Vermont Foliage Report: Near-peak to full color arrives in Northeast Kingdom

first_imgFor more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external). The foliage change appeared to slow to a near standstill during the misty, atmospheric weather of this past weekend.  But with a frosty night or two before the coming weekend and sunny weather forecast through Monday, near-peak to full color change is expected along the spine of the Green Mountains and will begin to emerge in the mountain valleys. Ray Toolan, who reports from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, observes a variety of foliage in the area. ‘Not a great deal of change from last week, most likely due to the wet weather. Still, we have a lot of variation, with the best colors in the higher elevations and around swamps and wetlands. In many places mid-slope forests are still in early stages while other areas are at or just past peak. Pretty much any of the paved roads in Lamoille and Orleans counties are showing nice color,’ Toolan says. Elsewhere, expect various stages of color across the state, including the mountain and river valleys where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage. The foothills east and south of Burlington are at mid-stage, reports Forester Keith Thompson. ‘The highlights are Jericho, Underhill and Huntington. It’s not as far along near the lake,’ Thompson says. ‘Overall a full array of vibrant fall colors are popping out from Middlebury Gap south to Killington, Bridgewater south to Ludlow, and Rutland south to Mt. Taber,’  reports spotter Tom Olson from the Maple Museum. The cooler temperatures are also moving the color change in the lower Champlain Valley and the foothills of the Taconic and Green Mountains into mid-stage, while the red maples in marshy areas are nearing peak. ‘Look for brilliant shades of red, yellow and gold in these areas,’ says Olson. In southern Vermont mid-stage color predominates along the higher elevations while the early stages prevail in the valleys where swampy areas are splashed with the crimson of red maples. For current road conditions and detailed planning information, please check our frequently updated map:  http://www.vermontvacation.com/vtopenforbusiness.htm(link is external) Best Bets: In northern Vermont, recommended scenic routes for peak color viewing include Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 58 from Irasburg to Montgomery Center, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, and Route 102 along the Connecticut River. Also try Route 302 east from Barre or Route 232 through the Groton State Forest; Route 2 between Marshfield and Lunenburg, Route 215 in Cabot, and Route 15 between Walden and Cambridge. Also, try back roads in Burke, Peacham, Barnet and Danville, which offer a variety of close-up and long-range views. Vistas from Interstate 89 from South Royalton to Richmond offer . Colorful foliage can also be seen on Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge, Route 100 between Warren and Stowe, and Route 12 between Montpelier and Elmore. In the area around Rutland mid-stage color is emerging along Routes 7 (Middlebury to Rutland), 30 (Sudbury to Cornwall) and 4 (Rutland to Castleton). Mid-stage to near-peak foliage color is showing at higher elevations: Route 4 west from West Bridgewater to Killington and Sherburne Pass (including the Killington Ski Area Access Rd); Route 103 north from Ludlow to Route 7; Route 140 west from Mt. Holly to Wallingford and Middletown Springs. In southern Vermont where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage, suggested drives include Route 11 between Peru and Chester, Route 30 between Winhall and Newfane, Route 7A between Manchester and Bennington, Route 35 from Townshend to Grafton, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro. The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends during the foliage season. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends.   Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external) Also available on the website are several tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour: Fall Foliage ForecasterLodging Availability ForecasterScenic DrivesFall Travel Tips last_img read more

Cops Responding to Fatal Massapequa Fire Among 4 Injured in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Nassau County police officers responding to a house fire that killed its sole occupant were among four people injured in a chain-reaction crash in Massapequa Thursday morning, police said.The officers sustained only minor injuries, police said. The woman involved in the collision with police and a pedestrian who was knocked into a parked car were both listed in serious condition.The dramatic crash came as the pair of officers were racing to a raging fire on North Suffolk Avenue just after 9 a.m., said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, the department’s chief spokesman, at the scene of the crash.According to LeBrun, the officers were crossing the intersection at New York Avenue and Broadway when their vehicle was struck by a 2002 Toyota Camry. Then the Camry jumped the curb and slammed into a pedestrian, who was launched into a parked Nissan Rogue.The mangled Camry only came to a stop after it had barreled into a corner hair salon that was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The salon, which had a “Grand Opening” sign dangling from its facade, suffered extensive damage.The 63-year-old female driver of the Camry was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, LeBrun said. The pedestrian was said to be in very serious condition at a local hospital.The officers were undergoing a medical evaluation, LeBrun explained.“There’s never any routine police call—every call is serious,” LeBrun said. “We always try to use good judgment; they did have the right of way, they’re responding to a 911 emergency call. Unfortunately the woman did have the stop sign and did proceed through that intersection.”LeBrun said the department’s main focus was the health of those who were injured.“At this point we just want to make sure everybody is safe,” he said.Police did not immediately identify the 79-year-old victim of the morning blaze. The man, who was alone in the house, was pronounced dead at the scene, LeBrun said.LeBrun said the officers “did their best to try to enter the home” but were unable to because of the extreme heat emanating from the house.LeBrun did not say what had sparked the fire.Portions of Broadway and the street where the blaze occurred remained taped off through the afternoon.The collision was the first major incident involving Nassau police since the department temporarily ordered officers to patrol in pairs earlier this week. The department triggered its heightened-alert protocol following Sunday’s ambush slaying of three cops in Baton Rouge.“Until further notice we have two police officers in each car,” LeBrun said. “We assess daily with regard to any changes that we’re going to make.”last_img read more

