircut.  ‘I…

Dog lost on Lake Michigan finds way back to family

Good News Notes: “A pup almost lost to the waves had a happy reunion with her family after she fell off a boat in the churning waters of Lake Michigan in Benzie County. The family said they didn’t see Roxy go overboard and couldn’t even place where it might have happened as they headed north from…

Just Eat hopes seaweed-lined boxes can help tackle plastic problem

Good News Notes: “Online food delivery business  Just Eat, together with sustainable packaging firm Notpla, has developed what it describes as a “fully recyclable” takeout box lined with seaweed. In an announcement Tuesday, Just Eat said the container was able to decompose in four weeks if put in a home compost. The seaweed-lined cardboard boxes…

Community hopes to preserve historic Methodist church built in 1870

Good News Notes: “For Brett Merkley, entering the old Methodist Episcopal Church is like stepping into a frontier church of an old Western movie. The simple one-story brick chapel is lined with wooden pews and hymnals. Light shines through the stained-glass windows. A small pulpit and pump organ stand at the front of the chapel…

Local charity hands out donations to homeless

Good News Notes: “ For the past four years, volunteers hand out collected donations of hygiene items, clothing, and food to homeless citizens in downtown Birmingham. The charity hands the donations out one Saturday every month. Erica Robbins started the group, Be A Blessing Birmingham, after moving to the Magic City. She said there was…

Man helps inmates find hope, purpose through jail ministry

Good News Notes: “Jail is a place where people wait, says Bruce Noddin, who provides spiritual counsel to Androscoggin County Jail inmates. “These guys are in limbo for the most part,” he said. Most haven’t been sentenced and are waiting to learn of their judicial fate. And most are struggling with substance use or mental…

Largest coral reef survey in French Polynesia offers hope

Good News Notes: “Over the course of seven months in 2012 and 2013, more than 70 scientists collaborated to study and map the coral reefs around the islands of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.” “This was a huge undertaking. Researchers covered over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), including places never studied by scientists before. They…