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

Softball State Tournament Pairings Revealed

first_imgFor the 35th consecutive year, the pairings for the IHSAA Softball State Tournament were announced this evening and 373 teams placed into sectional brackets.Sectional action runs May 20‐25 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 28, and the four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 1. The four state championship games, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, will be played at Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium in West Lafayette for the second year.Host schools will announce playing schedules in the days to come which will then be added to the online brackets atMaxPreps.com.042819.SoftballDrawArea Sectional Pairings.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.G1: South Decatur vs. Jac‐Cen‐Del.G2: Oldenburg Academy vs. Rising Sun.G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.G4: Hauser vs. North Decatur.Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland County.G1: South Ripley vs. Switzerland County.G2: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Austin.G3: Milan vs. G1 winner.Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Madison Consolidated.G1: Greensburg vs. Madison Consolidated.G2: Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg.G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.G4: South Dearborn vs. Franklin County.Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.Class 4A-Sectional 14. Bloomington South.G1: Shelbyville vs. Bloomington South.G2: East Central vs. Columbus North.G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.G4: Bloomington North vs. Columbus East.Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.last_img read more

Schmidt’s four-point night leads Leafs past Riders 6-2

first_imgJames Sorrey finished the game with three assists while Willans and Horswill each had two points.Newcomer Marcus Beesley was solid in the Nelson nets, making key saves when he had to, as the visitors out shot the Riders 56-20.The Leafs, playing its first of a five-game road trip, is in Castlegar Sunday afternoon to face the Rebels.Game time at the Castlegar Arena Complex is 2 p.m.Nitros Mitchell too hot to handle for HawksMatthew Mitchell stopped all but one shot to lead Kimberley past Beaver Valley 3-1 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley scored a goal in each period — Sam Nig, Brett Luker and Matt Barzilay — to beat the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Nitros 36-28 but only Dan Holland could beat Mitchell.The teams play a return match Saturday in Fruitvale. Out with the old and in with the new is the new motto for the Nelson Leafs.The Leafs forgot about 2012’s New Year’s Eve debacle against Beaver Valley in a big way, riding a four-point night from defenceman Seth Schmidt to bounce Eddie Mountain power Fernie Ghostriders 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The win increased Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to four points over Castlegar and six ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley lost 3-1 Friday in Kimberley.Schmidt opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and Nelson never looked back.Dallon Stoddart and Carsen Willans increased the lead to 3-0 before Dylan Robertson scored on the power play late in the second period to give the home side some life.Fernie cut the margin to 3-2 early in the third on a Dylan Rota power play marker before the Leafs halted any comeback attempts with three goals — Linden Horswill, Connor Gross, with his second since arriving in Nelson from Grand Forks, and Schmidt — three-minutes span.last_img read more

ROOD & RIDDLE BREEDERS’ CUP POST-POSITION DRAW TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON BREEDERSCUP.COM ON MONDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (October 30, 2016) – The Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be streamed live on www.breederscup.com on Monday, October 31 beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.The live stream, which also be shown on www.santaanita.com , www.drf.com, and the Breeders’ Cup Facebook page, will be hosted by Laffit Pincay III of NBC Sports Group.The Rood & Riddle Post-Position Draw will be conducted in two sessions. The first session, starting at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, will be held at Top O’ The Stretch at Santa Anita Park. The following 11 races will be drawn: $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup  Dirt Mile; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf; $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint; $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.The second session of the Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw will commence at 4 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita with the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512About Breeders’ Cup last_img read more

Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of India

first_imgTAIPEI – In his warm up pants and a Gilas Pilipinas shirt, RR Pogoy was one interested man in a place he really doesn’t belong: inside the press room.ADVERTISEMENT After sitting out his first game in the Jones Cup Invitational, Pogoy went with Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal and coach Chot Reyes for the interview, filming his teammates after a job well done that saw the Filipinos manhandle India, 101-70 on Saturday afternoon at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.Pessumal and Vosotros made not only Pogoy, but the entire team proud after shooting 14 points each and delivering when called upon for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m just so happy for them,” Pogoy said in Filipino while shooting Vosotros during the interview. “They both played very well.”Bitter rivals in the UAAP with La Salle and Ateneo, Vosotros and Pessumal made sure that Reyes wouldn’t miss Pogoy’s outside sniping after hitting four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists, ably taking the place of Kiefer Ravena and Jio Jalalon as both played just a combined 21 minutes at the point.“We have very able players to step in.”It turned out that one of the reasons why Pogoy made his way to the press room was to find out whom between Pessumal and Vosotros was going to talk longer during the interview.Reyes himself bared that Pogoy won the bet, having put a wager on Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the fifth win in eight games for Gilas, which closes it out against Iran Sunday at 5 p.m., a game which Reyes said that team will be taking very seriously.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.“It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

