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This "poor man's newspaper" starts appearing today in front of my neighbors' mailboxes.  Inspired by the makeshift "seige papers" of the Boer and Bosnian wars. All copies of the ASN should appear on this thread and in order.
 
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The Ashuelot St. Times
Episode I ! March 15, 2020. Because of the current crisis...and in the interest of boosting our ability to communicate within the immediate area, there will be an attempt to publish this ultra-local "newspaper" on a regular basis for as long as it's practical and needed. It won't be possible to hand deliver each time; for now the plan is to have it posted it at the following locations:
  South stop sign @ Hwy 119 and Ashuelot St, Winchester NH,
  RidleyReport.com (my YouTube channel)
Please post announcements of your own at these spots if you wish! 
This "paper" and its internet version will focus at first on roughly the following region:
  The area near Hwy 119 and Ashuelot St, i.e. within about 1/3 mile of that intersection
Historically, people are said to weather big disasters best...in relatively small groups but not alone.  In one sense we already have a group, the folks in our immediate neighborhood.  Next it's a question of whether we can team up enough to rely on each other...especially for trade and security. In the interest of of jump-starting commerce here, there will be a tentative
"trading post" at the following location(s):
  Ashuelot St. just south of Hwy 119
It will initially try be open during the following hours:
  5p-6p Monday-Friday, starting March 17.  The idea is to just get something initiated, then you improve on the thing or set up something better.  It won't be very impressive at first but as the travel restrictions grow tighter...it could briefly become all we have.   In Wuhan where the disease started, authorities reportedly made it illegal to drive and problematic to even leave one's house.

There will probably be infuriating difficulties ahead; we can't prevent that. Everyone in the area will make mistakes, perhaps many...perhaps severe. Presumably the disaster will wildly skew prices or availability of the things we need most.  But this crisis is to blame, not you, not our families, not the random people around each us.  Each is (at least theoretically) a potential helper or trading partner. If there were ever a good time to set aside local rivalries, here it is. Let's be better than this mess.  Let's start with trade and communication.  And when it is over, let us each be proud of how we handled it.  What you can do to help/be helped:  Copy/spread this publication as you think best, and...
Contact me if *you* need help or just want to swap ideas.    (Phone number and email redacted from internet copy).

Dave Ridley
"Editor-in-Chief" :)

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Interesting.  To how many homes is this being delivered?
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probably the total will be about 15; I haven't walked the whole route yet and I won't have much to sell at the trading post...but super-local trade is probably the key and someone has to start it.

Below is the first pandemic video for our neighborhood, just a placeholder but I've invited neighbors to comment there. It may be a good place for them to post requests for help etc. since they probably already have google accounts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPZ32kIhqKM

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6ki9JumVy8&t=1s
Beginning video coverage.   Meanwhile here are some links to other Winchester communication hubs.  I just applied to join most of them.  Local may become a thing if the travel restrictions escalate they way they're hinting at.

https://www.facebook.com/WinchesterNHPublicTV/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/590696757634945/
https://www.facebook.com/WGYBWinchesterNH/
https://www.facebook.com/Winchesterspeedpark/
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NH: Sore throat limits options for makeshift trading post at Winchester
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATBabtedgCA

We've replaced it with an unmanned, not-very-well-stocked resupply station which has opened every day on schedule.  For now we're mostly just giving away sterilized unopened items free.  but we can do better, offer more items and be more sustainable once real trade kicks off.   For now neighbors are taking items as planned and seem to be doing it in a much-appreciated responsible way.

Meanwhile I"m keeping my distance from my own resupply station for fear of spreading *anything* at a time when doctors are running low.   
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Posted to the stop signs at Ashuelot and 119 in Winchester:

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The Ashuelot
St. Times
Episode II - March 22, 2020

Resupply station understocked but operating on schedule
 - Sore throat turns planned trading post into unmanned "free stuff" table
In place of the planned trading spot just south of Hwy 119 and Ashuelot St...we've just been placing a table with free items on it, disinfected as best we can.   Same bat time, same bat channel:  5p-6p M-F.   Since I have a sore throat I'm reluctant to actually *man* or even touch the table for fear of spreading *anything* at a time when doctors are in short supply.  Someone else is placing the items for me; later when appropriate I plan to turn this into the originally-planned trading post and if we can it would be nice to graduate to "flea market."   If we can buy and sell, we can offer more items and be more sustainable.  A better solution would be if you can set up some friendly competition *now,* perhaps starting your own trading post which we can support with our own business.   So far neighbors have been using the freebie table to resupply in a not-greedy manner.   Sorry it's all so makeshift at this point.

Neighborhood e-mail list - There is now an e-mail list for everyone in the neighborhood who wants to be on it and lets us know that.  Currently the list is four people. Contact me (below) if you'd like to be added. 

Makeshift NewsStand - If you walk past the stop signs at Hwy 119 and Ashuelot St. you should see posted copies of this newsletter, and they should continue to appear with neighborhood news as we learn it.   Some copies may appear in other areas, but as of March 16 I've ceased hand delivery to reduce the small risk of spreading anything.  Even a cold would be bad to have while supplies and doctors are in limited supply.  Please inform us of anything you'd like us to post....any break-ins, hazards...any nearby flea markets or trading solutions we can support.

Feedback requested. What are we doing right?  Wrong?  What can we do better? 

(Contact info added to paper version but redacted from online version)

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