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Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

first_imgThe national COVID-19 task force is considering releasing patients’ personal data in an effort to encourage adherence to health protocols in affected areas. Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods.”Current regulations don’t allow authorities to publish patient data. But if this data could be known by people living in their neighborhoods, it could help the surrounding community prepare preventive actions,” Doni said during a meeting with House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com. He added that such data should be published for the sake of public safety. He also asked people to stop stigmatizing COVID-19 and condemned unjust treatment of people with the illness. The task force was also looking for other solutions to help protect people from the disease, Doni said.Read also: Human rights groups urge privacy protection in COVID-19 contact tracing effortsWhile the Constitution requires the state to protect people’s privacy and personal data, the country has never passed a specific law on personal data protection to enumerate the rights of data owners and establish what kinds of data are legally considered personal.The publication of the country’s first two COVID-19 patients’ personal data resulted in privacy breaches and assault.Fear of stigma and ostracism has prevented many people in the country from being tested for COVID-19. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley: Possibility of new team, agent will ‘take care of itself’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Billingsley can’t say right now whether his arm works or not. He still hasn’t resumed throwing since having surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in June and doesn’t plan to throw until November.In fact, Billingsley only recently began doing any strengthening exercises on his right forearm — simple curls with a 2-pound dumbbell. He’s even been taught to refrain from opening a car door with his right hand.Part of that is by design. Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache told Billingsley he wouldn’t be able to pitch off a mound before the end of this season. Since he has the whole winter to rehab, Billingsley felt no need to rush the program — not even to show the Dodgers some sign of progress before they made a decision on his 2015 contract.The process is somewhat complicated by the fact Billingsley’s agent, former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart, is reportedly in negotiations to become the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I don’t know if I’ll stay with his company or whatever, or go my own separate way,” Billingsley said. “It’s going to happen fast. It’ll work itself out.”That steadfast belief is helping him say patient. Billingsley said he doesn’t have a mound or a gym at his home in Pennsylvania, so the temptation to speed up his rehab isn’t staring him in the face.For now, Billingsley hopes he won’t be home for a while; he’ll be with the Dodgers until the end of their season, whenever that is. Beyond that, he’s embracing the uncertainty.“I know if I’m healthy everything is going to take care of itself,” he said. “If I have to show that to somebody, so be it.”Also …Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his flat-ground throwing program and could begin throwing off a mound soon, Mattingly said. … Mattingly said Roberto Hernandez will start Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, but he sounded less certain about the rotation for the weekend. “That would depend. Right now it’s Danny Haren, Zack on Sunday.” … Chris Withrow, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, said he will begin his throwing program in a month. Sometime soon, nostalgia will meet reality. Billingsley seems resigned to the fact the Dodgers will not renew the 2015 option in his contract, which pays $14 million. That’s a lot to pay someone who’s made only two major league starts since 2012 because of two major surgeries on his right elbow.If the Dodgers do not pick up Billingsley’s option, he is owed a $3 million buyout. And then what?“I am not really thinking about that,” he said. “I’ve gone through scenarios in my head like what I’m going to do. I don’t know. “If I spend too much time worrying about that, I’m taking the focus off my arm and my rehab. That’s what’s going to get me to next year. If I worry about re-signing back here or going to another club, that stuff isn’t going to mean anything if my arm doesn’t work.”center_img Chad Billingsley spent part of his Wednesday afternoon reciting all the owners (Fox, McCourt, Guggenheim), and general managers (Dan Evans, Paul DePodesta, Ned Colletti) and managers (Jim Tracy, Grady Little, Joe Torre, Don Mattingly) he’s played under as a Dodger.It’s a fairly long list.“I’ve been here for more than a third of my life,” said Billingsley, who turned 30 in July.Only two Dodgers players can say they’ve been in the organization as long: Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis, who were part of the same 2003 draft class.last_img read more