Fast Three: Would You WFH Permanently?, Treating Depression in Pottstown, and Racing Ducks for Cash

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How do you feel about working at home …. permanently?

A significant number of western Montgomery County residents now work from home because they must. They want to keep earning paychecks but their usual offices or workplaces are closed, so they’ve carved out space in a bedroom, or den, or garage to keep on task and the revenue rolling in. Given a chance, would they choose to make the arrangement permanent?, asked Fishbowl, a professionals’ networking app.

How do you feel about working at home .... permanently?

A total of 681 employees who live in Pennsylvania answered a survey Fishbowl conducted May 20-23, it reported in a Friday (Aug. 28, 2020) e-mail. Only 45.81 percent of them liked the idea, compared to 54.64 percent of 17,650 respondents across the country (above). The idea was most favored nationally, 68 percent, by those in technology. Least favored – only 34 percent – by teachers, aching to return to classrooms.

Working from home can be liberating for those looking to exercise more control over personal schedules. That independence occasionally brings problems, too, Fishbowl’s e-mail added. Forty-two percent of workers nationally responding to a separate survey admitted they drink while working from home. Fifty-five percent say they’re working more hours weekly than before the pandemic. And 62 percent of working parents say they are unable to juggle working from home and childcare.

Graphic (at top) provided by Fishbowl
Photo (above) by Shane Adams, via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license

New Pottstown Medical Provider Treats Depression

Success TMS – the acronym stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – has opened its 33rd location nationally in Pottstown, the company said in an e-mail received Friday. It started in Florida during 2018; expanded to Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and during June (2020) opened its doors in the Porter Road Medical Arts complex at 1630 E. High St., Bdlg. 4.

According to the Mayo Clinic, TMS therapy “is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective.” The goal is to “activate regions of the brain that have decreased activity in depression,” it added.

By the way, Success TMS noted, October is designated as National Depression Awareness Month.

Rotary Club ducks will float, no matter what

Rotary Club ducks will float, no matter what

For almost 30 years, the Rotary Club of Pottstown annually has sold chances on thousands of plastic ducks to enthusiastic buyers who want to both help Pottstown area non-profits – the primary goal of club members – and snare a prize (cash and other treasures) for themselves. Most borough residents know the usual drill: Rotarians set the numbered ducks afloat (above) on Manatawny Creek. They gently float to a finish line, and their order of arrival is recorded. Lucky winners are then notified.

Sadly, the coronavirus represents anything but “usual.” Holding the customary public event wasn’t possible, Rotarians agreed. So they’ll conduct this year’s duck race virtually during their meeting Sept. 16 (Wednesday) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club, 850 N. Adams St., the Rotary Facebook page announced.

The race winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, and a total of 23 prizes will be awarded.

Photo provided by the Rotary Club of Pottstown