January 19, 2021
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first_imgWith cooler temperatures are forecast for the weekend, near-peak color is expected to emerge in the Northeast Kingdom and the higher elevations of the Stowe-Morrisville area of Lamoille County. State foresters say most areas of northeastern and north central Vermont are showing vibrant fall colors that are near, or in some higher elevations, at peak. 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 foliage is nearing peak in the mountains of Richford, Montgomery and Enosburg.  The valley is starting to show some very nice color (just getting to mid-stage color) and it makes a nice drive through the valley and into the Mountains,’ says Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester.  The lower elevations along Lake Champlain remain predominantly green. Some hillsides in central Vermont appear to be muted this week, apparently due to a combination of weather-related factors. Longtime forester Russell Barrett explains, ‘Anthracnose (a fungus), a heavy seed crop, and saturated soils seem to be working overtime to make brownish-yellow the dominate color’ on these hillsides. Still, other areas in the region are showing the traditional bloom of red, orange and yellow. The color change is moving slowly into mid-stage in the lower Champlain Valley and the foothills of the Taconic and Green Mountains. However, the mountain ridges and pockets in the higher valleys from Middlebury Gap south to Danby, along the spine of the Green Mountains, are advancing fro mid-stage to near peak color with plenty of vibrant yellows, golds and oranges. ‘Many higher elevations also have nice patches of bright red, particularly Route 100 south from Warren to Rochester, Route 125 from Hancock to East Middlebury and Route 4 west from Killington to Rutland,’  reports spotter Tom Olson, Vermont Maple Museum. At the lower elevations across the broad Champlain Valley, he adds, ‘Soft Maples in marshy areas and around Lake Hortonia are displaying bright reds and oranges-a great contrast against the beige and brown backdrop of swamp grass, wild rice, and cat tails.’ In southern Vermont mid-stage color is showing along the higher elevations while the early stages in the valleys are splashed with the crimson of maples in moist soils. 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 232 through the Groton State Forest, Route 2 between Marshfield and Lunenburg, Route 215 in Cabot, and Route 15 between Walden and Cambridge. Good bets also include back roads in Burke, Peacham, Barnet and Danville, which offer a variety of close-up and long-range views. Look for nice vistas on Interstate 89 from South Royalton to Richmond. 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. Mid-stage to near-peak foliage color is also emerging in west central Vermont: 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 (nearing peak); Route 140 west from Mt. Holly to Wallingford and Middletown Springs; Route 155 north from Weston to East Wallingford; and Route 7 south from Middlebury to Brandon. In southern Vermont, 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 For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external). Sept 29, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgWEST Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards is in support of expanding cricket to non-traditional nations. He believes it is important that the sport grows all over the globe and is pushed into new markets.The 64-year-old who is considered one the greatest batsman of all time revealed that many Asians and West Indians are currently residing in non-traditional cricket nations and therefore it was imperative that cricket’s legacy is preserved and introduced to new countries.“The influence of Asians like Indians and Pakistanis is huge in cricket. Despite leaving their country, they want to be a part of cricket. So folks from these countries who live in this part of the world have brought cricket culture here and in the process cricket has spread its wings.”“Cricket should reach countries which have no cricketing tradition. There are folks from all over the world who love cricket living in America. They have been missing the game after they left home. If it can be brought to America in a big way, there is going to be a wide clientele especially as far as Twenty20 is concerned”, Richards said, as quoted by Hindustan Times.The International Cricket Council (ICC) have taken steps to spread cricket across various parts of the globe. The West Indies and India created history when they took part in a two-match Twenty20 International series at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, United States.This series marked the first time that the two nations had played a bilateral series in North America.Richards who scored 8,540 runs from 121 Test matches and 6,721 runs from 187 One Day Internationals (ODIs) during a 17-year career also hailed the impact that the Middle East has had on the development of cricket.“I have been impressed in coming back to the UAE to see not just that stadium in Sharjah but two more in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For me, Emirates have become sort of huge as far as cricket is concerned. Other stadiums came up in the UAE mainly due to the influence from Sharjah. Today the UAE has done a world of good for cricket”, the batting legend added.last_img read more

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