First, can you BELIEVE it's almost been a year since the "official" beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic?

It feels like it took us about a month to fully realize that there were going to be whole new ways of doing things. And some of those new ways may be attractive enough to stick around.

I'm circling around the topic of working from home--something that became necessary when the pandemic went into full swing.

And it's great that technology has reached the point where we CAN do that. But that also means we're at the mercy of our own Internet connections. I know there isn't a spare bedroom in MY house for my very own personal IT professional.

And sometimes, it goes out. Mine did this morning. Briefly.

But if it isn't brief, you can't afford to be left twisting in the wind. So it's a wonderful service that seven volunteer fire stations in Daviess County are providing.

The following volunteer fire stations are providing free Wi-Fi hotspots for those working from home and for students doing remote learning:

St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department
11011 St. Joseph Lane, Owensboro, KY

Masonville Volunteer Fire Department Station 2
10344 Highway 231, Utica, KY

Knottsville Volunteer Fire Department
9436 KY 144, Philpot, KY

Yelvington Volunteer Fire Department
1124 Yelvington Knottsville Rd, Maceo, KY

Utica Volunteer Fire Department
146 KY 140 East, Utica, KY

Moseleyville Volunteer Fire Department
3741 Ashbyburg Rd, Owensboro, KY

Stanley Volunteer Fire Department
159 Highway 1554, Owensboro, KY

According to, the hotspots will be available 24/7, with the usernames and passwords posted at each location. The public is asked "to follow health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing, while on site." Also, those using this service are asked to "give priority access to first responders in the event of an emergency call."

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