WB trafficking cases rising as people reporting more minister

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal has registered a rise in the number of trafficking cases in recent years as more people are coming forward to report such incidences, a state minister has said. Over the years, the state government, with the help of various welfare organisations, has been able to convince people to fight the menace, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Shashi Panja said.”People often indulge in blame game, pointing fingers at the state government for the increase in the number of trafficking incidents. That isn’t the case. In the past few years, we have seen more people mustering courage to talk about their plight,” she asserted. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPanja was speaking at the seventh edition of ‘Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conclave’, hosted recently by the US consulate in Kolkata, in association with Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini.The two-day meet saw students, activists, journalists, government officials and security personnel coming together to find a solution to the issue that had been plaguing India and its neighbours.Lauding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the internationally acclaimed Kanyashree scheme, the minister said over 47 lakh girls have benefited from the move. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedKanyashree aims to ensure that girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least age 18. As per the scheme, Rs 750 is paid annually to girls studying in class 8 and above, and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 is paid after she turns 18 provided she is engaged in an academic or occupational pursuit and unmarried.”The scheme is a safety net for many girls, who wish to study and do something with their life,” Panja added.Echoing similar sentiments, US Consul General Craig Hall, who addressed the inaugural session of the meet, said human trafficking was a global problem. The US and India, as enduring partners of the 21st century, are committed to providing leadership on issues of shared interests, including the strengthening of human rights, he said.”In the last seven years, we have seen great examples of collaboration between civil society organisations and the government to combat trafficking,” Hall added.Sharing his experiences, Shrikumar Bandopadhyay, the IG of Sashastra Seema Bal, Siliguri frontier, said the porous international borders often make it easy for traffickers to escape law.”We visit schools in remote areas to generate awareness among the youths about the safe use of social media and the risks of giving in to temptations,” he said.”In the past two years, we have rescued at least 150 victims from the clutches of traffickers,” he stated.Ravi Kant, the founder of NGO Shakti Vahini, said the conclave gave all stakeholders a chance to brainstorm ways to tackle the global menace.”The two-day meet is a great occasion to strengthen our fight against forced labour and human trafficking. It is time that all stakeholders unite to end the menace once and for all,” he added.last_img read more

State rolls out cash dole for women empowerment

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that her government will be providing a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh to encourage women in rolling out vehicles under theGatidhara scheme. Banerjee flagged off 20 electric buses, 20 CNG buses and 10 pink taxis that are owned and driven by women from Nabanna on Wendnesday. “We provide a subsidy of Rs 1 lakh under the Gatidhara scheme for unemployed youth who want to roll out vehicles. To encourage women and to make them self-dependent we will be giving Rs 1.5 lakh to women who will roll out vehicles under the Gatidhara scheme. It will be a major stride towards women empowerment. We have plans to introduce another 1000 pink taxis in the city,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that more than 36000 youths has already been provided subsidy under the scheme. “Today (Wednesday) we have rolled our 20 electric buses. We will be introducing 60 more electric buses within a period of three months. Our schemes such as Gatidhara and Jaladhara have provided employment to a number of youths in the state.” Banerjee said. The Jaladhara scheme that was introduced in April 2017 provides financial assistance to convert semi-mechanised boats to mechanised ones to avert accidents. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state government provides financial assistance of around 30 per cent of the total cost of bringing in the mechanised boats in place of semi-mechanised ones. The amount for the scheme is maximum Rs 1 lakh. According to a senior official in the state Transport department, the electric buses that have been introduced will be running in three routes from Airport to Joka, Shyambazar to Nabanna and Tollygunge to Bidhannagar. “We will have more routes with the introduction of more electric buses. Charging of electric buses will not be a problem with our department already putting up facilities of 55 charging stations in the city,” state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said. The CNG buses will presently ply in Asansol Duragpur area where there is a supply of CNG gas. Banerjee also inaugurated the renovated Jadavpur 8B bus stand through remote control. The total cost for revamp has been Rs 4.54 crore. “We are taking up renovation of more bus stands in the city for the benefit of the passengers that includes the one at Joka and Baruipur,” she said.last_img read more